NY Knicks: 5 Players they may trade up for in the 2021 NBA Draft

NY Knicks, 2021 NBA Draft, Davion Mitchell, Franz Wagner, Sharife Cooper (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
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NY Knicks: Davion Mitchell is one of the most complete players in the NBA Draft

Surprise surprise, it’s me again spewing Davion Mitchell to New York hoopla.

In my most recent mock draft I had the NY Knicks trading up to 15 to snag Mitchell, but there’s a strong chance he’s already off the board by then.

He’s probably one of the most well-known prospects due to him leading Baylor to an NCAA championship, but his strong tournament is just a tiny fraction of what he’s showcased as a basketball player.

Mitchell is an explosive, rugged, savvy guard who can impact a basketball game in a multitude of ways. The best perimeter in the NBA Draft – Mitchell is going to find his way into Tom Thibodeau’s lineups right away.

Mitchell has a blend of strength and quickness that not many guard prospects can even project to have down the line in their NBA careers.

He’s a pick-and-roll operator who could take on a lot of ball-handling responsibilities for the NY Knicks. As a shooter, Mitchell did shoot a fantastic 44.7% from 3 on 4.7 attempts per game. Still, his sub 70% free throw shooting has led to some concerns about just how good his shooting will be at the next level.

Given the wonders that assistant coach Johnnie Bryant and the rest of the staff have already done for a few different Knicks players and their jump shots, you’d have to think they’d be effective in taking Mitchell’s shooting to where it needs to be.

He has the potential to be a shutdown perimeter defender that can take on opposing point guards (something NY doesn’t have in the slightest) while also being an explosive combo guard on offense. He’s the full package.

If any rookie has a chance to be the Knicks starting point guard next year, it’s Davion Mitchell. If he doesn’t start right away, he could form a menacing backcourt bench with Immanuel Quickley.

Mitchell has both a rock-solid floor and an All-Star-caliber ceiling. He would be a smash-hit in New York.

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