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New York Knicks: Armed with multiple picks in the 2021 NBA Draft

As it stands, the Knicks will have the 19th and 21st draft picks in the first round of the 2021 NBA draft. They also have one second-round pick, and you can guarantee that the Knicks will not use all of these picks and will most likely consolidate to move up in the draft. The general consensus has been that a Thibs-led team will not add three more rookies to a squad looking to make more noise in the Eastern Conference.

A simulation on using Tankathon has the Knicks selecting Baylor point guard and National Champion Jared Butler and Texas’ Kai Jones. Of course, one can’t ignore the obvious Kentucky ties and, thus, the allure of players like Isaiah Jackson and Brandon Boston Jr.  It’s possible that all four of those players might be available at 19, however, if the Knicks decide to move up, you would have to consider tantalizing talents such as Davion Mitchell, Moses Moody, and James Bouknight.

Bouknight appears to be this year’s riser in the draft. Scouts are enamored with his high motor, quickness, and his ability to change speeds with the ball in his hands. In his sophomore year at the University of Connecticut, Bouknight shot close to 45 percent from the field but just 29 percent from the three-point line.

Yet, with a decent free-throw percentage (78%) and a promising five three-point attempts per game, projecting Bouknight to be an average to an above-average shooter in the NBA might be worth the risk.