New PnP webcast concentrated on the options and considerations around using external JavaScipt libraries within your SharePoint Framework client-side web part. Check following blog post from dev.office.com/blogs for more details.
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Theory - Referencing External Libraries
Start demo - Referencing external libraries in practice
Question: Why do you need to have a path and a name in defining externals
Create release build of script with external referencing
Side-by-side comparisson - MOST ESSENTIAL PART of the webcast
Considerations - Bundle or reference JS Libraries?