Dennis Smith Jr. surpasses Dirk Nowitzki as youngest player to start in Mavs history

Dennis Smith Jr. NBA Mavericks

Dennis Smith Jr. surpasses Dirk Nowitzki as youngest player to start in Mavs history

Dennis Smith Jr. NBA Mavericks

By Eddie Sefko , Staff Writer Dallas News

Before the opener, rookie Dennis Smith Jr. was asked how it feels to be going around Dallas and see his face on billboards.

He said it’s “crazy,” but then quickly added: “But I’m pretty level-headed.”

Smith’s agents, Glenn Schwartzman and Kim Grillier, were in attendance for his NBA opener after visiting another client, former Maverick Jae Crowder, in Cleveland on Tuesday night.

First Dirk, now Junior: For 18 years, eight months and 13 days, Dirk Nowitzki held the franchise record as the youngest Maverick to start a game. He was 20 years and 231 days old when he started the opener of the lock-out delayed 1998-99 season, on Feb. 5, 1999.

On Wednesday night, Smith supplanted Nowitzki by starting against the Hawks at age 19 years, 327 days.

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