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Three Players the Knicks Could Target in the 2019 NBA Draft

 

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Zion Williamson
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Longtime New Jersey resident Harvey Bell is a supporter of The Lawfare Project and the American Israel Public Affairs Committee. In his free time, Harvey Bell enjoys watching the National Basketball Association (NBA) New York Knicks.

The Knicks have a disappointing win-loss record of 8-17 through the first 25 games of the 2018-19 season and will likely end up in the lottery once again for the 2019 NBA Draft. Fortunately, many talented players are eligible to be drafted, including the following three, who may be available when the Knicks are on the clock:

1. Zion Williamson – One of the most hyped freshmen in college basketball, Williamson is a 6-foot-7, 285-pound forward with Duke University who has an unmatched combination of size and athleticism. He’s the projected first overall pick in the 2019 NBA Draft.

2. R.J. Barrett – If Williamson isn’t the first pick in the draft, Barrett, his Canadian teammate, could be. Last year, Barrett was the Gatorade National Player of the Year and the Naismith College Player of the Year.

3. Bol Bol – Another player the Knicks would be thrilled to draft is 7-foot-2 center Bol Bol of Oregon University. The son of former NBA player Manute Bol had an impressive 18.8 points, 10.5 rebounds, and four blocks per game through his first four games of the 2018-19 season.

Knicks’ Mitchell Robinson Sets Rookie Block Record

 

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Mitchell Robinson
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Drawing upon more than 35 years of relevant experience, Harvey Bell is a New Jersey resident who supports the American Israel Public Affairs Committee and the Lawfare Project. Beyond his professional and advocacy pursuits, Harvey Bell is a passionate fan of the National Basketball Association’s New York Knicks.

The Knicks aren’t off to a promising start to the 2018-19 season, as the team has a win-loss record of 4-10 through its first 14 games, but there have been some promising signs, one of which is the play of rookie center Mitchell Robinson. A 20-year-old native of Pensacola, Florida, Robinson dropped out of Western Kentucky and sat out for a year before being selected by the Knicks with the 36th overall pick in the 2018 NBA Draft. He has averaged 5.1 points and 4.3 rebounds per game, but it has been his ability to protect the rim that has the organization excited.

Robinson has 1.8 blocks per game for a total of 22 blocks through 12 games. However, he recorded nine of those blocks during the Knicks’ 115-89 loss to the Orlando Magic and, in the process, established a new franchise record for most blocks in a single game by a rookie. The record was previously held by Lonnie Shelton and Kristaps Porzingis, both of whom had seven blocks in one game. The Knicks record for blocks in a game is 10, and Robinson intends to surpass that in the not-so-distant future.