New York Knicks president Leon Rose said that “a couple of guys stand out” by discussing the NBA 2020 draft on Wednesday.
“This draft, a couple of kids stand out, and after that, there is a lot of equality,” said Rose on the MSG Network, for Marc Berman of the New York Post.
Rose did not delve deeper into the best players in the class, but indicated that there is a greater diversity of opinions than can be found in a typical draft. The Knicks will have the sixth best odds to win the 2020 draft lottery.
LaMelo Ball, Anthony Edwards and James Wiseman are widely considered to be the top three players in this class, although the scoreboards vary. Isaac Okoro, Deni Avdija and Obi Toppin are among the players who could also look long in the top three.
The Knicks will participate in the lottery for the fourth consecutive season. Their recent top 10 picks have been somewhat questionable, with Frank Ntilikina (2017) and Kevin Knox (2018) struggling to live up to their billing draft and RJ Barrett playing a clear step under Zion Williamson and Ja Morant among the best of last year three.
Rose, a longtime agent, took over the Knicks front office in March. It is the latest in a long line of executives who have been tasked with rebuilding the franchise in this century, none of which have succeeded. High-profile figures such as the Hall of Famers Isiah Thomas and Phil Jackson have become inflamed, as have quieter choices such as Steve Mills, who was fired in February.