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Kevin Knox made a case to represent the New York Knicks at All-Star Weekend, but he still could be in Charlotte for the Rising Stars game.

Danny Small

The New York Knicks won’t have anyone playing in the All-Star Game this year and as of now, they won’t have anyone in the Mtn Dew Ice Rising Stars game on Feb. 19. Kevin Knox had the best shot of any of the first- or second-year Knicks, but he was edged out by other promising young players.

Although Knox didn’t make the team initially, Lonzo Ball is on the roster, but he doesn’t plan to play. This will open up a spot on the roster for one more player from the United States.

Knox was recently named Eastern Conference Rookie of the Month for December. Furthermore, he’s putting together one of the better seasons of any rookie this year. Knox is averaging 12.2 points, 4.2 rebounds, and 0.9 assists per game. The ninth-overall pick has been one of the few bright spots in Madison Square Garden this season.

There are only three rookies on the US team so it’s likely that the NBA will want to put one more exciting young rookie on the roster. Knox fits the bill.

Allonzo Trier, Frank Ntilikina, and Mitchell Robinson all made cases to varying degrees, but Knox is certainly the Knick who has the best chance at being named as an alternate. Unless Knox is named as a replacement, the Knicks may not have any representation at All-Star Weekend. There is no chance they have anyone in the All-Star Game or the three-point contest. Perhaps the high-flying Robinson will be named to the dunk contest, but that is just a mere possibility at this point.

To add insult to injury, the Brooklyn Nets will have two representatives at the Rising Stars game. Jarrett Allen and Rodions Kurucs will take the floor as opponents in Charlotte.

NY/NJ hoops reporter (NBA/NCAA) & sports betting writer for XL Media. Never had the makings of a varsity athlete.