The New York Knicks had multiple picks from the first and second rounds of the 2021 NBA draft, but traded some of them to teams like that Charlotte Hornets and LA Clippers on Thursday nights.
Unable to advance in the draft, the New York Knicks picked three players in the first round, but two of those picks go elsewhere.
The Knicks were number 19 and picked out Texas forward Kai Jones, but they made that choice for Charlotte in exchange for a protected first-round player from 2022. The deal won’t be made official until the draft is finalized.
Tennessee Guardian Keon Johnson has been taken over by New York, but he will join the Clippers in exchange for the number 25 and a 2024 second-rounder.
#Pick # 25: G Quentin Grimes (Houston)
Eventually, the New York Knicks made a selection for themselves, taking 6-foot-5 guard Quentin Grimes from the University of Houston. In his third and final college season, Grimes averaged 17.8 points and 5.7 rebounds while making 40.3 percent out of 3-point territory.
The 21-year-old was a key player in Houston making it to the NCAA Final Four and received AP Third Team All-America and AAC Co-Player of the Year awards in his junior season. He’s a two-way guard who could be one of the most underrated players in the draft.
NBA Draft Results 2021: The New York Knicks Second Round Picks
In the second round of the 2021 NBA draft, the New York Knicks had the 32nd pick, but they swapped that for two lower round two picks, numbers 34 and 36 from Oklahoma City Thunder.
# 2 Pick No. 34: Rokas Jokubaitis (Lithuania)
The 6-foot-4 Rokas Jokubaitis is a point guard from Lithuania. Jokubaitis is a firm choice for the New York Knicks, having signed a four-year deal with FC Barcelona in the EuroLeague.
# 3 Pick # 36: Miles McBride (West Virginia)
The New York Knicks picked West Virginia point guard Miles McBride with the 36th pick from OKC. McBride was a strong defensive guard and was the second team All-Big 12 in his sophomore season, averaging 15.9 points, 3.9 rebounds and 4.8 assists per game, shooting 41.4 percent from downtown.
# 4 Pick # 58: Jericho Sims (Texas)
Jericho Sims played four seasons for the Texas Longhorns. He is six feet tall and weighs 245 pounds with a vertical jump of 44.5 inches. He’s an excellent defender, and the New York Knicks are going to have another great man to protect the color. He could be one of the backups behind all-star striker Julius Randle.
Sims averaged 9.2 points, 7.2 rebounds, and 1.1 blocks per game in his senior college season.
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