2017 NBA Draft Prospect: Dennis Smith Jr.

Name: Dennis Smith Jr.
Position: PG
School: N.C. State
Height: 6’3″
Weight: 195

Strengths:

  • Physical Gifts: Has above average athleticism; Can explode off 1 foot or 2; Quickness and strength allows him to get past defenders and finish above the rim; Welcomes and absorbs contact; Rumored to have recorded a 48 inch vertical
  • Scoring ability: Exceptional shooter; Has the ability to create space to get his shot off; Showed enough shooting consistency to keep defenders honest; Attacks the basket with no regard
  • Playmaking ability: Ball handling skills allow him to beat defenders and open up the floor; Likes to push the tempo in transition; Has great open court speed that leads to easy buckets

Weaknesses:

  • Better facilitation: Has a tendency to over dribble; Plays hero ball at times; Needs to do a better job at setting up the offense; More trust in teammates
  • Motivation: Took too many plays off on both ends of the floor; Laziness led to unforced turnovers; Has to be more engaged; Gives his opponents too much space to work at times
  • Height and length: 6’3″ with a 6’3″ wingspan; Average height and length; May limit him to a one position defender