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Jul 7, 2019; Las Vegas, NV, USA; New York Knicks center Mitchell Robinson (23) dunks during the second half of an NBA Summer League game against the Phoenix Suns at Thomas & Mack Center. Mandatory Credit: Stephen R. Sylvanie-USA TODAY Sports (Stephen R. Sylvanie)
Jul 7, 2019; Las Vegas, NV, USA; New York Knicks center Mitchell Robinson (23) dunks during the second half of an NBA Summer League game against the Phoenix Suns at Thomas & Mack Center. Mandatory Credit: Stephen R. Sylvanie-USA TODAY Sports (Stephen R. Sylvanie)

The Knicks ended their Vegas Summer League schedule with a 103-87 win over the Wizards in Saturday's consolation game.

Five things to know about Saturday's game...

1) Mitchell Robinson had perhaps his best game of the Summer League schedule. The second-year pro came up with big plays on both ends of the floor, ending his afternoon with 18 points, 7 rebounds, and three blocks

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The NBA completely reshaped itself in a little over a week's time, shifting the balance of power in dramatic ways for years to come.

Gone are the days of the unbeatable Golden State Warriors, ditto for the Russell Westbrook-led Oklahoma City Thunder and fledgling Los Angeles Clippers. The Knicks have seen similar changes in their own neighborhood, as the splash the Brooklyn Nets made in free agency has made the Atlantic Division no walk in Central Park. 

Here are the starting lineups each team in the revamped Atlantic Division could roll out come October, ranked, and how the Knicks stack up:

 

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Team LeBron forward Kevin Durant of the Golden State Warriors handles the ball against Team LeBron guard Kyrie Irving of the Boston Celtics during NBA All-Star Game practice at the Bojangles Coliseum. (Bob Donnan/USA TODAY Sports)
Team LeBron forward Kevin Durant of the Golden State Warriors handles the ball against Team LeBron guard Kyrie Irving of the Boston Celtics during NBA All-Star Game practice at the Bojangles Coliseum. (Bob Donnan/USA TODAY Sports)

The NBA completely reshaped itself in a little over a week's time, shifting the balance of power in dramatic ways for years to come.

Gone are the days of the unbeatable Golden State Warriors, ditto for the Russell Westbrook-led Oklahoma City Thunder and fledgling Los Angeles Clippers. The Knicks have seen similar changes in their own neighborhood, as the splash the Brooklyn Nets made in free agency has made the Atlantic Division no walk in Central Park. 

Here are the starting lineups each team in the revamped Atlantic Division could roll out come October, ranked, and how the Nets stack up:

 

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Apr 7, 2019; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Oklahoma City Thunder guard Russell Westbrook (0) looks on during the second half against the Minnesota Timberwolves at Target Center. Mandatory Credit: Jesse Johnson-USA TODAY Sports (Jesse Johnson)
Apr 7, 2019; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Oklahoma City Thunder guard Russell Westbrook (0) looks on during the second half against the Minnesota Timberwolves at Target Center. Mandatory Credit: Jesse Johnson-USA TODAY Sports (Jesse Johnson)

We'll never know if the Knicks were interested in trading for Russell Westbrook. They never had the chance to make an offer. 

The Rockets and Thunder stunned the league on Thursday by agreeing to a deal that moved Westbrook to Houston in return for a package that included Chris Paul and first-round picks, per ESPN. 

The Knicks didn't have the money to match salaries in a Westbrook trade at the moment. They would have had to wait until Dec. 15 to include the free agents they signed the summer in a deal.

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Apr 28, 2019; Milwaukee, WI, USA; Boston Celtics forward Marcus Morris (13) dribbles the ball during the second quarter against the Milwaukee Bucks in game one of the second round of the 2019 NBA Playoffs at Fiserv Forum. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports  (Jeff Hanisch)
Apr 28, 2019; Milwaukee, WI, USA; Boston Celtics forward Marcus Morris (13) dribbles the ball during the second quarter against the Milwaukee Bucks in game one of the second round of the 2019 NBA Playoffs at Fiserv Forum. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports (Jeff Hanisch)

The Knicks' pursuit of Marcus Morris has reportedly paid off. 

League sources confirmed to SNY's Ian Begley that Morris plans to sign a one-year deal with the Knicks worth roughly $15 million. 

Begley reported earlier on Thursday that the Knicks believed that obtaining Morris as a free agent and re-working Reggie Bullock's deal was a likely scenario, per SNY sources.

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Robinson key in Knicks future 00:00:46
Ian Begley discusses how Mitchell Robinson was one of a few players off limits in Anthony Davis trade talks for the Knicks.

The 2019 Summer League has come and gone for the Knicks (not counting a consolation game this Friday or Saturday), who squeezed out a win after dropping their first three games. There were high and low points, an earthquake-shortened game, and plenty of Twitter GM's labeling RJ Barrett a bust.

Despite the 1-3 record, there certainly were bright spots. Mitchell Robinson impressed again, averaging 3.5 blocks and 11 rebounds across the four games, while Barrett improved significantly in games three and four.

Aside from Robinson and Barrett, Jud Buechler's squad got quality production from a number of players.

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With an influx of free agent talent joining the young Knicks' roster, Kevin Knox knows that his playing time will be hard-fought.

"We're going to have to earn our minutes and fight for playing time on the court," Knox said to Marc Berman of the New York Post. "Training camp is going to be brutal. I know I got to earn my minutes this year because we brought in a lot of great guys."

The Knicks are in line to sign Marcus Morris, whose primary position is small forward. That's Knox's best spot, too. Despite the imminent playing time crunch, though, Knox is already taking a positive approach...

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Jul 9, 2019; Las Vegas, NV, USA; New York Knicks forward RJ Barrett (9) is pictured during the first half of an NBA Summer League game against the Toronoto Raptors at Thomas & Mack Center. Mandatory Credit: Stephen R. Sylvanie-USA TODAY Sports (Stephen R. Sylvanie)
Jul 9, 2019; Las Vegas, NV, USA; New York Knicks forward RJ Barrett (9) is pictured during the first half of an NBA Summer League game against the Toronoto Raptors at Thomas & Mack Center. Mandatory Credit: Stephen R. Sylvanie-USA TODAY Sports (Stephen R. Sylvanie)

The Knicks Summer League squad blew out the Lakers 117-96 on Wednesday night in Las Vegas.

Five things to know about Wednesday's game...

1) RJ Barrett had some struggles shooting again, but he got himself going by getting to the free-throw line. Barrett ended the night with 21 points, shooting 6-17 from the field. He was also a beast on the boards for the Knicks, pulling in 10 rebounds.

2) Kevin Knox led the Knicks in scoring again, notching 25 points on 7-12 shooting. Like Barrett, the Knox did a lot of his damage from free-throw line, knocking down nine of his 12 attempts from the charity stripe.

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The Knicks Summer League squad dropped Tuesday's game against Toronto by a final score of 85-73.

Five things to know about Tuesday's game...

1) RJ Barrett scored 17 points for the Knicks, including five in the first quarter. He also showed off his ability as a playmaker in the open court, tallying six assists. He also added 10 rebounds, having his best overall game to date.

2) The Knicks were without Allonzo Trier in Tuesday's game. According to the game broadcast, Trier was dealing with an illness, causing the Knicks to sit him.

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Knicks forward Kevin Knox (Mark J. Rebilas/USA TODAY Sports)
Knicks forward Kevin Knox (Mark J. Rebilas/USA TODAY Sports)

The Knicks faltered late in the second half and fell to 0-2 in the Las Vegas Summer League as they lost to the Phoenix Suns 105-100 in overtime on Sunday.

Five things to know about Sunday's game

1) Knicks rookie RJ Barrett struggled from the floor again, making just 3 of 15 field goals. He scored eight points and committed eight turnovers. Through two games, he has 23 points on 7-of-33 shooting.

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Apr 7, 2019; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Oklahoma City Thunder guard Russell Westbrook (0) looks on during the second half against the Minnesota Timberwolves at Target Center. Mandatory Credit: Jesse Johnson-USA TODAY Sports (Jesse Johnson)
Apr 7, 2019; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Oklahoma City Thunder guard Russell Westbrook (0) looks on during the second half against the Minnesota Timberwolves at Target Center. Mandatory Credit: Jesse Johnson-USA TODAY Sports (Jesse Johnson)

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Unless they want to renege on agreements with their new free agents, the Knicks can't complete a trade for Russell Westbrook prior to December 15. They only have $4 million in cap space, not close to enough to absorb the $38.5 million he's scheduled to make next season. 

It would be incredibly damaging to the Knicks' relationships with agents if they reneged on free-agent agreements to acquire Westbrook, so you can forget about that option. 

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Begley's Knicks analysis 00:01:01
SNY's Ian Begley reports on Dennis Smith Jr.'s improved jump shot and RJ Barrett's debut

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LAS VEGAS - RJ Barrett isn't going to make too much of his shooting in the Knicks' first Summer League game. 

"I haven't played a game in three months. I was fine. Shots didn't fall, but I'm good," the Knicks' No. 3 overall pick said on Saturday. 

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Mar 20, 2019; Orlando, FL, USA; New Orleans Pelicans center Julius Randle (30) during the first quarter at Amway Center. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)
Mar 20, 2019; Orlando, FL, USA; New Orleans Pelicans center Julius Randle (30) during the first quarter at Amway Center. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)

Ian Begley, SNY.tv Twitter |

Kawhi Leonard signing with the Clippers makes it official: the Knicks have missed out on all of their top targets in free agency. But the biggest free agent they landed, Julius Randle, believes that fans will grow to appreciate the 2019-2020 team. 

"We've got dogs. We've got dudes who don't back down, who have killer mentalities. And that's what we need," Randle said on Friday night. "Getting back to the old school. Patrick Ewing, Charles Oakley, all of those guys. Toughness. A fight breaking every night. So, we're excited about that. That's our identity of our team, not backing down from nobody."

Randle offered his thoughts on several topics in a chat with reporters in Las Vegas: 

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Summer League rocked by quake 00:01:43
SNY's Ian Begley reports on the earthquake that occurred during the Knicks Summer League game in Las Vegas

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LAS VEGAS -- RJ Barrett didn't shoot the ball well in his Summer League debut, but Knicks Coach Jud Buechler had a simple message for the rookie after the game: don't stop shooting.

"There were ups and downs in the game for him, which you expect out of a rookie. We saw a lot of things we liked," Buechler said, via the Knicks, after Barrett missed 14 of his 18 shots in 25 minutes against Zion Williamson and the Pelicans. "We will continue to encourage him to keep shooting and aren't worried about his shot not falling."

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 (Brad Penner)
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Things are not all that bad for the Knicks. 

Despite missing out on big free agents and Zion Williamson in the NBA Draft, many are still high on the Knicks' young nucleus -- at least for the NBA Summer Leauge. 

According to the sportsbook oddsportal.com, the Knicks are the betting favorites to win the NBA Summer League in Las Vegas, which begins Friday night at 9:30 p.m. between New York and the New Orleans Pelicans.

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New York Knicks center Mitchell Robinson blocks a shot by Los Angeles Clippers center Ivica Zubac in the first half of the game at Staples Center. (Jayne Kamin-Oncea/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Knicks center Mitchell Robinson blocks a shot by Los Angeles Clippers center Ivica Zubac in the first half of the game at Staples Center. (Jayne Kamin-Oncea/USA TODAY Sports)

Knicks center Mitchell Robinson's talent continues to get recognized. 

The 21-year-old 7-footer was invited to join the Select Team at USA Basketball training camp this summer, SNY's Ian Begley confirmed. 

The Select Team consists of 10 up-and-coming players in the league who will train under head coach Gregg Popovich alongside 18 veteran NBA players already on the Team USA roster ahead of the 2019 FIBA World Cup, which will take place in September. 

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NBA Summer League, how you've been missed.

The Knicks will get things started this Friday in Las Vegas when they face off against Zion Williamson and the new-look New Orleans Pelicans. New York's squad will be coached by Jud Buechler, an assistant on head coach David Fizdale's staff.

Fizdale and Co. will get to see RJ Barrett's first shot against NBA competition, as well as the start of Mitchell Robinson and Kevin Knox's second seasons. Fans will also get their first look at the team's second round pick, Ignas Brazdeikis

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Knicks rookie Kevin Knox (Mark J. Rebilas/USA TODAY Sports)
Knicks rookie Kevin Knox (Mark J. Rebilas/USA TODAY Sports)

Ian Begley, SNY.tv Twitter |

Kevin Knox has worked on his strength, efficiency and passing, among other things, so far in the offseason. And he's eager to get on the court in Summer League following a few weeks of training.

"I just feel so much more comfortable on the court now. I just feel stronger, have a (better) head on my shoulders," Knox said of playing in Summer League after going through his first NBA season. "Just having a year underneath my belt, I can watch a lot of film of what I need to work on and what I need to get better at. I just feel a lot stronger, a lot better on the court, a lot more confident, and more of a leader so I'll be able to talk and help the other guys out."

Knox, 20, said he's spent time in the weight room to add strength to his frame. The 6-foot-9 forward weighed 215 pounds at the start of last season.

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New York Knicks center Mitchell Robinson dunks against the Toronto Raptors during the second half at Madison Square Garden. (Noah K. Murray/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Knicks center Mitchell Robinson dunks against the Toronto Raptors during the second half at Madison Square Garden. (Noah K. Murray/USA TODAY Sports)

The major moves of the 2019 New York Knicks' offseason are, in all likelihood, behind us. The roster is beginning to resemble one of a competent NBA team, with perhaps the best talent sitting in the frontcourt. 

Last season, Mitchell Robinson emerged as a clear steal in the previous summer's draft, breaking records and making the All-Rookie Second Team. He could have made a case for Rookie of the Year had he performed all season like he did post-All-Star break.

Joining him to start at power forward is Julius Randle, a 24-year-old southpaw with many a trick in his bag. That's a major influx in talent to be sure, but how the two will mesh has yet to be seen. Here's how it may work out... 

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The Knicks were extremely active in picking up free agents for next season, though the players may not have been want the fans wanted to see. 

Yes, Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving -- the desired combo -- came to New York, but decided to sign with the Nets instead of the Knicks. With other top free agents like Jimmy Butler (Heat), Klay Thompson (Warriors), and Kemba Walker (Celtics) signing elsewhere, New York pivoted to lower-tier players and six signings ensued. 

The best part about these deals is the Knicks not locking themselves into long-term money for these players, which means the focus will still be on developing the young core of RJ Barrett, Mitchell Robinson, Kevin Knox, and the other neophytes on the squad. At the same time, though, head coach David Fizdale gets a more competitive group to work with this season...

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Mar 22, 2019; New York, NY, USA; New York Knicks center Mitchell Robinson (26) and Denver Nuggets power forward Mason Plumlee (24) fight for a rebound during the fourth quarter at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Mar 22, 2019; New York, NY, USA; New York Knicks center Mitchell Robinson (26) and Denver Nuggets power forward Mason Plumlee (24) fight for a rebound during the fourth quarter at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

Mitchell Robinson will look a little different this season. 

The second-year Knicks center has decided to change his number from 26 to 23 -- which is the number he wore in high school. 

Last season, in a Q&A with Steve Serby of The Post, Robinson explained why he wore No. 23 in high school. 

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New Orleans Pelicans center Julius Randle shoots over Milwaukee Bucks center Brook Lopez during the first quarter at the Smoothie King Center. (Derick E. Hingle/USA TODAY Sports)
New Orleans Pelicans center Julius Randle shoots over Milwaukee Bucks center Brook Lopez during the first quarter at the Smoothie King Center. (Derick E. Hingle/USA TODAY Sports)

Over the past weeks, months and years, Knicks fans have grown accustomed to waiting. Waiting for one of their young pieces to blossom, for the NBA Draft Lottery, the NBA Draft and free agency. 

All of that waiting and things have not really changed. Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving are headed to the rival Brooklyn Nets, and New York's faithful will have to sit patiently through yet another losing season for yet another promise of a return to glory. 

However, the Knicks completed a flurry of signings before the calendar even flipped to July, filling out a roster of legitimate NBA players -- something they haven't often possessed lately.

 

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RJ Barrett ready for New York 00:01:47
RJ Barrett talked to the media ahead of the NBA draft. He's ready to join the Knicks, with or without Kevin Durant.

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If the Knicks draft him, RJ Barrett knows he'd be responsible for helping turn around a franchise that has won just one playoff series in the last 19 years. And he's OK with that.

"I feel like that would be a challenge that I'm willing to accept," Barrett said on Wednesday at the NBA's media availability for projected lottery picks.

The Knicks have met with Ja Morant and Cam Reddish, and worked out Darius Garland and Jarrett Culver. But the consensus among opposing execs is that they will take Barrett at No. 3 if they hold on to the pick. It's hard to say how likely a trade down is, but it would make sense for the Knicks to listen to offers until they are ready to make a pick.

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May 6, 2019; Houston, TX, USA; Golden State Warriors forward Kevin Durant (35) reacts after a play during the third quarter against the Houston Rockets in game four of the second round of the 2019 NBA Playoffs at Toyota Center. Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports (Troy Taormina)
May 6, 2019; Houston, TX, USA; Golden State Warriors forward Kevin Durant (35) reacts after a play during the third quarter against the Houston Rockets in game four of the second round of the 2019 NBA Playoffs at Toyota Center. Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports (Troy Taormina)

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After Kevin Durant announced Wednesday afternoon that he ruptured his Achilles, the teams interested in Durant are probably asking themselves a question: Do we still pursue him in free agency?

If Durant declines his $31.5 million player option for next season, any team interested in signing him would have to be comfortable with him possibly being sidelined for the first year of his contract.

Would the Knicks, who have enough cap space to sign two max free agents, be comfortable with that scenario? We'll find out in a few weeks, but there are indeed some members of the organization who would consider offering Durant a contract this summer, per SNY sources. Durant is eligible for a four-year, $141 million max contract from New York or any other team looking to sign him away from the Warriors.

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Jun 5, 2019; Oakland, CA, USA; Toronto Raptors forward Kawhi Leonard (2) shoots the ball against Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry (30) in game three of the 2019 NBA Finals at Oracle Arena. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports (Kyle Terada)
Jun 5, 2019; Oakland, CA, USA; Toronto Raptors forward Kawhi Leonard (2) shoots the ball against Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry (30) in game three of the 2019 NBA Finals at Oracle Arena. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports (Kyle Terada)

A few young Knicks and coaches plan to attend the next two NBA Finals games. 

Mitchell Robinson plans to attend Game 5 of Raptors-Warriors with assistant coach Pat Sullivan, per SNY sources. And Kevin Knox, Kadeem Allen, and Allonzo Trier plan to attend Game 4 of the Finals on Friday night, a source confirmed to SNY. 

Last year, David Fizdale brought Emmanuel Mudiay, Damyean Dotson, and Frank Ntilikina to a Celtics-Cavs playoff game. He wanted to show them the atmosphere of playoff basketball. After the season, he said he intended to do the same with the young Knicks from the 2018-19 team. 

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Culver after Knicks workout 00:02:21
New York Knicks worked out prospect Jarrett Culver who described the impact he would bring to the team and how he knows Mitchell Robinson.

Texas Tech's Jarrett Culver worked out for the Knicks on Wednesday and has workouts scheduled with the Bulls (No. 7 pick), Hawks (No. 8) and Cavs (No. 5). He's already worked out for the Lakers (No. 4).

Based on those workouts, it's clear that Culver is a top 8 pick in the draft.

He said on Wednesday that he thinks his defense is what separates him from other top 2019 prospects.

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New York Knicks guard Frank Ntilikina passes the ball against the Golden State Warriors during the third quarter at Madison Square Garden. (Brad Penner/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Knicks guard Frank Ntilikina passes the ball against the Golden State Warriors during the third quarter at Madison Square Garden. (Brad Penner/USA TODAY Sports)

For all the suffering the Knicks faithful has had to endure over the years, one place where New York has generally exceeded expectations is the NBA Draft.

Last year's second round pick, Mitchell Robinson, looks like the Knicks' best prospect. Taking Kristaps Porzingis with the fourth pick in 2015 was clearly the right move, despite how that relationship played out. 

However, the Knicks have also had their share of busts and blunders, moments the franchise can learn from as the calendar flips to June. New York has the third overall pick, its best shot at a future star since Patrick Ewing and arguably one of the most important selections in team history. Here are some lessons they can draw from past miscues to make the right decision this time around.

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New York Knicks center Mitchell Robinson dunks against the Toronto Raptors during the second half at Madison Square Garden. (Noah K. Murray/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Knicks center Mitchell Robinson dunks against the Toronto Raptors during the second half at Madison Square Garden. (Noah K. Murray/USA TODAY Sports)

Knicks big man Mitchell Robinson has been named to the NBA's second All Rookie team.

Robinson's 2.4 blocks per game were the most for a rookie who played at least 35 games since Tim Duncan blocked 2.5 shots per game in 1997-98. He reached that per-game block number while playing 20.6 minutes per night.

The 21-year-old set franchise rookie records for total blocks (161) and blocks per game. He blocked at least two shots in 29 straight games - longest streak for a Knicks rookie and second longest in NBA history for a rookie behind Manute Bol's 45 straight games. Robinson is the 21st Knick to be named to an All-Rookie team.

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Only Pelicans executive VP of Basketball Operations David Griffin - and maybe a select few others close to him - knows exactly what New Orleans wants in a potential Anthony Davis trade.

Griffin reiterated on Tuesday that he's committed to trying to keep Davis in New Orleans. Landing the No. 1 overall pick in June gives him another potential selling point for Davis, but the smart money says he will still want to leave New Orleans. Shams Charania of The Athletic reported as much shortly after the Lottery.

So, assuming New Orleans has to deal Davis this summer, which teams can make the best offers? And how can the Knicks push themselves to the front of that group?

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Would Knicks trade #1 pick? 00:01:33
New York Knicks could possibly get the #1 pick in the 2019 NBA Draft. SNY's Ian Begley reports there is 'no consensus' they would trade it.

Anthony Davis would certainly consider re-signing with the Knicks if he felt he could be successful in New York, per SNY sources familiar with the matter. And here's how a Davis to New York trade could work:

Since the goal would likely be to pair Davis with two other stars, the Knicks would first sign their two max free agents in early July, using nearly all of their $70-plus million in cap space.

They would then have to send out roughly $21.6 million in salary to satisfy NBA trade rules in a swap for Davis, who is making $27 million in 2019.

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May 15, 2018; Chicago, IL, USA; New York Knicks General Manager Scott Perry during the 2018 NBA Draft Lottery at the Palmer House Hilton. Mandatory Credit: Patrick Gorski-USA TODAY Sports (Patrick Gorski)
May 15, 2018; Chicago, IL, USA; New York Knicks General Manager Scott Perry during the 2018 NBA Draft Lottery at the Palmer House Hilton. Mandatory Credit: Patrick Gorski-USA TODAY Sports (Patrick Gorski)

Knicks GM Scott Perry says the team is prepared for any and all possibilities heading into the NBA Draft Lottery on Tuesday night. 

"Whatever is in the cards for us (Tuesday), we'll be more than able and willing to handle that and execute the draft position that we have," Perry said Monday in an interview on ESPN Radio's Golic & Wingo Show. 

The Knicks, Cavaliers and Phoenix Suns each have a 14 percent chance of landing the top pick on Tuesday night. All three clubs also have a 40 percent chance of landing a top-three pick and a 52 percent chance of landing a top-four pick. The Knicks will pick no lower than fifth since they finished with the league's worst record (17-65). 

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May 6, 2019; Boston, MA, USA; Boston Celtics guard Kyrie Irving (11) reacts during the second half in game four of the second round of the 2019 NBA Playoffs against the Milwaukee Bucks at TD Garden. Mandatory Credit: Greg M. Cooper-USA TODAY Sports (Greg M. Cooper)
May 6, 2019; Boston, MA, USA; Boston Celtics guard Kyrie Irving (11) reacts during the second half in game four of the second round of the 2019 NBA Playoffs against the Milwaukee Bucks at TD Garden. Mandatory Credit: Greg M. Cooper-USA TODAY Sports (Greg M. Cooper)

Ian Begley, SNY.tv | Twitter | : Kyrie Irving didn't give a direct answer when he was asked late Wednesday night about the possibility of re-signing with the Celtics.

"For me, it's just moving on to the next thing and seeing where it ends up," Irving told reporters after the Celtics' series-ending loss to Milwaukee on Wednesday.

That's an encouraging sign for those who hope to see Irving at Madison Square Garden next season.

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Mar 3, 2019; Los Angeles, CA, USA; New York Knicks center Mitchell Robinson (26) blocks a shot by Los Angeles Clippers center Ivica Zubac (40) in the first half of the game at Staples Center. Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports (Jayne Kamin-Oncea)
Mar 3, 2019; Los Angeles, CA, USA; New York Knicks center Mitchell Robinson (26) blocks a shot by Los Angeles Clippers center Ivica Zubac (40) in the first half of the game at Staples Center. Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports (Jayne Kamin-Oncea)

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One of the best shot blockers in NBA history is impressed with Knicks rookie Mitchell Robinson.

"Blocking shots is a gift, it comes to those people who study the game. And I think Mitchell, he has that gift," Dikembe Mutombo told SNY at a fundraising event on Thursday. "He's going to be good."

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Mar 10, 2019; Minneapolis, MN, USA; New York Knicks head coach David Fizdale looks on during the second half against the Minnesota Timberwolves at Target Center. Mandatory Credit: Jesse Johnson-USA TODAY Sports (Jesse Johnson)
Mar 10, 2019; Minneapolis, MN, USA; New York Knicks head coach David Fizdale looks on during the second half against the Minnesota Timberwolves at Target Center. Mandatory Credit: Jesse Johnson-USA TODAY Sports (Jesse Johnson)

The free agent hunt is already on for the New York Knicks, and head coach David Fizdale is one of the main persuaders trying to make the case for the blue and orange. 

Fizdale joined ESPN's "The Jump" on Monday to talk about what makes the Knicks an attractive free agency destination, and he admits he likes the plan team president Steve Mills and GM Scott Perry have put together. 

"[We're having] a lot of conversations, a lot of angles that we're trying to make sure that we show guys when they come in," Fizdale said. "I think we've got a lot of positive things to show. [GM] Scott Perry and [president] Steve Mills have done a heck of a job laying this thing out. We've got the most cap space. We have seven picks over five years, which means whoever we do get, we can continue to build around them, and I think that's a great position to be in. We did all that in a course of a year and we laid down our culture, so I'm really excited about where we're at."

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Dec 1, 2018; New York, NY, USA; Milwaukee Bucks forward Giannis Antetokounmpo (34) eyes the basket against New York Knicks forward Kevin Knox (20) and center Mitchell Robinson (26) during overtime at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)
Dec 1, 2018; New York, NY, USA; Milwaukee Bucks forward Giannis Antetokounmpo (34) eyes the basket against New York Knicks forward Kevin Knox (20) and center Mitchell Robinson (26) during overtime at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)

One of the worst seasons in New York Knicks history is over. A 17-65 record will be tough to swallow, but arguably the franchise's biggest offseason ever is fast approaching. This roster made up of raw talent and NBA vagabonds could look anywhere from completely different to mostly the same this time next year. Here's how each key player fared this season, and whether they should stay or go:

Kevin Knox

Barring an Anthony Davis trade, Knox is likely to remain a Knick, and fans should be cautiously optimistic about his future. Although his numbers as a whole were shoddy, there's a lot that is easily fixable, such as taking off a step too early or knowing when to go to the floater vs. attacking the defender's body. He had some solid stretches scattered across an underwhelming season: 43 percent three-point shooting in March, for example. The goal is for him to be a complete player, but we've yet to see tangible improvements much of anywhere,. That's okay, he's very young, and clearly filled with talent.

Tags: Allonzo Trier, Damyean Dotson, Emmanuel Mudiay, Frank Ntilikina, Kevin Knox, Lance Thomas, Mario Hezonja, Mitchell Robinson, Noah Vonleh
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Apr 9, 2019; Chicago, IL, USA; New York Knicks forward Kevin Knox (20) shoots the ball against Chicago Bulls center Robin Lopez (42) during the second half at the United Center. Mandatory Credit: Mike DiNovo-USA TODAY Sports (Mike Dinovo)
Apr 9, 2019; Chicago, IL, USA; New York Knicks forward Kevin Knox (20) shoots the ball against Chicago Bulls center Robin Lopez (42) during the second half at the United Center. Mandatory Credit: Mike DiNovo-USA TODAY Sports (Mike Dinovo)

Dennis Smith Jr. took over in Chicago, as he led the Knicks to a 96-86 win over the Bulls on Tuesday night. >> Box score

Five things to know about Tuesday's game...

1) Smith was the team's leading scorer after dropping 25 points on 10-of-23 shooting. He also had five assists and one rebounds in 34 minutes on the court.

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Apr 9, 2019; Chicago, IL, USA; New York Knicks forward Kevin Knox (20) shoots the ball against Chicago Bulls center Robin Lopez (42) during the second half at the United Center. Mandatory Credit: Mike DiNovo-USA TODAY Sports (Mike Dinovo)
Apr 9, 2019; Chicago, IL, USA; New York Knicks forward Kevin Knox (20) shoots the ball against Chicago Bulls center Robin Lopez (42) during the second half at the United Center. Mandatory Credit: Mike DiNovo-USA TODAY Sports (Mike Dinovo)

Dennis Smith Jr. took over in Chicago, as he led the Knicks to a 96-86 win over the Bulls on Tuesday night. >> Box score

Five things to know about Tuesday's game...

1) Smith was the team's leading scorer after dropping 25 points on 10-of-23 shooting. He also had five assists and one rebounds in 34 minutes on the court.

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New York Knicks forward Mario Hezonja puts up a shot in the third quarter against the Washington Wizards at Madison Square Garden. (Wendell Cruz/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Knicks forward Mario Hezonja puts up a shot in the third quarter against the Washington Wizards at Madison Square Garden. (Wendell Cruz/USA TODAY Sports)

Mario Hezonja followed his triple-double by scoring a career-high 30 points as the Knicks beat the Washington Wizards 113-110 on Sunday at Madison Square Garden. >> Box score

Five things to know about Sunday's game

1) Hezonja, who had a 16-point, 16-rebound, 11-assist triple-double in Friday's loss to the Rockets, surpassed his previous career high of 29 points, which he set last Wedesday, by making 12 of 21 field goals in 35:31.

Tags: Mario Hezonja, Mitchell Robinson, Washington Wizards
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New York Knicks center Mitchell Robinson dunks against the Toronto Raptors during the second half at Madison Square Garden. (Noah K. Murray/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Knicks center Mitchell Robinson dunks against the Toronto Raptors during the second half at Madison Square Garden. (Noah K. Murray/USA TODAY Sports)

Center Mitchell Robinson has set several Knicks rookie records this season, and has caught the eye of Naismith Memorial Hall of Famer Hakeem Olajuwon.

"I love his game," Olajuwon said, according to the New York Post's Marc Berman. "He has a presence in the middle. He can close down the middle with his energy, skill level, how he moves. Not too many players have that impact as a shotblocker."

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Apr 5, 2019; Houston, TX, USA; Houston Rockets guard James Harden (13) drives to the basket while New York Knicks forward Lance Thomas (42) defends during the first quarter at Toyota Center. Mandatory Credit: Erik Williams-USA TODAY Sports (Erik Williams)
Apr 5, 2019; Houston, TX, USA; Houston Rockets guard James Harden (13) drives to the basket while New York Knicks forward Lance Thomas (42) defends during the first quarter at Toyota Center. Mandatory Credit: Erik Williams-USA TODAY Sports (Erik Williams)

The Knicks were mauled by the Rockets on Friday night, losing 120-96 down in Houston. >> Box score

Five things to know about Friday's game...

1) A game after dropping a career-high in points, Mario Hezonja had a career-high in rebounds and assists on his way to his first career triple-double. The Croatin forward tallied 16 points, 16 rebounds, and 12 assists in a 6-for-11 shooting performance. Hezonja, who is on a one-year deal, is certainly making a case for another one this offseason.

Tags: Houston Rockets, Mario Hezonja, Mitchell Robinson, Scott Thompson
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Apr 3, 2019; Orlando, FL, USA; Orlando Magic guard Evan Fournier (10) shoots a three point shot over New York Knicks forward Mario Hezonja (8) during the second half at Amway Center. Mandatory Credit: Reinhold Matay-USA TODAY Sports (Reinhold Matay)
Apr 3, 2019; Orlando, FL, USA; Orlando Magic guard Evan Fournier (10) shoots a three point shot over New York Knicks forward Mario Hezonja (8) during the second half at Amway Center. Mandatory Credit: Reinhold Matay-USA TODAY Sports (Reinhold Matay)

The Knicks could have spoiled the Magic on Wednesday night, but they dropped the ball in a 114-100 loss in Orlando. >> Box score

Five things to know about Wednesday's game...

1) Playing against his former team, Mario Hezonja dropped a career-high 29 points on 11-for-22 shooting, and a perfect 6-for-6 from the charity stripe. He also had nine rebounds and five assists over 33 minutes on the floor. 

Tags: Kevin Knox, Mario Hezonja, Mitchell Robinson, Orlando Magic, Scott Thompson
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Mar 22, 2019; New York, NY, USA; New York Knicks center Mitchell Robinson (26) and Denver Nuggets power forward Mason Plumlee (24) fight for a rebound during the fourth quarter at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Mar 22, 2019; New York, NY, USA; New York Knicks center Mitchell Robinson (26) and Denver Nuggets power forward Mason Plumlee (24) fight for a rebound during the fourth quarter at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

Knicks rookie C Mitchell Robinson celebrated his 21st birthday with some shots.

No, not those shots. 

Instead, the neophyte was in the team's practice facility taking jumpers around midnight before he became legal for his first drink. He was preparing for his birthday game against the Bulls at The Garden, where he posted a double-double with 14 points and 10 rebounds. 

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Reaction to Knicks 113-105 win 00:01:30
David Fizdale was happy with the progress shown by his young team in a 113-105 win over the Bulls. Mitchell Robinson continues to shine.

It turns out Knicks wins aren't as rare as seeing Halley's Comet. They managed to defeat the Bulls on Monday night, 113-105. >> Box score

Five things to know about Monday's game...

1) Another game, another impressive stat line from Mitchell Robinson. On his 21st birthday, Robinson had 14 points, 10 rebounds, four assists and three blocks. Robinson has blocked at least two shots in 25 consecutive games, tying him with David Robinson for the second-longest such streak by a rookie in NBA history.

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Mar 30, 2019; New York, NY, USA; Miami Heat guard Dwyane Wade (3) goes to the basket against New York Knicks guard Emmanuel Mudiay (1) during the first half at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)
Mar 30, 2019; New York, NY, USA; Miami Heat guard Dwyane Wade (3) goes to the basket against New York Knicks guard Emmanuel Mudiay (1) during the first half at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)

The Knicks gave the Heat a good battle, but Miami came out with a 100-92 victory in Dwyane Wade's final game at The Garden on Saturday night. >> Box score

Five things to know about Saturday's game...

1) Coming off the bench, Wade dropped 16 points on 6-for-16 from the field. He also had seven rebounds, two assists, and one steal on the night. 

Tags: Kevin Knox, Miami Heat, Mitchell Robinson, Scott Thompson
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Robinson's bright NBA future 00:00:54
New York Knicks center Mitchell Robinson has vastly improved during his first season in the NBA but what could be his ceiling?

Knicks center Mitchell Robinson has shown a lot of promise during his rookie season, but just how good of an NBA player can the second-round become? The crew on SNY's new show The Thread examine the 20-year-old's potential. 

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Knicks blown out by Raptors 00:00:34
New York Knicks have lost 13 out of last 14 games and head coach David Fizdale saw no fight in his team in their recent loss to the Raptors

 The Knicks lost for the 13th time in their last 14 games Thursday night as they fell to the Raptors, 117-92. >> Box score

Five things to know about Thursday's game

1. Rookie Mitchell Robinson had a huge night. He earned his ninth double-double of the season by putting up career-highs with 19 points and 21 rebounds, the most rebounds by a Knicks rookie since Willis Reed in 1965. He also added two blocks.

2. Dennis Smith Jr. returned after missing six games with a back injury and looked rusty, scoring seven points on 2-for-11 shooting in 20 minutes off the bench. 

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Mar 22, 2019; New York, NY, USA; Denver Nuggets power forward Mason Plumlee (24) controls the ball against New York Knicks center Mitchell Robinson (26) during the second quarter at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Mar 22, 2019; New York, NY, USA; Denver Nuggets power forward Mason Plumlee (24) controls the ball against New York Knicks center Mitchell Robinson (26) during the second quarter at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

The Nuggets continued their win streak, while the Knicks suffered their third straight loss, 111-93, on Friday night at The Garden. >> Box score

Things to know about Friday's game...

1) Six Nuggets players made it in double digits in the points column, with Nikola Jokic leading the way with 21 points and 17 rebounds. Jamal Murray had 18 points, while Gary Harris and Monte Morris had 14 and 13 points respectively. 

Tags: Denver Nuggets, Emmanuel Mudiay, Mitchell Robinson
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Jan 25, 2019; Brooklyn, NY, USA; New York Knicks center Mitchell Robinson (26) blocks a shot by Brooklyn Nets point guard Shabazz Napier (13) during the third quarter at Barclays Center. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Jan 25, 2019; Brooklyn, NY, USA; New York Knicks center Mitchell Robinson (26) blocks a shot by Brooklyn Nets point guard Shabazz Napier (13) during the third quarter at Barclays Center. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

In a night where the Knicks lost to the Jazz by 21 points, there isn't much good that came out of it. But Mitchell Robinson, who has been one positive out of a dismal season, made history on Wednesday night. 

In a double-double performance (14 points, 12 rebounds), Robinson also collected three blocks as his rim protecting continues to be on display. And with them, Robinson recorded his 29th straight game with a block, breaking Knicks legend Patrick Ewing's franchise rookie record. 

Oh, that's not all. Those three blocks moved Robinson's season total to 135, which also breaks Kristaps Porzingis' record for most blocks in a rookie season. While it's great to see the second-rounder rewriting the Knicks' record books, it isn't the ultimate goal for Robinson. 

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Fizdale honest after brutal loss 00:00:30
The Knicks lost 137-116 to the Jazz at home on Wednesday. It could've been worse, if it weren't for better play by NY in the second half.

The Knicks couldn't handle the Jazz on Wednesday night, losing 137-116 at Madison Square Garden for their second consecutive loss. >> Box score

Things to know about Wednesday's game...

1) The Knicks up themselves in an early rut, as the score was 39-35 at the end of the first quarter. When both teams went to the locker room, it was 74-47 which proved to be an insurmountable deficit in the end.

Tags: Damyean Dotson, Kevin Knox, Mario Hezonja, Mitchell Robinson
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Mar 18, 2019; Toronto, Ontario, CAN; Toronto Raptors guard Kyle Lowry (7) battles for a loose ball with New York Knicks center Mitchell Robinson (26) in the second half at Scotiabank Arena. Mandatory Credit: Dan Hamilton-USA TODAY Sports (Dan Hamilton)
Mar 18, 2019; Toronto, Ontario, CAN; Toronto Raptors guard Kyle Lowry (7) battles for a loose ball with New York Knicks center Mitchell Robinson (26) in the second half at Scotiabank Arena. Mandatory Credit: Dan Hamilton-USA TODAY Sports (Dan Hamilton)

While making a play on the ball in the third quarter Monday night after the Raptors' Kyle Lowry secured the rebound, Knicks rookie Mitchell Robinson wound up falling on Lowry's ankle. Lowry left the game and didn't return, and wasn't happy about it after.

"I think it was a little bit dirty," Lowry said, according to TSN's Josh Lewenberg. "He grabbed me, pulled me down. He's a young kid so I don't know if he did it on purpose or not, but I think he'll learn his lesson next time and be a little bit more careful."

Robinson responded on Twitter:

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