Kevin Knox, Knicks Defeat Hawks in Las Vegas Summer League; Trae Young Drops 21July 7, 2018
The New York Knicks pulled out a 91-89 victory Saturday over the Atlanta Hawks in the NBA's Las Vegas Summer League.
Kevin Knox, the No. 9 pick in the 2018 NBA draft, played an instrumental role in the win, scoring 22 points and grabbing eight rebounds. Knox's athleticism was on display as he scored his first points as a professional:
While one should never read too much into summer-league games, reaction toward Knox's big effort was overwhelmingly positive:
Knicks fans won't have much to cheer about in 2018-19. The team will be bad, and it's unclear when Kristaps Porzingis will be healthy enough to return from his torn ACL. In Knox, the franchise at least has somebody to provide hope.
The Hawks want Trae Young to deliver the same feeling to their fans. He had his best game of summer league Saturday, scoring 21 points and dishing out 11 assists. Bleacher Report's Andy Bailey accentuated the positives when it came to the fifth overall pick:
Andy Bailey @AndrewDBailey
I was mostly calling out the bad with Trae Young in Utah and during today's first half. But he just finished a really strong overall game. Two positives I've seen from him this summer: He clearly has NBA playmaking potential, and his one-on-one defense is better than I expected.
Atlanta will have also been encouraged by John Collins, who had a game-high 30 points and eight rebounds in 30 minutes.
Both the Knicks and Hawks return to action Monday. New York will play the Utah Jazz, while Atlanta faces off with the Portland Trail Blazers.