Every year, every General Manager with a draft pick in their pocket must answer this question: do you draft based on need or talent?
When picking towards the top of the draft, most GMs will tell you that they will draft based on talent, because you can always figure out positional needs later. Who wants to pass up on Anthony Davis because you need a guard in Michael Kidd-Gilchrist?
Of course, if the Knicks land the top pick this year, the decision is easy. But what if they pick second? Do they pick Ja Morant or RJ Barrett? The guard or the wing?
In an excerpt obtained by the New York Post, Scott Perry tells MSG 150, “Where we are at right now, talent is important. If it’s very close, then you may lean towards the position of need, but if there is a clear delineation between the talent, I think you always err on the side of talent.”
Tune in to the debut of MSG 150 at 8:00 PM on Monday. The show will run 8-10:30 p.m. Monday-Thursdays for 10 weeks and feature guest analysts Swin Cash, John Wallace, Wally Szczerbiak and former MLB player Fernando Perez.