With a week to go before the lottery, the New York Knicks are still evaluating all the prospects. Cam Reddish’s name keeps coming up.
According to Ian Begley of SNY, the New York Knicks are high on a Duke freshman forward, but it’s not who you may think. Despite the immense hype for teammate Zion Williamson, Cam Reddish has found himself on the Knicks radar.
“We don’t know where the Knicks are going to pick in the 2019 NBA Draft yet, so it’s way too early to say who New York may target on draft night,” Begley wrote. “But it’s worth noting that some Knicks talent evaluators are fans of Duke forward Cam Reddish, per sources.”
Similar to Knicks rookie Kevin Knox, Reddish is just 19-years-old, and at 6-foot-8, his length and overall body type scream potential at the next level. In 36 games at Duke, Reddish averaged 13.5 points, 3.7 rebounds, and 1.9 assists per game.
During the NCAA tournament, the Pennsylvania product scored double-figures in just two of Duke’s four games. Reddish was injured and didn’t play during Duke’s win over Virginia Tech, and overall, he failed to make a lasting impact or impression.
But in the NBA, you don’t always get paid for what you’ve done, but what you’re going to do. No doubt that Reddish and his camp will use players like Jayson Tatum as a reference point. Reddish can stretch the floor and his skills may have been in hiding playing with Williamson and R.J. Barrett.
Conner McLeod of The Chronicle wrote an honest summary of Reddish’s season. Amidst inconsistency in a reduced role as a standstill jump shooter on his own team, talent evaluators will be wary of passing on Reddish because of his length and defensive tools. Mcleod even dropped an interesting NBA comparison, which will fascinate Knicks fans—J.R. Smith.