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New York Knicks NBA Mock Draft Roundup


Leading up to the 2020 NBA Draft, we will update our New York Knicks Mock Draft Roundup showing picks for the New York Knicks from several prominent sites and draft analysts.



The following are picks in recent mock drafts for the Knicks:

NBA Draft Room, Updated: 6/17
6. Deni Avdija, Israel
27. Desmond Bane, TCU

Deni is a creative offensive player who likes to get downhill and make plays off the dribble. If his 3pt shooting pans out he could be a star at the next level. Knicks fans will probably boo this pick but Deni is the BPA at this point in the lottery.

One of the most efficient players in the country and a deadly 3pt shooter but lacking top end athleticism.

The Rookie Wire, Updated: 6/16
7. Obi Toppin, Dayton
27. Vernon Carey, Duke

Obi Toppin won the Naismith and Wooden awards as the top college player in the country. Much like if Edwards went to the Hawks, being selected by the Knicks would be a homecoming for Toppin, a New York native. While he has not fared well defensively, that would be less of a liability when paired with defensive stud and rim protector Mitchell Robinson in the frontcourt. Meanwhile, Toppin was the most prolific dunker in the nation and can be a high-flying sensation fit for showtime at Madison Square Garden.

Vernon Carey averaged 17.8 points, 8.8 rebounds and 1.6 blocks per game this season, earning him USBWA National Freshman of the Year honors. Carey showed a decent shooting touch and was 8-for-21 (38.1%) from 3-point range, which means he might be more than just a post-up threat at the next level. Carey is too often found with his hands on his sides without an effort on defense. But the big man could provide immediate scoring from the bench as he often looked like the best player on the court for Duke.

College Basketball Talk, Updated: 6/15
6. Killiam Hayes, Ratiopharm Ulm
27. Jalen Smith, Maryland

Hayes is a flat-out terrific passer out of ball-screens, and the coaches at Ulm this past season knew as much. To put this into perspective, Hayes played 33 games for Ulm this past season and, according to Synergy's video logs, ended a possession by using a ball-screen 428 times. That's an averaged of 13 ball-screens per game. He played 25 minutes per game. Do the math, and Hayes played out of a ball-screen once every two minutes for the course of an entire season, and that only counts the possessions where those actions resulted in a shot or a turnover. That's insane. And given the direction the NBA is heading, the success that Hayes had in that kind of action is notable. As I mentioned, he is a terrific passer that can makes all of the reads when he is going to his dominant left hand. He can get to the rim, his floater is solid and he has the size (6-foot-5) to be able to see over defenses. Where he struggles a bit is when he is forced to go to his right. He also was an inconsistent three-point shooter, hitting just 29 percent while attempting more than three threes per game. The stroke doesn't look bad, and he has terrific feet and handle, creating all kinds of space for himself to get step-back jumpers off. The key is his jumper. If that comes around, if he develops into a guy that can play on or off the ball, he'll be a great pick up at No. 6. But that is a big 'if'.

Stix Smith was one of the best players in college basketball over the course of the last month. He's a pogo-stick athletically that stsrted to make threes on a consistent basis. I'm worried about his frame -- he checks in at 225 pounds, but looks like he's closer to 200 pounds -- and I'm not sure how much of a weapon he is offensively beyond being a spot-up shooter. Defensively, he can protect the rim, but will that translate to the NBA, where every five he goes up against will have 20 pounds on him? And while he is a terrific athlete, he plays stiff and upright. I'm not sure how well he will use that athleticism without a runway for takeoff. All that said, over the course of the last eight weeks of the season, Smith's potential turned into production. It was the biggest reason Maryland looked like one of the best teams in the country down the stretch. I'm willing to bet on him at the back end of the first round.

CBS Sports - Parrish, Updated: 6/15
6. Deni Avdija, Israel
27. Josh Green, Arizona

Deni Avdija, a former Most Valuable Player of the FIBA Under-20 European Championship, should be the first non-American international prospect to come off the board. He's a 19 year-old Israeli who performed well for Maccabi Tel Aviv in games leading up to the season being suspended. At 6-9, he's tall enough to play power forward and skilled enough to play on the wing. And his shooting has undeniably improved. So, according to most evaluators, Avdija now projects as a likely top-10 pick.

It's wild that Arizona only finished tied for fifth in the Pac-12 with three projected first-round picks on the roster. But that's exactly what happened -- and some of it was tied to Josh Green's inconsistency. He showed flashes at times. But the truth is that the 6-6 wing is, at the moment, more advanced defensively than offensively, and there are real concerns about his ability to put the ball on the floor and pass it. So while his athleticism and toughness should get him picked in the first round, the questions attached to Green could theoretically push him outside of the top 30.

Cleveland.com - Goul, Updated: 6/15
6. Tyrese Maxey, Kentucky
27. Vernon Carey, Duke

In typical Knicks fashion, they just miss the chance to draft Ball. Only Georgia's Anthony Edwards could be a better pick for them with R.J. Barrett last year's selection to go with Kevin Knox on the wing and a load of post players, led by 2019 free-agent signing Julius Randle. Coincidentally, Maxey's college debut came with a 26-point performance against No. 1 Michigan State at Madison Square Garden. It could be an omen.

One of the top prospects entering college last year, Carey's ability to knock down shots from the college 3-point line make him a more modern center.

CBS Sports - Boone, Updated: 6/11
6. Tyrese Haliburton, Iowa State
27. Paul Reed, DePaul

The Knicks need a point guard, else they'll be stuck in lottery purgatory forever. And so here they grab one in Tyrese Haliburton, a tall, slender lead guard whose game centers on efficiency as a passer, scorer and defender. He needs to add to his skinny frame but the amalgamation of his talents coupled with his IQ should give him a chance to emerge as one of the draft's most impactful guards on a Knicks team with promising young talent.

It didn't get much attention on an underwhelming DePaul team, but Paul Reed was a rare bright spot. He rated seventh nationally last season in defensive plus/minus and showed a knack for being in the right spot in the right time as a playmaker on defense in different schemes. He was the only power conference player to average at least 2.5 blocks and 1.5 steals per game on the season.

SI.com - Woo, Updated: 6/3
7. Killiam Hayes, Ratiopharm Ulm
27. Zeke Nnaji, Arizona

It's no secret the Knicks sorely need a point guard, and if they don't end up in position to draft LaMelo Ball, there should still be viable options on the board in this part of the lottery. This is a pretty good scenario for New York, with Hayes and Tyrese Haliburton making it to this spot. Cole Anthony figures to be on the board for them, as well, and if there's a team that would consider taking him early, it's probably New York, based on need and track record. But right now, Hayes has the best chance of developing into a full-time lead guard, and the Knicks need someone who can take shot-creating pressure off R.J. Barrett and help tie the rest of their pieces together. Whether there's sticker shock in New York with French guards after the Frank Ntilikina pick, who knows -- and having a revamped front office should make that less of an issue. But Hayes is a legit talent, and if his jumper improves, he has a chance to be a building block somewhere.

Like most of the bigs in this draft, Nnaji's range is pretty wide, but he has some intriguing upside as an athletic, energetic rebounder with shooting potential. He's still tying it all together and there are concerns with him defensively, but Nnaji was highly effective at Arizona and should be a viable NBA body as long as he shoots it well. His athleticism gives him an edge over guys like Jalen Smith and Vernon Carey, and in the 20s, he could be worth a shot as a developmental piece. The Knicks should be able to take a swing with this second first-rounder if they want.

Yahoo Sports - Peek, Updated: 5/21
6. Tyrese Haliburton, Iowa State
27. Isaiah Stewart, Washington

Haliburton broke his left wrist in a game against Kansas State early in February. Before that he had a triple-double early in January in a win over TCU with 22 points, 12 rebounds and 10 assists. Haliburton can score at all three levels and is shooting 50 percent from the field and 41 percent from three.

Stewart was one of the top recruits coming out of high school and although Washington didn't have a great season, Stewart still dominated the Pac-12 in the post. In his final game of the season, Stewart had a season high of 29 points -- shooting nine-for-11 from the field. He could compliment Mitchell Robinson in the front court and see some early playing time for a young Knicks team.


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