To say things haven’t worked out between the New York Knicks and Kevin Knox thus far would be an understatement and he’s found himself in NBA trade rumors as a result. The No. 9 overall pick in 2018 out of Kentucky was a raw prospect coming into the NBA, but he had a high ceiling as a two-way player. His floor, however, was low given the development he needed and it looks like the floor has fallen out from under him.
As a rookie, Knox showed some flashes of potential but was always undone by injuries. He was unable to truly gain any momentum as consistency never developed. In his second season, he was playing for a new head coach as David Fizdale was fired and replaced by Mike Miller on an interim basis.
Tom Thibodeau replaced Fizdale and brought a strong development staff along with him. There was hope that reuniting Knox with his assistant coach at Kentucky, Kenny Payne, would help unlock his potential. At the beginning of the season, it looked like that may be the case.
Kevin Knox shot the ball as well as he has in his career, as he is knocking down 37.9 percent of his 3-point attempts. Unfortunately, that is about all the positives he has this season.
As everyone knows, if you don’t perform defensively you will not see the court for a Tom Thibodeau-coached team. Knox has a long way to go on that end of the court and eventually was phased out of the rotation once the team got healthy.
As a result, Knox could see his tenure with the Knicks end soon. He was named one of the players ready to be traded before the deadline and at this point, that seems like it would be best for both parties.
Knox struggled to consistently grasp Thibodeau’s system on both ends of the court. There have already been talks of the Knicks looking to move on from their former lottery pick, and it sounds like a matter of when, not if, he will be traded away.
While Knox stock isn’t high right now, he is still so young that plenty of teams would be willing to take a chance on him as an athletic stretch-4. Contending teams could look at acquiring him, simplifying his role, and seeing if he can blossom into a 3-and-D player.
Knox is a hard worker and has put the time in to develop, it just hasn’t shown through on the court yet. With no clear path to playing time in New York, Knox would relish an opportunity to spread his wings elsewhere.