Before the NBA and college seasons start, which draft prospects should the New York Knicks target?
The New York Knicks are likely to be drafting in the lottery for the fourth consecutive season when next June comes around, and the team should already be looking at which prospects best fit their youth movement.
The 2019 NBA draft class appears loaded with talented prospects, and while New York will likely not be sure of their options until season’s end, there are a few select prospects that best fit with the current roster.
5. Zion Williamson
Possibly the most hyped college prospect going into the upcoming season, Zion Williamson’s rare blend of strength and athleticism makes him an ideal frontcourt pairing with Kristaps Porzingis. The Knicks will likely need a top-five pick to have a chance at selecting the Duke recruit, so his availability will depend on the how poorly the Knicks perform this year.
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4. Romeo Langford
Currently projected to be taken by the Knicks in Bleacher Report’s recent mock draft, Romeo Langford possesses elite offensive playmaking skills and the size to match up with multiple positions in the pro game. The high scoring Indiana recruit could make for a suitable fit next to the offensively hesitant Frank Nitlikina.
3. Kris Wilkes
While not currently seen as an elite draft prospect, Kris Wilkes has shown he is a threat in transition and is willing to attack defenders at the rim with his athletic build. His skills have revealed a player with the potential to be what teams consider the mold for modern-day NBA wings. Wilkes’ stock will rely on a strong sophomore season, which could put him on New York’s radar.
2. Quentin Grimes
A two guard who makes an impact on both sides of the basketball, Quentin Grimes will be a target for the Knicks due to his ability to score both from beyond the perimeter, as well as at the rim. Grimes’ fit with the Knicks hinges on whether they feel their backcourt currently has enough offensive firepower, a trait that few felt was displayed last season.
1. Cam Reddish
For a player with the potential of Cam Reddish to land in New York next summer, the team likely will have to finish the upcoming season with a record so dreadful they might as well start simulating games. Reddish is as close to a can’t miss prospect as the Knicks will find. The enormous size and wingspan matched with an all-around offensive game give the Duke forward the potential to be a superstar at the next level.