Atlantic Draft Notes: Knicks, Nets, Celtics

Justise Winslow and Carmelo Anthony sat together at Yankees Stadium on Friday night and Ian Begley of wonders if the two players could become teammates in New York next season. Jonathan Givony of DraftExpress ranks Winslow as the fifth best prospect, while Chad Ford of ranks him as the sixth. Meanwhile, the Knicks reportedly have Winslow in the fifth spot on their draft board.

Here’s more from the Atlantic Division:

  • The lowest pick the Knicks can have via the lottery will be the fifth selection and Marc Berman of the New York Post talks to Ryan Blake, the NBA’s scouting consultant, about the top five players on New York’s draft board. The list includes Winslow, D’Angelo Russell, Emmanuel Mudiay, Jahlil Okafor and Karl-Anthony Towns in ascending order.
  • Robert Windrem of NetsDaily examines the moves that Brooklyn made in order to lose control of their own first-rounder through the 2018 draft. The Hawks have the right to trade picks with the Nets this season because of the Joe Johnson trade.
  • Boston will pick a few spots lower in the draft because it made the playoffs and Steve Bulpett of the Boston Herald wonders if the short playoff run was worth it. The Celtics have the 16th pick in the draft, as our Draft Order page shows, but if they would have won a few less games, the team would likely own the 11th pick and a slim chance at a top three selection.

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