Knicks news: LaMelo Ball top PG prospect on New York's NBA Draft board
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LaMelo Ball top PG prospect on Knicks’ NBA Draft board

New York Knicks, LaMelo Ball

The New York Knicks have been in the dumps for the majority of the past two decades and are in dire need of a franchise star. One polarizing figure the Knicks are willing to take a gamble on is LaMelo Ball. He is apparently the no. 1 point guard on New York’s radar right now, Marc Berman of the New York Post reports.

The Post has learned unequivocally LaMelo Ball is currently the top-rated point guard on the Knicks’ board.

That should hardly be surprising, knowing new president Leon Rose likes to shoot for the stars. Knicks officials believe the 6-foot-7 playmaker/driver has one of the higher upsides in the entire draft despite his lack of a 3-point shot. Rose has already dealt with outspoken father Lavar Ball when his sons were briefly with Creative Artists Agency.

LaMelo Ball is getting mixed reviews from NBA scouts around the league. Some believe he could become a franchise cornerstone with his versatility and elite offensive skills, especially in terms of ball handling and passing the ball. However, others think the negative aspects of his game may hinder him from blossoming into a true star in the NBA. His naysayers are wary of his shaky jump shot and questionable decision making, both of which are necessary attributes to have in today’s NBA.

In terms of raw talent, Ball has the skills necessary to become a great point guard in the NBA. However, the intangibles will most certainly weigh a lot when teams look at a wildcard prospect like LaMelo.

Surely, the LaVar Ball situation will also come into play, but that’s really beside the point. Nonetheless, the Knicks badly need a jolt at this point, and LaMelo Ball can possibly provide that for this desperate franchise.