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15 Aug 2018 06:11 PM EST

-by Daniel Mogollon, Staff Writer; Image: New York Knicks rookie Kevin Knox in Las Vegas. (Image Source: Gary Ellwood/Getty Images)

With the New York Knicks Summer League run complete, we wrap up our review of the 2018 squad with a player ranking coming out of Las Vegas:

1. Forward Kevin Knox: New York’s first-round pick was one of three rookies to earn first team All-NBA summer league honors in Las Vegas. The feeling is that Knox probably should have gone higher than No. 9 overall in the 2018 NBA Draft. He’s long, athletic, and very explosive. He played with more confidence, offensive aggressiveness, and better ball handling than the scouting report on him indicated.

2. Guard Frank Ntilikina: After he struggled in the opener, where Ntilikina looked like a rookie—hesitant and lacking in confidence—he made a big leap in Game No. 2. Still a work in progress as a playmaker, the French Prince dished out six assists against Utah and scored 17 points on 50 percent shooting. Ntilikina couldn’t find his perimeter stroke but used his size very well in the paint. Played in just two games.

3. Center Mitchell Robinson: The second-round pick had the highest PER of any rookie in Las Vegas, as he tied Greg Oden’s record for blocks per game (4.00) and put up numbers (13 PPG, 10.2 RPG, 67 percent shooting) very comparable to Deandre Ayton, who like Oden went No. 1 overall. Robinson is raw but extremely talented, long, and athletic. It’s still early but he might be the steal of the draft.  

4. Guard Allonzo Trier: The undrafted free agent out of Arizona improved a lot as summer league went on. He’s extremely quick which allows him to get to the rim and create his own shot whenever he wants. With his growing confidence, his shot started to fall. Not only can he score (17 PPG), Trier rebounded well (5.5 RPG). The Knicks signed Trier to a two-way contract before play in Las Vegas started.

5. Guard Damyean Dotson: It was an uneven five games for Dotson, as he didn’t play as well as he did in summer league action or in the G-League as a rookie last year. He has an NBA body but needs to prove he can shoot from beyond the arc consistently enough to stick in the league. A strong final game salvaged his summer.

6. Center Luke Kornet: A sharp shooter, Kornet can really stroke it, especially for a seven-footer. It’s that skill set that has the Knicks believing he can be a contributor. New York signed Kornet to an NBA contract and probably believe they know what they have in him, so he got only 22 minutes in Las Vegas.

7. Forward Isaiah Hicks: Management has seen something in Hicks as well, who was re-signed to a two-way contract for the upcoming season. The UNC product has good size and in Vegas flashed the ability to shoot, penetrate, pass, and bang in the paint. His jump shot will make or break his chances of sticking long-term.

8. Forward Tony Williams: In a somewhat surprising move, Williams was released by the team following summer league. A great athlete with good length for a wingman, the Indiana product is an explosive penetrator and finisher, however he plays out of control too often and remains inconsistent from beyond the three-point arc.

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9. Forward Daniel Ochefu: In Las Vegas, Ochefu flashed good all-around skills. He’s a high-effort player who can defend and rebound well. The power forward surprised with his passing skills and court vision in his first two games, as well as his ability to be a scorer in the finale. If he has a future in the NBA, it’s as a role player.

10. Forward Paul Watson: Long and athletic, Watson has an NBA body and he flashed the ability to be disruptive defensively. However, he did little on offensive, as he had a tough time putting the ball in the basket. A disappointing five games.

11. Guard Tyrius Walker: An undrafted, D-II product, Walker is a longshot to make the NBA but he impressed with his ability to score, distribute, and even rebound in his only extended minutes in Las Vegas. Walker is fearless and feisty defensively.  

12. Guard Billy Garrett: He has good size for a lead guard, but struggled in three games of action in Sin City. The G-Leaguer didn’t shoot well at all and really did nothing that stood out or warrant much consideration.  

13. Forward Justin Harper: Injured in the second game, Harper did flash some shooting ability when he’s able to spot up and square his shoulders. He’s long, so he could fill the stretch four role, but at 28 he’s already had numerous opportunities. 

14. Forward Juwan Howard Jr.: Not very athletic, Howard Jr. also had trouble shooting from the perimeter. He has some craftiness to his game and can get into the paint, a skill set that will serve him well oversees.

15. Guard Michael Gbinije: Good length for a shooting guard, Gbinije was hesitant in his limited action. In 24 minutes, he managed just three shots (no points), two rebounds, and two assists. If you blinked, you might have missed him.

Daniel Mogollon is a member of the Pro Football Writers of America and the Football Writers Association of America. He is also a voter for the Thorpe and the Rotary Lombardi Award, as well as the Latino Sports MVP Awards. You can reach him via email: danmogollon@gmail.com.

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