NY Knicks: 3 trade up targets in the 2020 NBA Draft

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Three draft prospects the New York Knicks might consider trading up to select.


We are almost one month away from the 2020 NBA Draft with the New York Knicks possessing three selections in the top 40 picks. How new team president Leon Rose decides to use those picks has become a summer’s long guessing game for fans who have been stuck watching just about every other team return to play from the pandemic shutdown except for the Knicks.

New York has had plenty of time to prepare for a draft in which they have the 8th overall pick, along with the 27th pick from the Clippers and the 38th pick from Charlotte.

While handicapping this year’s class is different than any other year, the Knicks are hoping that new additions to their scouting department, such as former Utah Jazz draft guru Walt Perrin, will help them identify the best talent available at their respective slots, or perhaps higher.

If there is a prospect they fall in love with who is out of their range, perhaps the Knicks consider using their excess draft capital to trade up.

SNY reported earlier this week that people around top prospects have told them the Knicks were looking to trade up for a higher pick. As the report caveats, it’s possible New York is simply making calls out of due diligence to explore all of their options without real expectation of making a move.

But with both Minnesota and Golden State sitting with top picks and reports circulating that they would both be open to trading for win-now players, anything is possible.

Let’s take a look at three players the Knicks might want to trade up to select.

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