3 Power Forwards the New York Knicks could look to draft in 2021

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New York Knicks Draft: JT Thor

Tom Thibodeau’s main calling is defense, and with the offensive-minded Julius Randle holding down the power forward spot, it would only make sense to have a defensive-first PF off the bench.

Thor is a one-and-done from Auburn, where he excelled in the post, especially on defense. He averaged 1.4 blocks per game, and shot-blocking will be his initial calling in the NBA. Thor had a season-high four blocks in games against Alabama, Missouri and LSU, all within a 12 game span.

Thor will need to bulk up more to really thrive at the NBA level. His 7’3.25 wingspan is an important trait, but at 6-foot-10 and just 205 pounds, he’ll need to bulk up to compete against the much stronger low-post players in the NBA.

There’s no question Thor’s game is raw, but if the New York Knicks grab a power forward, they don’t need them to contribute right away. Thor only averaged 9.4 points and 5.0 rebounds, but he did show signs of a potential three-point game. He connected on 22-of-74 shots from behind the arc.

Thor has first-round potential, but if the Knicks draft him, it would be because he slid to the 32nd pick in the draft. He might not be the most popular pick there, but whenever a first-round talent falls down a few picks, he might be worth the risk.