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McKinnie Trusting the Process in Hopes of Finding Defined Role in NBA

The road to the NBA is different for every player.

For some it’s clear cut, whereas for others there’s a little bit more to it. Trials and tribulations, uncertainty, and hardships are all part of one day finding a spot on an NBA roster. For Alfonzo McKinnie, the path to the NBA was everything and more. From switching colleges and coping with various injury, to playing professionally abroad and finally cracking an NBA roster.

“Man, it’s been a long, long process,” Said a humble McKinnie. “Especially in college, because my last couple years I pretty much always hurt a lot. So it was a tough process with me, especially mentally because I was  facing an injury where I was told I would be out 4-6 weeks, but it actually turned into like almost 6 months. I came back at the end of the season, it was just tough mentally for me, but it was something I got over.”

Falling through the cracks during the 2015 NBA Draft, McKinnie now splits time between the main roster and the Raptors 905. With the G League squad, McKinnie has averaged 16.5-points per game, while shooting 41.7% from three-point range through six games. The forward has also played in eight games for the Raptors albeit in limited minutes.

“Even though its two different teams,” the Raptors forward said. “It’s pretty much all the same just know whether im up or down, just go into every practice and every game with the mind set of trying to do what I can when i get out there on the floor.”

The grind and the process is no where near complete for the rookie. The 25-year old forward understands that now it is all about finding a niche on an NBA roster and he finally has the opportunity to show that he belongs.

“You only can put the work in, work hard, go day by day. Like I said, trust the process and hopefully it works out for you. At the end it just worked out for me.”


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