The 2018 NBA Draft is just a little more than a month old, but a few basketball-heads have already reevaluated each team’s selection.
Jonathan Tjarks and Kevin O’Connor from The Ringer compiled a “Way-too-Early Redraft” and a pair of Kentucky Wildcats are at the top of the board. Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, selected eleventh overall by the L.A. Clippers, is their No. 3 selection, while Kevin Knox jumped from the ninth to the seventh overall pick.
In four Summer League games, Gigleous-Alexander averaged 19 points, 4.8 rebounds and 4 assists per game. Even though Tjarks questioned Gilgeous-Alexander’s “shaky jumper,” the former Kentucky point guard made 46 percent of his shots.
Knox out-performed expectations by scoring 21.3 points through four games to become a top five scorer in the Vegas Summer League. He added 6.5 rebounds and 2.3 assists per game. Here’s what Tjarks had to say about Knox’s game:
Like SGA, Knox was a revelation in Vegas. John Calipari might end up taking a big L if those two outperform their draft position. The construction of that Kentucky team was a crime against basketball on so many levels. With a healthy KP at the 5, Knox and Frank Ntilikina on the wings, and a free-agent target (Kyrie? Kemba?) at point in 2019, I’m excited about the future of the Knicks for the first time in a long time.
Pundits will take shots at the way each player was used at Kentucky for the wrong reasons, but Tjarks might be onto something about the construction of the 2018 Kentucky basketball team. The team was filled with excellent penetrators, but the Cats did not have enough shooters to create space for them to drive.
Hindsight is always 20/20, but the future looks bright for Kevin Knox and Shai Gilgeous-Alexander.