With crowds returning to venues this year and a relatively normal length offseason, that means we’re being treated to NBA Summer League again this year.
And with that comes the return of the SummerKnicks! Yesterday, the Knicks announced the team’s roster and schedule.
The Summer League roster is set pic.twitter.com/H6rqkZEzTt— NEW YORK KNICKS (@nyknicks) August 2, 2021
So first, the roster. Cool stuff. Rokas Jokubaitis is making the trip over to play with his fellow draftees, despite intentions to play in Europe this upcoming season. Predictably, we’ve got Quentin Grimes, Deuce McBride, and Jericho Sims suiting up as well.
Immanuel Quickley and Obi Toppin will get to make their Summer League debuts! That’s pretty cool, after they didn’t get that opportunity last year. Luca Vildoza was literally just in a game in the Olympics, but his inclusion seems to imply that with Argentina now bounced from the world games, he’ll hop a flight over.
And then there’s... Kevin Knox? I get that he’s technically younger than Toppin, but the guy’s a grandpa in Summer League years. Still, maybe he’ll reclaim some of the magic of 2018 Summer League, when we all talked himself into being a second coming of Jayson Tatum. And, it turns out, he asked to play on the team. Say whatever you want about Knox’s play and development thus far in his career, but it’s hard to knock his work ethic.
The Knicks had previously released their Summer League schedule last week:
So they’ll get some pretty good competition, getting to face three of the top four picks in this year’s draft class in their “regular season” games in Vegas. Should be a good litmus test for Grimes and Deuce, as well as a nice opportunity to see what IQ and Obi have been working on since the end of the season.
What game or player are you most excited to see at Summer League?