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Knicks to work out Justise Winslow on Monday

The New York Knicks will host Justise Winslow for an individual workout on Monday, a league source confirmed.

ESPN’s Chad Ford reported shortly after the NBA Lottery last month that the Knicks were “big fans” of Winslow, a versatile forward from Duke.

New York has the fourth pick in the draft. If the club selects Winslow fourth, it would be going against traditional thinking.

Most draft observers see Winslow being selected outside of the top four.

One reason the Knicks could seriously consider Winslow is his potential to make an impact on defense.

New York struggled mightily on that end last season, finishing 28th in defensive efficiency and 30th in opponent 3-point field goal percentage.

Winslow is 6-7 with a 6-10 wingspan, so he projects to be able to defend multiple positions. Scouts say one of Winslow’s strengths is his lateral quickness, which could help the Knicks slow down opponents on the perimeter.

It's also worth noting that most evaluators see Winslow as a small forward in the NBA. So if the Knicks drafted Winslow, it may allow Carmelo Anthony to shift to power forward.

In the recent past, the Knicks have had been a better team when Anthony is at power forward.

According to 82games.com, the Knicks were 13 points better per 48 minutes when Anthony played power forward compared to when he was at small forward last season.

For more on how Winslow would fit with the Knicks, click here.

Yahoo Sports first reported Winslow’s workout with the Knicks.