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#pounditMonday, April 15, 2024

Knicks considering making surprise pick at No. 3?

Darius Garland

The New York Knicks have the third overall pick in what is considered a three-player draft, so there should not be anything shocking about their selection. Zion Williamson is obviously going to the New Orleans Pelicans at No. 1, which leaves the Knicks to take either Ja Morant or RJ Barrett at their spot.

Unless they don’t.

ESPN’s Jonathan Givony reports that the Knicks are giving “serious consideration” to drafting former Vanderbilt point guard Darius Garland third overall. Garland has been recovering from knee surgery he had in November, and he has apparently looked impressive in workouts.

Garland, who averaged 16.2 points, 3.8 rebounds and 2.6 assists per game prior to suffering a meniscus injury, recently declared himself the best guard in the draft. That is a bold statement considering Morant averaged 24.5 points, 10.0 assists and 1.8 steals per game in his sophomore season at Murray State last year, but perhaps the Knicks are buying it.

One of Garland’s other workouts this week was heavily attended by a team picking in the top five, so he is generating plenty of buzz. Still, it would be a surprise if the Knicks took him at No. 3.


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