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Tim MacMahon ESPN Staff Writer 

Rick Carlisle leaves no doubt Mavs wanted Dennis Smith over Frank Ntilikina, saying there was "uproarious" applause when Knicks made pick.

Tim MacMahon ESPN Staff Writer 

Before question was even asked, Rick Carlisle said Mavs are projecting Dennis Smith Jr. to start as a rookie. Cites intelligence, maturity as well as athleticism. "We believe he's going to be a tremendous player for us and right away."

Tim MacMahon ESPN Staff Writer 

Rick Carlisle says Mavs believe Dennis Smith Jr. is as good as any PG in the draft. "We're getting a guy that's an instant-impact guy."

ESPN Stats and Information  

Mavericks select Dennis Smith No. 9 overall. He's the highest-drafted player from NC State since Tom Gugliotta in 1992 (6th).

Kevin Pelton ESPN Staff Writer 

Love the fit of Dennis Smith, my most underrated prospect in the lottery, in Dallas. He should thrive in Rick Carlisle's spread pick-and-roll.

Ben Alamar ESPN Analytics 

Top Dennis Smith top comparable players according to ESPN's analytic draft model are: John Wall Derrick Rose Jrue Holiday CJ McCollum Tyreke Evans

Adam Reisinger ESPN.com 

With the No. 9 overall pick, the Mavericks selected Dennis Smith Jr. (G, NC State). In the past 20 years, three No. 9 picks have played for Dallas: Amar'e Stoudemire, Shawn Marion and Dirk Nowitzki.

Tim MacMahon ESPN Staff Writer 

The Mavs were wowed by Dennis Smith Jr.'s athleticism in his workout and believe he can contribute immediately.

Tim MacMahon ESPN Staff Writer 

Mavs GM Donnie Nelson: "This is a building-block opportunity that we won't miss on."

Tim MacMahon ESPN Staff Writer 

Mavs GM Donnie Nelson: "Don't look for a lot of movement. ... 9 is a very solid area where there's a group of players we really like."

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