The Washington Wizards hold the 15th and 44th overall picks in the 2018 NBA Draft. Here is the latest in our series on draft prospects projected to be picked around where the Wizards will select...
2018 NBA Draft Wizards Prospect Preview: Kevin Knox
Position: Power forward
Age: 18 (turns 19 on Aug. 11)
Wingspan: 6-11 3/4
Max vertical: 36.5
2017/18 stats: 15.6 ppg, 5.4 rpg, 1.4 apg, 0.8 spg, 0.3 bpg, 44.5 FG%, 34.1 3PT% (1.5 3P/4.5 3PA), 77.4 FT%
Player comparison: Antawn Jamison/Tobias Harris
Projections: NBC Sports Washington 10th, NBADraft.net 11th, Bleacher Report 15th, Sports Illustrated 11th
5 things to know:
*Knox projects as a stretch-four with the ability to play some small forward in bigger lineups. He has good range and proved at Kentucky he can get super hot from three. He made three threes or more in eight different games, including on Jan. 27 against West Virginia when he made five threes and dropped a career-high 34 points. He could be a strong outside shooter at the next level.
*He is still only 18-years-old, which means he could keep growing. At the very least, he is just starting to scratch the surface of his potential.
*Knox's concerns center around his ability to create off the dribble and his potential on defense. Knox blocked only 10 shots his entire freshman season with the Wildcats. He did, however, show promise as a rebounder. He averaged 5.4 boards per game and had seven games where he grabbed eight or more, including 11 against LSU on Jan. 3.
*He was a top-10 recruit entering Kentucky who played in the McDonald's All-American game. Knox has two gold medals from representing Team USA at FIBA tournaments.
*Knox's father was a star wide receiver at Florida State and was part of their 1993 national championship team. He went on to play one season in the NFL for the Arizona Cardinals after being drafted in the sixth round.
Fit with Wizards: Knox would be a perfect fit positionally for the Wizards both in the short- and long-term. As a rookie, he would slide in as their primary backup power forward who could also pitch in at small forward. He would add scoring to their bench as a nice contrast to the defense of Kelly Oubre, Jr. and Ian Mahinmi.
Beyond next season, Knox could potentially start. The Wizards have both of their starting big men, Markieff Morris and Marcin Gortat, on expiring deals. Knox could probably coexist with Morris, if he sticks around, and give the Wizards two big men that can shoot.
The problem is that Knox may not be there at 15. He seems like a safe bet to rise up draft boards in the next few weeks, possibly even into the top 10.
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