After the season that the Knickerbockers had last year, fans hoped to land a higher draft pick. That being said the 8th overall pick isn’t anything to take for granted. Here’s what to expect from Phil Jacksons Knicks this offseason.
The first order of business is to figure out what to do with Carmelo Anthony. The best case scenario for the Knicks it to trade him away. This might be tough because of the All-Star’s large contract and old age. That being said, New York needs to start making moves, and a trade is what makes the most sense. If they can get a draft pick or a couple role players in return they need to pull the trigger. The end the Carmelo era in New York has come and Jackson needs to try to get the best available offer, whatever that might be.
Who will fall to 8?
Looking at the Knicks roster, it makes the most sense to go after a guard in the draft. Luckily for the Knicks, there is a lot of talent in that area. Guys like Frank Ntilikina, Dennis Smith and Malik Monk should be on the top of Phil’s list of prospects.
The Knicks seen to really like Frank Ntilikina, a 18 year old point guard from France. It’s too early to say if he will be available for the Knicks at 8, but if he is New York would be thrilled. The young man is a great defender and has proven that he can shoot from deep as well. If Phil Jackson still plans to incorporate the triangle offense, Ntilikina would be the perfect fit. The Knicks haven’t had a point guard with a consistent shot in years and for the triangle to be successful, they need one. Frank Ntilikina is, and should be the Knicks top prospect.
Other players like Dennis Smith and Malik Monk are also good options. Malik Monk could go as early as pick 3, but I see him going between picks 6-10. If Carmelo leaves New York they will need a dynamic shooter to replace him. Monk can be that guy. Similar to Monk is Dennis Smith, an athletic player that is a risk on the defensive end. He has extraordinary bounce and speed for a point guard with strong great court awareness. If Smith is put in a situation where he can be the focal point of a team he will thrive similar to Russell Westbrook.
All of these prospects should be in play for the Knicks, but only time will tell who they select.