Knicks 2020 NBA Draft Odds: Obi Toppin, Tyrese Haliburton Favorites to Land in New York
Michael Hickey/Getty Images. Pictured: Obi Toppin.
Watching the NBA Draft and booing the player taken by the New York Knicks is one of many perennial traditions that won’t take place in person this year with the draft being virtual. But that doesn’t mean Knick fans aren’t just as anxious to find out who team president Leon Rose will take with the No. 8 overall pick in the 2020 NBA Draft.
The Knicks are in the eighth spot after falling back from the No. 6 spot in the Draft lottery. The past three times the Knicks have picked eighth they selected Frank Ntilikina (2017), Jordan Hill (2009) and Channing Frye (2005) — we’ll spare you the names of the eventual All-Stars they could have taken in that spot.
This year’s draft is a mixed bag and the combination of a shortened college season and inability to have a formal draft combine has made the middle of the draft board a bit nebulous for fans and scouts. The Knicks also have the 23rd pick in this draft (they swapped the 27th and 36th picks with the Utah Jazz) and could potentially trade out of the No. 8 spot depending on how the night evolves.
NBA.com has compiled various notable mock drafts and while French point guard Killian Hayes is the most common pick among those mocks, PointsBet has two other players listed with the best odds to be first player selected by the Knickerbockers.
You can check out the full Knicks draft odds list below.
Knicks 2020 Draft Odds
Obi Toppin has seen his odds to be drafted by the Knicks rise from +1000 last week to +300 on draft day.
There have been rumors that the Knicks would have to trade up to get either one of those players and, per Ian Begley of SNY, that option is on the table:
On the Knicks potentially trading up in the lottery:
“Some in the organization are fans of Obi Toppin and Tyrese Haliburton — two players who could be selected ahead of No. 8 (though opinion on Haliburton is not uniform),” per @IanBegley
— Knicks Film School (@KnickSchool) November 18, 2020
The NBA’s consensus mock draft currently ranks Toppin at No. 5 with Haliburton listed at No. 6. Those picks are owned by the Cleveland Cavaliers and Atlanta Hawks respectively.