The New York Knicks host the Chicago Bulls Monday at Madison Square Garden and history could be made.
Everyone knows the Knicks are rebuilding this season and going with the youth movement. New York, however, is taking the youth movement to another level.
Against the Bulls, the Knicks are starting Frank Ntilikina, Allonzo Trier, Damyean Dotson, Noah Vonleh and Mitchell Robinson. That lineup has an average age of just 21.8. The oldest player is 24-year-old Damyean Dotson.
If rookie Kevin Knox, though, makes his return from his ankle ailment and replaces Dotson, the Knicks would have the youngest starting lineup in NBA history. Knox is only 19-years-old.
If Kevin Knox replaces Dotson in this lineup it would be the youngest in NBA history. That’s how young he Knicks are. https://t.co/MCCzg2c5VP
— Stefan Bondy (@SBondyNYDN) November 5, 2018
The Knicks aren’t expected to contend for a playoff spot this season. With star power forward Kristaps Porzingis expected to miss most of the season while recovering from the ACL tear he suffered in February, the youth movement is fully on in The Big Apple.
Veteran big man Enes Kanter used to be in the starting lineup. Knicks head coach David Fizdale moved him to the bench, though, because he wants to get his younger guys more playing time. Fizdale says he wants Kanter to embrace his role off the bench.
UPDATE: The Knicks ultimately decided against starting Kevin Knox.