March Madness is a place where NBA prospects can make a name for themselves. The New York Knicks have two first-round picks. Some of these players could have solidified their draft status at the “Big Dance.”
The New York Knicks have been a laughing stock of the NBA in the James Dolan era. There is no denying it. They’ve failed to retain first-round picks, failed at player development and have hired and fired the most coaches since 2000. Maybe Kevin Durant was right in saying the “Knicks aren’t cool.”
However, things are going to change under new team president Leon Rose. He has a ton of resources to go along with more credibility than his predecessor Steve Mills ever had. His overhaul of the franchise is going to take a few years. But it’s paramount that he makes the right selection in this year’s NBA Draft.
In what’s considered a poor draft class by many analysts and pundits, the New York Knicks top brass has to get it right. With a likely top three to five pick there are a few names who could be difference-makers.
It’s unfortunate that March Madness was canceled amid the coronavirus outbreak across the United States. The tournament could have been a chance for some players to boost their draft stock and become a recognizable name amongst fans and front offices across the Association.
With that being said… here are my top three collegiate selections the Knicks should focus on with their top pick as well as three prospects with the late first-round pick they acquired from the Clippers in the Marcus Morris deal. Too bad we never got to see what these guys could do in the national spotlight, against the NCAA’s best competition.