A lottery pick might not be best route for Knicks in 2022 NBA Draft

It turns out some New York Knicks fans just screamed into the void when their prayers for lottery luck went unanswered as the team earned their 11th overall pick in the 2022 NBA draft. Another year and another pick that won’t be high enough to flip the franchise.

Now, that’s not to say there aren’t any promising players that should inspire the Knicks with drafts in this area. However, late selection in the lottery has traditionally not been good for this team.

As much as I trust the front office given their track record of drawing, I would much rather see the 11th pick moved in a trade pack at the right price. Trading or picking to offload some contracts and/or find a young established player fits New York’s current situation better.

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Additionally, a player ranked 11th overall should ideally have a role with significant playing time. So that begs the question, does the team even have room for the people they might pick?

I think the answer to that question right now is a resounding no. Essentially, I see no value in adding a rookie to the Knicks’ currently created roster. There are too many players in New York, young, old and everything in between, making minutes.

The best scenario to design a new player with the pick would be to find the point guard of the future. The pick isn’t high enough to draft top prospects Jaden Ivey or Shaedon Sharpe, and probably too low to nab TyTy Washington Jr. or Bennedict Mathurin. Even Dyson Daniels could be out of reach.

But even if one of these guys were there to take the shot, the Knicks already have players at point guard who deserve a chance to run the show. Many fans have dreamed of moving forward with Immanuel Quickley as a starter, while Deuce McBride has shown he can be an impactful player.

Let’s say New York designs a grand piano. The consensus in drafting circles seems to be that if you can draft one of these point guards, the Knicks should try to draft someone like Johnny Davis because “you can’t have too many wings.”

That sounds good until you realize that RJ Barrett, Quentin Grimes, and Cam Reddish should all play at least 18+ minutes a night. And if Evan Fournier and Alec Burks stay around, these guys will already be eating up most of the available minutes as shooting guard and small forward.

And we all know that the duo of Julius Randle and Obi Toppin is a crowded situation at Power Forward.

Okay, well, I guess we have to go with a big man, right? Mitchell Robinson is not guaranteed to return and Taj Gibson may be released at short notice. It’s also a foregone conclusion at this point that Nerlen’s Noel is gone. Designing a center is the solution, right?

Weeeell…I probably don’t need to remind you that it’s 2022 and the NBA is a very protection and wing oriented league.

Even at number 11, it’s not very smart to design a center just to fill the position. It’s arguably the easiest position to replace in basketball. Unless your name starts with Nikola, Joel, Bam, Rudy, Karl, or DeAndre, teams aren’t really going to get out of shape by picking someone else over you.

It also just so happens that the top three players in the draft are all 6’10 and up. New York doesn’t stand a chance on these guys, even in a trade-up scenario. Jalen Duran and Mark Williams are cool, but are they big enough to change the game? Probably not. The Knicks are probably just as better off sticking with Jericho Sims and signing a free agent center.

Basically, New York has a lot of routes that could be taken in the draft. Leon Rose and company will have their hands full on all fronts this off-season. There are many decisions to be made regarding the structure of the roster. But based on who’s currently on the team, there’s no straight answer as to what type of player they should pick, if they pick one at all.

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