Draft Notes: Knicks, Giddey, Cunningham, Fultz, Cavs

Oklahoma State guard Cade Cunningham looks to pass. - AP

The Knicks will have two first-round picks in the upcoming NBA draft, obtaining one from the Mavericks in the Kristaps Porzingis trade. Jonathan Wasserman of Bleacher Report takes a look at what prospects the team could end up with in the mid-to-late first round (where both picks are projected to land).

Josh Giddey, who compares his game to Ben Simmons, may not make it to New York’s selection, as he continues to ball out in Australia. However, the 6-foot-8 guard has the play-making ability to warrant a trade up if the Knicks choose to do so.

In all reality, the Knicks should be set in the frontcourt and aim toward finding guards and wings, someone like Giddey makes sense. Other possibilities include Jared Butler (Baylor) and Zhaire Williams (Stanford).

More NBA Draft Notes

  • In the same piece, Wasserman examines how Cade Cunningham would fit on the Magic among other teams. If Orlando got the chance to draft Cunningham, they’d have to figure out whether Markelle Fultz or Cole Anthony is the right point guard to play next to the playmaker out of Oklahoma State, since the offense is likely to run through the 6-foot-8 guard.

  • Danny Cunningham and Chris Manning of SB Nation take a look at what the Cavs should do if they end up with the No. 7 pick in the 2021 draft. In their mock, Moses Moody out of Arkansas and Scottie Barnes out of Florida State are among the names discussed.

  • ICYMI: Turkey’s Alperen Sengun is vying to be the next Nikola Jokic. Sengun is a probable lottery pick in this year’s draft.

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Chris Crouse
As a co-owner of FortyEightMinutes.com, Chris Crouse wears many hats, including editor and marketing director. He previously covered sports business at CNBC and he has covered the NBA for various publications, including SLAM Magazine and Hoops Rumors, in addition to working on the business side of media.

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