RJ Barrett
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The New York Knicks are the early favorites to win Las Vegas Summer League and will start their quest for a summer title on Friday.

The New York Knicks may have missed out on the biggest free agents, but there is still plenty for fans to be excited about this summer. The Knicks summer league team is the current favorite to win the Las Vegas Summer League.

According to oddsportal.com, the Knicks are 8-to-1 favorites to win the Las Vegas Summer League championship. In terms of summer league, the Knicks are bringing a star-studded roster. No. 3 pick in the draft, RJ Barrett, will lead a roster that includes Mitchell Robinson, Kevin Knox, Allonzo Trier, and Ignas Brazdeikis.

Knox’s rookie year had its fair share of peaks and valleys, but he showcased his smooth shooting stroke in Las Vegas last year. He was one of the stars of last year’s summer league and he endeared himself to Knicks fans in a standout performance against the Los Angeles Lakers.

The Knicks are set to take on Zion Williamson and the New Orleans Pelicans on Friday night at 9:30 p.m. ET. Williamson and Barrett, teammates together at Duke, will square off and there is a palpable buzz around the matchup.

The NBA has done a fantastic job at making the Las Vegas Summer League must-see TV for NBA fans. It helps to have larger-than-life stars like Williamson and Barrett, but the interest in summer league has been building for a few years now. Last summer marked the first time all 30 teams played in Vegas.

Jud Buechler will coach the summer league Knicks who will play the Lakers, Raptors, and Suns, in addition to the Pelicans.

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