The New York Knicks have high hopes for second-year man Kevin Knox.Â The franchise took a chance in 2018 taking him 9th overall and it hasnâ€™t been what theyâ€™ve hoped.
Knoxâ€™s former coach John Calipari said â€œItâ€™s going to take time.â€Â The Knicks are giving it time as his second-year was not what fans expected.Â It didnâ€™t help the team added a lot of veteran power forwards either.
Calipari continued on a conference call reports Daily Newsâ€™ Stefan Bondy.Â â€œWhat you donâ€™t want to do, and teams have done this in that league, is they give up on a young, young player too soon, and now all of a sudden the whole thing in New York would be, â€˜Well, what if we had him? We gave him away. We shouldâ€™ve held on longer, why did we do that?â€™Â Young guys take longer to develop, especially when theyâ€™re big.Â Guys with his size and skill, the game is going to him.â€
Knox recently started to turn his game around before the season was suspended due to COVID-19.Â You can see he was playing with confidence more so than any part of the season.Â He was aggressive and doing more on defense.Â His stats werenâ€™t incredible but it was a start.Â Knicks interim head coach Mike Miller had confidence in him throughout despite not giving him many minutes.
Knox still isnâ€™t even 21-years old and has major potential.Â Even when the Knicks drafted him Calipari said â€œheâ€™s a project.â€Â But with Knoxâ€™s athleticism, length and wingspan, the finished product should be something special.
The Knicks have a lot of hope in Knox it just didnâ€™t pan out this season.Â That doesnâ€™t mean theyâ€™re giving up on him.Â It was a up-and-down first season then a bad sophomore season but thereâ€™s still hope.Â If needed, Knox should take a vacation to G-league Westchester to find that confidence he once had.
If the Leon Rose and the new coach are on the same page, Knoxâ€™s development should be a top priority.Â The New York Knicks need to instill confidence in him and watch him grow.