The NBA Summer League is winding down, so that means it’s time to hand out meaningless awards for meaningless play.
...oh, what’s this now? Kevin Knox made the All-Summer League first team?! HANG THE BANNER:
Kevin Knox was named to the All-NBA Summer League First Team after averaging 21.3 points, 6.5 rebounds and 2.3 assists over four games.— NY_KnicksPR (@NY_KnicksPR) July 17, 2018
Yes, our beloved Knox, along with Wendell Carter Jr., Collin Sexton, Christian Wood and Summer League MVP Josh Hart, was given the very important distinction of being one of the five best players to compete in the summer basketball classic this year.
Knox got his 21.3 points per game on a not-always-pretty 35 percent shooting from the floor, but he showed a scorer’s mentality and gave us easily the most entertaining Knicks Summer League performance in the last decade or so:
But where’s Mitchell Robinson? Surely on the second team, right? Wrong:
The All-NBA Summer League Second Team is composed of Phoenix Suns center Deandre Ayton, Trail Blazers guard Wade Baldwin IV, Memphis Grizzlies forward Jaren Jackson Jr., Lakers forward Sviatoslav Mykhailiuk and Atlanta Hawks guard Trae Young.
So, on the second team, you have Ayton (14.5 points/10.5 rebounds/1 block per game) and Jackson Jr. (11.2/8.2/3.8), but not Robinson (13/10.2/4). I think the Russians hacked the voting to keep the Knicks down. It’s the only possible explanation for such a glaring omission. This will easily go down as one of the most egregious award snubs in NBA history. Shame on the voters!
What do you guys think of the summer awards? How much was Mitch Rob robbed? Is it the biggest scandal in NBA awards history, or simply the second or third biggest? All three, perhaps? Let us know in the comments.