New York Knicks: Kevin Knox is more than a knick-knack

Kevin Knox is more than a knick-knack for this New York Knicks team; he’s become a viable option in big moments so far this season and that will continue. 

The New York Knicks are five games into the 2019-20 NBA season and while their record stands at 1-4. there have been some positive takeaways from this team, notably the play of rookie RJ Barrett. However, he is not alone.

Second-year forward Kevin Knox, who the Knicks took ninth overall in last year’s draft, is flying under the radar with efficient play on both sides of the ball. Entering Wednesday’s game against Orlando, he shot 48.5 percent from the field and 56.3 percent from three-point range, something he vowed to work on during his first full offseason as an NBA player.

Knicks head coach David Fizdale is bringing Knox off the bench as the teams’ “sixth man,” with free-agent acquisition Marcus Morris Sr. starting at small forward, and Knox has not disappointed.

Knox hit multiple clutch shots and made a couple of defensive plays that have turned into points for the Knicks when they have needed it most, and Fizdale is confident in his second year forward and he sees a difference in his game.

“I think he’s physically more confident,” said Fizdale, per the New York Post. “He spent a lot of time working on his shot and simplifying his shot. When it leaves his hands, I feel like it’s got a really good chance of going in now.”

That wasn’t the case his rookie year, as Knox struggled on defense and shooting; the game was simply too fast for him, but fast forward to now, and he is a much more confident player, someone who, so far this season, has a knack for being in the right place at the right time and is taking advantage.

If he continues to play well, Knox can make it harder for Fizdale to trot out the same starting lineup that has failed to generate much offense to start the game, leading to more heroics from guys like Knox and Wayne Ellington. The Kentucky product has played better this season, and although the sample is small, he is no knick-knack on a shelf, showing value in each game.