Will the New York Knicks take a point guard with their lottery pick in the 2020 NBA Draft?
As the New York Knicks prepare for the 2020 NBA Draft, many mocks have the team selecting a point guard to fill an obvious need on their roster. But that might not be the direction the front office decides to take with their lottery pick.
According to Jonathan Macri of Knicks Film School, the Knicks aren’t “remotely married” to drafting a point guard with the eighth pick, perhaps placing a greater emphasis on their need for shooting.
“From everything I’ve been told, the Knicks aren’t remotely married to the idea of taking a point guard with the eighth pick,” Macri wrote in his newsletter on Thursday. “As I’ve said a few times here, I think they’re targeting someone who they think can add shooting to their team first and foremost. Whether that’s a point guard like Cole or Kira – two names I’ve heard they’re currently exploring deeper – or Vass or Obi (ditto), I think that’ll depend on how the draft shakes out.”
New York fell from sixth to eighth in the lottery drawing, putting them outside the top few picks where LaMelo Ball is expected to be selected, the player they reportedly had ranked as the top point guard on their board earlier in the summer.
However, landing eighth still keeps them in range for several lead guard prospects from Iowa State’s Tyrese Haliburton to possibly French guard Killian Hayes, who experts have a wide-ranging view of where he could be selected. As Macri mentioned in his newsletter, North Carolina’s Cole Anthony and Alabama’s Kira Lewis Jr. are two more possibilities.
If the Knicks don’t use their lottery pick on a ball-handler, it doesn’t mean they won’t find someone to fill the position later in the draft. New York also has the 27th overall pick from the Marcus Morris trade with the Clippers. They pick for a third time early in the second round (38th).
Following the lottery results, SNY reported Florida State shooting guard Devin Vassell has some fans at Madison Square Garden. Another non-PG with reported interest by the Knicks is Auburn wing Isaac Okoro.
The NBA Draft, originally scheduled for June 25, has been pushed back due to the league calendar shifting in response to the coronavirus pandemic. After moving to October 16, it was recently reported the new date could be November 18.