You think Dennis Smith Jr can be as good or better than Dame Lillard?

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You think Dennis Smith Jr can be as good or better than Dame Lillard? 

Post#1 » by fileman3 » Mon Jul 17, 2017 1:11 am

I only ask because they look alike and play the same postion lol, the guy looks great so far tho
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Re: You think Dennis Smith Jr can be as good or better than Dame Lillard? 

Post#2 » by Pattycakes » Mon Jul 17, 2017 1:19 am

I think DSJ is more like CJ if anything, but to answer your question...yes he COULD be. From the eye test, Smith looks to have as much potential as anybody in the draft and 22-25 ppg is not unforeseeable from him. Maybe, more like 16-17 this year and a jump to 22 next... But I wouldn't compare him to Dame based on playing style alone.
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Re: You think Dennis Smith Jr can be as good or better than Dame Lillard? 

Post#3 » by fileman3 » Mon Jul 17, 2017 1:22 am

Pattycakes wrote:I think DSJ is more like CJ if anything, but to answer your question...yes he COULD be. From the eye test, Smith looks to have as much potential as anybody in the draft and 22-25 ppg is not unforeseeable from him. Maybe, more like 16-17 this year and a jump to 22 next... But I wouldn't compare him to Dame based on playing style alone.


How do him and dame differ in playstyle?
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Post#4 » by dorkestra » Mon Jul 17, 2017 1:22 am

If he keeps his head straight, he's going to be amazing.
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Post#5 » by bon » Mon Jul 17, 2017 1:23 am

I really love his potential as a two way player so definitely, yeah. He could be.
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Post#6 » by akhan786 » Mon Jul 17, 2017 1:33 am

DSJ is entering the league far younger than when Dame did. I could definitely see him get to Dame's level and maybe even surpass it.
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Post#7 » by Pattycakes » Mon Jul 17, 2017 1:34 am

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Pattycakes wrote:I think DSJ is more like CJ if anything, but to answer your question...yes he COULD be. From the eye test, Smith looks to have as much potential as anybody in the draft and 22-25 ppg is not unforeseeable from him. Maybe, more like 16-17 this year and a jump to 22 next... But I wouldn't compare him to Dame based on playing style alone.


How do him and dame differ in playstyle?

As in they both penetrate and can shoot big 3s?

I don't see it...

It's honestly a compliment to say he looks more like CJ who has a wider offensive skill-set than Dame.
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Re: You think Dennis Smith Jr can be as good or better than Dame Lillard? 

Post#8 » by RightToCensor » Mon Jul 17, 2017 1:36 am

Depends on his work ethic
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Re: You think Dennis Smith Jr can be as good or better than Dame Lillard? 

Post#9 » by Manhattan Project » Mon Jul 17, 2017 1:39 am

Is it bad that every time he takes off for a dunk I get a bad vibe? Biggest reason I soured on his long term potential, he's probably going to be a stud for 4-6 years before injuries hamper him.
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Post#10 » by Pointgod » Mon Jul 17, 2017 1:52 am

Damian Lillard is DSJ's floor.

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Post#11 » by Hindenburg » Mon Jul 17, 2017 1:57 am

Way too early to say. These summer league games can be very deceiving.
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Post#12 » by King Close » Mon Jul 17, 2017 2:02 am

Can we pause all of these crazy threads until these kids play a single game in the NBA?
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Re: You think Dennis Smith Jr can be as good or better than Dame Lillard? 

Post#13 » by agentofatlas » Mon Jul 17, 2017 2:09 am

Manhattan Project wrote:Is it bad that every time he takes off for a dunk I get a bad vibe? Biggest reason I soured on his long term potential, he's probably going to be a stud for 4-6 years before injuries hamper him.


Why do I get a feeling this is what people, especially NY fans, wish would happen?

I mean his drives aren't really as aggressive or violent as Rose or Westbrook's. Call me crazy but he actually plays with more pace than either of them.

Anyways, can he be as good as Lillard? Skill set wise they're different but I think he can reach that level of play. His floor game is better than i thought and he seems to be a willing passer specifically off of the pick and roll. I think he would look a lot better in the reg season with Rick coaching and playing with the starters.
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Re: You think Dennis Smith Jr can be as good or better than Dame Lillard? 

Post#14 » by draftnightsuit » Mon Jul 17, 2017 2:10 am

Smith is Steve Francis.

Nothing more nothing less.
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Post#15 » by The_Hater » Mon Jul 17, 2017 2:14 am

Reminds me more of Baron Davis, not sure I see the Lillard comp.

Lillard is a very good shooter, Smith has a lot of work to do to catch up on thst end. But Smith looks stronger physically and more athletic.
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Re: You think Dennis Smith Jr can be as good or better than Dame Lillard? 

Post#16 » by Domejandro » Mon Jul 17, 2017 2:15 am

I absolutely love Dennis Smith Jr., I see him as a more efficient Baron Davis (which is a phenomenal player).
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Re: You think Dennis Smith Jr can be as good or better than Dame Lillard? 

Post#17 » by Manhattan Project » Mon Jul 17, 2017 2:19 am

agentofatlas wrote:Why do I get a feeling this is what people, especially NY fans, wish would happen?

I mean his drives aren't really as aggressive or violent as Rose or Westbrook's. Call me crazy but he actually plays with more pace than either of them.


Don't wish no harm on him, it sadly just looks like it's going to be inevitable. Of course there's going to be a large contingency of Knick fans who wanted Smith over Frank, but lets see these guys play maybe some games before this story drives us all insane. I mean we got highlights already breaking down the way Smith lands on his dunks and jump shots, combine that with injuries he's already had? He's just going to have to wear that red flag, but hopefully he never gets hurt. On the other hand there are tons of Knick fans who were extremely happy we drafted Frank, myself included and it had nothing to do with potential injuries, I personally just like Frank as the better fit.

Not to derail the thread, but Smith is going to have to prove he can shoot like Lillard, Lillard in that regard is light years ahead of Smith.
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Post#18 » by Spintown » Mon Jul 17, 2017 2:21 am

Smiths not the outside shooter lilard is
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Post#19 » by azcatz11 » Mon Jul 17, 2017 2:22 am

draftnightsuit wrote:Smith is Steve Francis.

Nothing more nothing less.


IS that a good thing or bad thing?
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Post#20 » by dc » Mon Jul 17, 2017 2:23 am

Manhattan Project wrote:Is it bad that every time he takes off for a dunk I get a bad vibe? Biggest reason I soured on his long term potential, he's probably going to be a stud for 4-6 years before injuries hamper him.


That's kind of been my feeling about him as well. He'll be electric his first 6 years in the league or so, but when you consider his style of play at the size he's at, it's not exactly a recipe for longevity.

So he'all be good for at least half a decade. Then you get whatever knee injuries come his way and it's not hard to see him falling of a cliff at a younger age than most other players.
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