NBA Draft: Mock 3.0 – NY Knicks load up on offense

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19. player. 27. . G. New York Knicks. Tre Mann

2021 NBA Draft Mock 3.0: New York Knicks select Tre Mann

The NY Knicks want to get some more firepower for their offense and the University of Florida’s Tre Mann may is one of the most gifted offensive guards in the 2021 NBA Draft.

New York is going to have a lot of cap space to spend on free agents this offseason, but that doesn’t start until after the draft.

This team needs players who can put the ball on the floor and generate offense. Not just catch-and-shooters, but players who comfortably handle the ball. Tre Mann is exactly that. He’s a fantastic fit for the Knicks. 

Mann is going to have to continue to add strength and improve his defense, but the Knicks don’t need to draft defensive maestros. Thibodeau knows how to coach guys up to become cogs in his defensive machine.

Mann is a special shooter who statistically ranks as the top off-the-bounce shooter of the 2021 NBA Draft class. He connected on 39.8 % of his 3-pointers but was assisted on just 31.9% of them… ridiculous numbers for a college shooter.

He has the potential to grow into a complete playmaking hub of an NBA point guard. It may take some years to really develop as a primary facilitator and well-rounded player, but Mann absolutely has the talent to be a big-time player.

20. player. 125. . G. Atlanta Hawks. Jaden Springer

2021 NBA Draft Mock 3.0: Atlanta Hawks select Jaden Springer

Coming off a wild playoff run, the Atlanta Hawks are going to be hungry to come back even stronger.

This is already a team deep with shooters and threats on offense. If I can think of a pressing need for this team, it would be added perimeter defense in their backcourt. Jaden Springer can help with that.

Springer is coming in the 2021 NBA Draft with the reputation of being a tough, tenacious on-ball defender à la Avery Bradley.

Outside of the defense, there’s so much room for Springer to grow. He looks like he can develop into an athletic scorer down the line.

For now, Springer joins a Hawks team that can use a guard with his athletic, energizer-bunny style of play. This is a great fit for Atlanta.