Draft Lamelo Ball or Tyrese Haliburton.
The first move is going to be dependent on draft position. If the Knicks are lucky enough to find themselves in a top three pick they should have a shot at Lamelo Ball. Ball obviously comes with some baggage but his skill set and size make him NBA ready. New York has had a spinning wheel of point guards over the last few seasons. Elfrid Payton, Frank Ntilkina, Dennis Smith Jr. have all spent time running the point position last season, none of them performing to the level that allowed them to take charge of the position.
If Ball is not there for New York they need to look at Iowa State Cyclone Tyrese Haliburton. Haliburton flourished in his final year in Ames, stuffing the stat sheets averaging over 5 boards and 6 assists along with 15 points. Haliburton was able to shoot over 40% from behind the arc. His consistent shooting and size set him apart from Cole Anthony, the other top PG prospect.
New York is in need of a leader. They have had a long history of instability at the position and the addition of one of the premier guards in the draft is a need to go along with RJ Barrett and Julius Randle.
Trade for Devin Booker.
We may not know exactly the player Devin Booker is. He has never been given the chance to play with a team that can help his talents flourish. The raw potential of the 23-year old is something that the league can’t ignore. Booker’s extension has him in Phoenix for the next few seasons but if the organization can’t find a way to make them winners it won’t take long for Booker to want a new opportunity. Players now have all of the power in the league and it is a matter of time before Booker gets fed up with the direction of the team. The Suns have done their best to build around Booker and the combinations they are putting together are not working.
The Knicks have stockpiled a few draft picks over the last few seasons trading away Kristaps and Marcu Morris. The picks along with Kevin Knox and their litany of PG’s on the roster may be enough to entice the Suns to move their franchise cornerstone. Booker along with RJ Barrett and a new young PG picked up in the draft will give them a core that can compete with the middle of the pack in the East. The talent, along with the addition of another high star will push them where they need to be.
Commit to Mitchell Robinson
Robinson has faults. His ability to stay on the court is the biggest problem. If Robinson can mature as a player he can be the biggest asset the organization has. The ability to lock down the paint on the defensive end can help a young team develop a team concept.
If New York is able to add a game changer like Lamelo Ball the pick and roll with Robinson can be deadly, similar to the Chris Paul- Deandre Jordan connection of the mid-2000’s. Entering 2021 the Knicks have to decide what their direction for Robinson is going to be. They need to be done with Taj Gibson and Bobby Portis. Continuing to have pointless veterans in the middle needs to be a thing of the past.
It’s time to commit to the youth and ability of Robinson. Look to the future and run with it.