The Knicks expressed their interest in Josh Jackson and stated that he would be drafted regardless if their are point guards on the board or not. That doesn’t seem likely now. Following a coin toss as a tie breaker between the Knicks and Minnesota Timberwolves, the Knicks have been projected to land the #7 draft pick. The top three players selected are likely to be Markelle Fultz, Josh Jackson, and Lonzo Ball. From the fourth pick on out, everyone is honestly up for grabs. Jayson Tatum, Malik Monk, De’Aaron Fox, Dennis Smith Jr, Jonathan Issac, Lauri Markkanen and even Frank Ntilinka may all be selected with the number four pick or they may fall as low as ten. With the Knicks selecting 7th, they have a number of options.
The team needs a PG, but there are some players who aren’t point guards but may be the better player to take. All of these college players could help the Knicks in a number of ways. Some have a higher ceiling than others but may have been outperformed by another while in college. All of this is conflicting when you want to draft the best player. Johnathan Issac is an example of a player whose ceiling is extremely high. He has amazing length, can score and a defensive force. In college he played for Florida State so he didn’t get a chance to be as active on the court as a freshman. His ceiling however is higher than other draft prospects but he may be available at 7 and definitely should be looked at by the New York Knicks.
This is the Knicks first lottery pick since Kristaps Porzingis. The team will have two young players to build around and have a team for the future. I believe with a combo of vets and these young players can allow the Knicks to be good for a long time. As a fan, it would be life changing to experience a winning franchise. Seeing the Knicks make back to back championship games and having multiple all stars is a feeling all fans want to feel. The Knicks also have their first round picks for upcoming years as well. The team is only bound to get better. Fans will soon be watching a different level of play from this team soon.