When it comes to what should the New York Knicks in the 2020 NBA Draft, the focus shifts immediately on the team’s first-round selections and their need for a more promising young talent. For this reason, the fact that the Knicks also have a second round pick, a selection that the team could use on a player who has been overlooked by most of the league, is often put aside.
And that player is the Kansas guard, Devon Dotson – no relation to the current Knick Damyean Dotson. The 6-foot-2 guard is a player who has been the key to the Jayhawks’ success this year, as well as someone who could be a good contribution for the Knicks off the bench in the 2020-2021 season.
We already know that the Knicks are interested in finding a guard point in this year’s draft, perhaps they can find one in the second round.
In nearly 35 minutes per game, Dotson averaged 18.1 points, 4.0 assists, 4.1 rebounds, along with two thefts. Devon also shot 47% off the field, a percentage that would benefit the orange and blue who were 24th in the league in FG percentage this season. Finally, the Kansas product fired 83% from the free throw line, another category in which the Knicks need improvement.
New York has many question marks to answer before entering next season. Many over-the-counter Knicks pieces, including Damyean Dotson (RFA) and Allonzo Trier (RFA), could potentially reach the free agency market this summer. If any of these guards signed elsewhere, they would leave an opening for Devon Dotson to intervene and perhaps contribute.
Scott Perry and the crew have learned their lesson on how to sign a group of veteran actors in the role, which is not the answer for the Knicks, who are still looking for their first appearance in the playoffs since 2013.
New York this year has three selection projects and, for this reason, they have a great opportunity to make the team even younger and build a nucleus full of young people around the duo of rising stars which is RJ Barrett and Mitchell Robinson.
Again, while having two choices for the first round is a great resource for a draft, it would be a shame for the Knicks to overlook their choice for the second round, and I think Devon Dotson is the best guy to prove this.