In less than two days, Kevin Knox has taken New York City by storm.
After the Kentucky wing was drafted ninth overall by the New York Knicks, he chose to wear the No. 20, the same number worn by Allan Houston. Knox’s decision to embrace the Houston-esque hype has many believing he could be the final piece the Knicks needed to turn around the struggling franchise.
One of those who is buying into the Knox hype is Sports Illustrated’s Kenny Ducey. It’s not just Knox’s style of play, or his age that has the Knicks’ excited, it’s his tenacity. He battled in workouts and showed new head coach David Fizdale that he’s willing to fight to be successful.
If that’s the way he grew in just a few short months, it’s tantalizing to consider where he could be after just a year of working with Fizdale, who’s known for turning players into warriors on the floor. It’s also important to consider how young Knox is; over the offseason, after hitting the gym, he’d hop right on his gaming console at night for a few hours of Fortnite. He’s just a kid, and his mental makeup is still very much taking shape.
With Fizdale and a host of promising assistants committed to player development in the fold, the Knicks could be looking forward to a future with a 20-point scorer on their hands, and perhaps even one who can feed off chippiness and sink teams like Durant, who Knox looks forward to facing soon.
Knox has a long way to go, but if he gets there with the Knicks the Kentucky Wildcat can become a New York Legend.