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…
8th pick: SF Isaac Okoro (Auburn)
The Knicks need a guard, but one of the worst mistakes they could make is reaching for one at this spot. Instead, they take a 3-and-D wing in Isaac Okoro who can step in and contribute as a defender right away. Okoro has some unrealized potential as an offensive weapon as well, with some underrated passing skills and a willingness to try and take defenders off the bounce.
27th pick: G Tyrell Terry (Stanford)
New York misses on the top-tier of point guards with its first pick, but makes a bet here with Tyrell Terry, an undersized-but-brilliant lead guard who is among the draft's best pure shooters at the position. Terry needs time to physically mature, and he's fighting an uphill battle because of his 6-1 frame. But this is a low-risk, high-reward gamble the Knicks could afford to bet on at a position they need to upgrade.
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.
8th pick: G Devin Vassell (Florida State)
The Knicks need a little bit of everything, but one thing they need most is outside shooting. Devin Vassell shot over 40% in both of his seasons at Florida State, and is a certified genius in team defense. He rose from outside the top 200 in the high school recruiting rankings to a top-10 pick in two years, so we’re betting there is still some upside to be had.
27th pick: G Malachi Flynn (San Diego State)
The Knicks haven’t had a legitimate point guard since...well, it’s been awhile. Malachi Flynn was one of the best players in college basketball last season, a pick-and-roll maestro who can shoot it from anywhere. He might start for this Knicks team.
8th pick: G Tyrese Haliburton (Iowa State)
Haliburton is getting looks as high as no. 4, and as mentioned above, the Wolves covet him. Why are teams so in love? He’s reliable. He can play right away and contribute to a winning team with his smart playmaking and hard-nosed defense. He’s improved his ball handling during the predraft process and could have untapped potential as a scorer. The Knicks should be ecstatic if he’s available here.
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.