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#9 – Kevin Knox – New York Knicks

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With the ninth selection in the 2018 NBA Draft, the New York Knicks selected Kevin Knox.

The Knick entered the draft needing to walk away with a prospect who, at the very least, would be a solid rotational player. With Knox, they got exactly that.

During the predraft process, Knox saw his stock rise pretty dramatically. The Knicks selected Knox with their pick despite the fact that Michael Porter, Jr. was on the board. Knicks fans in attendance were chanting for Porter to be the team’s selection, but the franchise opted to pin its hopes on the one-year man from Kentucky.

In his lone season playing for John Calipari, Knox, who is listed at 6-foot-9, averaged 15.6 points per contest along with 5.4 rebounds and 1.4 assists. He shot 34.1 percent from behind the three-point line and brings a fair amount of offensive versatility playing alongside Kristaps Porzingis.

In hindsight, Knox probably had an idea that he was headed to New York. During his availability session the day before the draft, he spoke glowingly about Madison Square Garden and said he’d welcome the challenge of performing under the bright lights.

He’ll now have the chance to prove it.

Heading into the draft, there was a fair amount of discussion pertaining to the Knicks and the fact that, of all teams, they seem to have the most on the line in this year’s draft. While that may seem a bit dramatic, the truth of the matter is that Porzingis is on record as having let the team know that he is willing to forgo signing a rookie extension and instead wants to see the franchise make immediate moves to turn their fortunes around.

With the 2018 draft, newly installed general manager Scott Perry made his first selection as the head honcho in New York, and with his track record littered with examples of his fingerprints being on high value picks, Knox will now have the opportunity to be a positive entry on Perry’s resume.

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2018DD

Sources: 76ers Trade Khyri Thomas to Pistons

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Philadelphia’s No. 38 overall pick Khyri Thomas will be traded to Detroit, league sources say.

Source: Shams Charania on Twitter

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Sources: Kings Trade Gary Trent Jr. to Blazers

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Gary Trent Jr. is headed to the Blazers in a trade, league source tells ESPN.

Portland will send Sacramento to two future second-round picks for Trent, league sources tell ESPN.

Source: Adrian Wojnarowski on Twitter

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#30 – Omari Spellman – Atlanta Hawks

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With the No. 30 pick in the NBA draft, the Atlanta Hawks selected Omari Spellman from Villanova University. .

After 10 consecutive seasons reaching the playoffs, the Atlanta Hawks failed to win 25 contests in 2018. Gone are All-Stars Joe Johnson, Al Horford, Paul Millsap, Kyle Korver and Jeff Teague, all of whom the franchise groomed at various points during their decade of playoff bliss. Now the team is faced with a daunting rebuild under second year general manager Travis Schlenk and first year coach Lloyd Pierce.

Spellman was the third Villanova player selected in the first round of this year’s draft behind Mikal Bridges (No. 10 overall) and Donte DiVincenzo (No. 17 overall). In his lone campaign with the Wildcats, Spellman appeared in 40 contests and averaged 10.9 points, eight rebounds and 1.5 blocks per game.

The Hawks continue to add shooting to their rebuilding roster. With the No. 3 overall pick, the team selected Luka Doncic, who will be traded to the Dallas Mavericks for the rights to No. 5 overall pick Trae Young. The team used the No. 19 overall selection to draft shooting guard Kevin Huerter from the University of Maryland. In Spellman, the Hawks acquire a big man that shot 43 percent from the collegiate three-point line last season.

In addition to Young and Huerter, Spellman will join a young Hawks core featuring point guard Dennis Schroder and forward John Collins, two of the team’s first round draft picks from prior years.

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