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Knicks’ Dennis Smith Jr. feels he has ‘something to prove’ this coming season

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Not much is expected of the lowly New York Knicks in 2019-20 as the struggling Eastern Conference franchise struck out in a major way as a result of the most recent free agency period. However, the Knicks do have a solid group of up-and-coming players while this youth movement could begin to pay dividends in the coming years — former Dallas Mavericks point guard Dennis Smith Jr. included.

As a result of gearing up for his first full season in the “Big Apple,” Smith Jr. obviously believes that he has something to prove in 2019-20 after originally coming over to the Knicks by way of a trade from the aforementioned Mavericks.

“It’s just been relentless work. I feel like I’ve got something to prove,” Smith Jr. recently said, via The New York Daily News. “I’ve got a chip on my shoulder still, but I’ve just been working. I try to attack each day and look at it as if I didn’t leave anything on the table. I got the most out of my day. … I’m gonna come in, bring that into training camp and be a leader, lead by example, earn my respect from these guys and then carry that into the season.”

The Knicks infamously finished the 2018-19 regular season with the worst record in the entire NBA. Even so, New York was unable to obtain the No. 1 overall pick in the 2019 NBA Draft, and thus, current New Orleans Pelicans big man Zion Williamson — in addition to a slew of superstar caliber free agents as well.