Anonymous NBA Exec on ‘Real Stud’ Kevin Knox: ‘He’s F–king Really Good’

Hype is starting to build around New York Knicks rookie small forward Kevin Knox after he scored 22 points in 30 minutes against the Atlanta Hawks in his NBA Summer League debut Saturday.

Knox, the ninth overall pick in the 2018 draft, added eight rebounds, two assists, a steal and a block to lead the Knicks to a 91-89 victory.

“He’s f-king really good,” an NBA executive told Mike Vorkunov of The Athletic before the game.

“It’s what the coaches wanted me to be from the jump,” Knox told reporters.

“They wanted me to be able to attack the basket, get to the free-throw line. That’s kind of what I did. I settled myself in. I got to the free-throw line, hit some shots and next thing I know, I was playing really well. I want to keep staying aggressive, keep getting to the basket.”

The NBA exec explained to Vorkunov that Knox should shine more with the Knicks than he did with the Wildcats since he’ll receive more on-ball opportunities.

Knox may open the regular season behind Tim Hardaway Jr., Courtney Lee and Mario Hezonja in the wing rotation.


Knicks Rumors: Lonnie Walker Has ‘Support’ Entering 2018 NBA Draft

There is reportedly support for Miami guard Lonnie Walker IV within the New York Knicks front office entering the 2018 NBA draft, according to ESPN.com’s Ian Begley.

He added that other NBA executives believe the Knicks are considering Walker and Kentucky forward Kevin Knox with the No. 9 overall pick in the draft.

“Entering college, 247Sports ranked the 6’5” Walker as the No. 16 overall player in his recruiting class, as well as the No. 2 shooting guard.

Bleacher Report’s Jonathan Wasserman ranked Walker as the No. 10 prospect in the 2018 draft on his latest big board and compared him favorably to Utah Jazz guard Donovan Mitchell.

In his most recent mock draft, Wasserman had the Knicks taking Villanova forward MikalBridges at No. 9 with Walker going 10th to the Philadelphia 76ers.

The Knicks selected a guard in the first round of last year’s draft in the form of Frank Ntilikina, but he is a better fit at point guard, whereas Walker is a true shooting guard.

The 2018 NBA draft will take place Thursday at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York, beginning at 7 p.m. ET..

Knicks Kevin Knox already showing tons of promise

Knicks Kevin Knox already showing tons of promise

When he was taken ninth overall in the 2018 NBA Draft last month, it was a given that Kentucky product and newest New York Knicks small forward Kevin Knox was going to be a work in progress.

At 18 years old, there is still a good portion of his game that needs fine tuning and developing, which is common for almost every youngster making the jump to the NBA. Knicks fans have seen it with guard Frank Ntilikina, who was taken No. 8 in 2017 and still has a ton of work to do before becoming a serviceable contributor in the pros.

After his Knicks debut in the NBA Summer League on Saturday against the Atlanta Hawks, Knox already started to show flashes of the kind of player he can be in the NBA. And the early consensus is very promising.

“He’s a freakish athlete,” Knicks head coach David Fizdale would say after the game.

“It’s what the coaches want me to be from the jump – they wanted me to be able to attack the basket, get to the free throw line,” Knox said.

Besides those five dunks, Knox shot just 3-of-17 from the field including a 1-of-7 showing from three-point range.

Should Fizdale live up to his billing as a player’s coach and get the most of Knox, the Knicks are looking at another “Freakish” talent to line up alongside Kristaps Porzingis one day.

David Fizdale Considering Playing Kevin Knox at SG, Kristaps Porzingis at SF

Once Kristaps Porzingis returns from injury, New York Knicks’ fans are likely expecting to see him play the 4 or 5, with rookie Kevin Knox getting minutes at either the 3 or 4.

There’s an argument to be made that Porzingis is best served at the 5, where he can create mismatches but still serve as a rim-protector defensively, while Knox’s game will best translate to the stretch-4 in the NBA game.

Against teams with a bevy of shooters who could play fast and spread out the floor, the Knicks might get run off the court.

Against slower-paced teams who prefer to operate a more methodical halfcourt offense, the Knicks could bully them with their size.

It’s a testament to Porzingis’ versatility that Fizdale would consider such a lineup.

Of course, any experimentations with Porgzingis will likely have to wait until the winter or later, depending on when The Unicorn is able to return from his torn ACL. Nonetheless, the Knicks are building a promising young core, highlighted by players like Porzingis, Knox, last year’s first-round pick Frank Ntilikina and free-agent signee Mario Hezonja.

If those players can make those strides the Knicks have the makings of a solid young group to build around.

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