Charlotte Hornets work out Kentucky Wildcats forward Kevin Knox on Sunday. Will he last until 11 in Thursday NBA draft? Is he high on Charlotte’s list? Did you know Knox, son of a former Florida State receiver, has a friend on the roster?
Kentucky forward Kevin Knox says he anticipates being chosen between the sixth and 12th pick in the NBA draft Thursday night.
If that’s so, it suggests he’s made a good impression the past month. Going into the draft combine in mid-May, Knox was typically projected more in the 10-to-20 range. Sunday, he auditioned for the Charlotte Hornets, who hold the 11th pick.
How would Knox fit as a Hornet?
At 6-foot-9 and 215 pounds, he has the build to play either forward spot. He averaged 15.6 points in his only college season, but his shooting was so-so at 34 percent from the college 3-point line. When the Hornets opened the end of Knox’s workout to the media Sunday, after he’d exerted himself in an individual workout, he looked less than reliable from the NBA 3-point line.
This was Knox’s last scheduled workout before the draft. He’s from Tampa, Fla., (his father was a former Florida State wide receiver) and he’s close friends with the Hornets’ Dwayne Bacon, who also grew up in Florida.
“Me and him are really close – he grew up 30 minutes from where I did. He told me to go hard, keep working and hopefully we’ll get to play together someday,” Knox said of Bacon, a rookie last season after being chosen 40th overall.
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