Recent clashes between the Dallas Mavericks and New York Knicks have centered on the Dirk Nowitzki-Kristaps Porzingis matchup, and rightfully so. The two 7-footers represent opposite ends of the spectrum, at least in terms of career arc, in the development of the stretch-4 forward.
And while Nowitzki and Porzingis will still take center stage when the Mavs (13-27) and Knicks (18-21) hook up Sunday night at American Airlines Center, plenty of attention will fall on a pair of rookie point guards who figure to be forever tied.
Dennis Smith Jr. of the Mavericks and the Knicks' Frank Ntilikina were taken back-to-back in last summer's NBA Draft. Ntilikina was taken eighth, with Smith following right behind to Dallas.
A popular narrative is the Mavs bluffed their way to Smith while fawning all over the Belgium-born and French-raised Ntilikina, always with the intention of taking of taking the North Carolina State product. >> Read more
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