In his second season, Kevin Knox moved to the bench after the front office signed a plethora of other forwards, he played 10 minutes less than a game compared to when he was a rookie, his true shooting percentage remained substantially flat with a terrible 47%. Across the board, advanced stats don’t adore his game.
Even Knox is still only 20 years old. Is it part of the future of the Knicks?
New team president Leon Rose isn’t sure, reports Marc Berman to the New York Post.
Rookie president Leon Rose, who hasn’t spoken to the media since he was hired, isn’t sold on Knox and desperately wanted to see him in the last 16 games, now demolished, according to The Post …
Former Knicks manager David Fizdale failed to reach Knox in the first two months of the season. [Interim trainer Mike] Miller didn’t do better. Maybe the defensive genius Tom Thibodeau or the player development ace that Kenny Atkinson can. After Marcus Morris negotiated on February 6, Miller decided to keep Knox on the bench because his defense was not yet up to the winning standards.
We’ve already heard this rumor and the 16 games Knicks didn’t play in meant that Rose didn’t get a chance to evaluate Knox closely.
It is too early to cancel Knox as a future collaborator. Knox’s physical gifts are indisputable, but he must be more aggressive in attacking the circle and find the ability to finish there, he must be able to knock down a three and his defense must improve. Trust is a big part of that, Kentucky assistant Kenny Payne told Berman of the Post.
Rose has decided to get him out of the season if he chooses the 2021-22 option for Knox worth $ 5.8 million. In any case, Knox will play for his future salaries next season, he must demonstrate real value.
Leon Rose “not sold” on Knicks, Kevin Knox reportedly originally appeared on NBCSports.com