New York Knicks: 2019 NBA Draft targets worth trading into first round for

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Louis King Oregon (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
Louis King Oregon (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images) /

Age: 20
Height, Weight: 6-foot-9, 205 pounds
Slash Line: .435/.386/.785
Season Averages: 13.5 PPG, 5.5 RPG, 1.3 APG, 0.9 SPG, 0.2 BPG, 1.9 3PM

Louis King was an interesting entry into the 2019 NBA Draft. Mock drafts did not include him, but after a productive freshman season and Oregon’s tournament run, this forward is on the map as a potential first-round pick and a talent the New York Knicks should consider if they move up.

Height and wingspan are draft darlings, and King has both of them. He stands 6-foot-9 with a seven-foot wingspan. Not only that, but his athleticism stands out as perhaps the best part of his game.

Combine these, and it potentially makes King a candidate to move past the bottom of the first round.

Rebounding and shooting will determine how far King goes in the NBA. For a player of that size, he finished with just 5.5 rebounds in 30 minutes per game. He barely weighs over 200 pounds, necessitating a bulk-up against stronger forwards. Making 43.5 percent of shots won’t cut it, either, especially against the lesser competition of college compared to the pros.

So King is a potential project for anyone who takes him, with G League time possible along the way. The Knicks have not been patient with draft picks before, but as a late-rounder the Ducks’ standout can receive a smaller spotlight to develop and become a contributor within a few seasons, as the San Antonio Spurs have done with their own players between picks 20 to 30.