Deni Avdija looks the part for what the NBA looks for in a combo forward these days and there’s plenty of video available of him in various contexts to be certain that he knows how to play. That has been enough for him to solidify his status as a top-five prospect in a class lacking a whole lot of star potential at the top.
The number one seeds in each conference appear to be taking the circuitous route to the peaks they’ll need to find in later rounds. There’s time for that, but it’s far from abundant.
As the NBA’s culture has evolved into one that favors a language that’s half-meme-talk and half-financial-analysis, perhaps its gatekeepers should consider the appeals it once made to the millions who tuned in to watch the old stuff, but can’t bother with the new.
Maintaining flexibility for what looks like a terrific 2021 free agent class is paramount for the Knicks. By building up their base, they could be poised to be a destination in fairly short order, just not this offseason.