The 2019 draft is one of the main events on the calendar for the New York Knicks and the latest ESPN mock draft has the Knicks thinking big.
The New York Knicks are building the roster the right way. The upside of the recent draft picks has Knicks fans giddy. Despite the recent winning streak, the Knicks will still find themselves in the lottery come June.
Where they will draft and who they will draft is still a mystery. It’s far too early to know how things will shake out, but ESPN’s Jonathan Givony and Mike Schmitz released his most recent mock draft. He has the Knicks taking Bol Bol out of Oregon with the fifth pick.
Of course, many Knicks fans will be disappointed if they don’t acquire one of the three fabulous freshmen at Duke. Furthermore, it seems like a head scratcher for the Knicks to go after another long and lanky big man. They already have Kristaps Porzingis and Mitchell Robinson who appear to be the long-term answers for the frontcourt.
That being said, Bol Bol fits the mold for the type of player David Fizdale wants. He’s long and athletic — 7-foot-3 with a 7-foot-8 wingspan to be exact. Additionally, he has the ability to step outside and knock down three-pointers as well.
The prospect is already getting early comparisons to Porzingis, his potential running mate in the future. Not to mention, Bol Bol has NBA pedigree. His father, Manute Bol, spent 10 seasons in the NBA during the late 80s and early 90s.
This mock draft means nothing in the grand scheme of things. Much will change between now and June 20, 2019, but it’s still interesting to look ahead.