Most pundits agree: The New York Knicks will pick AJ Griffin with 11th pick

We’ve lost so much ink at this point, we’ve spent so much time now, and dreamed of this and that potential scenario so much … that it probably doesn’t make sense to keep doing it over and over. There are only a few hours left before we will know the final decision anyway.

But we owe you all the content we can produce that you can digest, so we’ll keep pumping air into your veins until you overdose. Don’t blame me, that’s just how it goes.

With just 24 hours left for the Knicks to make their choice – hopefully it’s a top-5 instead of one after the Ivey area – we decided to check the temperature of the teases recently written by the scouting experts on the sites. most important ones out there. It has to be assumed that they are actually looking for something very serious, real, and undercover information that is simply inaccessible to mere mortals, right?

Here are some of those guys doing it around the nets and who are seeing the Knicks draft in the 11th slot. All the fictitious drafts reviewed were published from Monday June 20 onwards (with the exception of Kevin O’Connors, who was updated on June 17).

Jonathan Wasserman (Bleacher Report) – AJ Griffin, SF

No great Big Wass explainer here. Wasserman has every single soul the Knicks showed interest in during the off-board drafting process when New York makes its selection. Ivey (4), Mathurin (6), Sharpe (7), Dyson Daniels (8), Jeremy Sochan (9) and Johnny Davis (10) are missing.

The result? Griffin to the Knicks. Wasserman supports his decision in the fact that Mathurin will go in the top 8 while Griffin will fall out of the top 10 with Sochan, Duren and maybe even Dieng making it.

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John Hollinger (The Athletic) – Johnny Davis, SG

This mock is more of a what-should-do rather than one based on inside information, but here, too, we agree. Johnny H attacks Davis’ name at the Knicks with eleventh pick.

Hollinger would hate the Knicks to spend too much on a PG in TyTy Washington, labeling him a late teens choice, early 1920s at best. The narrative that Hollinger pushes is basically how the Knicks should get out of 11th pick further down by swapping this pick for a future first pick or a lower pick in this class (call Memphis 22nd pick).

Matt Babcock (Basketball News) – AJ Griffin, SF

Another expert, another choice from Griffin. Hmmm … is a pattern emerging here? Could it be so, who knows !?

No real headaches here aside from Detroit grabbing Bennedict Mathurin with fifth pick, Keegan Murray falling to Indiana and Duren being drafted ninth overall. This leaves either AJ Griffin or Jeremy Sochan or maybe even Mark Williams for the Knicks! What an emotion!

Griffin is the only one, however, with Babcock highlighting the striker’s talents to shoot rock and drop buckets, reaching 44.7% from last year’s depth on the college circuit. I’m quoting the most important part of the report: “It’s also worth noting, Griffin is the son of former NBA player and current Toronto Raptors assistant coach Adrian Griffin.”

Jonathan Givony (ESPN) – AJ Griffin, SF

Oh boy. Oh, boy, oh boy. That makes three out of four Griffs for the Knicks! We’re getting into something here, folks. Yay!

Situation very similar to that proposed by Babcock above. Givony is basing its pick on its mock draft which doesn’t include exchanges, mostly, as it says (and we agree) that “Few teams expect the Knicks to be drafting here when all is said and done. that the team is aggressively exploring scenarios where they will give up or trade entirely from the draft if they can get an entry level point guard. “

If forced to pick a rookie, however, Griffin would be the chosen one, as “Griffin is arguably the best shooter in his class after scoring 45% of his 3 points” and “His 7-foot wingspan gives him significant potential in defense, he is one of the youngest players in the draft and holds one of the most coveted positions in the modern NBA ”.

Sam Vecenie (The Athletic) – AJ Griffin, SF

This is starting to solidify for real, so be prepared for a disappointment when draft time comes and the Knicks pick AJ, in case you don’t like the guy.

There is something I don’t like at all about Vecenie’s blurb about the choice of the Knicks and AJ Griffin. In fact, it’s the first sentence of his paragraph. “Griffin is one of the hardest players to evaluate in this class due to his injury history.” Not a good start. “This, coupled with his inconsistent defensive play last season, gives him a bit more range on draft night than you’d expect.”

So … maybe New York should give up Griffin? Well, at least our friend Sam concluded positively with his opinion stating that “[Griffin] is a winger who is this kind of potentially elite shooter. He hit 45 percent off 3 last season and has the same natural feel as any player in his class. “Ah, bullet dodged.

NBADraftRoom.com – AJ Griffin, SF

This connection between the Knicks and Griffin that I find in about 95% of the most respectable mock drafts out there reminded me of the great Bob Morales quote from La Bama:Not my first, nor my last. “

NBADR guys are picking AJ over the likes of Jeremy Sochan, Johnny Davis, Mark Williams, and TyTy Washington, all available when the Knicks were in play.

The reasoning? “The Knicks would be perfect for Griffin Jr. who has elite 3-point shots and an NBA-ready frame. A history of injuries could put the teams on pause, but he is a great talent who can play a role right away. “

The comp? Jimmy Butler and others Jumbo Gary Trent Jr. I could especially live with it.

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Jeremy Woo (Sports Illustrated) – Jalen Duren, C

Surprise! Woo is the first expert to enter a real big in the Knicks eleventh pick. Woo points out the obvious fact that the Knicks will have a tough day ahead of them in terms of negotiating deals to get on the draft board because, well, the things New York can dangle in front of other franchises aren’t that great all things considered. .

Alas: take a center, let go of Mitchell Robinson. Woo sees Duren as someone “quite physically gifted and.” [who] it has a certain appeal as a long-term piece worth developing, particularly as one of the youngest players in the draft. Our man also writes that “[Duren]’a powerful jumper with a mature build, good hands and feet, and untapped skill potential. Not entirely bad, assuming Mitch is like he’s gone.

Zach Harper (The Athletic) – Jalen Duren, C

Duren back to back! Oh yes!

Harper goes with a contrarian move and one similar to the one pulled out by his SI partner Jeremy Woo and chooses Duren in 11th place by going to MSG. Interestingly, Harper identifies three “greater needs” that the Knicks face at some point during the off-season: “Depth of guard, big defensive man, 3-ed wings”.

Interestingly, – and probably painting a pretty clear picture of how things go beyond the two or three viable options in guard positions in this class – Zach opens his blurb by saying that the Knicks “need to review their home zone. defense “, but continues to choose a center. Well …

It makes sense, however, as Harper points out that the taking of TyTy Washington Jr. shouldn’t happen here but following the draft order (trade-in) and that Duren should be the go-to name to target since “it would give New York the possibility of not overpaying to keep Mitchell Robinson ”.

Krysten Peek (Yahoo! Sports) – AJ Griffin, SF

The only realistic options left available on the board in Peek’s mock draft were due to AJ Griffin, Sochan and (perhaps) the increasingly emerging Ousmane Dieng. So yeah, the Knicks picking Griffin are in my eyes the most likely outcome in that scenario.

Peek backs up his pick by saying that “if Griffin manages to stay healthy, he could end up stealing at number 11. He has all the physical tools to make an immediate impact in the NBA, but has struggled to consistently stay on the pitch due to annoying injuries during his young career Not the worst case to consider regarding AJ’s worth, but really not great as he is basically saying the Knicks would bet on an extraordinary player.

To keep the hopes of New York fans high, Peek notes that “the distancing in the NBA will satisfy Griffin because of how strong he is with the ball in mismatch situations, and can add a lot of dimension to this Knicks team’s winger. “

Kevin O’Connor (The Ringer) – Jalen Duren, C

Straight to the point, KOC. “Mitchell Robinson is a free agent. Julius Randle has to go. Nerlens Noel cannot stay healthy. Adding another big player seems like a realistic choice for the Knicks. Uh, oh, that’s what I’m talking about.

O’Connor paints Duren as a DeAndre Jordan / Robert Williams hybrid, which is anything but a mix if you ask me, and adds that “Duren can put pressure on the rim with his elite athleticism, which could be beneficial. for guys like RJ Barrett and Obi Toppin.

In a sentence to sum up his profile, KOC puts it all together by saying that Duren as Knick would be an “explosive shot blocker and jumper who can fill a role right away, as well as the youngest player who could be drafted.”


And there’s your report on the Knicks’ 11th pick, courtesy of Posting & Toasting and the folks out there covering the 2022 draft ahead of Thursday’s event.

Final account:

  1. AJ Griffin (six picks, 60%)
  2. Jalen Duren (three choices, 30%)
  3. Johnny Davis (one pick, 10%)

Welcome home, AJ!

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