The New York Knicks are going to continue their rebuild this year, and to have a successful rebuild it starts in the NBA draft. Knicks general manager Scott Perry realizes if a team continues to miss on their draft picks, the chances of having much or any success in the rebuild are thin to none.
With the NBA lottery happening on Wednesday night, there is a lot of talk about who the Knicks will take, and after they are locked into the draft position there will be a more clear picture. The Knicks currently have the 9th best odds to land the top pick.
For Knicks General Manager Scott Perry, he has a very simple philosophy going into this draft, he is going to take the best player available regardless of what position they play.
Knicks GM Scott Perry reiterates to @alanhahn that the club is looking to draft the best player available, regardless of position. “We’ve got to get the highest level of talent that we can get on our roster and we’ll figure out all of the positions once they get in there.”
— Ian Begley (@IanBegley) May 15, 2018
For Perry, they also want to find guys who fit the new culture, that head coach David Fizdale is bringing to the Big Apple.
“We know that franchise players are extremely hard to come by,” Perry said via The New York Post “With that said, each draft features a healthy number of players who are capable of contributing to winning teams either as starters or in important rotational roles. Our goal is to draft players who fit our plan and our culture, and develop them to the best of our ability as we become a sustainable, winning franchise.”
There has been a lot of rumors about last year's first round pick, Frank Ntilikina and if he has already fallen out of graces with the Knicks front office. If the Knicks did take a point guard in the first round, that would seem to be a pretty good indication that he has.