NBA Mock Draft: As we inch closer to the 2023 NBA Draft season, we rank the top 10 realistic draft picks for the New York Knicks.
Having taken a tangible step forward this season, the New York Knicks will head into the offseason with the intention of continuing toward the goal of emerging as a championship contender in the Eastern Conference.
Making the right selection with their first-round pick in the 2023 NBA Draft could be the start of an eventful offseason for the Knicks. Right now, the Knicks will likely be picking in the 16-18 range – they own the Dallas Mavericks’ first-round pick.
Assuming the pick doesn’t move in any direction substantially, let’s rank the top 10 realistic prospects that could be available for the Knicks to select in this year’s NBA Draft.
Julian Strawther, G, Gonzaga
There is a lot to like about Julian Strawther as a potential prospect that the Knicks could target in the middle of the NBA Draft. He seems like a player that has an efficient enough offensive skill set where he could make an impact while also being a capable defender who wouldn’t get played off the court schematically.
The big question about Strawther as a prospect is whether enough his ceiling is high enough to warrant him being a first-round pick.
Trayce Jackson-Davis, F, Indiana
Over the next few weeks leading toward the pre-draft process, there’s a chance that Trayce Jackson-Davis ends up being a player that rises up big boards. He’s an older (and more experienced) prospect and is already 23 years old, playing all four years at Indiana. However, he’s proven this season that he deserves a shot at the next level. And I’d have to imagine that his stat line of 21-11-4 on 58% shooting from the floor will give him that opportunity.
If there is one concern about TJD it is his lack of three-point shooting ability. Through his four years at Indiana, he took a grand total of three threes and missed them all.