The 2019 Summer League proved its worth for the Knicks (not to mention a consolation match this Friday or Saturday), which won after losing their first three games. There were ups and downs, a game cut short by an earthquake and many GM Twitter labels RJ Barrett a torso.
Despite sheet 1-3, there were definitely positives. Mitchell Robinson impressed again, averaging 3.5 blocks and 11 rebounds over all four games, while Barrett improved considerably in games three and four.
Apart from Robinson and Barrett, Judith Buechler 's team has achieved quality production from a number of players.
Knox made waves last summer after an electric stretch that earned him an average of 21.2 points and explosive dunks. Of course, his rookie year would end up being very mixed, but remember: this child is still only 19 years old.
Until then, he looked better all around. And as he said when landing in Las Vegas, he seemed a lot more comfortable this summer.
He lost 41% of his shots (20 to 49), including nine of his 25 attempts at three shots (36 3P%). The second-year rookie looked much more aggressive while driving and finishing at the rim, perhaps because of his work in the weight room this season. In addition to finding his form, the second-year rookie captured 24 rebounds in four games.
Of course, his performance this summer might not mean anything (like last year), but it could actually be a sign of an improved and confident player entering his second season.
Ignas & Iggy & # 39; Brazdeikis
Brazdeikis, 20, may well be the next second-round flight for New York, at least based on his production of the Summer League. He spent an average of 26.3 minutes on the ground in all four games, the second behind the 30.3 MPG of Knox and Barrett. His shot, however, was very impressive.
Brazdeikis was an influential shooter in his day in Michigan and sank nearly half (47%, 8 to 17) of his shots from the three-point line to score 48 FG% (22 for 46). ). He also featured strong defense instincts, as well as a natural feeling in the passing game. There is reason to believe that "Iggy" will become a great option for providing powerful shots and solid defense. He already has the makings of a fan favorite, too.
Cavanaugh, 25, entered the Summer League with the Atlanta Hawks and Utah Jazz. Although his figures (7.8 PPG, 3.5 RPG) of the four games seem modest, he took full advantage of his minutes. He started slowly (partly because of the earthquake) scoring two goals and three points in just four minutes against the Pelicans.
After 19 minutes of play in Game 2 against the Suns, he scored 12 points and four rebounds, as well as making five of his eight free throw attempts. In total, he made nine of his 20 shots (45%) in total and captured at least three rebounds in all four action games. He will probably be in the G-League this year where he will bring some depth.
Honorable Mention: Kadeem Allen, Kenny Wooten