Watch: Knicks rookie Kevin Knox dazzles in impressive Summer League debut

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When the New York Knicks selected Kevin Knox with the ninth pick in this year's draft, it didn't go down well with their fans as he was subjected to boos.

In 2015, Kristaps Porzingis was given the same treatment when he was selected with the number four pick but he quickly won them over when he displayed his talents on the court.

If Knox's Summer League debut is anything to go by, he may be on the verge of doing the same.

Hot start

The 18-year-old produced an impressive performance in front of a pro-Knicks crowd in Las Vegas that may have many of them soon changing their minds about him.

He was on a tear against the Atlanta Hawks and started off hot from the opening tip.

The Kentucky product scored seven points in the first six minutes before going on to tally 22 points and eight rebounds.

Knox put on a show for the crowd in Vegas as he showed off his athleticism with some highlight dunks.

His first bucket of the night came in style and immediately got the crowd's attention as he dribbled the ball up the court in transition and powered home a thunderous dunk.

The youngster produced another dunk in the second period as he slammed home a half-court alley-oop pass.

The Phoenix native didn't shoot the ball particularly well as he was 8-of-20 from the field and just 1-of-6 from three-point range in the 91-89 win but he did enough to excite those watching.

His potential is there to see and if he continues in this vein, he could well be a steal for the Knicks.

Knox's performance had people taking notice as many took to Twitter to laud him for an impressive showing.

At 6'9", the small forward is athletic and already has a solid offensive game with his shooting touch and ability to get to the rim.

The Knicks have high hopes for him and could have an exciting frontcourt tandem with him and Porzingis together.

Like the Latvian, he'll have a chip on his shoulder and look to prove the fans in the Big Apple wrong.

He averaged 15.6 points, 5.4 rebounds and 1.4 assists per game in college last season and looks like he can be a huge NBA prospect.

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Head coach David Fizdale is already looking forward to working with him and benefiting from his versatility.

“He’s very comfortable with himself, very comfortable with his game,” he told The Athletic. “He knows his game. He really understands at a young age how to get to spots and find his shot.

"We put him in a lot of different situations. He’s rolling in pick-and-rolls, he’s handling in pick-and-rolls. So we’re going to mix it up with him and try to utilize his skill set.”

He may have been booed by New York fans but they could soon be cheering him as he looks like a future star in the making.

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