The New York Knicks didn’t have the greatest performance during the 2019 Las Vegas Summer League. We go in-depth discussing five takeaways from their games.
The New York Knicks came into the 2019 Las Vegas Summer League with some high expectations. Despite not having a winning record since 2015 in Summer League play, the Knicks were regarded as one of the best teams this summer.
There were a few sportsbooks that installed New York as one of the favorites to take home the title, and after looking at the roster it was bringing to Las Vegas, it was tough to argue against it.
Usually, when a team brings players with some NBA experience or highly touted rookies, they find success in the summer. This was the first opportunity for fans to see R.J. Barrett and Ignas Brazdeikis in orange and blue. Mitchell Robinson, Kevin Knox, Allonzo Trier and Kadeem Allen all received minutes with the Knicks team last year and were in Las Vegas.
Despite that strong roster, the Knicks struggled in Summer League. Their first game against Zion Williamson and the New Orleans Pelicans was stopped early because of an earthquake but counted as a loss. They lost their first three games before ending on a higher note, winning their last two.
This wasn’t the greatest performance by a team who sent as many potential regular-season rotation players as the Knicks did, but they finished strong, which was encouraging and there was a lot to take away from the five exhibition games.
Let’s take a look at five takeaways for the Knicks from the 2019 Las Vegas Summer League.