How the NBA Draft Lottery shakeout could affect the Knicks

After an exciting season for the New York Knicks, in which they went 41-31, for the first time in a long time, the franchise won’t sit back and keep its fingers crossed on NBA Draft Lottery night. Gone are the worries as to whether or not the ping-pong balls will fall down the road from New York (they never do).

Even so, and the Knicks know they’ll have the No. 19, No. 21 and No. 32 picks, Tuesday night’s NBA Draft Lottery will still matter to Leon Rose and the rest of the New York front office for a big reason .

After the year the Knicks have had, they’ll have plenty of opportunities to comb their hair this summer. Are they trying to add a Superstar via a trade? Will they enter the free agency market to add a point guard like Lonzo Ball? What pieces from their own group, which consists of Derrick Rose, Nerlens Noel, Reggie Bullock, Alec Burks, Taj Gibson and others, will they try to bring back? All of these are issues that need to be addressed, but it’s Tuesday’s NBA draft lottery that could kick-start the Knicks’ plans for the offseason.

Based on the current roster situation for New York and the success they had last year, it’s hard to imagine them picking three players in the top 32 of the NBA draft with the idea of ​​all three having a roster spot in 2021. The Knicks are now in the process of being a place where they want to stock up with more ready-to-play players. In other words, the remodel is ahead of schedule. This is where the NBA Draft Lottery order comes into focus.

The Golden State Warriors get the Minnesota Timberwolves draft pick if it lands outside of the top 3. The Orlando Magic gets the Chicago Bulls pick if they finish outside of the top 4. Both are likely to happen (given the odds), and if that’s the case, both the Magic and Warriors would have multiple lottery picks. Enter the Knicks circumstances.

The Knicks could lure the Warriors or the Magic by pooling a few of their picks and maybe a player to catapult themselves into the top 10 to select a more-than-ready NBA draft candidate. The situation would appear to be a win-win for New York. After a 41-31 season, they get a top pick in the lottery and return a couple of picks that in all likelihood would have made it difficult for them to squeeze into the roster anyway.

For the Knicks, the list doesn’t just include the Magic and the Warriors, both of whom could end up with multiple top-10 picks. Other teams in the top 10 or just outside might be intrigued as things unfold ahead of them – to trade back and stack picks.

It’s a good spot for New York and one to maneuver around if that’s the route Leon Rose and the front office want to go.

Let’s not misunderstand this for what it is, any dreams of Cade Cunningham or Jalen Suggs should be erased from the thought process immediately. Yes, the Knicks need a point guard, but those two will hit the top 4 in a worst-case scenario, and the #19, 21, and 32 Knicks picks wouldn’t be enough to get them up that high.

But a point guard like Davion Mitchell from Baylor or James Bouknight from Connecticut could definitely please New York.

Both are intended to be lottery selections and both are intended to be prospects who can contribute immediately. Sliding up to pick one of them or a shooting guard like Arkansas’ Moses Moody could end up being the game for the Knicks.

Maybe the Knicks have a plan and end up going in a different direction. All of this always depends on what happens prior to New York’s selection based on the design they originally designed.

One thing that’s more than likely is that the Knicks won’t stay in 19th, 21st, and 32nd place in this NBA draft. Surely had they had another draining year and the rebuild seemed to be going slowly, the idea of ​​three freshmen etching the roster spots wouldn’t be so far-fetched. But given where this franchise is now after earning the #4 pick in the Eastern Conference, you can expect Leon Rose and the front office to be super aggressive on NBA draft night.

Many of these potential moves could be determined by events in the NBA Draft Lottery.

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