New York Knicks to select best player available in 2018 NBA Draft

By Maxwell Ogden

The New York Knicks will pick at No. 9 overall in the 2018 NBA Draft. General manager Scott Perry plans to go with the best player available.

The New York Knicks will have a top-10 draft pick for the third time since 2015. While that may sound like a negative to some, it’s a sign that the Knicks are finally valuing the NBA Draft as a tool for rebuilding in a healthy and cost-efficient manner.

Much could change between now and June 21, but the Knicks have publicly outlined their approach to utilizing the No. 9 overall selection in the 2018 NBA Draft.

The Knicks have a solid foundation in place with guards Tim Hardaway Jr. and Frank Ntilikina, and big man Kristaps Porzingis. It also has talent to develop elsewhere with Trey Burke, Emmanuel Mudiay, and Troy Williams, but the goal remains to improve the quality of the roster.

Following the 2018 NBA Draft Lottery, general manager Scott Perry explained his plan for the annual selection process: Select the best player available.

Most have defined specific positions as areas of need, but Perry is of the belief that the key to rebuilding will be adding talent to the...

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