North Carolina State didn't have a lot of success this past season. They didn't get much attention from the media other than one guy. That guy was Dennis Smith Jr. Dennis Smith came into NC State, and just flat-out torched his competition.

He came with an athletic fire inside of him and came ready to play whoever he ran into in the ACC. He dominated powerhouse teams, and although the team success didn't go with that, he was the one putting their team in positions to win.

Height: 6'3"

Weight: 195 pounds

College averages: 18.1 ppg, 4.6 rpg, 6.2 apg


On offense, there isn't much Dennis Smith can't do.

He changes directions with incredible speeds, much like that of John Wall and Russell Westbrook. He can explode by his defender with his first step, or get his shot off at any time. Smith can do it all. One of the biggest things that will translate to the next level is his ability to shoot and his ball-handling.

He's so explosive that since you can't take the ball from him, he can go wherever he wants. Smith can find open shooters, even though his team was designed terribly for him to do so. Nc State didn't have much space on the floor and didn't pose a threat to shoot other than Smith. He still found a way to be creative, and he still got into open lanes even if they were small.


Dennis Smith's biggest weakness is himself.

He tends to trust himself a ton, and in most cases he was successful. Other times he would get carried away and slow ball movement from over-dribbling or by making the wrong reads. His decision-making needs a lot of work.

Sometimes he takes a contested layup when he should have passed to his big, other times he tries to force a pass when he should have shot.

These are a couple of weaknesses that he can get better at with time and film study. He still has a lot to learn, but it will be easier to see how he makes decisions when he has space to work and teammates who can spot-up shoot.

Dennis Smith is likely the third best point guard in this draft behind Markelle Fultz and Lonzo Ball, but that doesn't stop him.

Smith is the guy to draft if you need to put your team on someone's shoulders. He'll be able to bring you excitement through scoring and with the right pieces, will be able to lead your team to higher goals.

The best team for Smith in the top 5-7 range is the Dallas Mavericks. Smith could be an instant playmaker in Dallas and would give them a guy who will match up to the other great point guards in the west.