Jay Larrañaga praises New York Knicks rookie Kevin Knox
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By Quenton S. Albertie

On Wednesday, Boston Celtics assistant head coach Jay Larrañaga had high praise for 18-year-old New York Knicks rookie Kevin Knox, who was selected with the 9th overall pick in the 2018 NBA Draft.

Larrañaga said Knox, who the Celtics will face in the Summer League tournament on Thursday, is “what the future of the NBA is,” alluding to the defensive versatility and playmaking ability of the 6-foot-9 small forward.

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Jay Larranaga has been quite impressed by Kevin Knox. “He’s what the future of the NBA is.”

— Jay King (@ByJayKing) July 11, 2018

Knox, who appeared to be an unpopular choice at the time he was drafted — his name being met with the traditional smattering of boos by the New York crowd — has dominated at the NBA’s Las Vegas Summer League.

The fluid forward is currently averaging 23.3 points and 7.3 rebounds per game (3 games)— numbers matched only by Washington Wizards’ All-Star John Wall and Portland Trail Blazers’ All-Star Damian Lillard since...

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