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Kevin Knox now projected to be a top ten draft pick


With one week left until the NBA Draft, it appears teams are starting to realize how much upside Kevin Knox has. Knox is now considered a top ten pick in new mock drafts by ESPN and The Athletic. Both project he’ll end up with the New York Knicks with the ninth pick.

“While we’ve had Knox sliding to the Nos. 12-15 range the past few months after an up-and-down freshman season, NBA teams drafting in that range say they don’t anticipate him being there, as there seems to be a significant market for his services in the Nos. 7-11 range,” Jonathan Givony writes. “There’s a significant market in the NBA for combo forwards in his mold who can make an open shot, defend multiple positions and offer some offensive versatility. He’s one of the youngest players in this draft, so he still has plenty of room to continue to grow.”

Knox worked out for the Knicks on Saturday, reportedly going head-to-head vs. Michigan State’s Miles Bridges. He’s also worked out for Orlando (No. 6), Chicago (No. 7), Charlotte (No. 11), and the Los Angeles Clippers (Nos. 12 and 13). According to Keith Pompey, the Philadelphia 76ers, who have the tenth pick, are expected to bring him in for a workout as early as tomorrow.

Also of note: The Athletic’s Michael Scotto has Jarred Vanderbilt sneaking into the first round and Wenyen Gabriel sneaking into the end of the second round, Wenyen’s first appearance in any of the major mock drafts.

“In a league where stretch fours are always given a chance, Gabriel will get one at some point,” he writes.

Here’s where Kentucky’s five prospects stand in the mock drafts with one week to go:

Kevin Knox Shai Alexander Hamidou Diallo Jarred Vanderbilt Wenyen Gabriel
ESPN Top 100 (Updated 6/8) 9 10 37 55 91
ESPN (Updated 6/14) 9. NY Knicks 11. Charlotte 36. NY Knicks 46. Houston
The Athletic (Updated 6/14) 9. NY Knicks 12. LA Clippers 35. Orlando 29. Brooklyn 58. Denver
Sports Illustrated (Updated 6/12) 11. Charlotte 14. Denver 43. Denver 39. Philadelphia
Sporting News* (Updated 6/14) 12. LA Clippers 15. Washington 29. Brooklyn
Gary Parrish* (Updated 6/13) 14. Denver 13. LA Clippers
Matt Norlander (Updated 6/5) 15. Washington 13. LA Clippers 37. Sacramento 50. Indiana
NBADraft.net (Updated 6/13) 17. Milwaukee 11. LA Clippers 57. Oklahoma City 46. Houston
Bleacher Report (Updated 6/11) 14. Denver 16. Phoenix 36. NY Knicks 47. LA Lakers

*First Round Only

Article written by Mrs. Tyler Thompson

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3 responses to “Kevin Knox now projected to be a top ten draft pick”

  1. TBW3011

    Not surprising in the least. These mock drafts know little to nothing when evaluating players. Knox always projected as an obvious lottery pick in this draft. Mock draft guys are just getting this info. They can’t evaluate anything.

  2. friendsofcoal

    Vanderbilt should’ve came back and played a full year!!

  3. catdaddyd

    He will not make an impact in the NBA.