Kevin Knox is an impressive talent who boasts prototypical physical measurements, but it’s something else that makes the New York Knicks rookie special.
Kevin Knox has taken Summer League by storm, and New York Knicks fans are inevitably and understandably thrilled to see it happen. Knox began Summer League by producing highlight reel finishes from above the rim, and recently captured attention with his shooting touch.
Fresh off of his best game yet, Knox produced a quote that spoke even louder than his Summer League average of 23.3 points per game.
Knox has scored at least 19 points in each of his three Summer League appearances thus far. That includes a 29-point eruption against the Los Angeles Lakers, during which he overcame an 0-of-6 start to shoot 9-of-16 from the field the rest of the way.
According to Marc Berman of The New York Post, Knox explained what he does once Summer League games conclude—and, in the process, added a new layer to his appeal.
"“Every time we play early, I come back and watch all the games,” Knox said. “I love watching basketball. You can learn from watching others play and I have friends on other teams. It’s who I am. I like to watch college basketball, high school — don’t matter who it is.”"
Knox has a number of redeeming qualities, but his raw passion for the game may be his most appealing trait of all.
Talent will go a long way towards ensuring that a player will have a future in the NBA. Talent is also the most overrated trait in the Association, however, as it’s the hardest workers who tend to help create the greatest team success.
What separates the great from the productive is the raw and unfiltered passion that they have for the sport they play.
Those who look at basketball as something more than a paycheck—or at least deeply value the source of income—tend to stand a cut above the rest.
Standing at 6’9″ with a near 7’0″ wingspan, a 9’0″ standing reach, and explosive leaping ability, Knox has all of the physical tools to succeed. What will help him become more than just another athletic finisher is the commitment that he’s already displaying to learning the tricks of the trade.
Rather than waiting to be told what to do, Knox is studying his peers and learning from their success and failure.
This single quote shows just how committed Kevin Knox is to becoming the best player he can be—and how lucky the New York Knicks are to have a player with his mentality.