Finished yawning your way past the Enes Kanter news yet? Well, here’s an actually exciting announcement to truly make you thank goodness it’s Friday:
KNICKS ANNOUNCE 2018 SUMMER LEAGUE ROSTER pic.twitter.com/HkdH0tcqtc— NY_KnicksPR (@NY_KnicksPR) June 29, 2018
So you don’t have to get out your reading glasses, here’s the roster in full (in order of my excitedness to see them play):
Frank Ntilikina, G, 6-foot-7, 19 years old
Kevin Knox, F, 6-foot-9, 18 years old
Damyean Dotson, G, 6-foot-6, 24 years old
Mitchell Robinson, C, 7-feet, 20 years old
Luke Kornet, F/C, 7-foot-1, 22 years old
Troy Williams, F, 6-foot-7, 23 years old
Allonzo Trier, G, 6-foot-5, 22 years old
Isaiah Hicks, F, 6-foot-9, 23 years old
Michael Gbinije, G, 6-foot-7, 26 years old
Billy Garrett, G/F, 6-foot-6, 23 years old
Tyrius Walker, G, 6-foot-1, 22 years old
Paul Watson, F, 6-foot-8, 23 years old
Tony Taylor, G, 6-foot-1, 27 years old
Daniel Ochefu, F, 6-foot-10, 24 years old
Juwan Howard Jr., F, 6-foot-6, 26 years old
Justin Harper, F, 6-foot-10, 28 years old
Quite a list! The most notable players are obviously the two most recent lottery picks of the Knicks, Ntilikina and Knox. Dotson showed out in Summer League last year and could maybe do it even bigger under the bright lights of Las Vegas this season. Robinson is arguably the most intriguing, since it’s been over a year since his last time playing organized basketball. Trier could come out shooting early and often in an effort to prove that he should have been drafted.
Some other notables are Syracuse alum Gbinije, who was drafted by the Pistons a few years back and spent last season with Golden State’s G-League affiliate. Garrett was undrafted out of DePaul last season and spent the year with the Westchester Knicks, where he averaged a tidy 11.9 points, 2.7 rebounds and 2.4 assists per game on 45 percent shooting. Howard Jr. is quite clearly the offspring of former Heat menace Juwan Howard. Harper is the elder statesman of the group at 28 years old, a former second round draft pick of the Cavs in 2011.
Hopefully guiding this group of up-and-comers to a title will be the Westchester Knicks’ own Mike Miller, who I wrote extensively about a couple months ago and seems like a really good player developer. He also led the W-Knicks to the top seed in the G-League playoffs this past season.
What do you think of the SummerKnicks? What players are you most excited to see? Let us know in the comments!