Knicks Rumors: Payton Pritchard Has Fans in New York's Front Office

Blake SchusterAnalyst IIINovember 13, 2020

Oregon guard Payton Pritchard (3) in the first half of an NCAA college basketball game against Arizona Saturday, Feb. 22, 2020, in Tucson, Ariz. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri)
Rick Scuteri/Associated Press

The New York Knicks may have found their potential point guard of the future ahead of the 2020 NBA draft.

According to Stefan Bondy of the New York Daily News, the Knicks are intrigued by Oregon's Payton Pritchard, who could be an option for the team with the No. 27 pick when the draft kicks off Wednesday. 

Pritchard was a consensus first-team All-American last season after he averaged 20.5 points, 5.5 assists and 4.3 rebounds in 31 games for the Ducks

Bleacher Report's Jonathan Wasserman reported there was interest growing in Pritchard across the league in late October with some executives feeling he could go in the first round. To that end, he mocked Pritchard to the Los Angeles Lakers with the 28th pick while ranking him the 32nd-best player available overall.

Here's how Wasserman made that decision:

"After talking with scouts, I moved Pritchard up the board, as there seems to be a lot of optimism over his shooting, playmaking, IQ and toughness. It's still worth questioning how well he'll be able to create and finish, but Pritchard was extremely effective on pick-and-roll possessions (89th percentile), while his range and pull-up game should help him compensate if he struggles to blow by defenders."

The Knicks desperately need depth in their backcourt with Frank Ntilikina, Elfrid Payton, Dennis Smith Jr. and Jared Harper serving as the only true point guards. 

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None of them have fully solidified their place in the Knicks' rotation. That could give Pritchard a prime opportunity to earn minutes immediately as New York continues to rebuild. 

The NBA draft is set for Wednesday, Nov. 18, and will be broadcasted on ESPN.