NBA Playoffs: The NBA playoffs will build to a crescendo that will reach its peak in June. Right now, the playoffs have just started and it will take at least two weeks for each of the four rounds of the postseason to play out.
Event: NBA Basketball
NBA Playoffs 2019
Date: Monday, April 15, 2019
The 14 teams that failed to make the playoffs are already in full preparation mode for the 2019-20 season. That means front offices are considering moves to make in free agency and which players to draft. The 16 teams in the playoffs know that the offseason is coming and plans have to be made as well.
Offseason changes may be even more urgent for teams that are good enough to make the postseason but can’t get past the first or second round. Finding the key player who fits their team may allow them to grow substantially.
Every day from now until the end of the postseason, our NBA.com Staff will bring you one top performer following the completion of the playoff games on that day.
You’ll be able to see the best performance and three honourable mentions from each day, while also having access to all prior “Player of the Night” files, as we see who can tally the most honours this playoffs.
In this piece, we concentrate on the draft and look at each of the teams that have first-round draft picks and select the best player for that team based on need. In some cases, it may be the “best player available.” We go into detail on the top 10.
We are using the draft order found in Tankathon.com, with the understanding that the May 14 draft lottery will change the order.
Williams appears to be a game-changer and a generational player because of his power, athleticism and ability to dominate. He is the kind of player who can turn a team around merely by his presence because of the unstoppable quality to his game. It should be a no-brainer for the Knicks to select him if they win the draft lottery May 14, but it may not be that simple.
They already have a top power forward prospect in Kevin Knox. He may not be at Williamson’s level, but he is clearly one of the best athletes on the team and has a solid future. An argument can be made that selecting Ja Morant or R.J. Barrett might be the better move based on what the team needs,