As Thursday's NBA Draft inches closer, the anticipation surrounding what the Knicks will do with the eighth overall pick and beyond only continues to grow. They have a number of pressing needs to address, but there are an abundance of ways to do that.
Here's a look at just a few of the prospects the Knicks could consider come draft time...
Beyond Markelle Fultz and Lonzo Ball, Fox is the next closest thing to a premium point guard in this draft. As a pure-bred floor general, there's no doubt Fox has the potential to run an NBA offense exceptionally well. He's unselfish, sees the floor well, and quite frankly could spark the changing of fortunes of a franchise.
Unfortunately, all of this is so promising to the point that Fox is unlikely to be around when the Knicks make their selection. In past years, however, stranger things have happened with unexpected picks and surprising trades. The important thing is that New York recognizes Fox's talent and his ability to perform during high-pressured moments, so they'll be ready to catch him if he falls.
There are more explosive scorers and other talented positional players available. In a scenario where Dennis Smith, Jr., Malik Monk, and Frank Ntilikina's skill-sets are preferred by other teams and the likes of Josh Jackson, Jayson Tatum, and Lauri Markkanen also follow the top two picks, Fox to New York could be a possibility.
As mentioned, Monk is arguably more explosive than his collegiate teammate Fox. He has eyes for the hoop and certainly enjoys scoring the basketball. Monk is a very fast-paced player who could help the Knicks push the pace quite a bit. With other special offensive pieces around him, would Monk be able to get his teammates involved? That remains to be seen.
After playing alongside Fox at Kentucky, Monk wasn't really tasked with running the offense as often. What should come easy to him, however, is being celebrated as a potential hero in the heart of the Big Apple. Monk is the kind of player who doesn't shy away from the bright lights and would bask in the glory of being tasked with helping the Knicks turn things around. There's no doubt this team needs a floor general to help lead the way, but Monk's boatload of energy could be too tempting to pass up, especially if Fox is off the board.
The Knicks have long had a love affair with the international stud, and it only seems to be gaining more steam as the draft approaches. With a strong 6'5" frame and the ability to defend both guard positions, Ntilikina may serve as the best "two-way" point guard in this draft. He's a versatile talent who may still need some time to develop his instincts on the offensive end.
As the youngest player in this year's draft class, Ntilikina certainly has the upside to potentially reach that level. The real question whether New York has the patience to allow him to do this. The smart move for the Knicks would be to rebuild carefully and take their time allowing their young core to develop. That said, the outcry of passionate fans hungry for immediate wins and validation may be imposing enough for the franchise to go in a different direction.
Speaking of a different direction, perhaps Mitchell will gain favor within the Knicks organization following his workout. Though he's not a natural point guard, Mitchell would appear to be a step below Monk with more of a defensive edge. The guard would comfortably serve as somewhat of a "3 and D" two-guard at the next level, but has a good enough handle that may create the potential for more versatility down the road.
The Knicks need all the talent they can get. Targeting Mitchell would give the front office the flexibility to explore a trade in which the team moves down in the draft while acquiring an additional asset in return. This could be an even greater possibility if the team chooses to chase a more veteran point guard in free agency instead.