The star of Kentucky’s 2017-18 basketball team and now New York Knicks forward is undergoing growing pains as a rookie in the NBA, though not the growing pains you would think of.
Knox’s NBA career is off to a solid start. The 2018 9th overall pick is averaging 12.2 points per game with 4.3 rebounds and has worked his way into a starting role.
He was named the Eastern Conference rookie of the month for December after averaging 17.1 points per game in a breakout month.
You may be asking what growing pains is he undergoing with those statistics?
Well, at age 19, Knox is literally still growing. The 6-9 Knox may end up being even taller.
“Doctors said I have a half-inch or an inch left in the tank,” Knox told the New York Post following the Knicks practice on Sunday. “You never know — hopefully, I have an inch [left]. Maybe 6-10, 6-10½. If not, I’m perfectly fine with where I’m at.”
The growth has actually caused Knox some knee soreness, but other than that, doctors don’t anticipate any other issues going forward.
It’s rare to find a professional athlete grow in height, but being so young, Knox may just continue growing.
This could bring a unique advantage. At 6-10 Knox would be one of the taller small forwards in the league which would provide a size advantage.
Even if Knox doesn’t grow if he seems to be on his way to a solid NBA carer as he is off to a great start in the big apple.