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Kevin Knox thinks internal competition for minutes is ‘going to be great for us’

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New York Knicks second-year small forward Kevin Knox says the competition for minutes in training camp and practices is going to be great for the team.

After missing out on stars Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving in free agency this offseason, the Knicks used their cap space on Julius Randle, Bobby Portis, Taj Gibson, Marcus Morris, Elfrid Payton, Wayne Ellington and Reggie Bullock.

The depth chart for the Knicks will be set during training camp and preseason play. Knox believes everyone is going to be competing at a high-level to secure a starting spot, which will pay dividends in the end.

“That’s going to be great for us,” Knox said, via Steve Popper of Newsday. “To be able to compete, I don’t think anybody’s guaranteed no starting lineup, no minutes, none of that . . . Everyone is gonna have to earn their minutes, earn their position. I think that’s going to be great for us going into training camp and competing. Nobody’s got a starting spot. Everyone’s got to fight to earn their minutes and earn their position.”

Kevin Knox averaged 12.8 points, 4.5 rebounds and 1.1 assists in 75 games last season for the Knicks. He shot 37.0 percent from the field and 34.3 percent beyond the arc.

The veterans the Knicks signed will help Knox, Dennis Smith Jr., Mitchell Robinson and rookie RJ Barrett learn what it takes to win in the NBA on a consistent basis. They will also push the youngsters in practices.