The NBA Draft lottery is a week away, so it’s not yet known where the Knicks will pick in the upcoming draft. It would be an upset if New York or any team pass on Zion Williamson if given the opportunity to select No. 1 overall. However, the Knicks have just a 14% chance of landing the top overall selection.
What will New York do if they don’t land the top pick? Ian Begley of SNY.tv hears that team evaluators like Cam Reddish‘s game. Begley cautions that this piece of information doesn’t mean the Knicks will select Reddish but the organization does believe Reddish’s game will translate well to the NBA.
The Knicks can pick no lower than No. 5 overall, as our NBA Draft Lottery Odds page indicates. The team has a 40.1% chance at picking in the top three, where Williamson, Ja Morant, and R.J. Barrett are expected to go.
No matter who is selected with New York’s pick, he’ll likely be a subject of trade rumors, especially if the team expects to land a superstar like Kevin Durant. We could see a situation similar to the Cavaliers after they signed LeBron James as a free agent in 2014 and traded No. 1 overall pick Andrew Wiggins for Kevin Love, or the Celtics when they traded 2007 No. 5 overall pick Jeff Green for Ray Allen with an eye toward adding Kevin Garnett later that summer.
The Knicks could trade their pick for a star or a more established player, though Begley notes that there is no firm consensus in the front office about whether the team should trade this year’s first-round pick for any player, including Anthony Davis.