When New York Knicks president Steve Mills and the basketball operations department studied their roster and the players available to them in the NBA draft Youth Russell Bodine Jersey
, they came to the same conclusions.
The Knicks lacked talent, and needed a player with the flexibility to play in multiple spots.
Kevin Knox checked off those boxes. And so the decision-makers were comfortable using the ninth pick Thursday night on the 18-year-old forward.
We were set, Mills said at the teams training facility. He called Knox a perfect fit for how we want to play.
Knox played one season at Kentucky, where he led the Wildcats in scoring at 15.8 points per game and 3-pointers with 57. Mills said the Knicks held two or three different conversations with John Calipari, Knoxs coach at Kentucky.
The Knicks did our research, Mills said. (We) did our due diligence.
Knox shared the SECs Freshman of the Year award with Alabama guard Collin Sexton Kendall Wright Jersey Elite , who was selected by the Cleveland Cavaliers, and was also an AP Honorable Mention on the All-America team.
At 6-foot-9 and 215 pounds, Knox shot .445 from the field, and .341 from 3-point range.
He fits what were going to be about, Knicks GM Scott Perry said. Hes long, hes athletic Youth Byron Maxwell Jersey , he can play multiple positions, we think he has tremendous upside. Hes coming from a program in Kentucky thats produced a lot of great pros.
We thought Kevin was an excellent fit for what were trying to get done here.
New York is coming off a 29-53 season as it tries to rebuild. The franchises cornerstone piece, Kristaps Porzingis, the fourth overall pick in the 2015 draft, suffered a torn ACL in his left knee in February and it isnt known if he will play this season.
New York has only nine players under contract, after reserve center Kyle OQuinn opted out of the last year of his $4.3 million contract Wednesday Steelers Elite Jerseys , although starting center Enes Kanter could opt out of his $18.6 million contract on June 29. Joakim Noah, who was banished from the team following an incident with then-coach Jeff Hornacek during a practice in Denver, is still under contract and is slated to earn $18.53 million next season.
While it is unlikely that the Knicks will be a playoff team next spring, Perry pushed back against the notion that the selection of Knox over Villanovas Mikal Bridges and Missouris Michael Porter Jr. was a symbolic waiving of the white flag on the 2018-19 season.
Theres a lot of talented young people in this draft, Perry said of Knox, who is the youngest player the Knicks have drafted since Michael Sweetney in 2003. We just thought Kevin separated himself for us.
The Knicks youth movement continued in the second round as the team used the 36th overall pick on Mitchell Robinson. The 20-year old is listed at 6-11 and 225 pounds Youth Geron Christian Jersey , but did not play college basketball despite having committed to Western Kentucky University.
As a senior at Chalmette High School in Chalmette, Louisiana, Robinson averaged 19.6 points, 12.5 rebounds and 7.9 blocks. He played in the 2017 McDonalds All-American and Jordan Brand Classic games, which are showcases for the pre-eminent high school players in the country.
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