When the New York Knicks take the floor at Summer League, all eyes will be on rookie forward Kevin Knox. New York selected Knox with the No. 9 pick in the 2018 NBA Draft, and did so under the belief that he can develop into a high-level two-way player.
It’d be irrational to expect Knox to showcase his full range of abilities as soon as Summer League, but the Knicks would certainly prefer to receive a positive sign of things to come.
Knox has a rare combination of size, length, athleticism, and skill, which is certainly reason to be intrigued. Standing at 6’9″ with a near 7’0″ wingspan and a 9’0″ standing reach, he has the physical tools to make a statement on defense at Summer League.
With proficiency as a catch and shoot marksman, versatility as a finisher at the rim, and elite potential in transition, Knox should thrive in this open court setting.
Knox doesn’t need to dominate, but it’d be nice to see him locked in on defense and aggressive in his shot selection. He projects to be one of New York’s franchise cornerstones, and maximizing his potential will require an understanding of what he currently brings to the table.
No matter what else transpires at Summer League, the Knicks will be heavily invested in how well—or poorly—Knox performs. He should shine.