February 28, 2018, 9:37 amDennis SmithPG, Dallas Mavericks
Dennis Smith has played point guard his whole life but he’s struggling being used at shooting guard lately.
Rick Carlisle has tinkered with his lineup to get J.J. Barea starting at point guard and have Smith as the shooting guard. While Smith understands this is a long journey and that Carlisle wants to make him more polished, the current situation is not easy to handle for the rookie. Smith has averaged 10.0 points, 2.5 assists, 5.5 rebounds and 4.0 turnovers in the two games he started at shooting guard while he has shot 7-for-27 from the floor and 1-for-10 from 3-point range. Kudos to the Mavs for manufacturing another effective way to tank. Carlisle believes that Smith can benefit from knowing all the things that go into being a shooting guard but Smith clearly has struggled in the two games since the All-Star break and owners can hope the sudden position change won’t last long.
Source: Dallas Morning News