I made the joke on Twitter, so I’m not going to recycle it right here. However when you didn’t see the Knicks failing to land the No. 1 choose throughout final night time’s NBA Draft Lottery, you’re superbly delusional. As a Knicks fan, I type of envy you.
Bless as much as all of the members of Knicks Nation who anticipated to listen to the league announce New York had gained the lottery and the appropriate to draft the basketball savior generally known as Zion Williamson, regardless of only a 14 p.c likelihood of it really taking place. After the worst season in crew historical past, and on prime of almost twenty years of futility beneath their present possession, the Knicks have been due, the fan base rationalized. The town of New York, with its skilled sports activities scene enduring one other championship drought, was due. The Mecca of Basketball, Madison Sq. Backyard, was due.
solely a superbly delusional Knicks fan would inform you that drafting No. three this 12 months counts as an L.
Solely it didn’t work out that approach, after all, because the basketball gods felt it wasn’t time to throw a bone to the followers of the franchise that hasn’t gained an NBA championship since 1973. However for the all of the long-suffering Knicks followers who suppose their squad misplaced Tuesday’s draft lottery, falling behind the Pelicans and the Grizzlies within the draft order, I’m right here to say: Assume once more.
Lacking out on Zion certainly sucks as a result of, god rattling, it will’ve been enjoyable to have him rattling the edges at MSG 41 instances a season. And when’s the final time the Knicks gained something that mattered? Lacking out on Ja Morant, the bouncy level guard from Murray St., who will most probably go to the Grizzlies at No. 2, additionally sucks, for the reason that Knicks level guard scenario isn’t 100 p.c settled. However in a draft broadly thought of to be extraordinarily top-heavy, no less than the Knicks didn’t get royally screwed and bumped out of the highest three, to allow them to nonetheless choose R.J. Barrett. You most likely know by now that Zion’s teammate at Duke has a ton of upsides and was really the extra heralded professional prospect a 12 months in the past. So it ain’t all unhealthy, Knicks followers.
Each NBA squad covets Barrett’s abilities today, since he’s a wing who stands 6’7” and poured in 22 an evening in faculty as a freshman. Yeah, he wants to enhance from the perimeter, however so does Zion. Scouts take into account Barrett to have a excessive basketball IQ and be nice in transition, and he simply occurs to be the godson of future Corridor of Famer Steve Nash. The Knicks, as each fan can attest, want all the assistance they will get after they have been the laughing inventory of the NBA final season. Barrett’s younger, gifted, and shouldn’t be near his ceiling. On the very least, he’s a really worthwhile asset.
And I deliver that up as a result of maybe the most effective information of the night time for Knicks followers got here from Shams Charania—no less than we noticed it from him first, so he will get the credit score. The NBA insider for Stadium—and former Advanced Sports activities profile topic —tweeted that Anthony Davis hasn’t changed his desire to hunt a commerce, regardless of New Orleans’ success. Whereas new common supervisor David Griffin is reportedly going to do the whole lot to persuade the highest 5 NBA participant to stay with the Pelicans, the Knicks ought to throw all their belongings—Barrett, final 12 months’s first-round draft choose Kevin Knox, their two future first-round draft picks obtained within the Kristaps Porzingis commerce, and no matter else it takes—to deliver A.D. to New York.
Quite a lot of NBA observers suppose Tuesday’s proceedings damage the Knicks’ possibilities of buying and selling for Davis, however take into account me skeptical. If A.D. needs out in any case these years in New Orleans, how is Zion going to vary that? And even when the Knicks gained the Zion lottery, I’d make the case he must be shipped to N.O. for a participant who is barely 26 and reportedly prepared to signal an extension in New York. A.D. is able to carry a crew now. Zion or anyone else on this draft ain’t. Plus, you’re telling me the Knicks wouldn’t be extra enticing to free brokers like Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving with Davis on the roster in comparison with Zion?
And, crazily sufficient, as ESPN’s Jay Williams speculated, perhaps not having a rookie of Zion’s wattage sucking all the eye usually reserved for superstars might be a great factor for the Knicks of their free agent recruiting efforts. It appeared type of loopy and laughable when Williams stated it on ESPN’s telecast of the draft lottery, however he is aware of NBA gamers’ egos higher than most.
So bitch and moan all you need that Zion isn’t coming to New York, Knicks followers. You’re actually entitled to. However solely a superbly delusional Knicks fan would inform you that drafting No. three this 12 months counts as an L.