RUMOR: Kevin Knox failing to get traction with Knicks, future is up in the air
Despite their efforts to develop young talent, the lowly New York Knicks have not really been able to do so with second-year forward Kevin Knox. This is why the youngster is now at the the forefront of the latest rumors out of New York.
According to Shams Charania of The Athletic, Knox’s future with the team is very much “up in the air” heading to next season.
.@ShamsCharania: “Kevin Knox, for whatever reason, has failed to gain traction within the Knicks, and his future could very well be up in the air going into next year,” @NYPost_Berman has reported NYK not sold on Knox
Shams: Thibs still favorite for HCpic.twitter.com/Nm9cjr0O9K
— Daily Knicks (@DailyKnicksFS) June 29, 2020
While the Knicks are reportedly not sold on Kevin Knox as a future cornerstone, the up-and-coming forward is just 20 years old and has only appeared in 140 career regular season games for the franchise as it stands today. Even though Knox has certainly struggled at times, perhaps a 140-game sample size isn’t yet enough to make a potentially drastic move.
The Knicks originally selected Knox with the No. 9 overall pick in the 2018 NBA Draft out of Kentucky. As a rookie in 2018-19, Knox appeared in 75 regular season games en route to making 57 starts and averaging 12.8 points, 4.5 rebounds and 1.1 assists in 28.8 minutes per outing.
Meanwhile, over the course of 65 regular season appearances and just four starts in 2019-20, Knox averaged a mere 6.4 points across 17.9 minutes. He also tallied 2.8 rebounds in what would ultimately an abbreviated sophomore season atop the highest level.
It is also worth noting that during Knox’s brief stint in New York to date, the Knicks have gone through several head coaches and a slew of different front office executives.