The No. 9 selection out of Kentucky was booed by some Knicks fans on draft night, but the 18-year-old is already showing great potential. He ended pool play as the No. 3 scorer in the Las Vegas summer league with 23.3 points per game, and he averaged seven rebounds per contest. Social media is abuzz with Knicks fans hoping the 6-foot-9 forward is the right player to team up with Kristaps Porzingis and help the Knicks return to glory.
Knox had 29 points and nine rebounds Tuesday in a loss to the Los Angeles Lakers. He made 5 of 7 3-pointers against the Lakers after struggling from deep in the first two games in Las Vegas. He scored 16 points during a 30-3 Knicks run that gave New York its only lead early in the fourth quarter.
He’ll be in action again Thursday when the Knicks play the Boston Celtics in tournament action.
Knox has shown a little something different in each game in Las Vegas. In a loss to Utah on Sunday, he only made 5 of 15 shots but he went 7 of 8 from the line and had two steals. Before that, he had 22 points on 8 of 20 shooting and grabbed eight rebounds in a win over Atlanta on Saturday.
Knox showed the potential to be a big-time scorer as a college freshman. He averaged 15.6 points and was the leading scorer for a Kentucky squad that reached the Sweet 16 of the NCAA Tournament.
He’s not the only rookie from Kentucky making things happen in Las Vegas.
The Clippers dominated most of the game. They led 31-15 at the end of the first quarter and took their largest lead of 28 points late in the third quarter. Washington cut its deficit to 10 in the fourth quarter.
The Clippers advanced to play the top-seeded Los Angeles Lakers on Thursday. The Lakers were unbeaten in pool play and earned a bye.
Second-round pick Bruce Brown had 15 points, 11 rebounds and six assists and made a pair of free throws with 1.4 seconds left to help Detroit (2-2) hold off Minnesota.
The Timberwolves closed a 19-point halftime deficit down to 47-43 by the end of the third quarter and briefly led early in the fourth. But Detroit retook the lead and Minnesota missed a pair of 3-point attempts that would have tied it in the final minute.
Khyri Thomas made a pair of free throws with 6.5 seconds left to make it a two-possession game for the Pistons.
Keita Bates-Diop had 16 points and nine rebounds for the Timberwolves (2-2).