New York Knicks: Early predictions for 2019 NBA Draft needs

NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 25: Kristaps Porzingis meets with Commissioner Adam Silver after being selected fourth overall by the New York Knicks in the First Round of the 2015 NBA Draft at the Barclays Center on June 25, 2015 in the Brooklyn borough of New York City. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 25: Kristaps Porzingis meets with Commissioner Adam Silver after being selected fourth overall by the New York Knicks in the First Round of the 2015 NBA Draft at the Barclays Center on June 25, 2015 in the Brooklyn borough of New York City. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images) /
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Oregon Bol Bol (Photo by Leslie Plaza Johnson/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)
Oregon Bol Bol (Photo by Leslie Plaza Johnson/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images) /

Bol Bol

The Knicks have been looking to Mitchell Robinson to become their defensive anchor, hopefully someone that can develop into a player like Clint Capela for the Houston Rockets. Robinson may at some point develop a jump shot, but for now his job is to stay out of foul trouble and develop better instincts for the game. Especially after taking a year off from organized play.

This year’s draft, which features many exciting prospects, has another which many have been comparing to the Knicks’ star Kristaps Porzingis.

Bol Bol, who many know as Manute Bol’s son, which many have seen balling out in high school before accepting an offer with Oregon. Similar to his father, Bol has the length and size to be a defensive anchor in this league and even stretch the floor with his Porzingis-like range. Currently the Oregon center is shooting 52.0 three-point percentage, while also maintaining the paint with 2.7 BPG.

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Having a pairing of Bol and Porzingis together in the same lineup could be deadly, but Fizdale will also need to find a way to limit the amount of players on the perimeter. Regardless, Bol would be a great piece to fit into the Knicks lineup in an NBA where centers are needed to shoot beyond the arc and control the paint.