The New York Knicks picked RJ Barrett in the 2019 NBA Draft, but what about the 2020 class?
The 2019 NBA Draft is over for the New York Knicks. It featured months of speculation, starting with Zion Williamson, only to lead to his Duke teammate, RJ Barrett, with the No. 3 overall pick on Thursday night.
In the second round, New York traded up for Michigan’s Igdas Bredeikis to fill out their selected class, not including undrafted players once the 60th pick went off the board.
That wrapped up this year, but 2020 will soon become the conversation, especially in the look-ahead league that is the NBA. The next batch of future draft picks will jockey for position to impress teams and eye the highest possible spot in among the 60 picks, something that will not begin until the college and international seasons start in the fall.
While 12 months too early, there are top prospects for the 2020 class. Some of these players might already be locks to hear their name called in the top 10 or even the top five.
Who are the top potential picks this far in advance? Let’s take a look:
5. Isaiah Stewart, PF/C, Washington
Isaiah Stewart is a 6-foot-9 big man who is committed to Washington, a school that produced Jaylen Nowell in the second round of Thursday’s draft. Before that, it included the likes of the Spurs’ Dejounte Murray and the Magic’s Markelle Fultz, who went No. 1 overall to the Sixers in 2017.
As the only top recruit to join the Huskies, Stewart should have the opportunity to shine. He has a 7-foot-4 wingspan with an NBA-esque body already, per ESPN’s scouting report, which helps patrol the boards.
The question mark is shooting. Most modern-day NBA big men have an outside touch. Without one by June 2020, it might not help Stewart, but he has a full year to develop and showcase it for Washington.
For a potential big man to play off Mitchell Robinson or whoever is starting at center for the New York Knicks, Stewart is the tough, hard-nosed player to consider.