With the Knicks' disappointing season coming to an end, the only positive thing for fans to look forward to is the NBA Draft in June.
The Knicks currently own the ninth seed in this year's draft, and speculation has already rien on who they should go after. For head coach, Jeff Hornacek, who may not have a say in the decision as his future is up in the air, knows exactly what the team needs.
"If you look around at the top teams in the league, they have multiple guys in the 6-7, 6-8 range with length," he told The Post's Marc Berman. "We have a lot of guys in the 6-5ish range. [We] just got to get bigger at some of those spots...You talk about that 6-7, 6-8 guy, everybody in the league wants that guy. You don't see those guys all over the place."
Hornacek is referencing the loss of former star F Carmelo Anthony, who was a staple at small forward while with the Knicks. After trading him to the Thunder in the offseason, the Knicks never gave Hornacek a starting small forward to work with. Instead, he had to place TIm Hardaway Jr. at the three, and have Courtney Lee in the two-guard position. Both players are natural shooting guards.
The Knicks could benefit from drafting a player with Anthony's body type, and one that has the potential to score like them too. Some options would be Villanova's Mikal Bridges, Kentucky's Kevin Knox, or Michigan State's Miles Bridges.
But some experts believe dynamic point guards like Oklahoma's Trae Young and Alabama's Collin Sexton will be at No. 9 for the Knicks to grab (that is if they don't make the top three in the lottery pick). The Knicks are all about "talent acquisition," and bringing in assets to make their team better no matter the position.
The team currently has a stash of young point guards in Emmanuel Mudiay, Frank Ntilikina, and Trey Burke on the roster.
Having a myriad of options is good, but not all the time. If it were Hardaway, though, he would want a player that could allow him to move back to his natural two-guard slot.
"I haven't played the 3 ever -- the first time playing it for the whole year," Hardaway said about this season. "You go against strong guys -- LeBron [James], KD [Kevin Durant], those are very hard matchups for a guy who is 6-6. It was a learning experience. You have to learn to choose your battles and use your size to your advantage. I got to watch the offseason to see how everything plays out for us."
Taking the best player available, or the best player to fit the team's needs will ultimately be the Knicks' decision come June.