2. Lead the Knicks in scoring without Kristaps Porzingis
In February 2018, Kristaps Porzingis tore his left ACL and missed the rest of the 2017-18 season. It happened days before the 2018 NBA All-Star game, the first midseason classic he was selected to.
Of course no Porzingis changed the New York Knicks dynamic. They had to rely on players to step into bigger shoes and navigate the second half of the season. Struggles followed this, as the team looked for its identity and relied on Tim Hardaway Jr. and Enes Kanter to lead the way.
Kevin Knox might not start right away or take a main role in the offense, but if he continues the success from summer league into training camp and the preseason, David Fizdale may roll the dice and base the offense around this talented rookie.
It would take a confident Knox to pull this off, one who’s unafraid of the spotlight and to take over 10 shots per game. Given his 21.3 points per game in July, the ability is there to be at the forefront.
Hardaway Jr. and Kanter stand as the favorites to lead the Knicks, but there’s usually a rookie or two in the NBA that produces upon debut. Can Knox be this guy and take pressure off Porzingis to return?