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    Kevin Knox silencing Knicks fans' boos with solid summer play

    Jul 13, 2018
    The New York rookie is proving his worth in the NBA Summer League.
    PHOTO: ap

    LAS VEGAS — Some New York Knicks fans already are reconsidering their feelings about first-round pick Kevin Knox.

    The No. 9 selection out of Kentucky was booed by some Knicks fans on draft night, but the 18-year-old is already showing great potential. He ended pool play as the No. 3 scorer in the Las Vegas summer league with 23.3 points per game, and he averaged seven rebounds per contest. Social media is abuzz with Knicks fans hoping the 6-foot-9 forward is the right player to team up with Kristaps Porzingis and help the Knicks return to glory.

    Knox had 29 points and nine rebounds Tuesday (Wednesday, Manila time) in a loss to the Los Angeles Lakers. He made 5 of 7 3-pointers against the Lakers after struggling from deep in the first two games in Las Vegas. He scored 16 points during a 30-3 Knicks run that gave New York its only lead early in the fourth quarter.

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    He’ll be in action again Thursday when the Knicks play the Boston Celtics in tournament action.

    Knox has shown a little something different in each game in Las Vegas. In a loss to Utah on Sunday, he only made 5 of 15 shots but he went 7 of 8 from the line and had two steals. Before that, he had 22 points on 8 of 20 shooting and grabbed eight rebounds in a win over Atlanta on Saturday.

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    Knox showed the potential to be a big-time scorer as a college freshman. He averaged 15.6 points and was the leading scorer for a Kentucky squad that reached the Sweet 16 of the NCAA Tournament.

    He’s not the only rookie from Kentucky making things happen in Las Vegas.

    —Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, the 11th overall pick, is averaging 19.7 points and shooting 45 percent for the Los Angeles Clippers.

    —Hamidou Diallo, a second-round pick, is averaging 9.3 points per game while shooting 53 percent for the Oklahoma City Thunder.

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    The New York rookie is proving his worth in the NBA Summer League.
    PHOTO: ap
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