Kevin Knox II didn’t become a national story at summer league this time, but he showed off a bulked-up frame that will make him more powerful in getting to the rim and absorbing contact.
That was an issue as a rookie last season. However, Knox’s expected progression doesn’t guarantee he’ll play more in his second season.
The Knicks didn’t get Kevin Durant or Kyrie Irving, but they added a boatload of experienced depth. And that is before the potential signing of veteran Marcus Morris, whose best position is Knox’s position — small forward.
Knox expects “brutal’’ competition at training camp, which will open Sept. 30, according to a source.
“It’s totally going to be different from last year,’’ Knox acknowledged when his summer league had unofficially ended late Wednesday with a 25-point outburst at Thomas & Mack Center. “Rookie season, Mitch [Robinson] and Allonzo [Trier] got a lot of good minutes. That’s part of the development stage we were at. This year we got a lot of vets and older guys that will come in looking to play.”
In 2018-19, Knox shot just 37 percent in 75 games, making 57 starts and averaging 29 minutes. If Morris signs for $14.8 million, it might be hard to justify having the Rich Paul client come off the bench.