Rookie sensation Dennis Smith Jr put up a roto-friendly line of 21 points, 7 assists, 5 rebounds, 2 threes, 2 steals and 2 blocks in just 30 minutes during a loss against the Cavs on Saturday. After the game, LeBron praised the rook by saying, “The Knicks passed on a really good one. Dallas got the diamond in the rough. He should be a Knick. That’s going to be some headlines but he should be a Knick. But Dallas is excited he didn’t go there. He’s an unbelievable talent, athleticism, he’s very poised to be his age. He can shoot the ball. He can penetrate and will only get better and better with the opportunity he’s given here to play. So Dallas got a good one. But I’ve known that.”
When B/R posted a video of LeBron saying Smith should be a Knicks, the Knicks’ Enes Kanter tweeted “Nope!! We love what we got…Thanks!!!”
What they got is 6’5 guard Frank Ntilikina, who put up just 2 points (0-2 FG) and 5 assists against the Kings earlier in the night. Frank is averaging just 20 minutes a game but has had his moments. Last week, he had a clutch performance with a career-high 10 points to go with 7 assists against the Pacers. A couple days after the game, I made a post about the most clutch rookies and Ansel “Baby Driver” Elgort responded by telling me to “stop sleeping on Frank” because he hit two big threes in that Pacers game.
Still, I’m not knocking or sleeping on Frank’s talents but not only do I think the Knicks made the mistake of passing on Smith, I think most of the teams that passed on him made a mistake.