Dallas Mavericks rookie Guard Dennis Smith Jr. almost pulled off the signature dunk of the NBA Summer League season Thursday night in Las Vegas.
All the ingredients were there: He drove to the middle of lane, elevated above a crowd of Sacramento Kings defenders and cocked back for an insane tomahawk slam. But it’s not about how you start, but rather how you finish.
Check out Smith’s spectacular low-light in the tweet below:
We’re going to go out on a limb and say that Smith will convert on a few of these throughout his career.
Furthermore, it seems inevitable the No. 9 pick in the 2017 NBA Draft will be a staple in dunk contests for years to come.
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