The Knicks have the fourth overall pick in the June 25 NBA Draft, but it’s both a blessing and a curse.
The top three players are widely projected as being predetermined to be selected (in some order): Karl-Anthony Towns, Jahlil Okafor, D’Angelo Russell.
After that, there are few if any sure things, and it gets murky pretty fast. Perhaps that’s why New York seems to be taking a good look at a wide variety of prospects, with Wisconsin’s Frank Kaminsky reportedly up next.
The best player in college basketball, whom some Knicks fans would like to see them trade down in the draft in order to snatch, 7-foot senior Frank Kaminsky, is tentatively scheduled to meet with the club next Tuesday and Wednesday in New York, according to a league source.
Talks are taking place to finalize the visit. Kaminsky, the Naismith College Player of the Year, who led Wisconsin to the NCAA title game, interviewed with Knicks president Phil Jackson last month at the Chicago combine. Kaminsky, pegged at No. 8 to Detroit in a recent DraftExpress.com mock draft, told Jackson: “I’m 22 years old and I get treated like I’m 65 going into the NBA.’’
Kaminsky wouldn’t need to be selected as high as four if the Knicks decide they’re interested, and given the fact that they’ve looked at guys like Trey Lyles and Cameron Payne, it’s clear New York remains open to trading down if the guys they would need to grab at four are, in the team’s eyes, not impressive enough.