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Mock Draft 2.0: Final mock before Thursday's 2021 NBA Draft

Jalen Suggs, Jared Butler - Baylor v Gonzaga
Jalen Suggs, Jared Butler - Baylor v Gonzaga / Jamie Squire/Getty Images
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Miles McBride - Syracuse v West Virginia / Stacy Revere/Getty Images

Point Guard. West Virginia. player. 27. . . Miles "Deuce" McBride. 19

With the 19th overall pick, we've finally made it to the New York Knicks, who had their best season in recent memory and made the playoffs for the first time since 2013.

The Knicks' needs are relatively simple coming into this draft: they need playmaking and three-point shooting. While there's a good chance that they'll sign a big-name point guard in free agency like Chris Paul or Kyle Lowry, they will still want to look for their point guard of the future.

Luckily for the Knicks, though, up to this point in the draft, almost no true point guards have been taken, with several big names still on the draft board. That being said, before selecting 21st overall two picks later, the Atlanta Hawks will be picking first. Because there's a good chance that they'll opt to select a backup point guard with that pick, I think the Knicks will want to grab their preferred point guard before Atlanta can.

With the 19th overall pick, I have the Knicks selecting Miles "Deuce" McBride, who I think many Knicks fans will be very unhappy with.

At this point, I think the majority of Knicks fans expect for the team to take Auburn's Sharife Cooper with this pick, but I wouldn't be so sure of that. While he's a year younger than McBride, he was a very poor outside shooter this past season and will more than likely be a defensive liability in the league. I would be very skeptical of a Thibs-led Knicks team selecting that kind of player no matter how good of a playmaker he is.

On the other hand, McBride has the length to be a more-than-capable defender on both guard positions, projects as a very good outside shooter, and still averaged 4.8 assists per game this past season with West Virginia. If I were a Knicks fan, I'd be very happy with that selection.

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