Video: Knicks’ Dennis Smith Jr., Mitchell Robinson’s off-the-glass alley-oop connection
When the New York Knicks (specifically Dennis Smith Jr.) is in town, expect at least a couple of highlight clips. For the Madison Square Garden crowd, it’s a nightly treat. Mitchell Robinson has the same impact too albeit more with his block parties.
We’ve already seen DSJ narrowly pull off what could have been the best dunk of the year during Sunday’s 130-118 home victory against the San Antonio Spurs and now the 6-foot-3 power dunker was part of another notable throw down, bouncing the ball off the backboard on the break to the trailing Robinson who flushes it down.
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The former North Carolina State Wolfpack is known for his propensity to deliver some acrobatic dunks leading to two-straight trips to the NBA Dunk contest with Smith Jr. finishing as a runner-up on the most recent event. But it’s his passing ability and fervor to set the table (owing to his childhood admiration for Houston Rockets’ future Hall of Fame point guard Chris Paul) that is truly underrated, and he showed why by dishing out 13 assists without a single turnover.
Acquired by the Knicks ahead of the February trade deadline from the Dallas Mavericks as part of the blockbuster Kristaps Porzingis deal, the 21-year-old has had an up and down nine games for the big market franchise, putting up 25 and 31 point games once he arrived followed by a string of underwhelming efforts.
While Robinson’s future is more certain, it’s quite unclear how Smith Jr. would fit in once the team successfully nabs their free agent targets in the offseason. Kyrie Irving shares the same position while Kevin Durant is another player that needs the ball, creating the same predicament that doomed the young guard in his short Mavs stint.