N.C. State fans know all about Dennis Smith Jr.’s dunking ability.
Now he’s the favorite to win the NBA Slam Dunk contest during All-Star Saturday Night on Saturday at Staples Center in Los Angeles (8 p.m., TNT).
Online gambling site Bovada has listed Smith, a Dallas Mavericks’ rookie point guard, as a 7-4 favorite to win the contest. Utah rookie Donovan Mitchell is second at 11-5 odds.
The 6-3, 195-pound Smith, who played for the Wolfpack last season as a freshman, first came to attention for his dunking ability at Trinity Christian Academy in Fayetteville.
He had many highlight-reel dunks at N.C. State.
Smith is averaging 14.8 points and 4.9 assists per game with the Mavericks.
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Bovada’s odds to win Slam Dunk Contest
Dennis Smith Jr., Mavericks 7-4
Donovan Mitchell, Jazz 11-5
Larry Nance Jr., Cavaliers 13-5
Victor Oladipo, Pacers 4-1