The New York Knicks made their 2019 summer league debut on Friday night against Zion Williamson and the New Orleans Pelicans. It was essentially the Knicks Super Bowl. The stakes couldn’t be higher.
Thennn they lost 80-74 with Zion scoring 11 points in only 9 minutes before the ground erupted and the game had to be shut down so no one, ya know, died.
Since the 2019-2020 Knicks season is essentially another tank year, let’s evaluate their summer league performance to see if these young stars are worth a shit.
Here are the 5 biggest takeaways from the New York Knicks 2019 summer league debut:
1. Kevin Knox is good?
Kevin Knox scored 17 points on 6-for-12 shooting from the field and 3-for-7 shooting from behind the arc. He also snatched down 8 rebounds and swatted away two shots.
2. Kevin Knox is bad.
It’s really tough to use the ‘Kevin Knox is only 19’ excuse after watching him get bodyslammed by another 19 year old kid live on ESPN with all eyes on them. Knox just embarrassed the shit out of the Knicks. The jokes never end. Thank u, Knox.
3. Allonzo Trier is still Allonzo Triering
All Allonzo Trier knows is getting buckets, or perhaps, taking buckets. There is nothing I’d rather see less of than Allonzo Trier pull up jumpers on a 3-on-1 fastbreak.
Not only is he never even thinking about passing the ball but when the defense forces it out of him, he throws terrible passes out of bounds or at people’s feet.
My man is so focused on scoring that he dunked during an earthquake. He probably thought that was his NBA Street Gamebreaker.
4. Canadians suck at basketball
RJ Barrett scored 10 points on 4-for-18 shooting from the field, 1-for-8 shooting from the three point line and 1-for-4 shooting from the charity stripe. OH BROTHER, THIS GUY STINKS.
Now, it was his first ever game in the NBA and he was basically anointed the savior for no reason outside of the fact that he’s the first player to openly declare he wanted to be in New York since Carmelo so needless to say, there’s a bit of pressure on him to succeed.
That being said, there was a moment in that first game when play-by-play commentator, Mark Jones, sounded almost shocked that RJ Barrett was still on the court which made me realize that I too, hadn’t noticed that RJ was still out there.
You know another Canadian wing player who has awful shooting percentages and just vanishes from the court for long stretches of time? RJ Wiggins?!!