New York Knicks announce roster for 2019 NBA Summer League

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The New York Knicks made their roster official for the 2019 NBA Summer League, featuring familiar faces.

Basketball is back for the New York Knicks. Not quite the regular season play seen at Madison Square Garden, but a look at the team’s future and other players trying to make an impression, at the 2019 NBA Summer League.

On Tuesday, the Knicks announced their roster for this four-game venture into Las Vegas, NV. It featured draft picks, a few familiar faces from the 2018-19 team and players vying for training camp or future spots with the team:

  • Kadeem Allen: Allen, at age 26, is the oldest player on the roster. He flashed at times with the Knicks on a two-way contract in 2018-19 and should be one of the summer league roster’s leading players.
  • Ignas Brazdeikis: This will be the first look at New York’s 2019 second-round pick. Brazdeikis played one season at Michigan.
  • RJ Barrett: The most anticipated player to see on this roster, Barrett will make his Knicks debut. All eyes are on him for the opening matchup.
  • Tyler Cavanaugh: This is a former two-way player with the Utah Jazz.
  • Markel Crawford: Crawford went undrafted in 2018 and spent last year in the G League.
  • Henry Ellenson: A former first-round pick, Ellenson joined the Knicks after the Detroit Pistons released him earlier this year. He will look to get his career on track with a standout performance in Vegas.
  • Amir Hinton: Hinton was Division II’s leading scorer. He went undrafted, but signed with the Knicks hours after the draft.
  • Zak Irvin: Irvin had stints with the Knicks’ G-League team.
  • VJ King: King never lived up to the hype at Louisville as a five-star recruit. Nonetheless, he left school early and will show if his skills translate to the NBA.
  • Kevin Knox: How much of a run Knox receives remains unknown, but this is his chance for a nice shooting night or two.
  • Lamar Peters: Peters went undrafted after three seasons at Mississippi State.
  • Allonzo Trier: Like Knox, Trier might not need the extensive run, but it gets him reps.
  • Mitchell Robinson: The same for Knox and Trier applies for Robinson. Maybe he tests a new part of his game.
  • Kenny Smith: Not the Kenny Smith that played in the ’90s and does studios work for TNT, but a former four-year man at Louisiana Tech.
  • Andrew White III: White has jumped around the G League since the 2017 NBA Draft.
  • Kenny Wooten: Wooten went undrafted in June, but is an intriguing shot-blocking talent.

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These players will take the court on Friday, July 5, against Zion Williamson and the New Orleans Pelicans. It pits Barrett at his former Duke teammate and best friend, as well as the storyline of two of the top three picks in the 2019 NBA Draft playing head-to-head. That, and more will make this one of the New York Knicks’ most interesting summer-league runs in years.