New York Knicks fans had high hopes of seeing their beloved Knicks make a splash at the 2021 NBA draft. They had the 19th and 21st overall picks and had their sights set on drafting a scoring wing. Knicks general manager Leon Rose was aggressively looking into trading up to make sure they landed one of their desired draft targets. Unfortunately, they ended up with none of them. In this post, we’re going to do a Knicks NBA Draft breakdown.
A night that began with so much optimism wound up with a rather empty feeling. With that, let’s take a look at just exactly what the Knicks did in the 2021 NBA draft.
Knicks NBA Draft Breakdown
New York fans may be disappointed with what the Knicks took home after the dust settled on Thursday night. They had two chances to get two first round picks and instead got one later in the first round, and took three more flyers in the second. Nonetheless, it’s hard to blame Leon Rose for making the moves that he did.
The Knicks had reportedly wanted to take Chris Duarte, a 24-year old NBA-ready prospect who could help them right now as they build off a promising 2020-21 campaign. Unfortunately, the 3-and-D wing went to the Indiana Pacers at no. 13. New York was also reportedly eyeing other scoring wings such as Ziaire Williams, Trey Murphy, and Corey Kispert, but they had also gone off the board by the time the Knicks had the opportunity to choose.