Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James told reporters Saturday that the Dallas Mavericks should be thrilled they were able to land Dennis Smith Jr. in the 2017 NBA draft. "The [New York] Knicks passed on a really good one," James said after the Cavaliers' 111-104 win at American Airlines Center, per the Dallas Morning News' Brad Townsend. "Dallas got the diamond in the rough. He should be a Knick. That's going to make some headlines, but he should be a Knick. ... "He's an unbelievable talent. Athleticism. He's very poised to be his age. Can shoot the ball, can penetrate. He's only going to get better and better with the opportunities that he's given here to play. Dallas got a good one." James isn't kidding. Although Smith is only 11 games into his career, he's looked the part of a franchise point guard—especially since the start of the month. In five November appearances, Smith is averaging 19.0 points, 4.4 assists, 4.6 rebounds and 1.0 steals. He helped bolster those totals with 21 points, seven dimes, five boards, two blocks and a pair of steals while shooting 8-of-16 from the field against the Cavaliers. The Knicks, meanwhile, opted for French floor general Frank Ntilikina over Smith at No. 8 overall.
LeBron: Knicks should have drafted Dennis Smith Jr. at No. 8
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