Draft Lottery Results: Knicks Secure 8th Overall Pick
The long stretch to the bottom of the NBA finally fills out with the lottery results and the Knicks know where they’re selecting
And just like that, the Knicks know where they’re selecting in the 2017 NBA Draft.
The New York Knicks will select eighth overall in the first round of the draft next June while they maintain two second round picks, the 44th and 58th picks. New York fell back one spot from the position of seventh best odds to win the lottery. Oh well.
Now commences the sprint to the finish for New York, completing the scouting reports on the top prospects like Dennis Smith, Jr., De’Aaron Fox, Malik Monk, Frank Ntilikina, and Lonzo Ball (sensing a theme here?). The Knicks are in desperate need for a franchise-changing guard. Gambling on a point guard with a high ceiling could shake up the organization and breathe new oxygen in a team with the flame not-so-quietly blowing out.
Regardless, there’s not a lot of time left between now and June 22 for the Knicks to consider who they want thrown into this mess and who can hopefully bring in solid character along with a good work ethic. The Knicks will once again head into a shaky summer with choices like whether to keep Carmelo Anthony on the roster, who to select in the draft, whether to re-sign Derrick Rose or not (please no), and how to steer the organization in the right direction. If the “Triangle fit” is in the forefront of the decision-makers’ minds, then they’re probably making a mistake. Hopefully guys like Ntilikina and Fox or Monk are still available and no. 8.
The 2017 NBA Draft is on Thursday, June 22, and we’ll be analyzing the top prospects along with potential second rounders still available for the Knicks to select.
— Reid Goldsmith, managing editor