Rebounds Per Game: 6.0
Knox still has a ways to go before we see him at his true size and strength. At 6-9, with a 9-0 standing reach and a 36.5-inch max vertical jump per NBA.com, Knox should have no problem rebounding over smaller competition.
The only issue is boxing out against bigger, stronger opponents. Weighing in at 212.6 pounds and having a body fat percentage of 4.95 percent is a great indicator that Knox can get bigger as he puts in more work in the gym and slowly builds more muscle. But for now, he may have some issues getting position when going for boards in his first couple seasons.
Prediction: Knox’s rebounding was nothing impressive while at Kentucky (5.41 per game), but he did improve upon that in Summer League (6.50 per game). It will take some time before Knox becomes a solid rebounder, but for now, I would have him under six rebounds per game.
Assists Per Game: 2.0
Another part of Knox’s game that needs improvement is his assist totals. at Kentucky and Summer League, Knox stayed fairly consistent with his assist numbers (1.43 and 2.25 per game).
This is an area for common improvement, regardless of the position. Knox just needs to get acclimated to the role of playmaker/distributor as he progresses in his NBA playing career.
Players like Kevin Durant, Joakim Noah, Will Barton, and many others have shown that anyone can improve their passing game. It requires a better awareness and IQ for the game, and I have faith that Knox has the work ethic to improve in this department.
Prediction: For now, I think Knox will post assist averages above 2.0 for this season. He will be a featured part of this offense and I expect that to translate into improved assist totals from Kentucky and Summer League.