After playing seven minutes in Atlanta for the Toronto Raptors Saturday night, Alfonzo McKinnie arrived in Mississauga just in time to dominate on Sunday. It was the first time McKinnie has looked “better” than the G-League.
Remember when I said he looked shy about taking the outside shot? Since then he’s put up 10 threes over two games, making 6 of them. On Sunday, McKinnie went 3-for-6 from deep, and only one his attempts looked off mechanically. The effortless elevation, good balance, and relatively quick release all seem to me attractive attributes for the Raptors big club.
Here are five of his six attempts from behind the arc that look good (there was a technical issue uploading the one that did not):
While all of McKinnie’s threes looked smooth, his lone mid-range jumper looked smoothest to me, jump-stopping into his release, but still being able to jump straight up-and-down, and the swish-sound is pure:
McKinnie’s athleticism was also on full display. First, on an odd possession, it seems like Coach Stackhouse is calling out the play from the sideline, yet the defence fails to react:
McKinnie didn’t fare well in the paint overall, though, going 2-for-8 inside, his most memorable drive coming on a gorgeous crossover, but getting turned away at the apex:
Despite McKinnie not finishing well at the rim, he’s shown a unique touch from the perimeter of the paint:
Thru three games of close observation McKinnie has made multiple awkward teardrops in the lane. Very Deroz-ian.
Defensively, Coach Stackhouse emphasized weak side coverage throughout the previous week, where the team enjoyed four full days off. On Sunday, McKinnie showed that he was listening. First, some great awareness in transition, where McKinnie leaves his man, and pulls off a Bill Russell-esque block at the rim – jumping straight up, reducing the risk of fouling, and keeping the ball inbounds (Leo Rautins would be so proud):
On this sequence, McKinnie quickly recognizes that his teammate Shevan Thompson has left his man, so McKinnie leaves his man, and gets down low to commit a good foul, preventing the layup:
18 points on 7-for-16 shooting and 7 boards is a solid box score. But more than that, McKinnie showed flashes of McKinnie dominance in a setting he has to dominate if he wants to gets a spot with Toronto.