New York Knicks like what they see in Cam Reddish

Cam Reddish, Duke Blue Devils. New York Knicks. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)
Cam Reddish, Duke Blue Devils. New York Knicks. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images) /

With the draft lottery coming up on Tuesday, May 14th, there have been numerous reports that the New York Knicks like what they see in a Duke player not named Zion Williamson.

The NBA Draft Lottery will take place on Tuesday, May 14th and with the new draft percentages, there is a chance the New York Knicks fall out of the top-three picks despite having the worst record in the league last season.

With that, the Knicks are forced to look at players beyond those who are expected to be off the board in three picks. The first three players chosen are expected to be Zion Williamson, Ja Morant, and RJ Barrett. However, the Knicks apparently like a player who was projected to be one of the first three picks when the season began.

That player is Duke forward, Cam Reddish. If the New York Knicks fall and wind up with the fourth or fifth pick, expect them to take Reddish who averaged 13.5 points, 3.7 rebounds and 1.9 assists per game this past season for Duke.

These aren’t quite numbers you’d expect out of someone drafted in the top five, but you do have to take into account he was splitting the ball with Zion Williamson, RJ Barrett, and Tre Jones. Of those three, two of them will be off the board in the first three picks when the draft gets underway on June 20.

Reddish is a fantastic forward who many believe could be better than RJ Barrett in the NBA. He was a key part of Duke’s run through the ACC Tournament and journey to the Elite Eight.

Not only that, but Reddish had several key moments throughout the year that changed the course of Duke’s season. When the Blue Devils were battling with Florida State back in January, they called on Cam Reddish to help dig them out of the hole.

With 2.8 seconds left in the game, down one, and inbounding the ball from the baseline, Duke drew up a play for Cam Reddish to win the game. Not Zion Williamson, not RJ Barrett, no Coach K called Cam Reddish’s number and he drained the three to give Duke a big win.

Reddish was arguably Duke’s most clutch player this season and that is one of his best characteristics. Although he is scrutinized quite a bit because of his lack of a three-point shot, Reddish brings quite a bit to the table.

He is a 6-8, 218-pound forward, taller than Zion Williamson, which many don’t realize. Not only is he a great passer with a good frame for a small forward, but Reddish excels at getting to the basket. The 19-year-old has the ability to control his defender on the perimeter and also use screens and whatever means necessary to get to the paint.

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Reddish was the third-ranked player in the Class of 2018 and it just goes to show you how great of a player he truly is. If the Knicks do wind up falling out of the top-three they will most definitely take Reddish and that is a pretty good alternative.