Thanks to some Phil Jackson magic, the Knicks were able to get involved in this year’s NBA Draft. Before the deal went down, our Chris Celletti broke down possible draft night targets, and now that New York has a guaranteed presence in tonight’s festivities, it’s time for Dave Nowinski to do the same. With whispers that the Knicks could be looking to move up even further, it’s important to keep an eye on these guys:
Kyle Anderson - The point forward out of UCLA could be tremendous fit for the Knicks. Anderson is a walking triple-double, who could step into the rotation and instantly contribute. Anderson would be a nice fit for the triangle because he is able to pass out of the high post and play multiple positions. His athleticism is the flaw in his game. Think of Anderson as a younger, slimmer Boris Diaw.
Shabazz Napier - The two-time NCAA champion could be the point guard of the future for the Knicks. Napier has excellent court vision and his first step is unmatched. His leadership skills were on display during UCONN’s championship run this past March. At just a touch over six-feet tall, Napier is undersized, which could make his transition to the physical nature of the NBA difficult, but his quick first step and streaky shooting touch is reminiscent of UCONN alum Kemba Walker.
Jerami Grant - The possibility of Carmelo leaving the Knicks creates a potential hole at small forward. Grant is a raw talent who needs time to progress in the NBA. Right now, he could provide excellent energy off the bench and infuse young legs to an older Knicks team. Grant’s jump shot is inconsistent at this point in his career, but his energy and athleticism draws comparisons to a solid bench player like Derrick Williams.
Should the Knicks move up and try to draft one of these three players? Let us know what you think in the comments section below!