Dennis Smith Jr. is assured in himself and the Knicks.
New York completed 2018-19 with a 17-65 file and missed the playoffs for a sixth straight yr. The crew, nevertheless, has made main adjustments to its roster and Smith believes will probably be combating for a playoff spot subsequent season.
“I think we can hit the playoffs,” Smith mentioned, by way of the New York Each day Information. “Everybody does a lot of talking and things like that. I’ve never really been one to feed into it on social media and things like that. But I think we have a really good team, and especially with the way I’ve been working this summer, I think I’m going to take my game to the next level and it’s going to put us in the playoffs.”
The Knicks inked Julius Randle, Bobby Portis and Reggie Bullock, amongst others, to contracts this summer time and in addition chosen RJ Barrett with the No. Three decide within the 2019 draft. However, they missed out on stars Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving, who each signed with New York’s cross-town rival, the Nets.
“I wasn’t surprised (about Durant and Irving signing in Brooklyn), to be honest with you,” Smith mentioned. “Individuals within the league discuss anyway. They simply preserve it non-public. Individuals within the league discuss. They’re nice gamers however I like what we’ve, to be sincere with you.
“I know there are a lot of hecklers out there and talking this that and the third. But I like what we have, and I’m not really concerned with what’s going on in Brooklyn.”
Smith started his profession with the Mavericks and was despatched to the Knicks as a part of the Kristaps Porzingis commerce in February. He averaged 14.7 factors and 5.four assists whereas taking pictures simply 28.9% from 3-point vary in 21 video games with New York.