Knicks’ Knox: ‘People are sleeping on us’

Kevin Knox thinks the Knicks will surprise people in 2018-19.

New York Knicks rookie Kevin Knox had a strong summer league and turned a lot of heads after being booed by Knicks fans at the draft.

Knox averaged 21.3 points and 6.5 rebounds during the Las Vegas summer league and showed off his athleticism and versatility. The 19-year-old, who is excited to play with Knicks star Kristaps Porzingis when Porzingis returns from his ACL injury, thinks people are sleeping on the Knicks.

Vegas’ Westgate Sports Book has put the Knicks with an over-under of 29 ½ wins for the 2018-19 season.

“I saw that,” Knox told Marc Berman of The New York Post at the NBA’s rookie photo shoot Sunday morning. “People are sleeping on us with the 29 wins. I think we definitely can win at least 35 and get in that playoff talk. That’s my personal opinion. Everyone has their own opinion. But the whole team, I’m pretty confident we’re really good this year, that we have a chance to make the playoffs.”

Knicks coach David Fizdale recently returned from Latvia where he was meeting with Porzingis. Fizdale showed Porzingis summer league footage of Knox and explained how the two can become a dynamic duo for the next several years.

Knox says he’s been in contact with Porzingis throughout the offseason.

“I text him and FaceTime him a lot,” Knox said. “We’re talking a lot. I haven’t seen him in person. I could see us running a lot of pick and rolls together. Me ball-handling, him setting the picks, him coming off it and making the reads. It’s definitely something I can see, and it can really work, too.”

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