Knicks to add 3-point shooter with Clippers pick from Marcus Morris trade
The New York Knicks are currently sitting with a 17-38 record in the Eastern Conference. And the team does not look brilliantly set up for future success following some puzzling moves during the 2019 offseason.
However, there is always a light at the end of the tunnel for bad teams due to the NBA draft.
In the 2020 NBA draft, the Knicks will likely prioritize a scoring point guard with their own first-round pick and then look to add a talented three-point shooter with the pick the Knicks obtained from the LA Clippers in the Marcus Morris deal.
According to Marc Berman of the New York Post, an NBA source confirmed that those player archetypes would be the way the Knicks draft room would look to select players in the 2020 draft. This year’s draft is starting to heat up with interest as the NCAA men’s basketball season approaches March Madness.
The Knicks surely need to add shooting from the perimeter, as they are one of the worst teams in the NBA in that category so far in the 2019-20 season. According to Cleaning the Glass, the Knicks have the 29th-ranked three-point percentage of any team in the NBA this season. They’re converting on just a 29.8 percent clip from downtown.
The only team with a worse percentage from deep is the Indiana Pacers. However, the Pacers have an effective field goal percentage that’s in the top 10 at 54.0 percent, which is seventh overall in the NBA.
The Knicks, on the other hand, have the 29th-ranked effective field goal rate at a paltry 49.6 percent. It’s a mere percentage point ahead of the Golden State Warriors.
Though the Knicks have some young talent in Mitchell Robinson and R.J. Barrett, the team still has a ways to go in the draft before they have a full young core.