When the point guard-starved Knicks were on the clock with the no. 8 overall pick in the point guard-heavy 2017 NBA Draft, it seemed certain they'd draft a guard. But which one?
They decided to take Frank Ntilikina, but arguments were made for Malik Monk, Donovan Mitchell, or, the loudest arguments around the time of the draft, Dennis Smith Jr.
A problem with Smith Jr., though, is that he canceled his workout with the Knicks after an odd dinner with Phil Jackson. The then-Knicks President pressured the guard to eat octopus. Smith Jr. was then drafted by the Mavericks, who had the selection directly after the Knicks.
"I wouldn't say they made me feel uncomfortable," said Smith Jr., via NY Daily News. "That would be pretty difficult to do. But it was more that we had an agreement and they tried to change things around. It ain't nothin' personal."
The Knicks' further requests for workouts were rebuffed. Smith Jr. preferred Dallas than New York.
"The vibe was different in Dallas to me," Smith said. "The Knicks have some good guys on their staff, but the situation with them was funky at the time."
This season, Smith Jr. is averaging 14.8 points, 4.9 assists and 3.9 rebounds per game and is participating in the NBA Dunk Contest.