Planning For The 2024 Draft For The New York Knicks

June 17th, 2024

by Alan Lu

The New York Knicks had a very good season, and they were able to drum up some positivity momentum throughout the season before they ended up losing to the Indiana Pacers. Jalen Brunson was a revelation this season, and he is an All-Star point guard that had a terrific season when healthy. The Knicks really established a Villanova connection, as Brunson, Josh Hart, and Donte DiVincenzo’s chemistry together were on point, and the Knicks leveled up on the defensive end when they added OG Anunoby through trade. Julius Randle has still been a solid player for them. Isaiah Hartenstein played really well in his role for the Knicks, especially when Mitchell Robinson got hurt this past season.

Jalen Brunson had a very good season, and the Knicks were able to advance to the second round of the 2024 NBA Playoffs this year. (Photo: Vincent Carchietta/USA Today Sports, via Sports Illustrated)

On the downside, the Knicks struggled with injuries, and they were unable to hold off a feisty Indiana Pacers team in the second round of the playoffs. Still, the Knicks should hold their heads up high, and they had a good season this year. They looked rejuvenated and the future is bright for them.

Right now, the Knicks need to add more depth and find ways to stay healthy. They could use another ball handler to take some of the work load off of Brunson, a center because Hartenstein could get paid and leave them in free agency, as well as more 3 and D wings in order to help give Hart some more rest when he would need it next season.

Anyways, here is what I did for the Knicks on ESPN’s 2024 NBA Mock Draft Simulator.

Test Simulation #1:

A mock draft board for the New York Knicks. Image courtesy of Fanspo.
A mock draft board for the New York Knicks. Image courtesy of ESPN Analytics.

Test Simulation #2:

A mock draft board for the New York Knicks. Second test simulation. Image courtesy of ESPN Analytics.
A mock draft board for the New York Knicks. Second test simulation. Image courtesy of ESPN Analytics.

Test Simulation #3:

A mock draft board for the New York Knicks. Third test simulation. Image courtesy of ESPN Analytics.
A mock draft board for the New York Knicks. Third test simulation. Image courtesy of ESPN Analytics.

The Knicks could use an extra ball handler to allow Jalen Brunson to rest, and Scheierman is a smart, skilled offensive player that shoots and passes the ball well. Ware is an athletic, skilled big man that can stretch the floor and provide rim protection, and as Isaiah Hartenstein will be a free agent, this could be insurance, especially in case if he leaves. Along the same lines, Justin Edwards would be insurance in case if OG Anunoby leaves, and Edwards is a very athletic swingman that would project well into a 3 and D role in the NBA. Terrence Shannon would also be a very good pick if available for them at any of three spots in this draft, as he is a solid wing player that would fit in with their style of play. The 2024 NBA Draft will be held on June 26 and 27. Thanks for reading.

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