The New York Knicks need something to be excited about this season. They have a new head coach in David Fizdale and they also have a promising rookie in Kevin Knox. After a solid debut in Las Vegas Summer League all eyes will be on this Knicks rookie.
Kevin Knox got Knicks fans excited after his first basket (breakaway dunk) in summer league. He displayed an array of skills that should have him in the rookie of the year discussion all season. He won’t have the pressure that other rookies face because the main star Kristaps Porzingis is still recovering from ACL surgery.
Frank Ntilikina will be in a lot of discussions as well. Defense is his best skill and people want to see if he can become a better offensive player. There are other guards in the backcourt like Emmanuel Mudiay, Ron Baker and Trey Burke that may challenge Ntilikina’s playing time. There will be eyes on him to see his growth but Knox will be looked at for highlight plays.
Knox can do a little bit of everything on the court. He has the size to be solid on the defensive end, he runs the floor well, he can handle the ball in a pick-and-roll and he can knock down 3-pointers. He will have plenty of opportunities in this Knicks system because there aren’t many forwards on this team that will challenge him for playing time.
Any highlight that Knox displays will get people talking about how he will fit next to Porzingis. They should mesh well together and it will allow Porzingis to ease his way back into the lineup. After finishing 29-53 last season the Knicks might lose more games but they may have two players to build around and enough cap room to bring in two superstars.