Kevin Knox’s introduction to the National Basketball Association came with many boos from New York Knick fans. The Knicks respectfully passed on former top prospect Michael Porter Jr., National Champion Mikal Bridges and Michigan State standout Miles Bridges.
These are the same fans who also booed the “Unicorn” known as Kristaps Porzingis. Porzingis was a gem found by Phil Jackson, coming in from Latvia and immediately becoming a star in the Association.
The former Kentucky Wildcat acknowledged the reaction from Knick fans on draft night and vowed to show them how wrong they were.
In his first action with the Knicks, Knox certainly didn’t disappoint.
Knox was the leading scorer among all rookies, averaging 21.3 points per contest to rank fourth overall behind three sophomore players. Former Wildcat Malik Monk was third overall, averaging 23 points.
Knox’s performance was more than enough to earn him All-NBA Summer League First Team honors.
Though his shooting numbers were a bit lower than at Kentucky, it’s just four games. Knox will be the starter on the wing and the clear go-to scoring option in Madison Square Garden.
New York media is more grueling than any other market, yet Knox has more than answered the bell to start the season.
Check out some highlights of Knox from his first (and hopefully only) Summer League: