New York Knicks: 2019 NBA Mock Draft, Sweet 16 edition

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Jarrett Culver Texas Tech (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)
Jarrett Culver Texas Tech (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images) /

Jarrett Culver. 4. player. 24. . SG. Texas Tech

Age: 20
Height, Weight: 6-foot-6, 200 pounds
Slash Line: .485/.331/.696
Season Averages: 18.8 PPG, 6.5 RPG, 3.8 APG, 1.4 SPG, 0.5 BPG, 1.4 3PM

Ideally, the Chicago Bulls need a point guard. They have Kris Dunn, who sporadically flashed promise, but not enough to become their long-term future at this position. However, with Ja Morant off the board, it might be too high to select Coby White, or they can take the “best player available route.” That’s arguably Jarrett Culver at fourth overall.

The Bulls have Zach LaVine at shooting guard, but he’s also acted as the primary ball handler. Culver’s arrival takes pressure off this rising talent in the backcourt as another player with combo-esque abilities.

At 6-foot-6, this Texas Tech star has led his team through the tournament’s first two rounds, after an inexplicably early loss to West Virginia in the Big 12 Conference Tournament. That includes a 28-point night in the opening round, with teases of a triple-double.

Culver has two-way potential in the NBA, with a wingspan that approaches 6-foot-10. That should help the defensively-troubled Bulls and add length to the long LaVine and Otto Porter, who arrived via trade.

This would not sit as a poor trade-off for the New York Knicks, either, if they fall to fourth or fifth in the first round. With questions across the roster, they can use a backcourt mate for whoever sticks as the point guard in 2019-20.