'Nix in the Pros

Alfonzo McKinnie is going to the NBA Finals

Former Green Bay star Alfonzo McKinnie is four wins away from an NBA championship ring.

The 26-year old forward made his first career playoff start Monday night and chipped in 12 points and 2 rebounds in 26 minutes of action in Golden State’s 109-107 overtime victory over Portland in Game 4 of the Western Conference Finals.  The win clinches the Warriors’ fifth consecutive trip to the NBA Finals where they will look to win their third straight NBA title and fourth in the past five seasons.

Western Conference Finals - Golden State Warriors v Portland Trail Blazers

Photo: Sam Forencich / NBAE via Getty Images

McKinnie has played in all 16 of Golden State’s playoff games so far and had his role increase during the conference finals due to injuries to former MVP Kevin Durant and Andre Iguodala. He averaged 5.8 points and 3.3 rebounds in 17.5 minutes per game while shooting 52.9% from the floor, including 50.0% (4 for 8) from behind the arc, in the four game sweep over Portland.

During the regular season he appeared in 72 games for Golden State making 5 starts and averaging 4.7 points and 3.4 rebounds in 13.9 minutes per game.

McKinnie had his $1.3 million salary guaranteed earlier this season and can earn an additional $220,000 thanks to playoff bonuses. He signed a 2-year deal prior to the season meaning he is signed with the Warriors through next season, though his salary for 2019/2020 is not guaranteed.

The Warriors will face either the Milwaukee Bucks or Toronto Raptors in the NBA Finals which begin Thursday, May 30th on ABC.

 

 

 

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