Kevin Knox Honored in First Team

Knicks lottery pick Kevin Knox provided hope — and 21.3 points a game — and as a result landed on the first team of the All-NBA Summer League teams.

Behind Knox’s athleticism, the Knicks finished the competition in Las Vegas, which featured affiliates of all 30 teams, with a 2-3 record. Knox, selected with the ninth pick, was impressive in some way every time he hit the floor

Second-year player Josh Hart was named the league’s MVP.  Joining Hart on the MGM Resorts All-NBA Summer League First Team are Chicago Bulls forward Wendell Carter Jr., Knicks forward Kevin Knox, Cavaliers guard Collin Sexton and Milwaukee Bucks center Christian Wood.

The Knicks have every right to feel good about Kevin Knox so far. He’s played terrific during summer league. The kid is only 18 years old. It would be fun to see Robinson, Porzingis and Knox as part of the Knicks frontcourt. Enes Kanter could be part of that as well, giving the Knicks some toughness, size advantage and defense.

Home Run Derby Part 2

A record of 10 home runs during last night’s All-Star Game as the AL wins 8-6 in extra innings.

Aaron Judge went deep in last night’s game. He’s the first Yankee to go deep since Jason Giambi in the 2003 All-Star Game. Back to back solo shots from Astros Alex Bregman and George Springer in the 10th. Bregman, named the All-Star Game MVP.

However, I disagree about Bregman received the ASG MVP. In my opinion, it should’ve been Jean Segura. The Mariner All-Star, hit a three-run homer and went for 2-for-3 in the game. Meanwhile, Bregman went 1-for-3. Come on, MLB! This is absolutely ludicrous.

Overall, the 10 homers, by 10 different players, destroyed the previous Midsummer Classic record of six homers. At the beginning, it looked more of a pitcher’s game, but then it turned into a hit parade. The American League has won their sixth straight win in the annual event.

DC Hope to Make Noise in the East

The Washington Wizards is one of those teams in the East that are extremely talented to be getting bounced off the playoffs so soon. However, with Lebron out of the East and additions of Dwight Howard, Jeff Green and Austin Rivers. The Wizards should be extremely confident about their chances in the upcoming 2018-19 season. 

The gap is absolutely open now. Although Dwight Howard is not the same player from his Orlando Magic days. The 3-time Defensive Player of the Year averaged 16.6 points per game with 12.5 rebounds and 1.6 blocks last season with the Charlotte Hornets. 

I want to see Howard to be more of a defensive presence on the court. A rim protector. There’s no need to focus overmuch on offense when you have a great backcourt duo in John Wall and Bradley Beal. 

There’s a history with Howard and his personality. Many claim that he‘s too sensitive, and/or he‘s a “cancer” in the locker room. This is the best opportunity for Howard to improve his game. Dwight can either help the Wizards to get to the next level or Wizards need to go into rebuild mode. 

Jeff Green is another decent addition to the Wizards. He can play the three and four. Athletic, can run the floor and guard players and switch. Green is a massive boost off the bench. Same thing with Austin Rivers. I’m certainly hoping the Wizards can at least win 48-50 games this upcoming season. This team is too skilled to be a bottom feeder. We need the Wizards to be able to compete in the East against rising teams like the Celtics and Sixers.