Kevin Knox Is Bringing The Ruckus Early On At Summer League

    With the timetable of Kristaps Porzingis‘ return from his surgically repaired torn ACL up in the air, Knicks fans will be looking for any bright spot next season. Some might even be hoping that the team loses as many games as possible so that David Fizdale and crew can land a lottery talent in 2019 to go along with first-round pick Kevin Knox, the 18 year old out of the University of Kentucky who has been getting busy in the NBA Summer League, scoring 22 points and pulling eight boards in his debut. 

    In Sunday’s 90-85 loss to the Utah Jazz out in Las Vegas, the 6-foot-9 Knox had 19 points and five rebounds.

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    Kevin Knox is putting on a summer league show #SCtop10 https://t.co/Pqjao6f6YI

    He looks like the real deal. He’s been a human highlight film so far, and if we revisit the discussion about potential draft picks who would be perfect for New York, it seems we overlooked the most obvious choice. 

    Kevin Knox Goes Over NBA Summer League Debut | New York Knicks | MSG Networks

    For more Knicks coverage, visit https://www.msgnetworks.com/knicks Kevin Knox speaks with reporters after scoring a team-high 22 points and grabbing 8 rebounds in the Knicks’ 91-89 Summer League win over the Hawks in Las Vegas.

    Knox has been posterizing cats with a ferocity and intensity that New Yorkers can appreciate. For too long, the Knicks have been doormat, the soft squad that allows folks to come into MSG and break records and steal the thunder of the storyline. 

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    Kevin Knox’s first basket as a Knick was nasty https://t.co/I8n9eA7M1O

    From the looks of things, Knox is trying to be a go-to guy for the Knicks from Day 1. If hes going to bring the ruckus every night and develops into a star, then thats a stroke of luck the Knicks haven’t had in a long time. We already see that hes got a motor on him and the enthusiasm needed to lift an emotionally defunct franchise out of its doldrums. Knox just might give The Garden a homegrown, fan favorite they can truly support again. 

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    Kevin Knox with the behind-the-back dish to Mitchell Robinson for the layup! #NBASummer https://t.co/mwmqJ51JG6

    Eye-opening is how I describe Knox, but I wouldnt start predicting a Rookie of the Year candidacy just yet. Lonzo Ball was Summer League MVP last season and he struggled in his first season. He didnt suck, but he wasn’t the superstar he appeared to be in the preseason against inferior competition. Caution says Knicks fans should just be happy that it seems as if the first pick of the Mills-Perry-Fizdale regime is a winner.

    David Fizdale Impressed With Kevin Knox and Mitchell Robinson | New York Knicks | MSG Networks

    For more Knicks coverage, visit https://www.msgnetworks.com/knicks David Fizdale shares his impressions on rookies Kevin Knox and Mitchell Robinson after the duo made their NBA Summer League debuts in the Knicks’ 91-89 win over the Hawks in Las Vegas.

    JR Gamble joined The Shadow League in 2012. The General Manager of Content & Social Media is in his 25th year of covering sports and culture professionally. He has covered a wide variety of major sports and entertainment topics across different mediums, including radio, newspapers, magazines and national TV. His passion is baseball, the culturing of baseball and preserving and documenting the historically-impactful accomplishments and contributions of African-Americans in baseball.