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33-49, 5th in Southwest

Tim MacMahon ESPN Staff Writer 

Dennis Smith Jr. on four PGs being picked before him: "I just use it as fuel to the fire. I've been underrated my whole life, and I'm perfectly fine with it. I'm accustomed to it. I'm going to go out and be Dennis Smith, and nothing can stop that."

Tim MacMahon ESPN Staff Writer 

Donnie Nelson says Dennis Smith Jr. pick eliminates need for Mavs to target PG in free agency.

Tim MacMahon ESPN Staff Writer 

Dennis Smith Jr. compared himself to "Derrick Rose with a jump shot" during a pre-draft interview with the Mavs.

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Mavericks snag Smith with the ninth pick (0:48)

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."

Tim MacMahon ESPN Staff Writer 

Sources say Mavs and Timberwolves discussed swapping Wesley Matthews and the No. 9 pick for Ricky Rubio and No. 7. However, a source described those talks as "dead" at this point. Dallas does not feel urgency to move up from No. 9.

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2dLuke Knox

Best No. 9 pick ever: Dirk Nowitzki

In 1998, the Bucks took Nowitzki, who was then traded to the Mavericks and finished with more career win shares than any other No. 9 selection in NBA draft history.

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Ntilikina's coach to join Mavs' summer staff

ESPN's Chad Ford reports that French point guard Frank Ntilikina's coach at SIG Strasbourg, Vincent Collet, will coach with the Dallas Mavericks' summer league team in Orlando. Ntilikina is projected to go to the Knicks at No. 8 in Ford's latest mock draft. Dallas has the ninth pick.

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Nowitzki named a captain for NBA Africa Game

Dirk Nowitzki, the career scoring leader among international players, will be one of the captains for the NBA's Africa Game on Aug. 5 along with Kemba Walker, Luol Deng and Thabo Sefolosha.

Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

Louisville's Donovan Mitchell will not meet with the Knicks on Monday, as has been reported. He is working out for the Dallas Mavericks on Monday in front of Donnie Nelson and his staff and is scheduled to work out for the Knicks on Tuesday and meet with Phil Jackson and his staff, according to sources familiar with the Knicks' workout schedule. Mitchell has drawn strong interest from the Knicks and his workout could be the last one for the club before it makes its final decisions on the eighth pick. Also under consideration are French guard Frank Ntilikina, North Carolina State's Dennis Smith Jr. and Kentucky guard Malik Monk, among others. Mitchell, who prefers to work out in a group setting to show teams his defensive skill set, will workout in a group setting along with Villanova's Josh Hart – a potential second-round pick for NYK – and others, per sources.

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6dJeff Goodman

Grade A Mock: What should Mavs do?

This is a mock draft, but it's not an ordinary mock. This time, instead of making predictions, Jeff Goodman plays the role of decision-maker for each franchise.

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Dennis Smith Jr. draft highlights (0:47)

Team Stats

Points Per Game97.930th
Rebounds Per Game38.630th
Assists Per Game20.827th
Points Allowed100.84th

Team History

YEARWLPCT
2016-173349.402
2015-164240.512
2014-155032.610
2013-144933.598
2012-134141.500