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Kentucky's Kevin Knox appears to be rising up NBA Draft boards

Former Kentucky forward Kevin Knox (5) went up for a dunk against Morehead State on Oct. 30, 2017, in Lexington. The 6-foot-9 forward is reportedly rising up NBA Draft boards after putting in strong workouts.
Former Kentucky forward Kevin Knox (5) went up for a dunk against Morehead State on Oct. 30, 2017, in Lexington. The 6-foot-9 forward is reportedly rising up NBA Draft boards after putting in strong workouts.

The NBA Draft is almost a week away and one former Kentucky player has started to push his way up the draft boards.

According to ESPN draft guru Jonathan Givony, ex-UK forward Kevin Knox is making a bid to be a top-10 pick when the draft takes place Thursday, June 21, at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, N.Y.

Most mock drafts had placed Knox on the edge of the lottery, going anywhere from No. 13 to No. 15. Many of those mocks placed him behind his ex-teammate Shai Gilgeous-Alexander.

Givony isn't the only one who believes Knox is making his way into the top 10. Kevin O'Connor, NBA analyst for The Ringer, has hopped on the Knox train, as well.

Over at SI.com, the staff of the Crossover recently compared Knox, Mikal Bridges of Villanova and Miles Bridges of Michigan State. All three are wing players with similar credentials.

Wrote Jake Fischer: "Put up against Miles Bridges and Mikal Bridges, Knox is taller (6’7.75” w/o shoes), and younger than his counterparts, coupled with a virtually equal wingspan (6’11.75”) to that of Villanova’s swingman. Knox won’t turn 19 until August 11, making him ripe for an NBA coaching staff to get their hands on. Mikal Bridges will turn 21 two weeks after Knox’s birthday, whereas Miles is already midway through his 20th year. Knox boasts a significant advantage in biometric profile."

Back to Givony, here was his top 12 in his last mock draft, posted June 7.



  • 1 - Phoenix: DeAndre Ayton, Arizona

  • 2 - Sacramento: Marvin Bagley, Duke

  • 3 - Atlanta: Jaren Jackson, Michigan State

  • 4 - Memphis: Luka Doncic, Real Madrid

  • 5 - Dallas: Mohamed Bamba, Texas

  • 6 - Orlando: Wendell Carter, Duke

  • 7 - Chicago: Trae Young, Oklahoma

  • 8 - Cleveland: Michael Porter, Missouri

  • 9 - New York: Collin Sexton, Alabama

  • 10 - Philadelphia: Mikal Bridges, Villanova

  • 11 - Charlotte: Kevin Knox, Kentucky

  • 12 - LA Clippers: Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, Kentucky

Here's the NBA Draft order for this year's first round:

  • 1 - Phoenix Suns

  • 2 - Sacramento Kings

  • 3 - Atlanta Hawks

  • 4 - Memphis Grizzlies

  • 5 - Dallas Mavericks

  • 6 - Orlando Magic

  • 7 - Chicago Bulls

  • 8 - Cleveland Cavaliers (via Nets)

  • 9 - New York Knicks

  • 10 - Philadelphia 76ers (via Lakers)

  • 11 - Charlotte Hornets

  • 12 - Los Angeles Clippers (via Pistons)

  • 13 - Los Angeles Clippers

  • 14 - Denver Nuggets

  • 15 - Washington Wizards

  • 16 - Phoenix Suns (via Heat)

  • 17 - Milwaukee Bucks

  • 18 - San Antonio Spurs

  • 19 - Atlanta Hawks (via Timberwolves)

  • 20 - Minnesota Timberwolves (via Thunder)

  • 21 - Utah Jazz

  • 22 - Chicago Bulls (via Pelicans)

  • 23 - Indiana Pacers

  • 24 - Portland Trail Blazers

  • 25 - Los Angeles Lakers (via Cavaliers)

  • 26 - Philadelphia 76ers

  • 27 - Boston Celtics

  • 28 - Golden State Warriors

  • 29 - Brooklyn Nets

  • 30 - Atlanta Hawks (via Rockets)

Photos of Kevin Knox from the 2017-2018 Kentucky basketball season. Music: www.bensound.com

NBA Draft first round 2017

PickTeamPlayerSchool
1PhiladelphiaMarkelle FultzWashington
2LA LakersLonzo BallUCLA
3BostonJayson TatumDuke
4PhoenixJosh JacksonKansas
5SacramentoDe'Aaron FoxKentucky
6OrlandoJonathan IsaacFlorida State
7Chicago (trade)Lauri MarkkanenFinland
8New YorkFgrank NtilikinaFrance
9DallasDennis Smith, Jr.North Carolina State
10PortlandZach CollinsGonzaga
11CharlotteMalik MonkKentucky
12DetroitLuke KennardDuke
13Utah (trade)Donovan MitchellLouisville
14MiamiBam AdebayoKentucky
15SacramentoJustin JacksonNorth Carolina
16Minnesota (trade)Justin PattonCreighton
17MilwaukeeD.J. WilsonMichigan
18IndianaT.J. LeafIndiana
19AtlantaJohn CollinsWake Forest
20SacramentoHarry GilesDuke
21Oklahoma CityTerrance FergusonArizona
22BrooklynJarrett AllenTexas
23TorontoOG AnunobyIndiana
24Denver (trade)Tyler LydonSyracuse
25Philadelphia (trade)Anzejs PasecniksLatvia
26PortlandCaleb SwaniganPurdue
27LA LakersKyle KuzmaUtah
28Utah (trade)Tony BradleyNorth Carolina
29San AntonioDerrick WhiteColorado-Colorado Springs
30LA Lakers (trade)Josh HartVillanova
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