Kevin Knox needs to do a better job of helping the Knicks win games
New York Knicks’ rookie Kevin Knox has looked very good over the past several games after scoring double-digit points in over the past nine games.
Now Knox has faded in the second half of games, but let’s not forget that he’s a 19 year-old rookie. So the fact that he’s scoring over 10 points a game is a great sign.
As Marc Berman of the New York Post points out, Knox is one of the worst NBA players when it comes to the Real Adjusted Plus-Minus stat.
While some general managers don’t fully embrace the Real Adjusted Plus-Minus stat introduced in 2014, Knox is ranked No. 463 out of 464 players. Frank Ntilikina comes in at 461.
I asked David Fizdale if he cares about Knox’s horrible Adjusted Plus-Minus rating, which supposedly best gauges how much better a team played on offense and defense when a given player was on the floor. Some GMs think it is biased against young players. College scouts told The Post before the draft that some of Knox’s Kentucky analytics were poor, too.
“Right now, no,” Fizdale said. “Right now, I’m looking at their game and where I can help them and how I can get them in a position to be better. It’s not as much about the numbers right now as how I mold each guy and give him a fighting chance to play well out there.”NY Post
Fizdale and the Knicks shouldn’t be worried about Knox’s Real Adjusted Plus-Minus stat right now. He’s only 19 years-old. When he’s been around for 4-5 years than they can start worrying about things like that.
The most important thing is that Knox improves as a player. If that happens, I believe everything else will fall into place for him and the Knicks.
The biggest thing the former lottery pick needs to work on is his defense.
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