Video: Knicks rookie Kevin Knox throws down monster dunk on Sixers’ Ben Simmons
On Tuesday night, Boston Celtics forward Jayson Tatum posterized Philadelphia 76ers point forward Ben Simmons. On Wednesday evening, it was New York Knicks’ rookie Kevin Knox’s turn to turn Simmons into a highlight.
Late in the second quarter, Knox took a nice pass from DeAndre Jordan and threw down a monster slam over Simmons, sending him tumbling to the floor:
🗣 TALK TO 'EM KEV! pic.twitter.com/aONlLEGhvb
— NEW YORK KNICKS (@nyknicks) February 14, 2019
Knox has had an up-and-down rookie campaign, but this was sick and is definitely a play that the kid will remember forever.
The 19-year-old, who played his collegiate basketball at the University of Kentucky, was originally selected by the Knicks with the ninth overall pick of the NBA Draft back in June.
Entering Wednesday night’s action, Knox was averaging 12.6 points and 4.2 rebounds over 28.5 minutes per game while shooting 36.6 percent from the floor, 33.6 percent from three-point range and 72.4 percent from the free-throw line.
Knox has had a few strong performances sprinkled in this season, such as his 31-point outburst in a loss to this very same 76ers team back on Jan. 13. He added seven rebounds and a couple of steals that game, making 12 of his 23 shots and making four three-pointers.
In his lone season at Kentucky, Knox started all 37 contests in which he played, registering 15.6 points and 5.4 boards across 32.4 minutes a night while making 44.5 percent of his field-goal attempts, 34.1 percent of his long-distance tries and 77.4 percent of his foul shots.
The Knicks entered Wednesday evening against Philadelphia having lost 17 straight games, a franchise record.
It doesn’t look like New York will be ending that skid, either, as the 76ers are routing the Knicks in the second half.