19. Cleveland Cavaliers take Dalton Knecht
Knecht can score, space the floor, and sink jumpers, but must improve his defense to stay on the floor. That is why the 6’6 wing went to Tennessee. He knew head coach Rick Barnes would force him to rebound and play defense.
The Cavs are searching for wing help around their core four. Knecht should be ready to space the floor from the moment he gets drafted, but earning a rotation role will only happen if his D improves.
20. New York Knicks (via Mavericks) choose Kobe Johnson
The USC wing is averaging 2.2 steals per game for the second straight year, but what else can he offer? His 3-point percentage dipped to 28.2 after making over 36 percent as a sophomore. His playmaking continues to improve, but defense is his current calling card.
The Knicks have back-to-back picks in this mock and will be looking for NBA-ready talent. The 20-year-old must improve his jumper but has starter and key contributor potential.
21. New York Knicks draft Oso Ighodaro
The 6’9 forward continues to improve but has a unique skill set. He attempted his first NCAA 3-pointer in his senior season. Ighodaro is a roll man and defender with an impressive ability to finish. His athletic ability will get scouts' attention, but can he survive in the NBA without a jumper?
The Knicks want to contend, and the 21-year-old could offer a unique skill set off the bench. Oso Ighodaro could become a starter and key contributor in the Big Apple, but not without improvements.