The Dallas Mavericks are escalating talks to trade guard Dennis Smith Jr., pushing to end a partnership that has run its course for both the franchise and former first-round pick, league sources tell ESPN.
Two teams in pursuit of a point guard — Phoenix and Orlando — have been active in talks with the Mavericks, league sources said.
The Dallas Mavericks drafted Dennis Smith Jr no. 9 overall in last year’s NBA draft and it appears as though they’ve already given up on him. He’s sat out the last few games with a ‘sore back’ but it’s starting to look like he’s healthy as hell and the Mavs are just sitting him before they send him off to Phoenix or where ever.
Dennis Smith Jr is a dog.
That’s how you describe a player who is very tough and very unskilled. In his short career he’s shooting 40% from the field and 32% from the 3-point line. He’s also only shooting 69% (nice) from the free throw line.
Drafting Luka Doncic in the 2018 NBA Draft, a point guard who is significantly better than DSJ, wasn’t great news for Smith. If the Arizona Cardinals draft a quarterback this spring a year after drafting Josh Rosen, it’s a wraaaaaaaap for Rosen.
DSJ can’t play alongside Doncic because he can’t catch and shoot or play off the ball at all. He needs the ball in his hands and so does Luka, who again, is a much better basketball player.
He also hasn’t figured out how to play NBA defense yet. I suppose most guards don’t play great defense, but DSJ looks lost out there. It’s never a good sign when you just don’t even know where you’re supposed to be standing.
So is Dennis Smith Jr a bust?
He’s played 97 career NBA games. I think we rush a little too quickly to dump on young guys, especially point guards. I mean, look at the rest of the point guards in his draft class.
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De’Aaron Fox is in his second year and he’s taken a massive step forward. It’s not impossible that Dennis Smith Jr gets traded to a new team where he gets the keys to the offense and suddenly becomes a 20 point per game scorer.
But here’s the problem: the Mavericks are looking to trade him to the Phoenix Suns and the Orlando Magic, two of the worst organizations in the NBA.
Victor Oladipo became substantially better after leaving Orlando. Mario Hezonja just recently said in an interview that he didn’t learn anything playing in Orlando.
The Phoenix Suns have had top lottery picks every single year for what seems like my entire life and they still have the worst record in the NBA again this season.
DSJ is doomed if he gets traded to those franchises.
But in other news, how great is Luka Doncic, huh?