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If the New York Knicks can commerce up in the course of the first spherical of Thursday evening’s 2022 NBA draft, it reportedly could also be in an effort to pick out guard Shaedon Sharpe.
Based on SNY’s Ian Begley, Sharpe “has had followers in excessive locations” within the Knicks group, which might compel New York to aim a commerce up from No. 11 total.
The Knicks have additionally been linked closely to Purdue guard Jaden Ivey, with Begley reporting this week that New York has thought of providing the Sacramento Kings a number of first-round picks in change for No. 4 total with a possible eye towards deciding on Ivey.
The 19-year-old Sharpe dedicated to play school basketball at Kentucky, however the plan had been for him to take a seat out the 2021-22 season earlier than suiting up in 2022-23.
As a substitute, Sharpe entered the draft with out enjoying a single minute of faculty basketball when it turned clear that he could be a lottery choose and probably even a top-five choice.
In his closing 2022 NBA mock draft, Bleacher Report NBA draft professional Jonathan Wasserman mocked Sharpe to the Portland Path Blazers at No. 7 and Ivey to the Kings at No. 4, leaving the Knicks with Duke wing AJ Griffin at No. 11.
If the Knicks do make a play to maneuver up for Sharpe or Ivey, Begley opined that it might be expensive when it comes to property, with New York probably having to give up a number of first-round picks and one in all Obi Toppin, Immanuel Quickley or Quentin Grimes.
That worth might be price it if the Knicks consider Sharpe or Ivey have celebrity potential to go together with one other budding star in R.J. Barrett.
Final season was a disappointing one for the Knicks, as they went 37-45 and missed the playoffs after making the playoffs the earlier 12 months, however Barrett’s growth was a serious constructive.
The 2019 No. 3 total choose averaged profession highs with 20.0 factors, 5.8 rebounds, 3.0 assists and a couple of.0 three-pointers made per recreation.
If the Knicks can land Sharpe, he might be an excellent match subsequent to his fellow Canadian in Barrett.
Whereas there could be some threat concerned with utilizing a excessive choose on Sharpe after he sat out a 12 months, the 6’5″ guard has lengthy been coveted by schools and NBA groups alike, rating because the No. 3 total participant and No. 1 taking pictures guard in 247Sports‘ composite rankings for the 2021 recruiting class.
Sharpe was additionally in comparison with Chicago Bulls All-Star guard Zach LaVine by 247Sports recruiting analyst Eric Bossi, which is sensible provided that the Knicks have been linked to LaVine at occasions in recent times.
The Knicks are at risk of falling even additional out of rivalry if they do not make an enormous splash this offseason, and transferring up within the draft for an elite expertise like Sharpe would match the invoice for what they want.