The SB Nation gang of bloggers got together recently for a good ole fashioned mock draft. The Knicks, as you know, hold possession of the 19th and 21st picks in the draft. No trades were allowed, so that was where I picked.
With the No. 19 pick, I selected Tre Mann out of Florida.
If the Knicks keep their two first-round picks, they will undoubtedly be looking for some scoring punch. They were a middling offense last season even before all their shooters forgot how to shoot in their first-round defeat to Atlanta. Tre Mann was a premier bucket-getter last season at Florida, and could help mitigate the loss of Alec Burks in free agency.
I’m not sure the Knicks would go this route, to be honest. They might just feel like signing Burks instead. But I really like this kid Mann. He brings the off-the-bounce shooting the Knicks so often lacked last season.
With the No. 21 pick, I selected Sharife Cooper out of Auburn.
Sharife Cooper may be tiny, but the kid can dish the rock like nobody else in this draft. The freshman from Auburn averaged 8.1 assists in his one year in the SEC. If he can fix his jump shot, he might be the rare undersized PG to make a splash in the modern NBA. And no team needs a PG more the the Knicks.
This is my dude, right here. I only selected him with No. 21 because I figured there was no way the Hawks would take him with No. 20. He’s small and he has to fix his jumper, but his mastery of the point guard position brings tears to my eyes. When was the last time the Knicks had a guard who could pass as well as Cooper? Mark Jackson, perhaps?
Here is P&T’s “Know the Prospect” profile of Cooper.
Disagree with my picks? Feel free to sound off in the comments. But first, please look at the mock draft order, specifically those names chosen above 19. For example, don’t complain about me passing on Trey Murphy III, who was picked at 17 in this mock. Thank you, and enjoy your day.