Worst Knicks of the 2010s: Dennis Smith Jr., Point Guard
While you would think you would need to be washed up and overpaid to be included on a list of the worst Knicks players, Dennis Smith Jr. is the starting point guard of the worst Knicks of the 2010s.
First, for what he symbolizes: trading away Kristaps Porzingis. While the trade was made for 237 reasons, and Dennis Smith Jr. probably ranks around 221st on that list, he represents the one tangible piece from the trade that isn’t in the form of cap space and draft picks.
Second, he has been terrible at playing basketball. The Knicks were the sixth worst team in the NBA this year. And somehow they were 14.8 points worse when Smith was on the floor. He looked completely lost on the court this season, shooting a putrid 34.1% from the floor, averaging only 5.5 points and 2.9 assists, well below his 14.5 and 5.0 career numbers heading into the season.
If nice things happened to Knicks fans, Smith Jr. would have blossomed into his full potential, providing New York a pleasant surprise from the Porzingis trade in answering their point guard problems. Instead, he seems on his way out of New York sooner than later.