Knicks 2020 NBA Mock Draft Roundup: Tyrese Haliburton a likely option at No. 8

Corey Hersch
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Tyrese Haliburton posts up for Iowa State
Tyrese Haliburton posts up for Iowa State

The NBA Draft is less than a month away, which means mock season is officially in full swing.

With two first round picks, there’s plenty of buzz around who could land with the Knicks on Nov. 18. Here’s what the experts are saying…

Kyle Boone, CBS Sports

8th pick: SF Patrick Williams (Florida State)

In a perfect world for the Knicks, Killian Hayes or Tyrese Haliburton falls to them here. But when are things ever perfect for the Knicks? Instead, they go best available player and select raw-but-talented wing Patrick Williams, whose 6-8 frame and plus-wingspan has captivated scouts projecting what he can be long-term as a defensive playmaker and all-around offensive weapon. Think high-level role player with shot-making upside; not a splashy move but a safe selection.

27th pick: C Isaiah Stewart (Washington)

The Knicks' future at center rests with Mitchell Robinson, but I dig the idea of adding Isaiah Stewart to this position's depth. Thunder and lightning type vibes. Stewart's a physically mature, big-bodied 19-year-old who can block shots and provide an imposing presence in the interior as a rebounder and finisher.

The Ringer

8th pick: G Tyrese Haliburton (Iowa State)

The Knicks could go a lot of directions with this pick, but there’s been some noise that they’ll target a shot creator. Haliburton makes logical sense since he’s such a savvy player and could play alongside any veteran New York might also acquire, such as Chris Paul.

27th pick: F Tyler Bey (Colorado)

The Knicks should be seeking reliable players with high basketball IQs all throughout the draft. Bey brings those qualities on both ends of the floor.

Charles Curtis, USA Today

8th pick: G Tyrese Haliburton (Iowa State)

The Knicks would get a lot of what they need out of this pick: a guard who can dish, play some really good defense and hit threes. I imagine Killian Hayes would also be a possibility here if available.

27th pick: F Tyler Bey (Colorado)

The Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Year could help a team that needs some defense on the perimeter.

James Ham, NBC Sports

8th pick: G LaMelo Ball (USA)

New York is in dire need of a bigtime playmaker like Ball. During his Zoom meetings with the media, the one team Ball said he had spoken to was the Knicks. They would likely fall over themselves if he drops all the way to pick No. 8, but in this year’s draft, anything is possible. LaVar Ball hanging out with New York media? Yes, please.

27th pick: C Aleksej Pokuševski, C, Serbia

Pokuševski is a smooth shooting 7-footer with a 7-foot-3 wingspan, but there are questions about his toughness. New York has had success in the past with European giants and they are a team in search of talent at every position. Pokuševski could go higher than this, but he could also fall to the early second round. Either way, his path to the NBA likely requires another year or two in Europe.