4. Average double-digit points
A run in the starting lineup will obviously see Kevin Knox garner more minutes for the New York Knicks. If the team struggles and turn to their rookies, who knows how often David Fizdale might put him on the floor.
Knox’s role will determine how proficient his stat sheet appears. If he plays between 20-25 minutes per game, there’s a chance at a double-digit point average for the 2018-19 season.
The last Knicks rookie to reach double-digit points was Kristaps Porzingis in 2015, as the organization did not have a first-rounder in 2016 and Frank Ntilikina failed to reach a 10-point average.
10 points per game is a positive for any rookie. In 2017, 10 players reached this average: Donovan Mitchell, Kyle Kuzma, Lauri Markkanen, Dennis Smith, Jayson Tatum, Josh Jackson, De’Aaron Fox, Dillon Brooks, Lonzo Ball and John Collins. It’s a gaudy class for Knox to join, and he should have the opportunity to do so.
More on this later, but Knox can break out early without New York’s main scorer around, Porzingis. With Tim Hardaway Jr. and Enes Kanter as the next players up, it’s not a heated competition for baskets in the pecking order.
How much further Knox goes than 10 remains to be seen, but it represents success, either way, for him to cross this threshold.