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Mavericks pick at No. 9: Dennis Smith Jr., NC State guard

The Dallas Mavericks selected NC State guard Dennis Smith Jr. with the No. 9 overall pick of the 2017 NBA draft on Thursday night.

Ford’s Big Board ranking — No. 7: “One of the most explosive players in the draft, Smith is an elite athlete and finisher at the rim. He showed an improved jump shot in college.” More (Insider)

Kevin Pelton’s stats and scouting ranking — No. 4: “Smith’s production was remarkably similar to [Markelle] Fultz’s, and his projected player win percentage as a rookie (the per-minute component of WARP, akin to PER) is actually slightly better.” More (Insider)

Scouting report — positives:

  • Super athletic point guard

  • Explosive leaper

  • Very quick with the ball

Scouting report — negatives:

  • Needs to continue to improve his shooting

  • Coming off a torn ACL

Read the full scouting report (Insider)

ESPN Analytics projection (within his first five seasons):

  • Chances he’ll be an All-Star: 4.5 percent

  • Chances he’ll be a starter: 24.2 percent

  • Chances he’ll be a role player: 25.0 percent

More player projections | How our projection model works

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Article source: http://www.espn.com/nba/story/_/id/19691463/2017-nba-draft-dallas-mavericks-pick-no-9-dennis-smith-jr-nc-state-guard

Vote: What’s your grade for the Mavericks’ draft?

With draft night in the rearview mirror, here’s your chance to evaluate the pick the Dallas Mavericks made Thursday (point guard Dennis Smith Jr. at No. 9). In his draft report card for every teamInsider, ESPN Insider Chad Ford explained why he’s a fan of Dallas’ move. Are you?

For more coverage of the draft and a recap of all of the picks, check out our Draftcast.

Article source: http://www.espn.com/sportsnation/story/_/id/19709450/sportsnation-your-grade-dallas-mavericks-2017-nba-draft-class

Rank ’em: Which player made the best fashion statement at the 2017 NBA draft?

The NBA draft is a chance for the latest crop of basketball talent to make eye-catching fashion choices — and the 2017 NBA draft class did not disappoint.

Some players, such as Malik Monk with his “The Woodz” pattern or Zach Collins with his homage to the famous “Welcome to Las Vegas” sign, incorporated nods to their hometowns. Other fashion decisions carried deeper sentiment: The lining of No. 5 overall pick De’Aaron Fox‘s suit featured breast cancer ribbons as a tribute to his mother, a breast cancer survivor.

Which prospect made the best fashion statement at this year’s draft? Using the arrows next to each choice, weigh in by ranking the sharply dressed players below.


Bowties and shoes

Still other prospects went for flashy, unique accessories and footwear:

While the NBA draft picks were dressed for success at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn on Thursday night, it remains to be seen how they’ll look — or play — in the uniforms of their new teams when the 2017-18 NBA season begins.

— Brendan C. Hall

Article source: http://www.espn.com/sportsnation/story/_/id/19712893/which-player-made-best-fashion-statement-2017-nba-draft

Nowitzki named a captain for NBA Africa Game

NEW YORK — Dirk Nowitzki, the career scoring leader among international players, will be one of the captains for the NBA’s Africa Game on Aug. 5.

The league and the National Basketball Players Association announced Monday that the Dallas Mavericks star will be a co-captain of Team World along with Charlotte Hornets All-Star Kemba Walker. Team Africa will be captained by the Lakers’ Luol Deng, who is from the South Sudan, and Atlanta’s Thabo Sefolosha, whose father is from South Africa.

Nowitzki is a 13-time All-Star. Last season, the German became the first international player with 30,000 career points.

The game will take place in Johannesburg. A full roster of players and coaches will be announced at a later date.

Article source: http://www.espn.com/nba/story/_/id/19679836/dirk-nowitzki-dallas-mavericks-serve-captain-nba-africa-game

NBA Las Vegas Summer League schedule release

The release of the 2017 NBA Las Vegas Summer League reveals a matchup between the top two draft picks. The Boston Celtics will face off with the Los Angeles Lakers on July 8 at 8:30 p.m. ET on ESPN.

Per the NBA, a record 24 teams will participate in the 11-day, 67-game competition. The event tips off with a tripleheader on NBA TV on July 7 and continues through July 17 at the Thomas Mack Center and Cox Pavilion in Las Vegas. The championship game will be on July 17 at 10 p.m. ET, broadcast for the first time on ESPN.

The championship game set its own kind of records last year as well: for total attendance, single-day attendance, combined viewership across ESPN and NBA TV, and traffic to the NBA’s social media platforms.

Per NBA.com, below is the full schedule release.

NBA Summer League 2017 Game Schedule

(All times listed are PACIFIC)

Friday, July 7

Cox Pavilion

3 p.m. – Toronto vs. New Orleans (NBA TV)

5 p.m. – Brooklyn vs. Atlanta (NBA TV)

7 p.m. – Houston vs. Denver (NBA TV)

Thomas Mack

3:30 p.m. – Milwaukee vs. Cleveland (ESPN2)

5:30 p.m. – L.A. Clippers vs. L.A. Lakers (ESPN)

7:30 p.m. – Phoenix vs. Sacramento (ESPN2)

Saturday, July 8

Cox Pavilion 1 p.m. – Washington vs. Memphis (ESPNU)

3 p.m. – Portland vs. Utah (ESPNU)

5 p.m. – Miami vs. San Antonio (ESPNU)

7 p.m. – Houston vs. Cleveland (ESPNU)

Thomas Mack

1:30 p.m. – Dallas vs. Chicago (NBA TV)

3:30 p.m. – Toronto vs. Minnesota (NBA TV)

5:30 p.m. – Boston vs. L.A. Lakers (ESPN)

7:30 p.m. – Philadelphia vs. Golden State (ESPN2)

Sunday, July 9

Cox Pavilion

1 p.m. – Atlanta vs. New Orleans (NBA TV)

3 p.m. – Milwaukee vs. Brooklyn (NBA TV)

5 p.m. – Utah vs. L.A. Clippers (NBA TV)

7 p.m. – Memphis vs. Sacramento (NBA TV)

Thomas Mack

1:30 p.m. – Phoenix vs. Dallas (ESPN)

3:30 p.m. – Minnesota vs. Denver (ESPN2)

5:30 p.m. – Portland vs. Boston (ESPN2)

7:30 p.m. – Philadelphia vs. San Antonio (ESPN2)

Monday, July 10

Cox Pavilion

1 p.m. – Atlanta vs. Chicago (ESPNU)

3 p.m. – Brooklyn vs. New Orleans (ESPNU)

5 p.m. – Denver vs. Toronto (ESPNU)

7 p.m. – L.A. Clippers vs. Milwaukee (ESPN2)

Thomas Mack

1:30 p.m. – Miami vs. Washington (NBA TV)

3:30 p.m. – Houston vs. Phoenix (NBA TV)

5:30 p.m. – Golden State vs. Cleveland (NBA TV)

7:30 p.m. – L.A. Lakers vs. Sacramento (NBA TV)

Tuesday, July 11

Cox Pavilion

1 p.m. – San Antonio vs. Portland (NBA TV)

3 p.m. – Chicago vs. Washington (NBA TV)

5 p.m. – Miami vs. Dallas (NBA TV)

Thomas Mack

1:30 p.m. – Utah vs. Memphis (ESPNU)

3:30 p.m. – Philadelphia vs. Boston (ESPN2)

5:30 p.m. – Golden State vs. Minnesota (ESPN2)

Wednesday, July 12

Seeds 9-24 will play in eight games at the below times and locations:

Cox Pavilion: 1 p.m., 3 p.m., 5 p.m. and 7 p.m.

Thomas Mack: 1:30 p.m., 3:30 p.m., 5:30 p.m., 7:30 p.m.

Thursday, July 13

Seeds 1-8 will play against the winners of July 13 games at the below times and locations:

Cox Pavilion: 1 p.m., 3 p.m., 5 p.m. and 7 p.m.

Thomas Mack: 1:30 p.m., 3:30 p.m., 5:30 p.m., 7:30 p.m.

Friday, July 14

Losers from games on July 13 and July 14 will play at the below times and locations:

Cox Pavilion: 1 p.m., 3 p.m., 5 p.m. and 7 p.m. (ESPN Family of Networks)

Thomas Mack: 1:30 p.m., 3:30 p.m., 5:30 p.m., 7:30 p.m. (NBA TV)

Saturday, July 15

Quarterfinals winners from games on July 14 will play at the below times:

Thomas Mack: 1 p.m., 3 p.m., 5 p.m. and 7 p.m. (ESPN2/ ESPNU)

Sunday, July 16

Semifinals winners from games on July 16 will play at the below times:

Thomas Mack: 3 p.m. and 5 p.m. (ESPN2)

Monday, July 17

Championship winners from games on July 17 will play at the below time:

Thomas Mack: 7 p.m. (ESPN)

Article source: http://www.espn.com/nba/story/_/id/19649138/nba-las-vegas-summer-league-schedule-release

NBA Summer League schedule release

The release of the 2017 NBA Summer League reveals a matchup between the top two draft picks. The Boston Celtics will face off with the Los Angeles Lakers on July 8 at 8:30 p.m. ET on ESPN.

Per the NBA, a record 24 teams will participate in the 11-day, 67-game competition. The event tips off with a tripleheader on NBA TV on July 7 and continues through July 17 at the Thomas Mack Center and Cox Pavilion in Las Vegas. The championship game will be on July 17 at 10 p.m. ET, broadcast for the first time on ESPN.

The championship game set its own kind of records last year as well: for total attendance, single-day attendance, combined viewership across ESPN and NBA TV, and traffic to the NBA’s social media platforms.

Per NBA.com, below is the full schedule release.

NBA Summer League 2017 Game Schedule

(All times listed are PACIFIC)

Friday, July 7

Cox Pavilion

3 p.m. – Toronto vs. New Orleans (NBA TV)

5 p.m. – Brooklyn vs. Atlanta (NBA TV)

7 p.m. – Houston vs. Denver (NBA TV)

Thomas Mack

3:30 p.m. – Milwaukee vs. Cleveland (ESPN2)

5:30 p.m. – L.A. Clippers vs. L.A. Lakers (ESPN)

7:30 p.m. – Phoenix vs. Sacramento (ESPN2)

Saturday, July 8

Cox Pavilion 1 p.m. – Washington vs. Memphis (ESPNU)

3 p.m. – Portland vs. Utah (ESPNU)

5 p.m. – Miami vs. San Antonio (ESPNU)

7 p.m. – Houston vs. Cleveland (ESPNU)

Thomas Mack

1:30 p.m. – Dallas vs. Chicago (NBA TV)

3:30 p.m. – Toronto vs. Minnesota (NBA TV)

5:30 p.m. – Boston vs. L.A. Lakers (ESPN)

7:30 p.m. – Philadelphia vs. Golden State (ESPN2)

Sunday, July 9

Cox Pavilion

1 p.m. – Atlanta vs. New Orleans (NBA TV)

3 p.m. – Milwaukee vs. Brooklyn (NBA TV)

5 p.m. – Utah vs. L.A. Clippers (NBA TV)

7 p.m. – Memphis vs. Sacramento (NBA TV)

Thomas Mack

1:30 p.m. – Phoenix vs. Dallas (ESPN)

3:30 p.m. – Minnesota vs. Denver (ESPN2)

5:30 p.m. – Portland vs. Boston (ESPN2)

7:30 p.m. – Philadelphia vs. San Antonio (ESPN2)

Monday, July 10

Cox Pavilion

1 p.m. – Atlanta vs. Chicago (ESPNU)

3 p.m. – Brooklyn vs. New Orleans (ESPNU)

5 p.m. – Denver vs. Toronto (ESPNU)

7 p.m. – L.A. Clippers vs. Milwaukee (ESPN2)

Thomas Mack

1:30 p.m. – Miami vs. Washington (NBA TV)

3:30 p.m. – Houston vs. Phoenix (NBA TV)

5:30 p.m. – Golden State vs. Cleveland (NBA TV)

7:30 p.m. – L.A. Lakers vs. Sacramento (NBA TV)

Tuesday, July 11

Cox Pavilion

1 p.m. – San Antonio vs. Portland (NBA TV)

3 p.m. – Chicago vs. Washington (NBA TV)

5 p.m. – Miami vs. Dallas (NBA TV)

Thomas Mack

1:30 p.m. – Utah vs. Memphis (ESPNU)

3:30 p.m. – Philadelphia vs. Boston (ESPN2)

5:30 p.m. – Golden State vs. Minnesota (ESPN2)

Wednesday, July 12

Seeds 9-24 will play in eight games at the below times and locations:

Cox Pavilion: 1 p.m., 3 p.m., 5 p.m. and 7 p.m.

Thomas Mack: 1:30 p.m., 3:30 p.m., 5:30 p.m., 7:30 p.m.

Thursday, July 13

Seeds 1-8 will play against the winners of July 13 games at the below times and locations:

Cox Pavilion: 1 p.m., 3 p.m., 5 p.m. and 7 p.m.

Thomas Mack: 1:30 p.m., 3:30 p.m., 5:30 p.m., 7:30 p.m.

Friday, July 14

Losers from games on July 13 and July 14 will play at the below times and locations:

Cox Pavilion: 1 p.m., 3 p.m., 5 p.m. and 7 p.m. (ESPN Family of Networks)

Thomas Mack: 1:30 p.m., 3:30 p.m., 5:30 p.m., 7:30 p.m. (NBA TV)

Saturday, July 15

Quarterfinals winners from games on July 14 will play at the below times:

Thomas Mack: 1 p.m., 3 p.m., 5 p.m. and 7 p.m. (ESPN2/ ESPNU)

Sunday, July 16

Semifinals winners from games on July 16 will play at the below times:

Thomas Mack: 3 p.m. and 5 p.m. (ESPN2)

Monday, July 17

Championship winners from games on July 17 will play at the below time:

Thomas Mack: 7 p.m. (ESPN)

Article source: http://www.espn.com/nba/story/_/id/19649138/nba-summer-league-schedule-release