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Dec 1, 2018; New York, NY, USA; Milwaukee Bucks forward Giannis Antetokounmpo (34) eyes the basket against New York Knicks forward Kevin Knox (20) and center Mitchell Robinson (26) during overtime at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)
Dec 1, 2018; New York, NY, USA; Milwaukee Bucks forward Giannis Antetokounmpo (34) eyes the basket against New York Knicks forward Kevin Knox (20) and center Mitchell Robinson (26) during overtime at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)

One of the worst seasons in New York Knicks history is over. A 17-65 record will be tough to swallow, but arguably the franchise's biggest offseason ever is fast approaching. This roster made up of raw talent and NBA vagabonds could look anywhere from completely different to mostly the same this time next year. Here's how each key player fared this season, and whether they should stay or go:

Kevin Knox

Barring an Anthony Davis trade, Knox is likely to remain a Knick, and fans should be cautiously optimistic about his future. Although his numbers as a whole were shoddy, there's a lot that is easily fixable, such as taking off a step too early or knowing when to go to the floater vs. attacking the defender's body. He had some solid stretches scattered across an underwhelming season: 43 percent three-point shooting in March, for example. The goal is for him to be a complete player, but we've yet to see tangible improvements much of anywhere,. That's okay, he's very young, and clearly filled with talent.

Tags: Allonzo Trier, Damyean Dotson, Emmanuel Mudiay, Frank Ntilikina, Kevin Knox, Lance Thomas, Mario Hezonja, Mitchell Robinson, Noah Vonleh
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Apr 5, 2019; Houston, TX, USA; New York Knicks forward Luke Kornet (2) makes a slam dunk against the Houston Rockets during the fourth quarter at Toyota Center. Mandatory Credit: Erik Williams-USA TODAY Sports (Erik Williams)
Apr 5, 2019; Houston, TX, USA; New York Knicks forward Luke Kornet (2) makes a slam dunk against the Houston Rockets during the fourth quarter at Toyota Center. Mandatory Credit: Erik Williams-USA TODAY Sports (Erik Williams)

Two teams looking ahead to next year will meet when the Washington Wizards visit the New York Knicks on Sunday night.

The Knicks lost for the eighth time in their last nine games when they were beaten 120-96 in Houston on Friday night as James Harden had 26 points, eight assists and eight rebounds in just 29 minutes.

New York was without point guard Emmanuel Mudiay (sore left shoulder), so Mario Hezonja made his first start at the position. He finished with his first career triple-double -- 16 points, 16 rebounds and 11 assists in an emergency role.

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Apr 3, 2019; Orlando, FL, USA; Orlando Magic guard Evan Fournier (10) shoots a three point shot over New York Knicks forward Mario Hezonja (8) during the second half at Amway Center. Mandatory Credit: Reinhold Matay-USA TODAY Sports (Reinhold Matay)
Apr 3, 2019; Orlando, FL, USA; Orlando Magic guard Evan Fournier (10) shoots a three point shot over New York Knicks forward Mario Hezonja (8) during the second half at Amway Center. Mandatory Credit: Reinhold Matay-USA TODAY Sports (Reinhold Matay)

The Knicks could have spoiled the Magic on Wednesday night, but they dropped the ball in a 114-100 loss in Orlando. >> Box score

Five things to know about Wednesday's game...

1) Playing against his former team, Mario Hezonja dropped a career-high 29 points on 11-for-22 shooting, and a perfect 6-for-6 from the charity stripe. He also had nine rebounds and five assists over 33 minutes on the floor. 

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Mar 30, 2019; New York, NY, USA; Miami Heat guard Dwyane Wade (3) goes to the basket against New York Knicks guard Emmanuel Mudiay (1) during the first half at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)
Mar 30, 2019; New York, NY, USA; Miami Heat guard Dwyane Wade (3) goes to the basket against New York Knicks guard Emmanuel Mudiay (1) during the first half at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)

The Knicks gave the Heat a good battle, but Miami came out with a 100-92 victory in Dwyane Wade's final game at The Garden on Saturday night. >> Box score

Five things to know about Saturday's game...

1) Coming off the bench, Wade dropped 16 points on 6-for-16 from the field. He also had seven rebounds, two assists, and one steal on the night. 

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New York Knicks head coach David Fizdale talks to guards Damyean Dotson and Emmanuel Mudiay during the second half against the Toronto Raptors at Madison Square Garden. (Noah K. Murray/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Knicks head coach David Fizdale talks to guards Damyean Dotson and Emmanuel Mudiay during the second half against the Toronto Raptors at Madison Square Garden. (Noah K. Murray/USA TODAY Sports)

The Knicks' blockbuster trade of Kristaps Porzingis cleared the franchise enough salary cap space to pursue two max free agents this summer. Presumably, Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving are going to be two targets.

But with the roster head coach David Fizdale has now, he is trying to work on his players' versatility, because the Knicks could soon have an abundance of players at one position.

"That I'm trying to do with all of them is make them, to a certain extent, positionless,'' Fizdale said, according to the New York Post's Marc Berman. "Where it doesn't matter who they're out there with. That their skill set applies to whatever position they're playing. That's kind of how we're looking at it going forward."

Tags: Emmanuel Mudiay, Frank Ntilikina, Kevin Knox
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Feb 3, 2019; New York, NY, USA; New York Knicks guard Dennis Smith Jr. (5) controls the ball against the Memphis Grizzlies during the third quarter at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Feb 3, 2019; New York, NY, USA; New York Knicks guard Dennis Smith Jr. (5) controls the ball against the Memphis Grizzlies during the third quarter at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

Knicks coach David Fizdale would like to be able to choose from a deep roster but injuries are piling up.

Point guard Dennis Smith Jr. has missed the last six games with a sore back, rookie guard Allonzo Trier has missed the last three games with a strained calf and forward Noah Vonleh has missed the last five games with a sprained right ankle.

Smith, Trier, and Vonleh may be out again Thursday and the trio could be joined on the sidelines by rookie forward Kevin Knox.

Knox sprained his right ankle with 32 seconds left in the first half of a 124-113 loss to the Los Angeles Clippers on Sunday. Knox was injured when his foot collided with Los Angeles guard Patrick Beverley's on a 3-point attempt.

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Mar 22, 2019; New York, NY, USA; New York Knicks point guard Frank Ntilikina (11) brings the ball up court against the Denver Nuggets during the fourth quarter at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Mar 22, 2019; New York, NY, USA; New York Knicks point guard Frank Ntilikina (11) brings the ball up court against the Denver Nuggets during the fourth quarter at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

Frank Ntilikina was returning to the Knicks for the final 10 games of this dismal 2018-19 regular season with a purpose: to prove he should still be in blue and orange next season. But it was short-lived when Ntilikina reaggravated his groin injury that kept him out 24 straight games against the Clippers on Sunday night.

So is that it? Does Ntilikina's season finish on this note? Head coach David Fizdale wouldn't say it officially, as the Frenchman sat out of Tuesday's practice. 

"We don't know yet on the status of how far away he is from coming back," Fizdale told The Post's Marc Berman. "I know it was a tough blow to the kid the other night. I just don't know how sever it is. I just know that it got to a point during the game where it was really bothering him. It's just been frustrating for the kid. It's been frustrating for all of us, but for him it's been tough."

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Knicks rookie Kevin Knox (Mark J. Rebilas/USA TODAY Sports)
Knicks rookie Kevin Knox (Mark J. Rebilas/USA TODAY Sports)

Knicks head coach David Fizdale said he felt bad at rookie Kevin Knox suffering another sprained ankle, especially given the timing of this injury.

"He was playing really good basketball before he got hurt,'' Fizdale said, according to the New York Post's Marc Berman. "That's probably the most frustrating part of the injury.''

Knox left Sunday's game against the Los Angeles Clippers after playing 18:50 and is considered day-to-day even though New York only has eight games left this season.

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Feb 3, 2019; New York, NY, USA; New York Knicks forward Kevin Knox (20) dunks over Memphis Grizzlies forward Jaren Jackson Jr. (13) and guard Shelvin Mack (6) during the third quarter at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Feb 3, 2019; New York, NY, USA; New York Knicks forward Kevin Knox (20) dunks over Memphis Grizzlies forward Jaren Jackson Jr. (13) and guard Shelvin Mack (6) during the third quarter at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

Already without Dennis Smith Jr., Allonzo Trier, and Noah Vonleh, the Knicks lost two more players to injury during Sunday's game at Madison Square Garden.

Rookie Kevin Knox left due to a sprained ankle and was ruled out. Frank Ntilikina -- who returned Friday night after missing roughly two months due to a groin injury -- left due to a groin injury. His return was listed as questionable. 

The Knicks, who have nine games left this season, probably wish the season ended Sunday. And they may have to scramble to find enough able-bodies to play as the season winds down. 

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Jan 13, 2019; New York, NY, USA; New York Knicks forward Kevin Knox (20) drives to the basket against the Philadelphia 76ers in the first quarter at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports  (Wendell Cruz)
Jan 13, 2019; New York, NY, USA; New York Knicks forward Kevin Knox (20) drives to the basket against the Philadelphia 76ers in the first quarter at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports (Wendell Cruz)

With March Madness in full effect, Kevin Knox is nostalgic as he remembers this time last year he was wearing Kentucky's blue and white trying to win a National Championship. 

"It's crazy to think this time last year I was in the [NCAA] Tournament, getting ready for the game, heart racing before the games and stuff like that," Knox told The Post's Peter Botte. "The tournament, there's no better feeling than winning, so going out there and getting some wins in and playing against a team on the road, we had some good road wins last year at Kentucky, there's no better feeling in that locker room."

The Wildcats were upset in the Sweet 16, but as Knox points out, every game had the utmost importance that created a different vibe. But things have down a 180 for Knox, as he plays on a Knicks team that has been out of the playoffs virtually since the season began. 

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Fizdale honest after brutal loss 00:00:30
The Knicks lost 137-116 to the Jazz at home on Wednesday. It could've been worse, if it weren't for better play by NY in the second half.

The Knicks couldn't handle the Jazz on Wednesday night, losing 137-116 at Madison Square Garden for their second consecutive loss. >> Box score

Things to know about Wednesday's game...

1) The Knicks up themselves in an early rut, as the score was 39-35 at the end of the first quarter. When both teams went to the locker room, it was 74-47 which proved to be an insurmountable deficit in the end.

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New York Knicks forward Kevin Knox puts up a shot in the fourth quarter against the Los Angeles Lakers at Madison Square Garden. (Wendell Cruz/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Knicks forward Kevin Knox puts up a shot in the fourth quarter against the Los Angeles Lakers at Madison Square Garden. (Wendell Cruz/USA TODAY Sports)

Knicks head coach David Fizdale wanted to orchestrate a meeting between budding star Kevin Knox and one of the greatest players of all-time in LeBron James.

He was able to do so after Sunday's win over the Lakers.

Knox said he received some guidance and reassurance from James when he met with him after New York beat Los Angeles 124-123 on Sunday at Madison Square Garden.

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Mar 12, 2019; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Indiana Pacers center Myles Turner (33) is guarded by New York Knicks center Mitchell Robinson (26) during the third quarter at Bankers Life Fieldhouse. Mandatory Credit: Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports (Brian Spurlock)
Mar 12, 2019; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Indiana Pacers center Myles Turner (33) is guarded by New York Knicks center Mitchell Robinson (26) during the third quarter at Bankers Life Fieldhouse. Mandatory Credit: Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports (Brian Spurlock)

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) Bojan Bogdanovic scored 24 points and Darren Collison made two free throws 19.5 seconds left to help the Indiana Pacers slip past the New York Knicks 103-98 on Tuesday night.

Indiana snapped its two-game losing streak and remained tied with Philadelphia for the No. 3 spot in the Eastern Conference. Collison finished with 16 points.

New York lost its seventh straight despite getting 21 points from Emmanuel Mudiay and 18 from Damyean Dotson. The Knicks also have lost six straight in the series.

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Feb 9, 2019; New York, NY, USA; New York Knicks forward Kevin Knox (20) drives to the basket against Toronto Raptors forward Serge Ibaka (9) during the fourth quarter at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Feb 9, 2019; New York, NY, USA; New York Knicks forward Kevin Knox (20) drives to the basket against Toronto Raptors forward Serge Ibaka (9) during the fourth quarter at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

Knicks' rookie Kevin Knox is going through a bit of a rough patch, but head coach David Fizdale is experimenting some new strategies with him. 

The 19-year-old rookie has a .321 shooting percentage in his last seven games and has seen his minutes diminish of late, but showed some renewed promise in Monday's loss to the Kings. 

Knox was 4-for-6 from the field with a couple of those buckets coming from his play in the post. 

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New York Knicks center Mitchell Robinson blocks a shot by Los Angeles Clippers center Ivica Zubac in the first half of the game at Staples Center. (Jayne Kamin-Oncea/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Knicks center Mitchell Robinson blocks a shot by Los Angeles Clippers center Ivica Zubac in the first half of the game at Staples Center. (Jayne Kamin-Oncea/USA TODAY Sports)

With the Kristaps Porzingis blockbuster and the All-Star festivities in the rearview mirror, Knicks fans can take some inventory on their reshaped roster. Outside of lottery implications, New York's remaining games seem meaningless at first glance, but they serve as a glimpse into the potential of this young core.

With a month and change to go in the regular season, here's who has ticked upward and slid downward in recent games:

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Knicks FINALLY win at MSG 00:01:13
David Fizdale and the Knicks finally broke their losing streak at Madison Square Garden on Sunday, beating the San Antonio Spurs, 130-118.

The Knicks snapped their 18-game home losing streak and won at Madison Square Garden for the first time since December when they beat the San Antonio Spurs 130-118 on Sunday. >> Box score

Things to know about Sunday's game

1. The Knicks outshot the Spurs 43.2 percent to 25 percent from 3-point range, as Damyean Dotson made 8 of 13 treys en route to a team-high 27 points.

2. Kevin Knox had a 19-point, 10-rebound double-double, while Dennis Smith Jr. had 19 points, 13 assists and six rebounds for New York, which hadn't won at home since Dec. 1, 2018.

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Feb 15, 2019; Charlotte, NC, USA; U.S. Team forward Kevin Knox of the New York Knicks dunks the ball against World Team forward Rodions Kurucs of the Brooklyn Nets during the All-Star Rising Stars game at Spectrum Center. Mandatory Credit: Bob Donnan-USA TODAY Sports  (Bob Donnan )
Feb 15, 2019; Charlotte, NC, USA; U.S. Team forward Kevin Knox of the New York Knicks dunks the ball against World Team forward Rodions Kurucs of the Brooklyn Nets during the All-Star Rising Stars game at Spectrum Center. Mandatory Credit: Bob Donnan-USA TODAY Sports (Bob Donnan )

It took a Lonzo Ball injury for him to get there, but Knicks rookie Kevin Knox tried to make the most of his appearance in Friday's Rising Stars game as part of the NBA's All-Star weekend. 

The 19-year-old played 16 minutes for Team USA, which defeated Team World, 161-144. Knox had 11 points, two rebounds and assist, going 5-for-9 from the field including 1-for-3 from 3-point range. Knox was tied for the second-fewest minutes on the team after playing in a back-to-back with the Knicks Wednesday and Thursday.

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Feb 14, 2019; Atlanta, GA, USA; New York Knicks forward Kevin Knox (20) drives to the basket against Atlanta Hawks center Dewayne Dedmon (14) during the first half at State Farm Arena. Mandatory Credit: Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports (Dale Zanine)
Feb 14, 2019; Atlanta, GA, USA; New York Knicks forward Kevin Knox (20) drives to the basket against Atlanta Hawks center Dewayne Dedmon (14) during the first half at State Farm Arena. Mandatory Credit: Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports (Dale Zanine)

The Knicks got the taste of victory for the first time in a month and a half, defeating the Hawks on the road, 106-91, on Thursday night. >> Box score

Things to know about Thursday's game

1) This one felt different from the start with the Knicks getting off to a 14-0 lead in the first quarter. They would finish with a solid 28-13 lead, which set the tone for the rest of this one. The Hawks would tie it up at 47 with 1:28 left in the second after an Omari Spellman three. But New York went into the half with the lead, and didn't lose it the entire second half.

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Knicks lose 18th straight game 00:01:30
New York Knicks point guard Dennis Smith Jr. was seen arguing with Ben Simmons before halftime, wants star to keep trash talk to hooping

The Knicks made a valiant effort to make a comeback, but the 76ers pulled away to beat New York, 126-111, at Madison Square Garden on Wednedsay night. >> Box score

Things to know about Wednesday's game

1) The Knicks had a poor effort on the defensive side of the ball in this one, as the Sixers shot 53.8 percent from the field. Joel Embiid and newly-acquired Tobias Harris cashed in the most, finishing with 26 and 25 points respectively. Embiid also had 14 rebounds to collect another double-double on the season. 

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Feb 3, 2019; New York, NY, USA; New York Knicks forward Kevin Knox (20) dunks over Memphis Grizzlies forward Jaren Jackson Jr. (13) and guard Shelvin Mack (6) during the third quarter at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Feb 3, 2019; New York, NY, USA; New York Knicks forward Kevin Knox (20) dunks over Memphis Grizzlies forward Jaren Jackson Jr. (13) and guard Shelvin Mack (6) during the third quarter at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

It looks like Sixers PG Ben Simmons didn't get the memo: When Kevin Knox is coming down the lane, don't jump.

Knox added another highlight to his rookie reel on Wednesday night, as he took a pass from DeAndre Jordan, streaked through the lane, and rose to dunk all over Simmons.

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Feb 11, 2019; Cleveland, OH, USA; Cleveland Cavaliers guard Collin Sexton (2) drives to the basket between New York Knicks forward Kevin Knox (20) and guard Dennis Smith Jr. (5) during the second half at Quicken Loans Arena. Mandatory Credit: Ken Blaze-USA TODAY Sports (Ken Blaze)
Feb 11, 2019; Cleveland, OH, USA; Cleveland Cavaliers guard Collin Sexton (2) drives to the basket between New York Knicks forward Kevin Knox (20) and guard Dennis Smith Jr. (5) during the second half at Quicken Loans Arena. Mandatory Credit: Ken Blaze-USA TODAY Sports (Ken Blaze)

The Knicks set a new franchise record with their longest losing streak (17 games) in franchise history after losing to the Cavaliers, 107-104, in Cleveland Monday night. >> Box score

Things to know about Monday's game

1) The Knicks came close to forcing overtime in this one, as Luke Kornet drained back-to-back threes to bring New York within one. He had a great look after a pump fake to take the lead, but was well short on another three. In the end, the Knicks had two chances to bury a three to send the game to overtime, but Dennis Smith Jr. and Kornet were off. 

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Feb 9, 2019; New York, NY, USA; New York Knicks forward Kevin Knox (20) drives to the basket against Toronto Raptors forward Serge Ibaka (9) during the fourth quarter at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Feb 9, 2019; New York, NY, USA; New York Knicks forward Kevin Knox (20) drives to the basket against Toronto Raptors forward Serge Ibaka (9) during the fourth quarter at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

It was hard fought, but the Knicks fell for the 16th straight game as the Raptors took them down, 104-99, at Madison Square Garden Saturday night. >> Box score

Things to know about Saturday's game

1) The Knicks got off to a hot start with a 14-3 run. However, the Raptors closed the first quarter with a 25-23 lead. New York made it close the rest of the way, regaining their lead at one point in the second. But Toronto, the second-best team in the Eastern Conference right now, would've let this one slip away. 

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Feb 8, 2019; Detroit, MI, USA; New York Knicks guard Dennis Smith Jr. (5) attempts a dunk against Detroit Pistons center Andre Drummond (0) during the first quarter at Little Caesars Arena. Mandatory Credit: Raj Mehta-USA TODAY Sports (Raj Mehta)
Feb 8, 2019; Detroit, MI, USA; New York Knicks guard Dennis Smith Jr. (5) attempts a dunk against Detroit Pistons center Andre Drummond (0) during the first quarter at Little Caesars Arena. Mandatory Credit: Raj Mehta-USA TODAY Sports (Raj Mehta)

It was the same result between the Pistons and Knicks in this second leg of a home-and-home, as Detroit took down New York, 120-103, on Friday night. >> Box score

Things to know about Friday's game

1) Following up a 25-point game, Dennis Smith Jr. dropped a career-high 31 points on 9-for-15 from the field with eight assists and two rebounds as well. Smith also went 11-for-19 from the charity stripe, which he didn't seem happy about having given away eight free points. Either way, he has solidified himself as the Knicks' main source of offense since the Kristaps Porzingis trade. 

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Knicks react to Knox selection 00:01:18
Kevin Knox was added to play in the Rising Stars Game at the NBA All-Star weekend. Fizdale and Knox think it?s a great opportunity.

Kevin Knox is honored to bring his talent out of the Big Apple and showcase it on the national stage during All-Star weekend.

The 19-year-old rookie forward was added on Wednesday to play in the Rising Stars Game on Feb 15 in Charlotte. Knox received the nod as a replacement for Lakers' Lonzo Ball on the US team. The game features the game's top rookies and sophomores.

"It's a great accomplishment," Knox said. "My mom and dad will be out there too. Need to go out there and put on for the Knicks, but put on for the USA team as well. I feel very honored by it and just going to play hard."

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Knicks lose 14th straight game 00:01:31
Knicks coach David Fizdale, Dennis Smith Jr. and DeAndre Jordan comment on Smith's stellar performance in the Knicks loss to the Pistons.

Led by PF Blake Griffin, the Pistons took down the Knicks in Madison Square Garden, 105-92, for the team's 14th straight loss. >> Box score

Things to know about Tuesday's game

1) Dennis Smith Jr. had his best game as a Knick so far, dropping 25 points on 11-for-25 shooting with six assists and five rebounds as well. Being the Knicks' primary source of offense tonight, this could be the role Smith plays for the rest of the season, especially since he was in a lot of 1-on-1 situations. Fizdale clearly wants to see Smith's offensive gifts for himself, and he got that tonight.

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Knicks look ahead after big deal 00:01:29
Knicks coach David Fizdale, forward Kevin Knox and center Mitchell Robinson look to future after the big Porzingis deal.

Knicks coach David Fizdale, forward Kevin Knox and center Mitchell Robinson all look to future after the big Kristaps Porzingis deal that sent the unicorn to the Mavericks. 

"It's been a whirlwind," Fizdale said Saturday.

Watch everyone's comments on the trade here.

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Knox talks 'Rising Stars' snub 00:00:32
New York Knicks rookie Kevin Knox discusses not being invited to participate in the 'Rising Stars Challenge' at the 2019 NBA All-Star game.

When the Rising Stars Challenge rosters were announced Tuedsay night, no Knicks were listed -- not even the team's first-round pick Kevin Knox

He may have had a rough start to his rookie campaign, but Knox has picked up the pace lately. He is averaging 12.2 points and 4.2 rebounds, which both sit seventh among rookies so far this season. However, those numbers clearly aren't enough for him to make the U.S. Team. 

Knox, though, hasn't taken any offense to the snub. He may have wanted to showcase his talents in the game, but he is using the omission as motivation moving forward.

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Would the Knicks deal Knox? 00:00:28
The New York Knicks can put together a solid trade package for Anthony Davis, but would it include rookie Kevin Knox?

Anthony Davis has shaken up the NBA world, as he requested a trade to leave the Pelicans. And with that news surfacing, the Knicks are reportedly among the top candidates to make a trade happen before the Feb. 7 deadline. 

But what would New York have to give up to make such a trade happen? From future first-round picks to cornerstones on the roster, the Pelicans will be asking a lot from a team wanting to pluck the All-Star center out of New Orleans. They will ultimately be looking for some young talent to build around, and the Knicks have an abundance. 

One of their youngsters is 2018 first-round pick Kevin Knox, but the Daily News' Stefan Bondy doesn't want to see the 19-year-old traded away. He explains why maybe Frank Ntilikina would be a better option than GM Scott Perry's first big draft pick...

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With Anthony Davis making it clear that he wants out of New Orleans, and the Knicks having the assets to pull off a trade before the deadline, there's a buzz in the city that the star forward could maybe come to New York.

Even though the Pelicans could wait until after the season to make a deal, here are five possible Davis trades involving the Knicks (although he doesn't end up in New York in one of them).

TRADE 1: KNICKS AND PELICANS

  • Knicks get... Anthony Davis
  • Pelicans get... Enes Kanter, Kristaps Porzingis, Frank Ntilikina, 2019 first-round pick
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New York Knicks forward Kevin Knox drives to the basket against Milwaukee Bucks guard Tony Snell during the first half at Madison Square Garden. (Noah K. Murray/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Knicks forward Kevin Knox drives to the basket against Milwaukee Bucks guard Tony Snell during the first half at Madison Square Garden. (Noah K. Murray/USA TODAY Sports)

The Knicks have an abundance of young talent on their roster, but none of them were selected to the NBA's Rising Stars Challenge teams. 

The NBA announced the rosters on Tuesday for U.S. and Worlds team, which each consist of 10 first and second-year players around the league, for an exhibition game to be played on Friday, Feb. 15 in Charlotte as part of the All-Star weekend festivities. 

The rosters are chosen by NBA assistant coaches, who submit one ballot per team and must have a minimum of three first-year players and three second-year players on each team. 

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Very few players on the Knicks' current roster appear to be safe from a potential trade. 

According to Marc Berman of The Post, the Knicks have explored trading "nearly everyone" on their roster with the exception of Kristaps Porzingis, Kevin Knox and Mitchell Robinson before the Feb. 7 trade deadline. 

It was previously reported the Knicks were actively shopping Enes Kanter, Tim Hardaway Jr. and Courtney Lee. 

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Yes, July 1 is still more than five months away. Hell, we haven't even hit the All-Star break yet. But it's never too early to start thinking about free agency. Here in New York City, the Mecca of Basketball (that's right), this summer is crucial for the local teams.

This year projects to have arguably the best NBA free agent class ever with players like Kevin Durant, Kawhi Leonard, Jimmy Butler, Kyrie Irving, and Klay Thompson all -- in one way or another -- able to hit the open market. With hundreds of other players available this offseason and a league salary cap set to rise to $109 million for the 2019-20 season, even in the dead of winter all eyes are on summer '19.

New York's teams are expected to be big players in free agency, with both the Knicks and Nets possessing ample salary cap space and the ambition to exponentially improve. But which NYC franchise has the advantage when it comes to attracting the best talent? Quintessential New York or the "Coolest City in America?" (At least according to GQ, never mind that Brooklyn is actually a borough). Do players want to restore a storied franchise or be the face of a new movement? Midtown steakhouse or Smorgasburg?

Let's take a look at some of the major factors that will either attract or deter free agents and, thus, determine the future of hoops in the Big Apple.

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Yes, July 1 is still more than five months away. Hell, we haven't even hit the All-Star break yet. But it's never too early to start thinking about free agency. Here in New York City, the Mecca of Basketball (that's right), this summer is crucial for the local teams.

This year projects to have arguably the best NBA free agent class ever with players like Kevin Durant, Kawhi Leonard, Jimmy Butler, Kyrie Irving, and Klay Thompson all -- in one way or another -- able to hit the open market. With hundreds of other players available this offseason and a league salary cap set to rise to $109 million for the 2019-20 season, even in the dead of winter all eyes are on summer '19.

New York's teams are expected to be big players in free agency, with both the Knicks and Nets possessing ample salary cap space and the ambition to exponentially improve. But which NYC franchise has the advantage when it comes to attracting the best talent? Quintessential New York or the "Coolest City in America?" (At least according to GQ, never mind that Brooklyn is actually a borough). Do players want to restore a storied franchise or be the face of a new movement? Midtown steakhouse or Smorgasburg?

Let's take a look at some of the major factors that will either attract or deter free agents and, thus, determine the future of hoops in the Big Apple.

Tags: Allonzo Trier, Courtney Lee, Frank Ntilikina, Jarrett Allen, Joakim Noah, Kevin Knox, Mitchell Robinson, Rondae Hollis-Jefferson, Tim Hardaway Jr.
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New York Knicks forward Kevin Knox drives to the basket against Milwaukee Bucks guard Tony Snell during the first half at Madison Square Garden. (Noah K. Murray/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Knicks forward Kevin Knox drives to the basket against Milwaukee Bucks guard Tony Snell during the first half at Madison Square Garden. (Noah K. Murray/USA TODAY Sports)

Knicks rookie Kevin Knox got an up-close look at Paul George on Monday and decided he needs to be more like him. 

Following the Knicks' 127-109 loss to the Thunder, in which George scored a team-high 31 points, Knox said that he wants to train with the Thunder forward in the offseason. 

Per The Athletic's Mike Vorkunov, Knox said he had watched film of George, Kevin Durant and Otto Porter before the draft to get ready for workouts and improve his game. 

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PORTLAND, Ore. -- Most NBA rookies, even the great ones, hit a wall at some point. Kevin Knox got that out of the way early.

Three games into his rookie season with the Knicks, Knox suffered an ankle sprain that sidelined him for two weeks. Upon returning, he struggled in all areas of the game, as he felt his way into a consistent role.

Now, with those early growing pains out of the way, Knox has turned a corner. At the changing of the calendar year, he was named Eastern Conference Rookie of the Month for a December campaign, in which he averaged 17.1 points and six rebounds per game while shooting 38.4 percent from three-point range.

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Mar 28, 2018; Atlanta, GA, USA; McDonalds All-American East guard RJ Barrett (6) shoots the ball against the West in the second half of the McDonalds High School All American Game at Philips Arena. Mandatory Credit: Brett Davis-USA TODAY Sports (Brett Davis)
Mar 28, 2018; Atlanta, GA, USA; McDonalds All-American East guard RJ Barrett (6) shoots the ball against the West in the second half of the McDonalds High School All American Game at Philips Arena. Mandatory Credit: Brett Davis-USA TODAY Sports (Brett Davis)

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Oct 19, 2018; Brooklyn, NY, USA; New York Knicks forward Kevin Knox (20) drives to the basket against Brooklyn Nets guard Caris LeVert (22) during the first half at Barclays Center. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)
Oct 19, 2018; Brooklyn, NY, USA; New York Knicks forward Kevin Knox (20) drives to the basket against Brooklyn Nets guard Caris LeVert (22) during the first half at Barclays Center. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)

Kevin Knox isn't used to watching his team play from the sideline, but the Knicks rookie says his view from the bench still brings value while he works his way back from an early-season ankle sprain. 

"I really enjoy watching on the side because I can really see the game from a different perspective," Knox told the New York Post on Tuesday. "It's really fun to watch on the side, they talk, the way they move the ball, defensively. These past few games I was on the bench watching it was pretty great. I got to talk to players on the bench, tell them what they can do better, more and more leadership I can bring to the team."

Knox, the Knicks' first-round pick in the 2018 NBA Draft, sprained his left ankle on Oct. 20 against the Celtics. He's missed the last four games and will be out Wednesday night against the Pacers, but will travel with the Knicks to Dallas and Washington this weekend. He has participated in shooting and non-contact drills in practice this week.

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Oct 19, 2018; Brooklyn, NY, USA; New York Knicks forward Kevin Knox (20) drives to the basket against Brooklyn Nets guard Allen Crabbe (33) during the first half at Barclays Center. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)
Oct 19, 2018; Brooklyn, NY, USA; New York Knicks forward Kevin Knox (20) drives to the basket against Brooklyn Nets guard Allen Crabbe (33) during the first half at Barclays Center. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)

Kevin Knox is inching closer to returning to the Knicks lineup as the rookie forward finishes up his recovery from a left ankle sprain.

Knicks coach David Fizdale said Knox will not play Wednesday against the Pacers, but the 19-year-old will travel with the team to Dallas for Friday's game against the Mavericks, according to ESPN's Ian Begley. The team said Knox is "making good progress" and that he has advanced to participating in shooting and non-contact drills.

Knox's father, Kevin Knox Sr., told the New York Post on Sunday that his son is expected to return sometime between Nov. 2-10. The Knicks' 2018 first-round pick suffered the injury, which his father called a "Grade 2" sprain, on Oct. 20 against the Celtics.

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Oct 20, 2018; New York, NY, USA; New York Knicks forward Kevin Knox (20) lays on the floor with an injury in the first quarter against the Boston Celtics at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports  (Wendell Cruz)
Oct 20, 2018; New York, NY, USA; New York Knicks forward Kevin Knox (20) lays on the floor with an injury in the first quarter against the Boston Celtics at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports (Wendell Cruz)

Knicks head coach David Fizdale told reporters Monday that he would be happy if Kevin Knox missed only two weeks due to his left ankle sprain. 

Knox is not with the team on their upcoming two-game road trip, and will be re-evaluated this Sunday. 

The Knicks face the Bucks in Milwaukee on Monday night before playing the Heat in Miami on Wednesday. They return home to face the Warriors on Friday night and then host the Nets on Monday, Oct. 29.

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Oct 19, 2018; Brooklyn, NY, USA; New York Knicks forward Kevin Knox (20) drives to the basket against Brooklyn Nets guard Caris LeVert (22) during the first half at Barclays Center. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)
Oct 19, 2018; Brooklyn, NY, USA; New York Knicks forward Kevin Knox (20) drives to the basket against Brooklyn Nets guard Caris LeVert (22) during the first half at Barclays Center. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)

Coming off a tough loss to crosstown-rival Brooklyn on Friday night, the Knicks don't get a layover as they return home Saturday for another matchup. And even tougher is their opponent in the Boston Celtics. 

Boston is also playing a back-to-back, having lost to the Raptors on the road last night. But they are still a favorite in the Eastern Conference with a loaded team full of young and veteran stars. 

One of those stars just so happens to be the youngest player on their team in SF Jayson Tatum. As a 19-year-old, Tatum burst onto the scene last year, averaging 16.3 points, 5.9 boards, and 1.9 assists per game on his way to a First-Team All-Rookie selection by the end of the regular season. He was even better in the postseason with 18.5 points per game on 47.1 percent shooting. 

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NEW YORK -- The Knicks' unveiling of their shiny new lottery pick three years ago went a little bit differently.

It was in late October, against these same Atlanta Hawks, when 20-year-old Kristaps Porzingis made his home debut. The rookie added the first ever play to his highlight reel, shaking Paul Millsap with a spin move to throw down a breakaway dunk. This 7-foot-3 forward with guard skills, who was supposed to be a long-term project, announced to the arena, the city, and a national television audience that he was ready to contribute right away. Fans wouldn't have to wait to start enjoying Knicks games again and hyping the living daylights out of the team's future.

Tuesday night, in a 126-107 win, the Knicks' latest lottery pick delivered a new message to fans with his play: Chill...

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Kevin Knox has the support of at least one Knicks legend, even if it's one who still isn't on the best terms with the franchise.

Hours before opening night against the Hawks at Madison Square Garden, Charles Oakley tweeted his well-wishes for the Knicks rookie, who will surprisingly come off the bench in his NBA debut.  

"Good luck tonight @KevKnox," Oakley wrote. "Play hard and the Garden will love you. Rooting for you young fella. Bring the intensity! Starts on D!"

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Kevin Knox (20) Mandatory Credit: Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Mills)

Tim Hardaway Jr. used to be the only Knick that grew up with a professional athlete as a father. Until Kevin Knox joined the team. 

Knox' father, Kevin Knox Sr., was drafted by the Bills in the sixth round back in 1994 after four seasons as a wide receiver at Florida State. Despite only playing two games with the Cardinals over his NFL career, Knox Sr. totaled 1,431 yards on 102 receptions with 11 touchdowns over his FSU career that saw a national championship game in 1993. 

So, Kevin has grown up knowing exactly what it takes to make it to the pros...

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Kevin Knox (20) Mandatory Credit: Stephen R. Sylvanie-USA TODAY Sports (Stephen R. Sylvanie)

Knicks rookie Kevin Knox mentioned earlier this offseason that he believes his new team has the potential to make the playoffs this year. And that mindset hasn't wavered. 

Appearing on ESPN's First Take, Knox didn't discuss the numbers he projects for himself this season. Instead, he has an idea of how many wins the Knicks need to get to be a playoff contender.

"Just to win," Knox said. "I feel like this is something you've got to do in New York, you've got to be able to win games. 

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Many Knicks fans are wondering if rookie F Kevin Knox is the team's next superstar. He showcased his scoring ability and knack for the highlight-reel play during the Las Vegas Summer League, and head coach David Fizdale has expressed his excitement to coach him this season. 

Well, former Knicks PG Charlie Ward sees superstar written all over Knox. Ward not only knows the 18-year-old well, but he knows his father even better.

Kevin Knox Sr. was Ward's favorite target when he was quarterback at Florida State in the early 1990s. Ward knew the elder Knox to have a strong personality during their time on the field together, which is something he doesn't see in Knox Jr. 

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Kevin Knox (20) Mandatory Credit: Stephen R. Sylvanie-USA TODAY Sports (Stephen R. Sylvanie)

It is apparent Knicks' first-rounder F Kevin Knox wasn't fazed by his first taste of NBA basketball. Just look at what he did in just a few games out west in the Summer League. 

Knox was named first-team All-Summer League as he electrified the court with thunderous dunks and crafty moves to the lane. After four games, he averaged a stellar 21.3 points per game.

At 18 years old, Knox has impressed many by how mature his game has looked. But his father, Kevin Knox Sr., wasn't too surprised that his son stole the show...

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Kevin Knox (20) Mandatory Credit: Stephen R. Sylvanie-USA TODAY Sports (Stephen R. Sylvanie)

Knicks' first-rounder Kevin Knox has been taking the NBA world by storm. Well, at least the NBA Summer League for now. 

Knox has shined in his first games as a Knick, and to his former college teammate Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, it doesn't come as a surprise. These two Kentucky Wildcats were both lottery picks, with Gilgeous-Alexander going to the Clippers. 

Having ran the point for Kentucky, Gilgeous-Alexander knows what Knox is capable of on the floor. And there is more to what Knicks fans have seen so far from the 6-foot-9 forward. 

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Kevin Knox (20) Mandatory Credit: Stephen R. Sylvanie-USA TODAY Sports (Stephen R. Sylvanie)

Rookie F Kevin Knox is starting to win the hearts of Knicks fans with his great Summer League play. But one Knicks fan showing him some love got him excited. 

ESPN NBA analyst Doris Burke is a known Knicks fan, and seems to have taken a liking to the 18-year-old that was drafted ninth overall by the Knicks last month. Knox posted to his Instagram story Monday night, saying he had a conversation with Burke, who loves his game.

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Knicks fans may want to rethink their booing of Kevin Knox on Draft night after what he has shown in his first taste of the NBA. 

Knox has lit up the Summer League Las Vegas court in his first two contest against the Hawks and Jazz, and he's generating tons of praise. One NBA executive who was very blunt in his scouting report of the 18-year-old.

"He's f--king really good," the anonymous executive told The Athletic's Mike Vorkunov.  "A real stud."

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Kevin Knox (Kentucky) Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

The Knicks have selected Kentucky forward Kevin Knox with their No. 9 overall pick at the 2018 NBA Draft. 

Knox has been coined a versatile forward that has the ability to score on both the perimeter and inside the paint. Here's a look at what the Knicks expect the 6-foot-9 Knox to do on the Madison Square Garden court next season...

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