Though the Knicks are hoping their logo comes up No. 1 for the first time since winning the inaugural draft lottery in 1985, when they went on to take Patrick Ewing, that wouldn't necessarily mean keeping Williamson, the Duke freshman all but certain to be the top pick.
If New York is able to land two max free agents this summer -- say, Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving -- trading Williamson's rights could help the Knicks contend immediately, just as was the case when the Cleveland Cavaliers traded No. 1 pick Andrew Wiggins as part of a package for Kevin Love after signing LeBron James in 2014.
Given Williamson's strong pedigree as a prospect -- he has the second-highest projection behind Davis of any college player in my database, which dates back to 2003 -- would trading him be a mistake? Let's take a look.