Knicks 2020 NBA Mock Draft Roundup: Killian Hayes, Devin Vassell both options at No. 8

Corey Hersch
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Killian Hayes in workout
Killian Hayes in workout

The 2020 NBA Draft is rapidly approaching.

With the entire NBA calendar pushed back due to COVID-19, Nov. 18’s draft will be the first chance that teams have to upgrade their roster, as they welcome in the newest members of the NBA fraternity.

But as the draft gets closer and closer, mock drafts are also heating up. Here’s a roundup of what people think the Knicks will do in the upcoming draft…

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8th pick: PG Killian Hayes (France)

Hayes, an American-born lefty, is a dynamic and crafty playmaker from France who greatly evolved during his pro season in the top league in Germany in 2019-20. His jump shot is a question mark, but there's time for that to improve in New York.

27th pick: F Vernon Carey Jr. (Duke)

The college basketball freshman of the year and second-team All-American, Carey has strength, size and great hands, making him difficult to defend in the low post. He’s also a strong rebounder (especially on the offensive glass) and shot blocker.

Chris Forsberg, NBC Sports

8th pick: F Devin Vassell (Florida State)

If R.J. Barrett and Mitchell Robinson are what you’re building your young core around, the Knicks desperately need an infusion of shooting. The Knicks were tied for 28th in offensive rating last season while averaging just 105.9 points per 100 possessions. Even as they hunt bigger fish through free agency and trades, there’s always room for shooting on rosters.

27th pick: G/F Leandro Bolmaro

It feels like half the Knicks roster has nonguaranteed contracts for the 2020-21 season. If New York can find some wing help here maybe it makes the decision to move on from the Wayne Ellingtons of the world a little easier (though the Knicks are probably better off riding out those deals to resist the urge to spend any available cap space before the 2021 offseason.

Kevin O’Connor, The Ringer

8th pick: PG Killian Hayes (France)

Hayes is my top-ranked prospect and could be a steal for the Knicks. He brings dynamic shot-creation skills and a defense-first mentality. New York needs everything; Hayes could bring it all.

27th pick: F Isaiah Stewart (Washington)

Stewart is an energetic big man who’s most effective in the paint, but he’s shown glimpses of perimeter scoring skills; Knicks fans would fall in love with him just like they have with Mitchell Robinson.

Matt Norlander, CBS Sports

8th pick: SF Isaac Okoro (Auburn)

If there's one player who's a top-10 lock but not a top-five lock who can be an 11th-hour riser into that top five, I think it's Isaac Okoro. General managers will surely be taken with his IQ. Okoro's a wonderful defensive player, someone who Bruce Pearl lovingly referred to as the only senior he's ever had as a freshman. He makes for an ideal NBA wing, thanks to his measurements, athleticism, defensive acumen and vast potential given his age.

27th pick: PF Jaden McDaniels (Washington)

Here's your mystery player. Jaden McDaniels would have gone in the top 10 of the 2019 draft if he was able to leave right out of high school. College did expose him a bit. But there are still believers. McDaniels was unfairly compared to a young Kevin Durant by the time he was 17 because of his lanky frame, similar-looking J and penchant for scoring streaks. Fact is, McDaniels has never had a killer's instinct. He's a talent, no doubt about it, but he was problematically inefficient at UW (92.0 offensive rating; Isaiah Stewart was up at 115.7) and despite his 6-9 frame he didn't like spending time near the rim.