New York Knicks: 3 NBA draft prospects worth trading down for

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Who the New York Knicks might want to trade down for in the upcoming draft.


The New York Knicks will enter the 2020 NBA Draft with three picks to bolster their roster under new team president Leon Rose and recently-hired head coach Tom Thibodeau.

While they will pick 27th and 38th overall, most people are interested in what they do with their highest selection at eighth. Do they try to find a point guard to fill an obvious need on their roster? Do they trade up to select LaMelo Ball, who was reportedly high on the team’s draft board earlier this summer?

Or is the most prudent move to trade down?

The 2020 NBA Draft has a few players who are consensus top picks, but after that, there is a wide-range of opinions on where players will ultimately land. It’s possible, when the Knicks first appear on the clock, the best player on their board is someone they can secure several picks later.

The purpose of this article is to explore players who could fall in the 10-25 range, later than New York’s lottery pick, but before they pick again at 27. We won’t worry about the particularities of trading down in terms of potential trade partners and trade specifics. We are simply looking at some players who could be available in the middle of the first round, and therefore, could give incentive for the Knicks to trade back.

Without further ado, let’s take a look at some candidates.

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