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Just when you thought the year couldn't get any worst for the Knicks, the night of the draft lottery didn't help at all. Knicks had a 19 percent chance of landing the first overall pick in the draft but ended up receiving the fourth pick behind the Timberwolves, Lakers, and Sixers. All Knick fans couldn't have been more disappointed but luckily for the Knicks, this year's draft is deep and fully loaded with talent. They may not end up getting their first option but they have plenty of back up options to choose from.
On the other hand, dropping to the fourth pick does help the Knicks from a financial standpoint. The first overall pick in the draft would be scheduled to make over $4 million in salary during their first year. The fourth pick would be scheduled to make over $3 million in salary during their first year. This would give the Knicks an additional $1 million and raise their cap space for the summer to around $27 million. This gives more to work with for Phil Jackson to try to rebuild the team.
Marc Gasol and Lamarcus Aldridge headline the 2015 free agent class this summer, both which the Knicks are plan on targeting heavily during free agency. Many believe that neither one will come to the Big Apple so other options must be considered. When it comes to looking for a big men other than Gasol or Aldridge, they can go after Paul Millsap, Greg Monroe, or even David West. If they plan on going after a guard, they can go after Rajon Rondo or even Goran Dragic. Although the Knicks have the money to go after these high value players, those numbers can change if they were to trade their fourth overall pick but the Zen Master has plenty of options to choose from but no further decision has been made and no decision should be made until draft night which is June 25th.
With the fourth overall pick, the Knicks are projected to select Emmanuel Mudiay. The 19 year old kid has already played professionally overseas in China and was projected to be a top 5 pick coming into this year's draft. Mudiay is an all-around point guard who is unselfish, quick, great rebounder, great passer, outstanding in transition, and can create his own shot. He exceeds in areas where the Knicks lack so having a player of his talent on the roster would be a huge boost. His style of play is very similar to Russell Westbrook. Some weaknesses for Mudiay is that he tends to force the action and causes turnovers. He is a good defender but has the potential to be better and needs to work on being a consistent shooter. All these categories that need work can be fixed once he enters the NBA. Other than a few issues that will resolved, Mudiay is one who seems to be the most NBA-ready player in the draft and has the potential to make an immediate impact once he steps foot on an NBA court. Mudiay has also stated that he would love the opportunity to play for the Knicks, play within the triangle offense, and play alongside Carmelo Anthony. He would have a good chance of being in that position, that is if the Knicks don't trade the pick.
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Draft Projections Before Knicks 4th Pick
Steve Mills, GM of the Knicks, stated that there has been no change in their game plan for the summer. The team was considering all options no matter what pick they received, this also means trading that pick.
Will the Knicks be back in the Playoffs Next Season?
Remember what the goal at hand is for the Knicks for this summer. It is for them to surround Carmelo Anthony with the right pieces and bring the Knicks back to a playoff contending team. With a few right roster moves, you can expect to see the Knicks back in the playoffs, especially within the Eastern Conference.