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Knicks’ Kevin Knox confident he can now finish through contact with stronger upper body


Kevin Knox of the New York Knicks is hoping to improve after a dreadful rookie season.

According to a New York Post story by Marc Berman, Knox’s devotion to improving this offseason is already paying dividends, as the second-year wing already sees the team as “totally different” from last year.

Notably, Knox has been working on his upper-body strength per Berman’s story:

“That’s one of the things I took away from my rookie season,’’ Knox said. “The physicality down in the paint driving to the basket. It’s something I knew I had to work on in the summer — getting stronger in the upper and lower body. I think it’s definitely going to help my second year. Taking more contact, finishing through contact. I now have the strength to do all that.”

Though Knox was a highly touted rookie after the Knicks took Knox in the Top 10 of the 2018 NBA Draft, he struggled throughout his rookie season – only shooting 37 percent from the field per Basketball Reference with an eyesore of a true shooting percentage at 47.5 percent (league average is around 55 percent).

Beyond that, Knox ranked as the worst player in the entire league by ESPN’s wide-ranging real plus/minus metric. Knox was behind fellow rookies such as Collin Sexton, Elie Okobo and Grayson Allen.

However, with a renewed focus on the physicality that the NBA puts on display on a night-to-night basis by working on his strength, Knox will hopefully be able to deliver on his tremendous physical tools – and supremely raw skill set.