Future Watch: Kevin Knox Rookie Basketball Cards, Knicks – Kevin Knox played high school ball for Tampa Catholic in Tampa, Florida. In his junior season, he averaged 30.1 points and 11.2 rebounds per game. That year, he led his team to regional and district championships. As a senior, he averaged 28.5 points and 11.3 rebounds per game while leading Tampa Catholic to a 25-6 record. Knox was a five-star recruit among all prospect rankings organizations. Scout, Rivals, 247Sports and ESPN all ranked him inside their top 10. He would commit to play college ball for the University of Kentucky. He turned down offers from Duke, Florida State, Missouri and North Carolina. Knox also turned down a professional offer from the Chinese Basketball Association in favor of Kentucky.
In his freshman season for the Wildcats, Knox averaged 32.4 minutes per game. His size allowed him to guard multiple positions, and his long-range shooting (albeit streaky) kept him on the court. Knox led the team with 15.6 points per game. He would go on to earn All-Rookie and First Team All-SEC honors. Despite a 10-8 conference record, the Wildcats came on strong late and would win the 2018 SEC tournament. In the final game against Tennessee, Knox scored 18 points and grabbed seven boards. After the conclusion of his freshman season, Kevin Knox declared himself eligible for the 2018 NBA Draft.
Heading into the draft, Knox was seen as a solid lottery pick. He measured 6’9” in shoes with a 7’0” wingspan. Scouts saw him as being capable of playing power forward in the NBA. He’ll need to add some muscle to his 215-pound frame. His athleticism doesn’t jump out at you, but he can play above the rim and is effective with the lob game. Knox’s quickness and explosion allow him to score at all three levels. Given time, he has the chance to develop into a superstar wing. New York was enamored with Knox’s potential, and scooped him up with the ninth pick.
So far this season, Knox has played in 18 games for the Knicks. He’s averaging 19.6 minutes per game. His best effort came in a win against the Bucks on December 1st. In that game, he scored 26 points and added four rebounds, four assists, a block and a steal to his final statline. Coach David Fizdale isn’t handling Knox with kid gloves. He’s making him earn his minutes. In the long run, this should help Knox’s development as he strives to become a star in the league. Pounce on Knox’s rookie cards when you find good value. There’s a good chance they increase as he sees more playing time and becomes a focal point of the team’s offense.
You can find Kevin Knox in a Kentucky Wildcats uniform in 2018 Panini Contenders Draft Picks Basketball. As a top draft pick, he’ll appear in all of Panini’s 2018-19 basketball releases. You can currently find his NBA rookie cards in Hoops, Certified, Absolute Memorabilia and more to come!
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