Kevin Devon Knox II (born August 11, 1999) is an American professional basketball player for the Portland Trail Blazers of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He played college basketball for the Kentucky Wildcats.
|No. 11 – Portland Trail Blazers|
|Position||Small forward / Power forward|
|Born||August 11, 1999|
Phoenix, Arizona, U.S.
|Listed height||6 ft 7 in (2.01 m)|
|Listed weight||215 lb (98 kg)|
|High school||Tampa Catholic|
|NBA draft||2018 / Round: 1 / Pick: 9th overall|
|Selected by the New York Knicks|
|2018–2022||New York Knicks|
|2023–present||Portland Trail Blazers|
|Career highlights and awards|
|Stats at NBA.com|
|Stats at Basketball-Reference.com|
Knox was selected ninth overall by the New York Knicks in the 2018 NBA draft. In January 2022, he was traded to the Atlanta Hawks. Knox signed with the Detroit Pistons during the 2022 offseason, but he was dealt to the Trail Blazers in February 2023.
High school careerEdit
Knox attended Tampa Catholic High School in Tampa, Florida. As a junior, he averaged 30.1 points per game, 11.2 rebounds per game, and 2.4 assists while leading the Crusaders to regional and district championships and runner-up to the 2016 Florida Class 4A semifinals. In the 2016 summer, he joined his AAU team, E1T1 United on the Nike Elite Youth Basketball League (EYBL) Circuit. On May 14, 2016, Knox scored career high 28 points in a win against All Ohio Red. He averaged 19.6 points per game and 7.6 rebounds per game on the EYBL circuit. As a senior, Knox averaged 28.5 points per game and 11.3 rebounds per game leading Tampa Catholic to a (25–6) record. He played in the McDonald's All-American Game and Jordan Brand Classic.
He was a five-star recruit and was regarded as one of the top players in the 2017 class. On May 6, 2017, Knox committed to play basketball at the University of Kentucky, spurning offers from Duke, Florida State, Missouri and North Carolina. He also turned down a professional offer to play in the Chinese Basketball Association as well.
|Name||Hometown||High school / college||Height||Weight||Commit date|
|Kevin Knox II
|Miami, Florida||Tampa Catholic High School||6 ft 8 in (2.03 m)||205 lb (93 kg)||Jun 5, 2017|
|Recruiting star ratings: Scout: Rivals: 247Sports: ESPN: ESPN grade: 95|
|Overall recruiting rankings: Scout: #7 Rivals: #9 247Sports: #8 ESPN: #7|
In his freshman season, Knox led the Wildcats to a 10-8 conference record, finishing fourth in the SEC, and led the team with 15.9 points per game. He was named to the All-Rookie and First Team All-SEC teams. The team turned their fortunes around in time to win the SEC tournament, with Knox totaling 18 points and 7 rebounds in the final game against Tennessee. In the 2018 NCAA men's basketball tournament with Virginia losing to Maryland-Baltimore County, Cincinnati losing to Nevada, Tennessee losing to Loyola-Chicago, and Buffalo beating Arizona, Kentucky was considered to have an easier path to the Final Four but Kansas State beat them, with Kevin Knox posting 13 points and 8 rebounds.
On April 6, 2018, Knox declared for the 2018 NBA draft and hired an agent, forgoing his final three years of college eligibility.
New York Knicks (2018–2022)Edit
Knox was selected with the ninth overall pick by the New York Knicks in the 2018 NBA draft. On July 5, 2018, the Knicks announced that they had signed Knox. On October 17, he made his NBA debut, coming off the bench in a 126–107 win over the Atlanta Hawks with ten points, two steals and a block. Two days later, Knox scored team-high 17 points with six rebounds in a 107–105 loss to the Brooklyn Nets. One day later, he sprained his left ankle in a 103–101 loss to the Boston Celtics. Knox returned to action and on December 1, scoring a career-high 26 points with four rebounds, four assists, a steal and a block in a 136–134 overtime win over the Milwaukee Bucks. In January 2019, Knox received the Eastern Conference's NBA Rookie of the Month Award for games played in December 2018. On January 13, 2019, he scored a career-high 31 points with seven rebounds, and two steals in a 108–105 loss to the Philadelphia 76ers.
On December 21, 2019, Knox recorded a season-high 19 points, alongside four rebounds, two steals and three blocks, in a 123–102 loss to the Milwaukee Bucks. Knox's percentages dropped during his sophomore season, as he only played 17.9 minutes per game whilst averaging 6.4 points per game.
On December 21, 2020, the Knicks announced that they exercised their fourth-year option on Knox. On January 11, 2021, Knox scored a season-high 19 points, alongside five rebounds and two assists, in a 109–88 loss to the Charlotte Hornets. During the 2020–21 regular season, the Knicks finished with a 41–31 record and qualified for the playoffs for the first time since 2013. The Knicks faced the Atlanta Hawks during their first-round series. Knox made his playoff debut on May 30, 2021, scoring two points in a 113–96 Game 4 loss. The Knicks ended up losing the series in five games.
On December 12, 2021, Knox scored a season-high 18 points, alongside five rebounds, in a 112–97 loss to the Milwaukee Bucks.
Atlanta Hawks (2022)Edit
On January 13, 2022, the Knicks traded Knox and a protected future first-round pick to the Atlanta Hawks in exchange for future teammate Cam Reddish, Solomon Hill, a 2025 second-round pick and cash considerations. Knox made his Hawks debut on January 19, scoring two points in a 134–122 win over the Minnesota Timberwolves. The Hawks qualified for the postseason and faced the Miami Heat during their first-round series. On April 17, Knox scored a playoff career-high 10 points, alongside two rebounds, in a 115–91 Game 1 loss. He surpassed this total on April 24, scoring 12 points in a 110–86 Game 4 loss. The Hawks ended up losing the series in five games.
Detroit Pistons (2022–2023)Edit
On August 1, 2022, Knox signed with the Detroit Pistons. He made his Pistons debut on October 19, recording three points and three rebounds in a 113–109 win over the Orlando Magic. On November 23, Knox scored a season-high 21 points, alongside three rebounds and a career-high six 3-pointers, in a 125–116 win over the Utah Jazz.
Portland Trail Blazers (2023–present)Edit
On February 9, 2023, Knox was traded to the Portland Trail Blazers in a four-team trade involving the Atlanta Hawks and Golden State Warriors. He made his Trail Blazers debut on February 13, recording four points and two rebounds in a 127–115 win over the Los Angeles Lakers.
National team careerEdit
Knox won two gold medals with USA Basketball at the 2015 FIBA Americas Under-16 Championship and 2016 FIBA Under-17 World Championship.
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Knox II is the son of former NFL receiver Kevin Knox. His younger brother, Kobe, plays college basketball for Grand Canyon in his freshman season. On September 4, 2018, Puma signed Knox to a multi-year endorsement deal.
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- ^ "Kevin Knox Named KIA NBA Eastern Conference Rookie of the Month". NBA.com. January 3, 2019. Retrieved February 4, 2021.
- ^ "76ers escape with 108-105 win over Knicks; Embiid scores 26". ESPN.com. January 13, 2019. Retrieved January 14, 2019.
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- ^ "HAYWARD SCORES 34 POINTS, HORNETS ROUT KNICKS 109-88". NBA.com. Retrieved February 12, 2023.
- ^ "YOUNG LEADS HAWKS TO 113-96 WIN OVER KNICKS, 3-1 SERIES LEAD". NBA.com. Retrieved February 12, 2023.
- ^ "BALANCED BUCKS CRUISE PAST SHORT-HANDED KNICKS 112-97". NBA.com. Retrieved February 12, 2023.
- ^ "Hawks Acquire Kevin Knox II And First-Round Pick In Exchange For Cam Reddish, Solomon Hill And Second-Round Pick". NBA.com. January 13, 2022. Retrieved January 14, 2022.
- ^ "Knicks Acquire Cam Reddish". NBA.com. January 13, 2022. Retrieved January 14, 2022.
- ^ "YOUNG'S SCORING SURGE SENDS HAWKS PAST TIMBERWOLVES, 134-122". NBA.com. Retrieved February 12, 2023.
- ^ "ROBINSON MAKES EIGHT 3S, HEAT TOP HAWKS 115-91 IN GAME 1". NBA.com. Retrieved February 12, 2023.
- ^ "BUTLER HAS 36 POINTS AS HEAT OVERWHELM YOUNG, HAWKS, 110-86". NBA.com. Retrieved February 12, 2023.
- ^ "Pistons re-sign Rodney McGruder, finalize Kevin Knox deal". DetroitNews.com. August 1, 2022. Retrieved August 2, 2022.
- ^ "BOGDANOVIC SHINES IN DETROIT DEBUT, HELPS PISTONS BEAT MAGIC". NBA.com. Retrieved February 12, 2023.
- ^ "BOGDANOVIC, PISTONS BEAT JAZZ FOR BACK-TO-BACK ROAD WINS". NBA.com. Retrieved February 12, 2023.
- ^ "Trail Blazers Acquire Kevin Knox II and Five Future Second Round Picks in Three-Team Trade". NBA.com. February 9, 2023.
- ^ "C.J. Holmes 🚀 on Twitter: "Full terms of the Warriors' multi-team deal"". Twitter. Retrieved February 9, 2023.
- ^ "BLAZERS HIT 23 3-POINTERS, BEAT LEBRON-LESS LAKERS 127-115". NBA.com. Retrieved February 16, 2023.
- ^ Hughes, Chase (June 1, 2018). "Wizards 2018 NBA Draft prospect profile: Kevin Knox". NBC Sports Washington. Retrieved June 26, 2018.
Knox's father was a star wide receiver at Florida State and was part of their 1993 national championship team. He went on to play one season in the NFL for the Arizona Cardinals after being drafted in the sixth round.
- ^ "Knicks Rumors: Rookie Kevin Knox Agrees to Multiyear Contract with Puma". Bleacher Report.
- Career statistics and player information from NBA.com and Basketball-Reference.com
- Kentucky Wildcats bio
- USA Basketball bio