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Trevor Keels, Knicks Lose Summer League Title To Portland

Keels has work to do, but he’s got a shot.

2022 NBA Summer League - Portland Trailblazers v New York Knicks
 LAS VEGAS, NV - JULY 17: Craig Randall II #56 of the Portland Trail Blazers dribbles the ball during the game against the New York Knicks during the 2022 Las Vegas Summer League on July 17, 2022 at the Thomas & Mack Center in Las Vegas, Nevada 
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The New York Knicks and Trevor Keels competed for the NBA’s Summer League title Tuesday night but came up short, losing 85-77. Keels had another poor shooting night, shooting 1-4 and 0-2 on threes.

On the bright side, he continued to rebound well, grabbing four, which is solid for a guard.

Portland forced 18 turnovers and three of them were by Keels.

He hasn’t had the best summer league but that’s probably okay if not ideal. New York signed him as a two-way player, which means he’s essentially on a development track. He’s going to have to work on reducing his body fat, which was a little high at 13.5 percent. But that should be easy to solve with professional trainers and hard work. And his shooting needs to get better but that’s a skill. You can’t learn talent, but you can develop a skill, and at times at Duke he shot very well.

He’s powerful, which is a nice asset in the NBA, and he works hard on defense, which is a must for D-first Knicks coach Tom Thibodeau.

So a lot of this comes down to his betting on himself and he has a much better idea of how that will go than any of us might. We certainly wouldn’t count him out.