1. Draft Porzingis Or Mudiay
Finally, we get to the true wild-card.
Is it true that unknown guys have excelled in the NBA? Of course. Players who have come from overseas have, indeed, been drafted high and have worked out.
However, the Dirk Nowitzki’s of the world are far less seldom than the Andrea Bargnani’s of the world.
These are the Knicks. If Jackson decides to pull the trigger on the ultra-hot Kristaps Porzingis, he’ll inevitably turn out to be Frederick Weiss, not Nowitzki.
Same can be said for Emmanuel Mudiay, though the reason Mudiay is a tough draft right now has everything to do with his lack of shooting consistency in a shooter’s league.
Admittedly, it’ll be tough to stay away from both of these unknowns drafting out of the No. 4 spot, but there are other, surer options.
Justise Winslow is a unique, ready-made NBA 19-year old. His versatility on the court is perfect for the No. 4 slot. The only reason they’d stay away from him would be due to the positional similarity with Melo.
In a perfect world, D’Angelo Russell will fall to No. 4. Don’t hold your breath though, because these are the Knicks where everything is always anything but perfect.