The first official basket of Dennis Smith’s NBA career—and the first two points of the Dallas Mavericks’ season—came on a dunk, naturally. Smith started for Dallas on Wednesday night and logged 29 minutes; he finished the night with 16 points, 10 assists, and three rebounds.
DSJ is the youngest NBA player ever to record a points-assists double-double in his league debut. That’s a pretty good start for a kid many expect to win the league’s rookie of the year award this season. He was 6-12 from the field overall, and 5-8 inside the arc.
Success inside the arc is what will most likely define his first year as a professional and so far, so good. Dunks help a lot with the accuracy thing. Here’s to seeing a lot more dunks from Dennis in what will otherwise be a rough season for the Mavs. There’s still at least a little fun to be had.