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Rumor: New York Knicks high on Killian Hayes in NBA draft

Ratiopharm Ulm v Basketball Loewen Braunschweig - EasyCredit Basketball Bundesliga

ULM, GERMANY - FEBRUARY 14: (BILD ZEITUNG OUT) Killian Hayes of Ulm and Trevor Releford of Braunschweig battle for the ball during the EasyCredit Basketball Bundesliga (BBL) match between Ratiopharm Ulm and Basketball Loewen Braunschweig at ratiopharm Arena on February 14, 2020 in Ulm, Germany. (Photo by Harry Langer/DeFodi Images via Getty Images)

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The New York Knicks drafting a French point guard in the lottery again... that does not have the best track record.

But they are considering it, looking at Killian Hayes — who was born in Florida but grew up in France where his father played professionally — as the second-best point guard in the 2020 NBA Draft, reports Marc Berman of the New York Post.

It doesn’t mean the Knicks will pick him if he falls to No. 8 in the NBA draft, but Killian Hayes currently has a narrow edge as the team’s second point guard on the board after LaMelo Ball, according to NBA sources.

Hayes, the 19-year-old left-hander who played in Germany last season, is considered to have a more supreme skill set than the other lottery-projected point guards such as Tyrese Haliburton, Kira Lewis, Cole Anthony, RJ Hampton, Theo Maledon and Tyrese Maxey.

First things first: EVERYTHING is spin and misdirection around the NBA draft right now. Take all of these reports and rumors with a full box of Morton’s Kosher Salt.

Next, the Knicks could use a point guard of the future, but what they really need on the roster is talent, regardless of position. New York needs to take the highest-rated player on their draft board regardless of position.

Hayes, projected to go in the late lottery, is all about potential. He is a 6-foot-5 point guard with impressive passing skills, a great first step, and he’s played professionally already which gives his game some maturity. Some scouts like his potential on the defensive end. He needs to become a better shooter, he needs to develop as a finisher, and his game needs polish.

In the right player development program Hayes could become a quality NBA point guard. We’ll see if that ends up being the Knicks.