New York Knicks: Four Options For No. 4 Pick In 2015 NBA Draft

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Jan 28, 2015; New York, NY, USA; New York Knicks president Phil Jackson watches a game against the Oklahoma City Thunder during the second quarter at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

The 2015 NBA Draft is an extremely important day for the New York Knicks. It is the first time they will be picking this high and they have a chance to really set the tone for a very important offseason. There have been plenty of rumors about who they will select, or if they will keep the pick at all. We break down some options the Knicks have with the pick, and rank them best to worst. Keep in mind though, we believe any of these options would improve the team for next season, just at this time some will do it more than others.

The 2015 NBA Draft is finally upon us. For the New York Knicks, it will be an important night as they will have the chance to add a much needed impact player to a roster void of them outside of Carmelo Anthony. This will be the first time since 1986, when they selected Kenny Walker out of Kentucky, that the Knicks will be selecting in the top-five. This will be the highest pick that they will be making since 2008, when they selected Danilo Gallinari with the sixth overall pick.

At this draft slot, there are a number of options for the Knicks. They will have their pick at all but three prospects, including one of the four consensus top players Karl-Anthony Towns, Jahlil Okafor, D’Angelo Russell and Kristaps Porzingis. There are also a number of teams that are looking to trade up in the draft, giving the Knicks potential trade partners if they wish to move down and collect more assets in the way of players or picks.

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For the sake of this article though, we will assume that the Knicks hold onto the draft pick. With the fourth selection, the Knicks will be looking for a player that can not only contribute immediately, but has big potential in the future. There are a number of prospects that fit that bill, and the Knicks will be happy to bring any of them into town next season.

Let’s take a look at three players that should top the Knicks’ board when they get on the clock. We will make our best guess from swirling rumors and mock drafts of which players will be available, which would mean someone such as Towns will not be on this list. Without further ado, let’s take a look at the three things the Knicks should do with the fourth overall selection.

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