Last Game
Sun, Feb 5
vs Orlando Magic (22-32)

Eastern Southeast Standings

Team W-L L10 STRK
29-25 5-5 L2
27-27 5-5 L1
24-28 6-4 L2
22-32 6-4 W2
15-40 4-6 L4

2022 Stats

Minutes Per Game
Points Per Game
Field Goal Percentage
Rebounds Per Game
Assists Per Game
Regular Season 25.0 7.8 40.8 2.8 4.5

Top Dennis Smith Jr. News

  • Hornets' Dennis Smith: Good to go Friday

    Smith (wrist) will take the floor Friday versus the Pistons.

    Already tabbed as probable on the initial injury report, Smith will take his usual in the rotation as the backup point guard behind LaMelo Ball. Even so, Smith doesn't produce consistently enough in a bench role to warrant fantasy consideration in most fantasy formats.

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  • Hornets' Dennis Smith: Probable Friday

    Smith is probable for Friday's game against the Pistons due to a left wrist sprain.

    Smith hasn't missed any games since the start of the calendar year, and it appears likely that he'll be able to suit up Friday despite his wrist issue. Over his last five appearances, he's averaged 5.0 points and 3.2 rebounds in 21.0 minutes per game.

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  • Hornets' Dennis Smith: Will play Sunday

    Smith (illness) is available for Sunday's matchup against the Heat.

    As expected, Smith will play Sunday after initially being listed as probable with an illness. The backup point guard has appeared in 13 straight games and has averaged 6.8 points, 4.2 assists, 2.3 rebounds and 1.0 steals in 23.3 minutes during that stretch.

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  • Hornets' Dennis Smith: Likely to play Sunday

    Smith is probable for Sunday's meeting with Miami due to a non-COVID illness.

    Smith has received a probable designation due to an illness and will likely play Sunday. However, his status is worth keeping an eye on, considering his availability will be determined by how he feels prior to Sunday's 1:00 PM EST tipoff.

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  • Hornets' Dennis Smith: Dishes out nine assists

    Smith notched 15 points (6-11 FG, 0-1 3Pt, 3-4 FT), nine assists and three rebounds across 29 minutes during Monday's 120-102 loss to the Jazz.

    Though he hasn't entered the starting five while point guard LaMelo Ball (ankle) has been sidelined for the past two games, Smith has benefited from an uptick in playing time on the second unit and has been a strong source of assists in the star floor general's absence. Smith hasn't provided his usual production in the defensive categories in either of those contests, but he made up for it Monday by providing better-than-expected scoring production. Fantasy managers should still continue to stream Smith mainly for assists and steals for any future games that Ball misses.

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  • Hornets' Dennis Smith: Gets more run after LaMelo's exit

    Smith finished with nine points (2-8 FG, 0-2 3Pt, 5-6 FT), seven rebounds, two rebounds and one steal across 29 minutes in Wednesday's 122-117 win over the Rockets.

    While Smith's overall stat line doesn't inspire reason to run to the waiver wire, the fact that starting point guard LaMelo Ball exited the contest with a sprained left ankle is enough to make Smith worthy of a cursory pickup in 12-team category leagues. The Hornets have yet to provide an updated timeline for Ball's return, but given that he previously missed 13 and 11 games earlier in the season due to sprains of the same left ankle, it's reasonable to expect the third-year player to miss some time after his latest aggravation. In his 11 starts this season when Ball has been sidelined, Smith averaged 10.0 points, 6.5 assists, 3.9 rebounds, 1.9 steals and 0.5 blocks in 30.9 minutes.

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  • Hornets' Dennis Smith: Decreased minutes again

    Smith contributed two points (1-4 FG), one rebound, three assists and one steal in 17 minutes during Saturday's 122-106 loss to Boston.

    With the backcourt of Charlotte back to full strength, Smith has had much less of a role and his minutes have dropped in each of the past three games. He can still put up decent numbers, particularly steals and assists, but only if he's going to see over 20 minutes per game. Look at the 25-year-old guard as a solid stream option if LaMelo Ball or Terry Rozier miss some time.

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  • Hornets' Dennis Smith: Scores eight points in return

    Smith (ankle) registered eight points (3-10 FG, 1-3 3Pt, 1-2 FT), three rebounds, one assist and one steal in 18 minutes during Monday's 121-115 loss to the Lakers.

    Smith missed each of Charlotte's previous 18 games due to an ankle injury, so it's not surprising that he was limited to 18 minutes Monday. The sixth-year pro struggled with his shot and committed three fouls in his limited court time, though that's understandable given the long layoff. Smith was working as the Hornets' staring point guard earlier in the campaign, but those days are numbered now that LaMelo Ball is back in action. That being said, the Hornets could look to have Smith and Ball share the court more frequently moving forward, as Kelly Oubre (hand) didn't play Monday and Gordon Hayward exited early with a hamstring injury. Both Oubre and Hayward could be sidelined for the Hornets' next game Wednesday against the Grizzlies.

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  • Hornets' Dennis Smith: Available to return Monday

    Smith (ankle) is available for Monday's contest against the Lakers, Roderick Boone of The Charlotte Observer reports.

    After missing Charlotte's past 18 contests, Smith is officially available to make his return to game action. The 25-year-old guard was productive for the Hornets earlier this season, averaging 9.3 points, 3.3 rebounds, 5.7 assists and 1.8 steals over his first 15 showings of the year. However, it wouldn't be surprising to see Charlotte ease Smith back into the lineup, making him a risky fantasy option Monday.

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  • Hornets' Dennis Smith: Intends to play Monday

    Smith (ankle) intends to return to action Monday against the Lakers, Chris Haynes of Turner Sports reports.

    Smith has been sidelined since Nov. 23 due to his ankle injury, but he should be back on the court Monday after initially being listed as questionable for the game. Given the length of his absence, it wouldn't be surprising to see him face a minutes restriction, assuming he's officially given the green light.

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  • Hornets' Dennis Smith: Questionable to play Monday

    Smith (ankle) is questionable for Monday's game against the Lakers.

    While there's no clarity on whether Smith will be available or not, this is a step in the right direction for the floor general after not appearing in each of the Hornets' last 18 games. Even if he does return to action, his fantasy appeal should be minimal, both due to the presence of LaMelo Ball in the lineup and also due to the rust that comes associated with not stepping on a basketball court since Nov. 23.

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  • Hornets' Dennis Smith: Remains out

    Smith (ankle) will not return for Saturday's game against the Nets, Roderick Boone of The Charlotte Observer reports.

    Smith will extend his streak of absences to 18 games Saturday with a left ankle sprain. Theo Maledon will continue to handle backup point guard duties. Smith's next chance to play comes Monday against the Lakers.

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  • Hornets' Dennis Smith: Questionable Saturday

    Smith (ankle) is questionable for Saturday's game versus Brooklyn.

    Smith hasn't played since Nov. 23 due to a left ankle sprain. However, he has been deemed questionable in the last four games before being downgraded to out.

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  • Hornets' Dennis Smith: Will not play Thursday

    Smith (ankle) is not available for Thursday's game versus the Thunder.

    Smith continues the trend that's been going on for a while of being labeled questionable before sitting out the contest. He hasn't played since Nov. 23, and it's unclear when he will be deemed fit to take the floor.

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  • Hornets' Dennis Smith: Questionable Thursday

    Smith (ankle) is questionable for Thursday's game against Oklahoma City.

    Smith hasn't suited up in over a month due to his left ankle sprain, but the Hornets have seemed to be evaluating him on a game-by-game basis since he's been listed as questionable on the team's initial injury reports. Once he's cleared to play, he'll likely face a minutes restriction due to his lengthy absence.

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  • Hornets' Dennis Smith: Won't play Tuesday

    Smith (ankle) is out for Tuesday's game against the Warriors.

    Smith will miss his 16th straight game Tuesday due to a left ankle sprain. The 25-year-old guard has now been listed as questionable before being downgraded to out for three contests in a row. Smith's next chance to suit up is Thursday's matchup with the Thunder.

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  • Hornets' Dennis Smith: Considered questionable

    Smith (ankle) is questionable for Tuesday's matchup against the Warriors.

    Smith hasn't played since Nov. 23 due to a left ankle sprain, but he's being listed as questionable for a third straight contest, which suggests he's making at least some progress. Even if he's ruled available, the backup point guard would likely be limited following a lengthy absence.

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  • Hornets' Dennis Smith: Out Monday

    Smith (ankle) won't play in Monday's game against Portland.

    Smith will once again miss another matchup with a left ankle sprain. The guard has been out of the lineup since Nov. 23 against the 76ers, when he posted two points and two assists in 11 minutes.

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Player Bio

HT/WT: 6-2, 205 lbs
Birthplace: Fayetteville, NC
Age: 25
School: NC State
Experience: 5