New York Knicks: How Kevin Knox can take a step up this season

Kevin Knox, New York Knicks. (Photo by Sarah Stier/Getty Images)
Kevin Knox, New York Knicks. (Photo by Sarah Stier/Getty Images) /
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Kevin Knox, New York Knicks. (Photo by Mike Stobe/Getty Images) /

The New York Knicks have had an underrated off-season. Kevin Knox, who is entering his sophomore season, can take a step up in 2019-20.

As the 2019-20 NBA season approaches, the New York Knicks need one particular player to step up; Kevin Knox. Last season, Knox started in 57 out of his 75 total appearances, where he averaged 12.8 points, 4.5 rebounds, 1.1 assists, on 37.7 field goal percentage (FG%), 34.3 three-point percentage (3P%), 71.7 free throw percentage (FT%), in 28.8 minutes per game.

After another impressive summer league showing, Knox must continue to prove that he is capable of becoming the Knicks full-time starting small forward next season. With the addition of several veteran free agents, last year’s first-round pick must earn his starting spot by showcasing his impact on both ends of the floor.

Most rookies have issues playing an steady game night after night. It’s a much longer season than they are used to. In his rocky debut season, Knox’s strengths and weaknesses were evident.

Knox’ Pros: smooth jump shot, ability to score in transition, effective off-the-ball mobility, can produce in isolation, explosive drive to the rim, and good timing in the passing lanes.

Knox’ Cons: defense, consistency from the field, and playmaking ability.

Despite Knox’s vulnerabilities on the floor, he has a great opportunity to take a step forward in his second season. He’s only 22-years-old, there is no reason to doubt that 2018’s ninth overall draft pick can’t improve upon his rookie year performance.