The New York Knicks own a lottery pick in tomorrow's NBA Draft. The Knicks will pick ninth overall.
The last two times the Knicks picked in the lottery, they took Kristaps Porzingis in 2015 and Frank Ntilikina in 2017. Porzingis has turned into an All-Star caliber player, but he's coming off a knee injury. Ntilikina showed flashes during his rookie season but must show an improved ability to handle the ball and create his own shot in Year 2.
For a franchise that hasn't made the playoffs in five years and has been to the post-season only four times since 2001, the Knicks could really stand to nail this year's top 10 selection.
Assuming they stay at No. 9, there should be a handful of worthy options left for them. Let's take a look at some of them.
Oklahoma point guard Trae Young is a polarizing prospect--some see him as a future star while others think he has bust potential. Many thought that Young would be off the board by the time the Knicks pick, but a new report from Bleacher Report's Jonathan Wasserman indicates Young could drop even beyond the Knicks at No. 9.
Meanwhile, NBADraft.net has the Knicks taking Porter Jr., the other player in Wasserman's tweet. Porter Jr.'s skill set alone would have him off the board long before the ninth pick, but questions about his health and maturity could lead to him falling.
Then, there's Kentucky forward Kevin Knox, who at 6-foot-9 with a tremendous outside shot, fits the mold of the modern NBA. Knox is young (only 18) so the Knicks would have to be patient with him, but he could develop into a major player down the road.
He already seems pretty comfortable with the idea of playing in New York.
Beyond those three names, Villanova's Mikal Bridges, a three-and-D wing player with a winning pedigree, would make total sense for the Knicks if he is at No. 9. If Duke big man Wendell Carter Jr. is on the board, the Knicks might be enticed by his shooting and passing ability as a complement to Porzingis. Lastly, maybe they take another look at dynamic Alabama point guard Collin Sexton.
Of course, the Knicks could decide to trade up and make things really interesting, but that's a subject for a different post.
As of now, if they stay at No. 9, chances are you will hear one of the names listed above.