Former Mavericks Guard Dennis Smith Jr. Will Not Play Against Mavs In Dallas On Friday

Matt Galatzan
November 06, 2019 - 3:12 pm

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DALLAS (105.3 The Fan) - Former Dallas Mavericks point guard and No. 8 overall pick in the 2017 draft, Dennis Smith Jr., will not be active for the Knicks when they take on the Mavs at the American Airlines Center on Friday night, per a report from Sports Illustrated's Dalton Trigg. 

Per the report, Smith Jr. will be missing the game due to the death of his stepmother, who suddenly passed away.

Smith also missed the Knicks matchup with the Chicago Bulls on Monday, as well as the team's trip to Detroit to take on the Pistons on Wednesday. 

Since the Mavericks sent Smith to the Knicks as the main piece in their trade for Kristaps Porzingis last season, Smith has largely struggled and begun to fall out of favor with Knicks fans.

At one point, Smith was even booed by the crowd at Madison Square Garden in the second half of the team's home opener against the Boston Celtics, with the crowd chanting “We Want Frank (Ntilikina),’’ as Smith brought the ball up the court. 

Statistically, Smith has struggled as well, averaging one point, one assist, and 0.3 steals in 8.7 minutes per game while hitting 0.91-percent from the field.

Smith has also had an enormously wide disparity offensive and defensive rating with an offensive rating of 37 and a defensive rating of 111.

This would have been Smith's only opportunity this season to visit the American Airlines Center, and barring a trade, will now have to wait until the 2020-2021 season to play in Dallas again.