Newy Scruggs, sports anchor at NBC5 in Dallas-Fort Worth (KXAS-TV) and radio host weekly from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on NBC Sports Radio Sirius XM 213/202 and NBCSportsRadio.com, answered your questions in a live chat Wednesday. Below are highlights, edited for clarity:
Will inconsistency be the downfall of Dennis Smith Jr.? At least in terms of being an explosive asset like the Mavs thought he could be?
Scruggs: I was at the game Tuesday night against the Wizards and Smith played very well against John Wall.
After the game head coach Rick Carlisle praised the growth of Smith as a point guard in his second season.
The kid came into the NBA as a teenager and is learning the game. He will get better.
I remember how Chuancey Billups went through some bumps in his career. Boston gave up on him and we saw what he would develop into. Steph Curry was not lighting up the world to start his career with the Warriors.
Dallas is the same fan base that booed Steve Nash in his early Mavericks career. Dallas fans were on Dirk Nowitzki early in his career — some wishing the club had instead drafted Paul Pierce.
So with all due respect, I think Dallas fans may not be the best when it comes to evaluating young NBA talent.
Smith is a building block and will one day be an All Star player.
Luka Doncic laughed off last week’s stolen rebound, but are the rumors about beef between the rookie and DeAndre Jordan true?
Scruggs: After the Tuesday win against Washington, DeAndre Jordan laughed about learning not to mess with someone getting a double-double. His playful response came from a question asking about Harrison Barnes having a double-double in the win over the Wizards.
Jordan is looking to get a big contract in the offseason and he knows getting rebounds is his way to land it.
I think the fan base and some media ran with the story and made it a bigger deal. Ask Thunder players how many rebounds Russell Westbrook has snatched about in his quest for triple-doubles.
Personally, I’m just happy to see a Mavs player go get some rebounds after what we have seen the last few years at the center spot.