The Knicks, coming off their fourth-straight season without a postseason appearance, have lots of work to do between now and the 2017-18 season.
Team president Phil Jackson said Carmelo Anthony would be better off elsewhere. So the expectation is that he'll be traded, with the team continuing the rebuilding phase that began during the second half of this past season.
With that in mind, there are a number of players the Knicks can target after the first round of the draft and/or as undrafted free agents, who can help the process along.
With plenty of room to improve from this past season's failure, the Knicks can afford to get creative when looking for various upgrades. Their scouting department has obviously been a huge strength and that isn't simply limited to nabbing Kristaps Porzingis and Willy Hernangomez.
They've drafted well, but also found hidden gems that were previously undrafted, by developing them through the D-League ranks and/or finding them first at the Portsmouth Invitational Tournament (see Langston Galloway, circa 2014). Team personnel was present and on the prowl yet again this year.
Illinois forward Malcolm Hill was a man amongst boys, and rightfully so. Projected to be a second round pick in the draft, Hill is a fearless defender and gifted passer for a wing player. He may not have all the makings of a star, but he's actually someone who could come in and contribute rotation minutes to a seemingly younger team like New York will aspire to be. With two second round picks, it wouldn't be surprising for the Knicks to target him.
Of course, the point guard position is going to be a big topic of conversation for New York this offseason as well. Whereas the Knicks need more of a facilitator to grow with their developing core, tapping into different skill sets is a good thing, too. In that regard, Jeremy Senglin isn't a gifted passer, but he's an explosive scorer. He needs to develop versatility in his game.
With that in mind, the Knicks could sell him on an NBA route that includes Summer League, training camp, and some preliminary D-League seasoning, a la Galloway and Chasson Randle. Senglin poured in 21.2 points as a senior, shooting 49 percent from the field and 44 percent from deep. Given Damian Lillard's success at Weber State, Senglin might be worth a look.
Knicks head coach Jeff Hornacek's squads have also been known to push the pace. With that in mind, SMU's Sterling Brown could be another undrafted sleeper for this team to develop through the ranks. After boasting a 46/44/79 shooting percentage stat line this past year, there's no doubt this kid can shoot. He's an absolute gunner who could help New York space the floor in spurts off the bench.