The New York Knicks were without power forward Isaiah Hicks during each of their first two Summer League games. It was a disappointing truth, as New York recently signed Hicks to a two-way contract—his second in as many seasons.
Hicks made his 2018 Summer League debut on Tuesday, July 10, and he wasted no time whatsoever in making an immediate statement on both ends of the floor.
Hicks showed minimal signs of rust in his first appearance since the 2017-18 regular season concluded in April. He competed on defense and worked well without the ball on offense, which are two of the traits that convinced New York to bring him back for another season.
Furthermore, Hicks showed impressive touch around the basket and an eagerness to play a modern game on both ends of the floor.
Hicks played 15 minutes for the Knicks, recording eight points, two rebounds, and three blocks in a display of his two-way potential. He shot 4-of-5 from the field, attempted a three-point field goal, and produced the best +/- of any player on the Knicks at +17.
Hicks was one of the driving forces behind the resurgent push in the third quarter, playing clutch defense en route to his appearance on this list.