The New York Knicks hosted Kentucky Wildcats standout Kevin Knox in a group setting. Knox reportedly impressed front office members.
The New York Knicks need to become more athletic in the frontcourt. Kristaps Porzingis is a matchup nightmare on offense and a legitimate anchor on defense, but the absence of ideal length and quickness has hurt New York on both ends of the floor.
While much could change between now and Thursday, it appears as though the Knicks have identified a potential fix in the 2018 NBA Draft.
New York recently hosted a group workout that included six coveted perimeter prospects. The list of players consisted of Bruce Brown, Miles Bridges, Hamidou Diallo, Kevin Knox, Shake Milton, and Zhaire Smith.
According to Ian Begley of ESPN New York, it was Knox, the latest in a line of potential top-10 draft picks from the University of Kentucky, who impressed members of the front office.
That doesn’t guarantee that the Knicks will select Knox at No. 9 overall, but it’s certainly a sign that he’ll garner consideration if available.
Knox, 18, is one of the youngest players in the 2018 NBA Draft. He’s also one of the most versatile prospects on the board, which is a combination that’s yielded the belief that he has the potential to turn his well-rounded skill set into something special.
As it stands, Knox is a solid shooter who can attack a set defense, exploit a closeout, knock down an open 3, and create for his teammates on the drive.
The Kentucky star has also displayed promise on the defensive end of the floor, where he utilizes his size, length, and athleticism to defend multiple positions.
Standing at 6’9″ with a 7’0″ wingspan and a 9’0″ standing reach, Knox certainly has the physical gifts to thrive in the NBA. The key to future success will be turning his solid offensive foundation into a truly reliable skill set.
Knox can already contribute in multiple phases, but if he manages to polish his fundamentals, he could be able to create at virtual will.
Only time will tell how powerful Kevin Knox’s work ethic is, but the New York Knicks are already impressed with what he’s showing.