Last night 3 former NC State players were in action in the NBA. Here is a rundown.
The Dallas Mavericks (10-25) pulled off a major upset last night, beating the Raptors (23-9) 98-93. Former NC State Point guard Dennis Smith Jr. had 8 points, 5 rebounds, and 4 assists. DSJ continued to struggle from the field, only connecting on 3 of his 14 shot attempts. Thus far, Smith Jr is averaging 14 points (39 FG%), 4 rebounds and 4 assists in his rookie season, starting 27 of the 27 games he has played in.
Despite the poor shooting performance, Mavs head coach Rick Carlisle was pumped.
“Smith was in a constant attacking mode,” Carlisle said. “He pushed himself to a level tonight that gave our team goose bumps to watch. And it’s hard. It’s so much work and requires so much energy and will. But tonight convinced me that this kid is going to be a great player. (link)
TJ Warren and the Suns took down the Grizzlies 99-97, compliments of an alley-oop dunk by Tyson Chandler with 0.4 seconds left. Warren was efficient, scoring 17 points (7-14 FG). He started in all 36 of the games that he has played in, averaging 19 points (49.4 FG%) and 5.6 rebounds.
TYSON CHANDLER, WOW. pic.twitter.com/1AwkXI9obI
— Legion Hoops (@LegionHoops) December 27, 2017
CJ Williams started for the Clippers once again last night, and has started 6 of the 21 games that he has played for Los Angeles. He played 22 minutes in the Clips 122-95 victory over the Kings last night, scoring 4 points (2-4 FG), and he also picked up 2 assists and 2 blocks. Williams is averaging 5 points per game.
Sindarius Thornwell (Darth?) on the receiving end of a pretty oop from CJ Williams pic.twitter.com/aXLPQWmoiA
— CJ Fogler (@cjzero) December 27, 2017
Unless the Clippers figure out a way to give Williams a new contract, CJ’s time in the NBA this year is coming to a close. He signed a two-way contract with the Clips prior to the season, which only allows a player to play for their NBA team for 45 total days, and play the rest of the year for the G-League affiliate. Los Angeles head coach Doc Rivers addresses this at the end of the presser below. He says that Williams has played “great” but the options of keeping him up aren’t “great” either.