Pictured: Devin Vassell. Image courtesy of CBS Sports.
By: Robbie Stratakos
The New York Knicks have three selections in the 2020 NBA Draft (eight, 27 and 38). Here’s how first-year president Leon Rose’s drafting debut will fare.
8) Devin Vassell, Florida State
The Knicks opt for Vassell, an outside player with a skill set that bodes well in new head coach Tom Thibodeau’s offense. Vassell showcased a keen ability to drain perimeter and mid-range jump shots, shooting 41.7 percent from beyond the arc across his two seasons at Florida State. He’s also a reliable on-ball and perimeter defender.
Vassell has the modern-day “three-and-d” skill set, which complements RJ Barrett playing in isolation and Mitchell Robinson operating in the paint. With development, Vassell can become more of a well-rounded scorer who both attacks the rack and poses a threat from distance. Vassell brings speed, shooting and defense to the table. All three of those attributes beef up a weakness.
27) Jordan Nwora, Louisville
The Knicks take another perimeter player with their second first rounder, picking up the three-year Louisville forward. Nwora is a shooting scorer. He shot 39.4 percent from beyond the arc across his time in the ACC, frequently shot off the dribble and was Louisville’s leading scorer in each of the last two seasons. Nwora was also a respectable defender.
His skill set is one the Knicks don’t have and one that should transition well to the NBA game given its simplicity. Nwora would likely come off the bench in his rookie season, serving as a vital component to the second unit.
38) Reggie Perry, Mississippi State
Perry gives the Knicks inside depth. Standing at 6-foot-10 and 250 pounds, he’s a considerable body that bangs in the paint. He can finish inside in a handful of ways and was highly productive in his sophomore season at Mississippi State (Perry averaged 17.4 points and 10.1 rebounds per game last season). Perry gives the Knicks a big man who can play in the post.
He also gives them more rotation options. The Knicks could have a bigger lineup where he and a center are on the floor together. Another option is Perry being the center of the second unit.