DSJ finishes NBA Summer League on a high note

Smith, the final player with state college ties left in the event, ended the week averaging 17.3 points and 4.8 assists in six games to solidify his stature as an up-and-coming star in the NBA


  Dennis Smith Jr. bounced back from a disappointing quarterfinal performance to score a team-high 21 points for the Dallas Mavericks against the Los Angeles Lakers in Sunday’s NBA Las Vegas Summer League semifinal.

It still wasn’t enough to lift his team into the championship game.

Smith made seven of his 13 field goal attempt and handed out six assists while leading a comeback that saw the Mavericks nearly erase an 18-point halftime deficit. He also recorded three rebounds and two steals to put an exclamation point on a spectacular professional debut in the tournament.

Smith, the final player with state college ties left in the event, finished the week averaging 17.3 points and 4.8 assists in six games to solidify his stature as an up-and-coming star in the NBA.

The Lakers and Portland Trailblazers will play for the Summer League title on Monday.

Here are the cumulative stats for all state players participating in the Las Vegas Summer League:

Brandon Ingram, Duke (Lakers): 1 game, 26.0 ppg, 9-17 FG, 1-4 3PT, 7-8 FT, 3.0 apg, 3.0 spg

Quinn Cook, Duke (Pelicans): 5 G, 20.6 ppg, 43-74 FG, 8-16 3PT, 9-10 FT, 3.6 rpg, 4.8 apg

Jayson Tatum, Duke (Celtics): 3 G, 17.7 ppg, 19-45 FG, 2-3 3PT, 13-15 FT, 8.0 rpg

Dennis Smith, NC State (Mavs) 6 G, 17.3 ppg, 32-70 FG, 9-26 3PT, 31-44 FT, 4.8 rpg, 4.2 apg

John Collins, Wake Forest (Hawks): 5 G, 15.4 ppg, 32-54 FG, 1-1 3PT, 13-18 FT, 9.2 rpg

Justin Jackson, UNC (Kings): 6 G, 14.2 ppg, 27-73 FG, 6-29 3PT, 11-12 FT, 4.0 rpg, 2.2 apg

Brice Johnson, UNC (Clippers): 4 G, 13.8 ppg, 22-40 FG, 11-15 FT, 5.0 rpg, 1.3 bpg

Marcus Paige, UNC (T-wolves): 5 G, 12.4 ppg, 22-63 FG, 13-33 3PT, 5-6 FT, 2.8 rpg, 5.0 apg

Kennedy Meeks, UNC (Raptors): 4 G, 11.3 ppg, 20-36 FG, 3-8 3PT, 2-4 FT, 5.5 rpg

C.J. Williams, NC State (T-wolves): 5 G, 10.9 ppg, 18-47 FG, 4-18 3PT, 14-17 FT, 2.8 rpg

Eric Griffin, Campbell (Jazz): 3 G, 10.7 ppg, 11-25 FG, 1-3 3PT, 5-9 FT, 7.0 rpg, 4.0 bpg

Tony Bradley, UNC (Jazz): 5 G, 10.6 ppg, 25-48 FG, 3-4 FT, 6.6 rpg, 1.2 bpg

Ryan Kelly Duke (Hawks): 4 G, 10.0 ppg, 12-33 FG, 3-12 3PT, 13-19 FT, 2.8 rpg

Jack Gibbs, Davidson (T-wolves): 5 G, 9.2 ppg, 18-51 FG, 9-27 3PT, 3-6 FT, 3.2 apg

Isaiah Hicks, UNC (Clippers): 4 G, 6.8 ppg, 11-18 FG, 5-8 FT, 2.3 rpg, 1.3 bpg

Kendall Marshall, UNC (Clippers): 4 G, 6.3 ppg, 9-18 FG, 1-1 3PT, 6-7 FT, 3.0 rpg, 7.8 apg

Matt Jones, Duke (Rockets): 2 G, 5.0 ppg, 2-10 FG, 2-6 3PT, 4-5 FT, 3.0 rpg

Scott Wood, NC State (Celtics): 4 G, 3.3 ppg, 5-15 FG, 3-10 3PT, 2.3 rpg

J.P. Tokoto, UNC (Jazz): 3 G, 2.7 ppg, 3-13 FG, 2-8 3PT, 1.7 rpg, 1.7 apg

Amile Jefferson, Duke (T-wolves): 5 G, 2.2 ppg, 4-14 FG, 3-6 FT, 3.6 rpg

Nate Britt, UNC (Hawks): 3 G, 1.7 ppg, 2-8 FG, 0-4 3PT, 1-3 FT, 1.7 apg


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