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The 2021 Knicks draft, the 1996 Knicks draft & the importance of being minimally competent

In seventysomething hours, the 2021 NBA Draft will begin. By the end of the night the Knicks may have made multiple 1st-round picks, including three of the top 32 selections. They could end up adding four rookies, or having traded up to make a higher pick than they currently hold. The team needs to hit on one of these picks: despite picking 4th in 2015, 8th in 2017, 9th in 2018, 3rd in 2019 and 8th a year ago, the only bona fide starter-level player the Knicks have to show for themselves after five lotteries has been RJ Barrett.