Gary Trent, Jr. is a dog on the court and we're here for it!
The second-year shooting guard out of Duke has gotten on the court with his fearless commitment to defense and doesn't back down from anybody. Not even NBA's superstars.
And now, more people are taking notice.
Trent went toe-to-toe with Donovan Mitchell in February, which prompted double technicals and a postgame rant from the Jazz point guard.
Donovan Mitchell and Gary Trent hit with double technicals at end of first half pic.twitter.com/tonEVNBhSb— NBC Sports Northwest (@NBCSNorthwest) February 8, 2020
Donovan Mitchell: “I don’t see why a guy like Gary Trent should come in and think he can just punk us. ... We’re not a team that you can come in and just talk trash to. We’re not just gonna back down. ... That’s what we kinda lacked the past few games — just toughness.” pic.twitter.com/Repl9u006a— Eric Walden (@tribjazz) February 8, 2020
It prompted Trent to respond.
Lol.... 🤟🏽😂🤟🏽 https://t.co/9ljDQjczns— GARY x TRENT x JR 🌹 (@gtrentjr) February 8, 2020
“It’s the truth," Trent said in February after his encounter with Mitchell. "I honestly feel like I am a dog on the court. Off the court I’m nice, I’m lovable, I joke around. But in between the lines, it’s go time.”
He was fearless then, and he's even more of a dog now.
On Friday, Gary Trent, Jr.'s defensive intensity, according to head coach Terry Stotts, got the Trail Blazers back in the game.
"I’ve really been impressed with his defense this season," Stotts said. "He’s really locked in and taking a lot of pride into it."
Coming into the league, Trent hung his hat on his defense, knowing it was the quickest way for a young player on an established team to get on the court.
GIVE ME THAT! GT rips it right out of Booker's hands pic.twitter.com/98Bq44BbEf— NBC Sports Northwest (@NBCSNorthwest) March 7, 2020
Now, other people around the league are taking notice, including Golden State's Draymond Green.
I’m rocking with Gary Trent JR right now!!! He locked in....— Draymond Green (@Money23Green) March 7, 2020
You have to respect the call-out from Green. He's a former Defensive Player of the Year and three-time NBA All-Defensive First Team recipient.
He would know!
Social media agrees:
Duke boy can hoop!— Off The Ball Podcast (@OffTheBallPod) March 7, 2020
Just Be Great— Music Creator (@DerekEberhardt) March 7, 2020
Gary Trent, Jr. will have another opportunity to bring that bulldog mentality to the court Saturday night at home vs. the Sacramento Kings.