The Knickstank is in full effect! The last few games coach Hornacek decided not to play Carmelo Anthony, Derrick Rose, or Courtney Lee their usual minutes and instead played some of the younger guys. Even though they would probably lose with those players in the game like they have all season, Hornacek made the best move to see who should remain on the roster next season to hopefully take a step in the right direction. With that being said, the Knicks will be picking top ten in the draft this year and will add some talent to help out Porzingis and co. Here are my top 5 prospects for the Knicks:
1.Malik Monk- SG, Kentucky
Monk is shorter than a typical shooting guard, but has great playmaking ability and is an excellent shooter. He is going to have to bulk up and work on his defense but he looks NBA ready and seems like he will be an elite scorer in the future. I’m not sure how early he will be picked but if his name is called when the Knicks pick I will be very happy.
2. Frank Ntilikina-PG, France
I know everyone worries about players overseas, but Ntilikina has great length and athleticism that makes me believe he will be on Phil’s radar. He would be a bit of a process transitioning to the NBA, but the same was said for Porzingis and we all know how he turned out. He hasn’t put up crazy numbers, but shows skill and potential where he would be able to transition better than most other overseas players.
3. Dennis Smith Jr.-PG, NC State
Probably the most talented and mature player on this list, but will he be available to us? Right now the Knicks are projected to have the sixth pick in the draft, I would assume he will still be available and if so he would be an excellent addition. Dennis Smith can score the ball and get the ball moving to find open shots. He would make an impact right away wherever he goes, and the Knicks should definitely pursue him if he is available.
4. De’Aaron Fox- PG, Kentucky
This being the third point guard on my list, I believe the Knicks need to solidify their backcourt starting with this deep draft full of guards. Obviously I expect the big names of Lonzo Ball and Markelle Fultz to be gone, but coming away with a player like Fox would leave Knicks fans very happy. Fox is explosive and can make his teammates better with his passing and leadership on the court. Hopefully he would be able to transition from his fast pace at Kentucky to a slower pace in New York.
5. Terrance Ferguson- SG, Australia
This is a pick I would love to see the Knicks take if they were to trade for a mid-round pick, but if we get screwed in the lottery and are unable to get an elite guard, Ferguson is someone Phil should keep in mind. He is an athletic two way player that still has a lot to learn but shows a great upside and great potential. He is someone that would take longer to transition to the NBA, but he looks like he would be a great fit in the future.