2024 NBA Mock Draft: Timberwolves grab seasoned prospect, Wizards reach for center

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24. New York Knicks - Kyle Filipowski, Duke

New York native, Kyle Filipowski, came back for a second season at Duke and showed all-around improvement. Despite a slight increase in counting stats, Filipowski's offensive efficiency and defense looked much improved.

The 7-footer shot 50.5 percent from the floor as a sophomore, a six-percent increase over his freshman season. Additionally, Filipowski's 3-point percentage rose from 28.2 percent to 34.8 percent.

If anything, Filipowski will add a jolt of offense the New York Knicks desperately need. New York has relied heavily upon Jalen Brunson to score in the postseason. The loss of Julius Randle has forced the Knicks to rely on their lefty floor general and former Villanova Wildcats Josh Hart and Donte DiVincenzo.

Sure, Filipowski won't come in and average double-digit points, especially on a Tom Thibodeau-ran squad. But he's a nice fit as a backup four who can soak up minutes at the five. The Knicks starting center, Isaiah Hartenstein, will likely price himself out of New York. With two picks in the late first round, adding a Hartenstein replacement is essential.

The 20-year-old big man projects as a solid two-way big. His offensive game is well-rounded and his defense is serviceable. Filipowski averaged 1.5 blocks and 1.1 steals per game in Durham a season ago. At 7-foot and 230 pounds with good coordination, Filipowski won't be a weak link on the defensive end of the floor.