When Mark Cuban was asked for a reason why he drafted N.C. State guard Dennis Smith on Thursday his answer was pretty straight forward.
The most impressive interview we had was when we talked to Dennis in person, he said. We were shocked when he fell to 9. We think we got the steal of the draft.
Watch him straight embarrass himself, not once, but twice attempting a 360 dunk while in overseas on a promotional tour for ANTA, the China-based sneaker brand he endorses.
Thompson, who recorded a 31.5-inch vertical leap at the 2011 NBA Draft Combine, had a career-low five made dunks in 2016-17 despite averaging 23.7 points. His 268 made 3-pointers was second in the NBA only to Curry.
Just stick to what you’re best at my boy. Griffin is much in the same boat as Paul. Griffin could sign something like a four-year, $175 million deal with the Clippers, $40 million more than any other team could manage.
But this is also Griffin’s first foray into free agency. A team with space to add him as a second option could significantly raise its ceiling. Griffin has extended his shooting range and improved his passing every season, so he would instantly improve many offenses.
The biggest question, though? What are teams willing to pay Griffin? He’s 27 years old with a long list of injuries, and his athleticism could be on the decline as a result. He’s also never been a great defender. He’s obviously a top talent, but there are a lot of variables at play here.