Drafting Kentucky freshman Kevin Knox with the No. 9 total choose in final month’s NBA draft, the New York Knicks are banking on the 6-foot-9 ahead to assist revive the staff and get them again into playoff competition subsequent season.
Whereas he — like Knicks star Kristaps Porzingis — was booed by followers on draft night time, he appears to have already impressed no less than one NBA govt simply days into the Las Vegas Summer time League.
“He’s f—ing actually good,” an nameless NBA govt informed The Athletic’s Mike Vorkunov on Saturday. “An actual stud.”
Knox dropped 22 factors and grabbed eight rebounds within the Knicks’ 91-89 win over the Atlanta Hawks on the Thomas and Mack Heart on Saturday afternoon. His taking pictures efficiency wasn’t nice by any means — Knox went Eight-of-20 from the sector and 1-of-7 from behind the arc — however the 18-year-old did throw down a pair of spotlight worthy dunks.
Knox averaged 15.6 factors, 5.four rebounds and 1.four assists per sport for Kentucky final season, main the Wildcats to a 26-11 document and a Candy 16 look.
“He’s very comfy with himself, very comfy along with his sport,” Knicks coach David Fizdale informed The Athletic. “He is aware of his sport. He actually understands at a younger age how one can get to spots and discover his shot. We put him in a number of completely different conditions. He’s rolling in pick-and-rolls, he’s dealing with in pick-and-rolls. So we’re going to combine it up with him and attempt to make the most of his talent set.”
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