Knicks’ 3 biggest needs entering 2022 NBA Draft

A key date in the New York Knicks offseason is fast approaching. In 15 days, the 2022 NBA draft will roll around, giving the Knicks a chance to hugely expand their roster.

With 11th overall picks as well as 42nd overall picks, the Knicks need to add another highly talented youngster, but primarily have a mid-lottery pick to find him. The last few times you’ve looked around in this area of ​​the draft, you’ve mostly found players whose future in New York was a mere few years away.

Thankfully, the Knicks aren’t in a position where they are again need everything. RJ Barrett and Mitchell Robinson (for now) lead a solid roster of young players who could play well together and develop into a solid unit. Still, New York has some big needs to address this offseason.

The Knicks’ 3 biggest needs in the 2022 NBA Draft

3. A center potentially replacing Mitchell Robinson

The Knicks don’t necessarily need to draft a center with their 11th overall pick given the possibility that they’ll keep Mitchell Robinson (an unrestricted free agent) and already have a young center that’s showing promise, Jericho Sims. Nevertheless, they should be on the market.

Aside from Sims, the two centers currently on New York’s list are Nerlens Noel and Taj Gibson. Noel was injured for almost three quarters of last season and wasn’t doing well at all when he played. Gibson will be 37 years old later this month. His time in the league is almost up.

The Knicks should use their second-round pick to land a center that could thrive as a lob option and central defender. They could also trade for Arizona’s Christian Koloko, Auburn’s Walker Kessler or France’s Ismael Kamagate as the odds of either of them lasting that long might not be very good.

2. A strong playmaker

Regardless of what positions the Knicks recruits play in, it would help a lot to ensure they can be strong passers at the NBA level. They finished bottom in team assists per game last season and will lose a key offensive resource if they don’t get Robinson back to clean the offensive glass. You need to get more smart passers-by on board.

Although Immanuel Quickley and RJ Barrett have displayed some solid playmaking skills, neither is built as a high-profile playmaker who can carry the load for an entire offense. If you can find someone in the draft who can help both of them, New York will get back to the playoffs sooner.

Dyson Daniels and Nikola Jovic, for example, are smart and precise playmakers. Jeremy Sochan has also shown mesmerizing passing chops. This year’s NBA draft class isn’t overloaded with the typical “ground general” type of guards, but still features types that can become strong passers of varying (larger) sizes.

1. A future star alongside RJ Barrett

At the end of the day, the Knicks just need one player who can give them hope for the future.

Barrett’s rise as a true star gives them someone who can be a centerpiece in their rebuilding. Quickley, Robinson, Sims, and Obi Toppin could all be solid supports. But the Knicks need to find another player worthy of these youngsters’ support rather than just being a decent player.

New York has two first-round picks next season, so if they see a star going ahead of them at some point, they can afford to trade in this year’s draft. Regardless of the front office’s attitude of pushing the same team back and trying again or tearing them down and rebuilding them, they just need someone who can make a difference right away.

! function(f, b, e, v, n, t, s) {
if (f.fbq) return;
n = f.fbq = function() {
n.callMethod ?
n.callMethod.apply(n, arguments) : n.queue.push(arguments)
};
if (!f._fbq) f._fbq = n;
n.push = n;
n.loaded = !0;
n.version = ‘2.0’;
n.queue = [];
t = b.createElement(e);
t.async = !0;
t.src = v;
s = b.getElementsByTagName(e)[0];
s.parentNode.insertBefore(t, s)
}(window,
document, ‘script’, ‘

fbq(‘init’, ‘819338648198169’);
fbq(‘track’, “PageView”);
fbq(‘track’, ‘ViewContent’);

! function(f, b, e, v, n, t, s) {
if (f.fbq) return;
n = f.fbq = function() {
n.callMethod ?
n.callMethod.apply(n, arguments) : n.queue.push(arguments)
};
if (!f._fbq) f._fbq = n;
n.push = n;
n.loaded = !0;
n.version = ‘2.0’;
n.queue = [];
t = b.createElement(e);
t.async = !0;
t.src = v;
s = b.getElementsByTagName(e)[0];
s.parentNode.insertBefore(t, s)
}(window, document, ‘script’,

fbq(‘init’, ‘562311655072547’);
fbq(‘track’, ‘PageView’);
(function(d, s, id) {
var js, fjs = d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];
if (d.getElementById(id)) return;
js = d.createElement(s); js.id = id;
js.src = “//connect.facebook.net/en_US/sdk.js#xfbml=1&version=v2.4”;
fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js, fjs);
}(document, ‘script’, ‘facebook-jssdk’));

Leave a Comment

Your email address will not be published.