UPDATE: The Knicks have traded the rights to Leandro Bolmaro to the Minnesota Timberwolves for the No. 25 pick and the No. 33 pick in the draft.
Sources: New York is trading No. 23 Leandro Bolmaro to Minnesota for Nos. 25 and 33.— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) November 19, 2020
The New York Knicks had the 23rd pick in the 2020 NBA Draft and selected Argentinian big Leandro Bolmaro on Wednesday night virtually from ESPN’s headquarters in Bristol, Connecticut. The Knicks secured the No. 8 pick through the draft’s lottery and added a second first-round pick by trading Marcus Morris to the Los Angeles Clippers last season. The Knicks packaged the No. 27 pick and the No. 28 pick to the Utah Jazz to move up to No. 23 overall, per reports.
First-round Pick Analysis
Bolmaro showcased an impressive skillset while playing with FC Barcelona and could be a serviceable backup for the the Knicks. It appears Obi Toppin could be set to play some small forward for New York after being selected with the eighth pick, as Julius Randle is the better option out power forward. Bolmaro can also spend some time at the 2, 3, or 4. His 6’8” frame and athleticism give him plenty of defensive versatility. He’s a respectable shooter as well with secondary playmaking ability. While he’ll come off the pine, his ability to play spot minutes at three positions, his fantasy ceiling isn’t very high given his limited experience.