Anthony Davis may not be what the Knicks need
With the New York Knicks being mentioned as a team that’s interested in trading for New Orleans Pelicans star Anthony Davis, I thought it would be a good idea to breakdown why it would be a bad move for the Knicks.
2019 1st round pick could be better
Even though the Knicks are the worst team in the NBA right now, they only have a 14 percent chance at landing the first overall pick, which would enable them to draft Duke freshman Zion Williamson.
Whether the Knicks are able to draft Williamson or R.J. Barrett or another guy, there is always a chance that that player could end up being better than Davis.
I know the odds are low with Davis being a top-5 player right now, but you never know.
Davis may not make the Knicks better
As bad as the Knicks are right now, I’m not sure if Davis would help them win a significant amount of games.
The Pelicans are currently in 13th place out west and have a much better roster than the Knicks with guys like Jrue Holiday and Nikola Mirotic and they’re not a playoff team.
So you can’t tell me that Davis will carry the Knicks to the post season. Especially if they give up this year’s top pick and someone like Kristaps Porzingis or Kevin Knox.
Davis may not draw elite players to Knicks
Trading for Davis might help the Knicks land a big-time free agent like Kevin Durant, or it might not. Nothing is guaranteed and if the Knicks aren’t able to draw big name free agents to play along with Davis, trading for him would be a waste.
In that case it would have made more sense to develop their young guys.
Knicks could regret trading young players
No one still knows how Kevin Knox, Allonzo Trier, Mitchell Robinson and even Kristaps Porzingis will turn out five years from now. All of these young players on the Knicks could be worth more to them than Davis.
Look at the Oklahoma City Thunder who traded both Victor Oladipo and Domantas Sabonis to the Indiana Pacers as a part of the Paul George deal. Oladipo is an All-Star and Soabonis is a rising star.
I’m not sure of OKC regrets the move, but they might have been better off with Sabonis and Oladipo.
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