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Knicks select French wing Pacome Dadiet with the No. 25 pick in the NBA Draft

The Knicks completed their anticlimactic draft with six more second-round picks and a European project.

Pacome Dadiet, a 6-foot-4 forward from France who played professionally in Germany last season, was their only choice at No. 25.

He’s only 18 years old and is a logical choice as a draft-and-stash pick, but on Wednesday he indicated he plans to jump straight into the NBA.


Pacome Dadiet in orange uniform, checks the basketball during a Basketball Bundesliga Play Off match between Ratiopharm Ulm and Wurzburg Baskets
The Knicks selected Pacome Dadiet in the 2024 NBA Draft. DeFodi images via Getty Images

“I plan to play here,” Dadiet said.

If he plays overseas again next season, Dadiet will not be added to the Knicks’ payroll — which could help New York avoid the restrictive tax apron if their salaries explode next season. But Dadiet clearly thinks he’s ready to join the Knicks after a positive pre-draft workout.

Team president Leon Rose did not speak to the media before or after the draft.

“The training went well,” Dadiet said. “So I knew they were interested. But until the last moment I didn’t know where I was going. I’m really looking forward to going to work. I can not wait.”

The crowd at Barclays Center was unimpressed by Dadiet’s choice and responded with muted applause and some boos.

The last time the Knicks gambled on a young Frenchman – Frank Ntilikina in 2017 – did not end well.

But there will be less pressure for Dadiet to perform, especially right away.

Coach Tom Thibodeau has been reluctant to play rookies throughout his career, and it’s hard to imagine an 18-year-old in a win-now rotation.

Dadiet’s advantage is that he is a defensive wing with shooting potential.

He cited Kevin Durant as his first inspiration in the NBA.

“I think I’m very versatile and can also bring what a rookie should bring — energy,” Dadiet said. “Coming in and grabbing rebounds to push the ball and also make shots. I think it’s really important for a rookie to bring those things.”

The Knicks were linked to more ready-made prospects, most notably Virginia winger Ryan Dunn, who went down at No. 28 against the Nuggets.

The Knicks entered the night with picks No. 24 and No. 25.

They first traded down from No. 24 to No. 26 while picking up a second-round pick (No. 51) from the Wizards.

They then traded the No. 26 pick to OKC for five second-rounders between the years 2025 and 2027, according to reports.

For Thursday’s second round, held in Manhattan, the Knicks now have Nos. 38 and 51.

The Knicks started with back-to-back picks as one of them – No. 24 – came courtesy of Dallas as the final payment of the 2019 Kristaps Porzingis trade.

Using their own draft pick was a rarity for the Knicks and will remain so.

In the ongoing Mikal Bridges deal, they gave up control of their first-rounders in 2025, 2027, 2028, 2029 and 2031.

Finding productive players late in the draft was the strength of Leon Rose and assistant GM Walt Perrin during their four-year tenure.

They took Immanuel Quickley and Quentin Grimes with the 25th pick.

They also took Miles McBride in the second round.

Their disappointing choices were Obi Toppin (eighth overall) and Trevor Keels (42nd).

After trading Quickley, Grimes and RJ Barrett last season, the Knicks had zero of their first-round picks in the playoff roster.

It was a bit of a surprise that the Knicks didn’t target a center on Wednesday.

That position is a bit in flux.

Their starter for most of last season, Isaiah Hartenstein, will soon hit unrestricted free agency and the Knicks will struggle to keep him given their cap restrictions.

Mitchell Robinson is the obvious replacement, but he has undergone two surgical procedures on his ankle and has never averaged more than 27.5 minutes in a season.

The Knicks can try to solve this problem with their two second-round picks on Thursday.

Pacome Dadite bio box

Position: Wing
Length weight: 6-8, 218
Last team: Ratiopharm Ulm (Germany)
Age: 18

One of the youngest prospects and a total project who says he won’t return overseas as a draft-and-stash pick. Scouting reports list his skilled shooting with upside as a 3-and-D with good size.

But for a Knicks team that needs to win now, Dadiet likely isn’t ready to contribute as a rookie.

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