This upcoming NBA draft is loaded with all-star potential players in all positions. Players like Markelle Fultz, Lonzo Ball, Josh Jackson, Malik Monk, etc. The Knicks enter the draft with the 8th pick after losing the coin flip to Minnesota for the best odds to get the 7th pick. The Knicks could draft someone like a De’Aaron Fox or a Dennis Smith Jr. at 8, but there has been rumors about the Knicks wanting to trade up for a higher pick. The Knicks definitely have options with the 8th pick, however they aren’t comfortable with it.
The most obvious need for the Knicks is a point guard that will fit into their system. This draft has a ton of point guards that could turn a franchise around. Players like Markelle Fultz, Lonzo Ball, Dennis Smith Jr., and De’ Aaron Fox to name a few. These players could be instant starters for the Knicks. Their next need is a shooting guard, Courtney Lee isn’t doing enough for the Knicks to look past this position. This is the slimmest position of them all with the only top-10 player being Malik Monk. Small forward wouldn’t be the worst idea, even though Carmelo Anthony is still on the Knicks. If the Knicks traded up or got a miracle by the basketball gods and Josh Jackson or Jason Tatum were sitting there when the Knicks were on the clock they would have to go with either one of them. Carmelo Anthony would be a great teacher for these young players and he could teach them so much that could elevate their game to the next level. Now, the Knicks have no need to draft a power forward or center because they have Kristaps Porzingis and Willy Hernangomez. So there is no need to waste a draft pick on a player at these positions.
The draft is an important day for a rebuilding franchise like the Knicks and they need to get it right. Getting a player that fills a spot that is missing and that fit into the franchises system. The NBA Draft will be on Thursday, June 22nd and I will be looking to see what direction the Knicks go.