New York Knicks: 2019 NBA Mock Draft, All-Star break edition

Duke Zion Williamson (Photo by Grant Halverson/Getty Images)
Duke Zion Williamson (Photo by Grant Halverson/Getty Images) /
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Indiana Romeo Langford (Photo by Rich Schultz/Getty Images)
Indiana Romeo Langford (Photo by Rich Schultz/Getty Images) /

G. Indiana. Romeo Langford. 14. player. 18.

The Boston Celtics own this pick from the Sacramento Kings via trade, dating back to the 2017 deal that moved the Celtics from No. 1 to 3 in that year’s NBA Draft. Sacramento currently sits ninth in the Western Conference and just behind the Los Angeles Clippers; Boston could convey the Clippers’ pick if it falls below No. 14.

For now, the Celtics don’t have a “need,” but they could lose Terry Rozier in free agency and watch Al Horford opt out of his contract. Plus, Kyrie Irving could ruffle the open market and sign elsewhere, leaving this team without anything to recoup.

That leaves general manager Danny Ainge in an interesting position at No. 14, pending he makes the pick. It could be for just about anything — maybe the highest rated player on his draft board. If so, Romeo Langford holds appeal.

The Indiana product entered his freshman season as a potential top 10, or even top five, pick. While he averages 17.2 points per game, a slumping shooting percentage and just 26.5 percent on three-pointers (3.9 attempts per contest) leave much to desire at shooting guard.

There’s still potential as a combo guard that will develop an outside game, however. He’s only 19 and takes on the brunt of this school’s offense. Maybe that plays into his inefficiency since he was regarded as a top prospect entering this season.

Back to the situation behind Boston’s pick. If they become a player for Anthony Davis this summer, this is a top-end asset to send New Orleans. So No. 14 may never stick in the Northeast and instead go to the Bayou.

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The New York Knicks, like the Lakers situation, will have to battle the Celtics for Davis in trade talks — if there’s a contest to be had.