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Kevin Knox’s Stock is Rising in ESPN’s NBA Mock Draft

Following the NBA Combine and draft withdrawal deadline, Kevin Knox’s stock is soaring.

This morning ESPN’s Jonathan Givony released an updated mock draft that firmly places the Kentucky scorer in the lottery.  Previously on the fringe at No. 15, Givony now projects Knox to Charlotte with the eleventh pick.

“He’s one of the youngest players in this draft, so he still has plenty of room to continue to grow. Knox’s appeal is reportedly growing on NBA teams as the pre-draft process has moved on, and there is a chance he could climb as high as seven or eight.”

In a workout and interview with Draft Express, Knox said his primary pre-draft goal is to improve his ball-handling and decision-making out of the pick-and-roll.

The only other Kentucky Wildcat in Givony’s first round is Shai Gilgeous-Alexander.  Described as “arguably Kentucky’s best long-term prospect,” he’s projected to go to the Los Angeles Clippers at No. 12 overall.

You will not find Wenyen Gabriel in ESPN’s mock draft, but you will find Hamidou Diallo (No. 40 to the Nets) and Jarred Vanderbilt (No. 57 to OKC).  Kyle Tucker made one interesting note regarding Vanderbilt’s stock: “Was told by a scout for another team yesterday that common rumor in the league is Vando got someone to promise to draft him and give him time to get healthy.”



Article written by Nick Roush

"Look upon the doughnut, and not upon the hole." @RoushKSR

10 Comments for Kevin Knox’s Stock is Rising in ESPN’s NBA Mock Draft

  1. Bourbon and Blue
    10:39 am June 7, 2018 Permalink

    If that’s true with Vando, then I don’t blame him for leaving. If he is truly guaranteed the money and his fair shot in the NBA then take it while you can. Considering if he came back and got injured again he likely would not be drafted.

    • Cmart0907
      11:00 am June 7, 2018 Permalink

      Michael Porter Jr only played what 3 games all year? We got 14 out of Vando. We got lucky.

  2. Cmart0907
    10:59 am June 7, 2018 Permalink

    That would be dumb for them to take Knox. They have MKG and Batum at small forward. Both are on contracts for plenty of years to come.

    • Mc12
      11:17 am June 7, 2018 Permalink

      I believe the appeal for Knox is he can serve as a stretch 4 and is versatile enough offensively to play a few positions if needed.

    • michaelb
      11:44 am June 7, 2018 Permalink

      Knox can play 2,3,4 & 5 in various line ups in the league . Everything but pg

    • Ez21
      12:29 pm June 7, 2018 Permalink

      Neither of those players can hold a candle to Knox if he develops into what he can be and MKG is my favorite UK player. Knox has a chance to be special though with that body and shooting ability but it’ll be 2-3 yrs if it happens.

  3. Kat4Life
    11:00 am June 7, 2018 Permalink

    I remember another basketball team that brought Vanderbilt in with the promise of allowing him to get healthy.

  4. BluemanGreen
    11:55 am June 7, 2018 Permalink

    Anybody that thinks Knox can play center or power forward in the NBA didnt watch UK last season and never watches the NBA. He is a small forward. Period. He would get absolutely destroyed in the post he is not that kind of player.

  5. Cincy Cayt
    11:58 am June 7, 2018 Permalink

    Get ‘em guys! Spread the word about UK!

  6. stevemotley
    3:42 pm June 7, 2018 Permalink

    If Knox can improve his ball-handling I can see him averaging 25 points a game in the NBA