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Rumors: Knicks targeting old-school bruiser in 1st round of 2020 NBA Draft

Tom Thibodeau, Knicks, 2020 NBA Draft

Under new head coach, Tom Thibodeau, the New York Knicks want to play a physical brand of basketball moving forward. With the 2020 NBA Draft on the horizon, the Knicks may be targeting Isaiah Stewart late in the first round of the draft, per Marc Berman of The New York Post.

In today’s NBA, most teams are beginning to target big men that are able to space the floor and shoot threes. At the same time, teams are looking for forwards and centers that are able to handle the ball down the floor.

While that’s become a popular trend, Stewart is the old-school forward that is going to do his work in the paint. Besides holding the No. 8 overall pick in the first round of this year’s draft, the Knicks also have the No. 27 overall pick.

Seeing that Thibodeau wants to instill his style of basketball, the Knicks could add some physical players that can engrain a culture in New York. Stewart would be a perfect fit for the Knicks, giving them a tough power forward that can excel down low.

In his lone collegiate-season at Washington, Stewart averaged 17 points, 8.8 rebounds, and 2.1 blocks per game. He also shot 57 percent from the floor and led the country in touches in the post.

Stewart, who is a native of Rochester, New York, would likely be open to playing close to home in the NBA. If he’s still on the board when the Knicks are on the clock at No. 27, don’t be surprised if Stewart has his name called.