Before last Friday’s preseason game, Anthony Davis and Julius Randle praised New York Knicks rookie Kevin Knox, with what he brings to the table.
Through three preseason games, the New York Knicks have received their first look at Kevin Knox in NBA action. The team’s top pick in the 2018 NBA Draft, Knox flashed outside range and an ability to battle for rebounds under the glass at 6-foot-9.
The Kentucky product’s most recent game was against the New Orleans Pelicans when he had 12 points and 10 rebounds on a team-high 34 minutes. Head coach David Fizdale’s desire to play him has been apparent, and that should continue into the regular season.
Knox’s skill set has taken notice of NBA players, too, including the Pelicans’ Anthony Davis. Before Friday’s game, according to ESPN’s Ian Begley, the multi-time All-Star listed everything he likes of the fellow Wildcat, including shooting ability and the aforementioned size.
Julius Randle, who also played at Kentucky and signed with New Orleans in the offseason, added his own positive commentary:
Given Knox’s 11.3 shot attempts per game, he seemingly owns the confidence to perform offensively. It’s only on 38.2 percent shooting, but as a rookie and with the green light to shoot whenever and wherever; he averages 4.3 three-point attempts.
Kentucky players have found success in the NBA, especially ones under head coach John Calipari. Davis, Randle, Eric Bledsoe, John Wall and DeMarcus Cousins are just a handful of the productive outcomes. Will Knox live up to these talents?
It’s a high bar to live up to, and in New York’s rebuilding situation, this may take time to come to fruition.
However the development process plays out, it seems Knox will work through this in the starting lineup. Fizdale placed him with Enes Kanter, Lance Thomas and Tim Hardaway Jr. in the first three games, and unless Mario Hezonja emerges, this trend should continue.
There are still two preseason games for Knox to get his feet wet, before the regular season arrives on Wednesday, Oct. 17 against the Atlanta Hawks. That’s when the real test begins, with progress to make and goals to achieve in an intriguing first-year campaign for the 19-year-old forward.