Dallas Mavericks: Jalen Smith 2020 NBA Draft profile
The Dallas Mavericks were low on big men in the bubble. Dwight Powell and Willie Cauley-Stein did not play at all. Kristaps Porzingis suffered a torn meniscus during the playoffs. The Mavs have two picks in the top 31 in the 2020 NBA Draft. It is not clear they should address their big man need, but there are plenty of available options including Jalen Smith.
Smith is just one of many talented bigs from the Big Ten. He played two seasons at Maryland before entering the draft. In his final campaign, Smith averaged 15.5 points, 10.5 rebounds, and 2.4 blocks in 31.3 minutes per game. He shot 53.8 percent from the field, 36.8 percent on his threes, and 75.0 percent from the free-throw line.
Smith is 6’10 and 220 pounds. NBA teams will be intrigued by his ability to stretch the floor.
Jalen Smith will have the Dallas Mavericks and others interested in the 2020 NBA Draft
Smith’s athletic ability was on full display in the NCAA. He used it rebound, block, and finish around the rim with ease. It will be interesting to see if that translates to the NBA with the step up in competition.
Smith’s game resembles former lottery pick Mo Bamba’s at Texas. He does not have the same hype, but both are athletic bigs that blocked shots and finished over people. Unfortunately for Bamba, his offensive flaws have been highlighted in the NBA where he is no longer the most athletic player on the court.
Smith will continue to try to improve his 3-point shooting and post-game. He could reach the level of Myles Turner if everything breaks right. His ability to shoot and protect the rim will have NBA teams interested.
Let us take a closer look at Jalen Smith’s game to examine his strengths, weaknesses, and potential fit on the Dallas Mavericks.