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New York fails and turns heavily towards trade

The Knicks have made two trades and one of their selections in the first round of the 2024 NBA Draft.

The Knicks collected a handful of second-round picks in deals with the Wizards and Thunder, while using the No. 25 pick on 18-year-old French wing Pacome Dadiet.

The Knicks then selected Tyler Kolek, Kevin McCullar Jr. and Ariel Hukporti with a trio of second-round picks.

The Knicks drafted Pacome Dadiet with the 25th pick in the 2024 NBA Draft. JASON SZENES FOR THE NEW YORK POST
Pacôme Dadiet during the Basketball Bundesliga match on May 20, 2024. DeFodi Images via Getty Images

Here’s how Post Knicks reporter Stefan Bondy evaluates the picks:

Round 1

No. 25: Pacôme Dadiet, F, France

One of the youngest prospects (18) and a complete project that says he won’t be returning overseas as a draft pick and reserve. Scouting reports mention his slick shooting with potential to succeed as a 3-and-D along with good size (6-foot-8; 218 pounds). But for a Knicks team in an immediate win window, Dadiet probably isn’t ready to contribute as a rookie.

GRADE: VS

Golden Eagles goalie Tyler Kolek (11) battles with North Carolina State Wolfpack goalie Casey Morsell. Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports

2nd round

#34: Tyler Kolek, F, Marquette

A college star and a passer who has been hailed as one of the best passers in the NBA. His experience gives him a good profile as a prospect who could potentially contribute immediately.

GRADE: A-

No. 56: Kevin McCullar Jr., Kansas

He proved himself as a senior before his season was cut short by a knee injury. A solid defender but a career 31% 3-point shooter in the NCAA at decent volume is concerning.

GRADE: B

Jayhawks guard Kevin McCullar Jr. (15) dunks against the Kansas State Wildcats. Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports

No. 58: Ariel Hukporti, C, Melbourne United

High-level mover who likes defense and could adapt to Tom Thibodeau’s center role. Limited offensively and underwent Achilles tendon surgery in late 2022.

GRADE: B-

News Source : nypost.com
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