Tyrese Haliburton, PG, 6’5, 175 lbs., Iowa State
A mixture of size and great athleticism, Tyrese is my first pick for the Knicks at number 8. A star that stands out in Iowa State, Haliburton possesses great scoring ability and director’s star power as he runs the point. The Knicks’ first need is to the PG, no doubt, and Haliburton might be their best bet to add to the backcourt with RJ
Cole Anthony, PG, 6’3, 190 lbs, North Carolina
One of the most highlighted names in this entire draft class is New York-born Cole Anthony. Not only would it have been nice to have the son of a former Knick and New York native, but the hype around Anthony spoke for itself when he came out of High School.
While injuries plagued his freshman year on a sold out UNC squad, Cole struggled to score efficiently and made the scouts question his directing ability, hence why he fell to the end of the Lottery. Regardless, if Haliburton is off the scoreboard, the Knicks could afford to take the risk to satisfy their need for point guard.
Precious Achiuwa, SF / PF, 6’9, 225 lbs, Memphis
An all-round athletic winger who brings solid score and perimeter defense to the table, Precious Achiuwa could be an alternative option to the number 8. Although projected to drop anywhere from 10-20, the Knicks don’t have a legitimate little forward to match the frontcourt with Julius Randle and Mitchell Robinson.
If they decide not to go from point guard to number 8, a guy with Achiuwa’s talent and size can be a good look for New York.