The Knicks will hold an in depth watch on their new second-round pick, combo guard Rokas Jokubaitis, this season.
The 20-year-old lefty Lithuanian will play his first season within the Spanish League for Barcelona after shifting on after three seasons for Zalgiris in his house nation. The Knicks’ longtime European scout, Kevin Wilson, lives in Barcelona.
The 6-foot-5 Jokubaitis in all probability wants yet one more season of improvement earlier than he’s prepared for the Knicks, which is okay by all accounts. New York already are bringing 4 rookies onto the roster – first-round pick, Quentin Grimes, level guard Miles McBride, (No. 36), Texas middle Jericho Sims (chosen No. 58) and Argentine PG import Luka Vildoza.
Most mock drafts had the stash pick within the late 40’s or early 50’s. The Knicks reached at 34, however that’s how excessive they’re on Jokubaitis’ offensive potential. In the Lithuanian league final season, he solely averaged 7 factors however shot 38.8% past the arc.
“He’s seasoned worldwide already,’’ stated former International director of scouting for the Knicks and Hornets Tim Shea, who additionally lives in Barcelona as a global scouting marketing consultant.
“He’s received abilities. A lefty, artful, combo-guard abilities along with his deal with, He passes effectively and shoots it with smarts…