The Knicks went into this weekend’s opening games of the Orlando Pro Summer League without #8 pick Frank Ntilikina — who had a pretty awful first day of practice with the organization. And despite the Mavs playing without their lottery pick, Dennis Smith Jr, they were still good enough to beat the Knicks 80-75 on Saturday.
One positive story for Knicks fans that did come out of this game was the play of undrafted rookie Luke Kornet. In 21 minutes, the 7’1 center scored 12 points by knocking down four of seven three-pointer. The negative is he’s a 7’1 center and only attempted one two-point field goal and missed it. He never went to the line, had zero blocks and only three boards in a game with 82 missed shots. He is Vanderbilt’s all-time leader in blocked shots so I wouldn’t make much about the donut in the blocks category.
Kornet deal with the Knicks is a two-way contract, which means he will be able to switch back and forth from the G-League (former NBA D-League) and the NBA throughout the upcoming season without taking up one of the original 15 roster spots on the team.