Kevin Knox says people are ‘sleeping on’ Knicks
In a bid to shore up its frontcourt depth, the New York Knicks drafted Kentucky’s Kevin Knox with the ninth overall pick in the 2018 NBA Draft. Arguably one of the best wing prospects in the draft, Knox is confident that the Knicks will be in playoff contention come April.
In a recent interview with Marc Berman of the New York Post, Knox voiced out his answer to the critics’ lowly 2018-19 season predictions for the Knicks.
“I saw that,” Knox told The Post at the NBA’s rookie photo shoot Sunday morning. “People are sleeping on us with the 29 wins. I think we definitely can win at least 35 and get in that playoff talk. That’s my personal opinion. Everyone has their own opinion. But the whole team, I’m pretty confident we’re really good this year, that we have a chance to make the playoffs.”
Averaging 15.6 points and 5.4 rebounds in his only season with Kentucky, the 6-foot-9 combo forward showed a lot of promise with his outstanding performance in the 2018 NBA Summer League. Knox was a All-NBA Summer League first-team selection as he averaged 23.3 points and 7.3 rebounds during his first three games in the tournament.
ESPN’s Andre Snellings analyzed the rookie’s greatest asset like so:
“Perhaps his most impressive weapon in the summer league was his dribble drive to the rim. Knox has a quick and long first step, which he uses to get his body between the defender and the ball.”
When Knicks star Kristaps Porzingis returns from an ACL injury he suffered last season, the team will be looking to slot Porzingis in at the 5 spot with Knox as a potential candidate to complement him at both the 4 and 3.
New coach David Fizdale still has plenty of work to do as he tries to implement his tough, defensive-minded brand of game to the Knicks.