Kevin Knox has become one of the NBA Draft’s trendiest sleeper picks as he rises up draft boards. Only eight days away from the draft, the once fringe lottery pick could now be a top ten selection.
ESPN’s Jonathan Givony, a.k.a. Mr. Draft Express, has conducted workouts and interviews with most of this year’s top prospects. Currently projected eleventh in Givony’s mock draft, he said Knox’s workout was one of the best.
“Kevin Knox’s workout was definitely one of the more impressive ones we’ve seen thus far,” he said. “Not hard to see why his stock seems to be rising in the pre-draft process. He could very well end up in the top ten.” Watch Knox do work and you’ll see why.
One of the youngest players in the draft, Knox’s age and length are an advantage over his counterparts, Villanova’s Mikal Bridges and Michigan State’s Miles Bridges. Jake Fischer from Sports Illustrated explained why he would take Knox over the draft’s other top wings.
On the court, his size and sufficient athleticism alone make him a candidate to eventually guard positions 3-5. He also had a successful season as Kentucky’s leading scorer, posting 15.6 points per game while shooting 34.1% from deep and 77.4% from the line. The mechanics are there, culminating with a quick and high release.
He used his length exceptionally well as a scorer, both laterally to side-step opponents in his driving lanes and when hanging in the air meeting helping bigs in the paint. He was effective in the post against smaller opponents and delivered most of his damage spotting up on the wings and elbow extended, either flashing his jumper or taking closeout defenders off the dribble. Knox also showcased a bit of playmaking ability. He only ran 48 pick-and-rolls as a Wildcat, according to Synergy Sports, but produced 0.979 points per possession in those settings.
Knox may not be the most polished wing in the NBA Draft, but he’s showing teams that his upside could provide a much more lucrative payout in the future.