While the New York Knicks may not have had an overly exciting Summer League like in years past, the team still had bright moments from the players they managed to sign. Considering that the Knicks have drafted just one player in the last two seasons, we’re surprised the team did as well as they did.
The Knicks may not have been in the Summer League championship like last year. Despite this, going 2-3 for their roster is more than acceptable. If not for the performances of these three players, though, Summer League likely would have been much worse for Knicks fans to watch.
3 Knicks players who impressed during their Summer League run
3. QJ Peterson
He certainly wasn’t the most consistent, but QJ Peterson finished incredibly strong. Alongside this, there wasn’t much competition for the third spot as not many players had mind-boggling performances during their time in Las Vegas.
In the games Peterson played in, he averaged 12.0 points, 3.7 rebounds, and 2.5 assists while shooting 36.1% from the field and 25.0% from beyond the arc. These numbers aren’t insane by any means. However, when you consider that he only played 20+ minutes in two games and wasn’t even in the rotation to start Summer League, it could have been a lot worse.
What made Peterson’s run impressive though was the way in which he went out. In the Knicks’ final game against the Nuggets, Peterson dropped 25 points, six rebounds, two assists, and two steals. This game was impressive on its own but keep in mind that Peterson scored all of his 18 points in the fourth quarter.
Unfortunately, the Knicks would go on to lose, but Peterson was arguably the biggest reason they were in the game to begin with. Hopefully, the Knicks give Peterson either a two-way contract or sign him to their G League affiliate. If he can work on his consistency there’s no telling what the future holds for Peterson.