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From boos to yews for the New York Knicks

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10th July, 2018

For the second time in the last five years, New York Knicks fans have booed one of their lottery picks.

The first instance occurred in 2015, when Phil Jackson drafted European prospect Kristaps Porzingis with the fourth overall pick.

Well, the 7’3″ power forward is now the future of the franchise, having been New York’s only hope in the last few years.

In the case of this year’s draft, the Knicks took Kevin Knox with pick nine, leaving fans frustrated that Michael Porter Jr wasn’t going to call Madison Square Garden home.

Although we don’t yet know how Porter will turn out, there is a reason that 12 NBA general managers passed on him. He does have potential, but back surgery doesn’t appeal. So while Knox is filling up his stats sheet in the Summer league, Porter is filling the space on the sideline.

Coming out of college, Knox was a raw prospect with the potential to be the best player in the draft, or not close at all.

So far, the 19-year-old has balled out in the Summer League, with 22 points in his first outing and 19 in his second. Showcasing some incredible dunks and the ability to take it behind the arc, Knox has left Knicks fans screaming “Yew!” instead of their draft night reactions.

Even the bookmakers have drawn the attention of the forward out of Kentucky, boosting his odds to take the Rookie of the Year award to $11 – equal to Trae Young, who has drawn comparisons to two-time MVP Stephen Curry.

Maybe New York fans should boo every prospect they draft, because so far they’re zero from two in judging young talent.