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NBA Draft: New York Knicks First Round Picks Analysis

4. New York Knicks – Kristaps Porzingis (F, Spain)

Analysis: Conventional wisdom would suggest New York was going to take Emmanuel Mudiay with the fourth pick. But instead the Knicks, who had expressed interest in moving down potentially, go with the Latvian-born Porzingis, who has drawn comparisons to Dirk Nowitzki. Most foreign players are shrouded in a little bit of mystery, but it’s been well-documented that Porzingis has tons of upside thanks to his incredible size and athletic ability. The stretch-four has a great outside shot, can play down low and is solid defensively. But he’s exceptionally raw and very young, so his development could be predicated on his environment, which in his case is not good. In this case, the mystery may continue until later this offseason.

19. Washington Wizards – Jerian Grant (G, Notre Dame) <Traded to Knicks for Tim Hardaway Jr.>

Analysis: Grant was labeled as a point guard with the Fighting Irish, and he averaged almost seven assists per game this past season. But his true ability is scoring the basketball in a number of ways, namely by using his unbelievable explosiveness to get through defenders and to the rim. Knicks fans can rest assured a little bit after the Porzingis selection that they finally get their next deadly scoring threat.

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