New York Knicks: Top 2019 NBA Draft target at each position as of April 19

Murray State Ja Morant (Photo by Ben Solomon/NCAA Photos via Getty Images)
Murray State Ja Morant (Photo by Ben Solomon/NCAA Photos via Getty Images) /
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Virginia De’Andre Hunter (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images) /

Age: 20
Height, Weight: 6-foot-7, 225 pounds
Slash Line: .520/.438/.783
Season Averages: 15.2 PPG, 5.1 RPG, 2.0 APG, 0.6 SPG, 0.6 BPG, 1.2 3PM

The top small forward of the 2019 class, De’Andre Hunter stood out for his championship game performance for Virginia. His 27 points and nine rebounds led the way to the title and a celebratory way to close two good years in school.

Hunter might not become an elite NBA player, but he will stick in almost any lineup for his ability to shoot from distance and act as a versatile defender. A 6-foot-7 frame and a wingspan that exceeds seven feet will benefit him on draft night and for years to come, giving him intriguing defensive upside and the length to shoot over opponents.

The Cavaliers’ product should be locked into the top 10, barring something unforeseen at the combine and the rest of the draft process. He was more efficient than Cam Reddish, had a better year than Nassir Little and has more upside than Keldon Johnson, leading to this top small forward spot.

Now, it’s when Hunter’s name is called on draft night.

If the New York Knicks land between third and fifth, Hunter could fit within this range. Three might be high, but as a glorified glue guy for a potential postseason team, this is someone difficult to pass on in the draft.

if not the Knicks, any lottery team can use Hunter’s skill set for their development into a playoff team.