NEW YORK -- The Knicks are only about two months away from the 2018 NBA Draft where they figure to have a lottery pick who could impact the franchise's fortunes for years to come.
But they are also looking ahead to the 2019 NBA Draft, where they could have another building block for the future.
To that end, Knicks President Steve Mills and scouts Walker Russell and Kristian Petesic recently scouted both the McDonald's All-American Game in Atlanta and the Jordan Brand Classic practice on Saturday at the Nets' facility in Brooklyn.
"The 2018 high school senior class is considered one of the weakest in some time, and with the international crop looking fairly shallow (once again), NBA teams aren't overly optimistic early about about the way the 2019 draft is shaping up thus far, particularly within the top 10, but also in terms of first-round depth," ESPN draft expert Jonathan Givony wrote.
Still, the top five projected picks on Givony's board for 2019 and eight of the Top 10 were on the rosters of either the McDonald's or Jordan Games.
According to that mock, the Knicks are currently projected to pick sixth in 2019, and ESPN has them taking 6-foot-11 power forward Luka Samanic of Barcelona 2.
Much can change between now and then, though, so the Knicks' brass wants to get a look at as many top players as possible.
The top three projected picks in 2019 are all committed to Duke: 6-7 wing R.J. Barrett, the Gatorade and Naismith Player of the Year who is widely projected as the No. 1 pick; 6-7 wing Cam Reddish; and 6-6 power forward Zion Williamson.
Though both Barrett and Williamson played in the McDonald's Game, both are out for the Jordan Classic. Barrett is resting this weekend, while Williamson has a cast on his right thumb after suffering an injury in the McDonald's Game.
Among the other top projected picks are 6-6 North Carolina-bound small forward Nassir Little, the MVP of the McDonald's Game; 6-6 uncommitted shooting guard Romeo Langford, who is considering Kansas, Indiana and Vanderbilt; 6-4 Kansas-bound shooting guard Quentin Grimes; 7-2 Oregon-bound center Bol Bol, son of the late Manute Bol; and 6-8 Oregon-bound wing Louis King, who is missing both games with a knee injury.