NBA Mock Draft #27: New York Knicks (via Clippers)- Isaiah Stewart
Stewart put together strong numbers during his lone season at Washington. He averaged 17.0 points, 8.8 rebounds, and 2.1 blocks in 32.2 minutes per game. Stewart shot 57.0 percent from the field, 25.0 percent on his threes, and 77.4 percent from the free throw line.
There are defensive questions because of Washington’s zone scheme. Stewart was used strictly as a rim protector this season. Can he get out on the perimeter and defend when needed? The 19-year-old is 6’9 and 250 pounds. He profiles strictly as a five, but the ability to hold his own in switches could be key to playing significant minutes.
Will Stewart expand his shooting range? He shot just 20 3-point attempts for Washington, but the strong free throw percentage may suggest that he has the potential to expand out.
Right now, Stewart is a strong rebounder and rim protector. He scored mostly off post ups which may not come in the NBA. There is a lot of potential, though. He could become a starting center for the next decade-plus. Or Stewart could settle in as a backup playing ten to 15 minutes per game.
The Knicks have Mitchell Robinson, but they take a chance on his upside. Stewart could help them lock down the position for the foreseeable future plus give New York the option to go big if the former Huskie can expand his shooting range.
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