New York Knicks: Ranking the trade assets, post-Kristaps Porzingis

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2. Kevin Knox

Kevin Knox’s rookie season has featured highs and lows from the start. With an early ankle injury, public comments that ripped his play and the December Eastern Conference Rookie of the Month accolade, he’s seen a little of everything.

The New York Knicks still have an intriguing player on their hands, however, that may become one of their leading scorers once a superstar or two arrive.

Defense is a problem for Knox, but his scoring ability has not gone unnoticed. With multiple 20-plus point games and an aggressive shot selection, there’s never been defeat in his game or an unwillingness to step up.

What does this mean for his trade value? It’s difficult to tell, but he’s just 19-years-old and not a finished product. That should help his case as at least a secondary piece in any proposal.

Waiting too long, like Ntilikina, may prove otherwise. That’s if he doesn’t improve on a 37.1-percent shooting mark this season or into 2019-20 and becomes more known for volume than efficiency.

That’s not a consideration for almost one year. In the meantime, there’s ample room for the Kentucky product to develop into a worthwhile piece for the Knicks, pending he’s not a pawn for a superstar if the front office wants to add to whoever they add in free agency.