LeBron James Says Dennis Smith Jr. Should Be on Knicks; NY Passed on PG in Draft

Dallas Mavericks guard Dennis Smith Jr., right, shoots near New Orleans Pelicans guard Jrue Holiday during the second half of an NBA basketball game, Friday, Nov. 3, 2017, in Dallas. (AP Photo/Mike Stone)Mike Stone/Associated Press

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 NewsBrad 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.”