NBA Draft Options for the Knicks


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!              

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4 thoughts on “NBA Draft Options for the Knicks

  1. I like Anderson. I think the thing that makes him intriguing is his consistent improvement each year. He shot well this year, but in the NBA the shooting space disappears a lot quicker than it does in college. So, while he’s defintely a ‘ball mover’, he’s a guy on the perimter. with Diaw, many of his assists come out of the post where he’s often being guarded by a smaller guy, leading to a double team. Very intriguing guy here though.

    I can appreciate all that Shabazz Napier has accomplished. But, let’s not look at how he faired against college kids, especially this year, when he was 4yr senior, and think he can do the same in the NBA. Kemba Walker is bigger and quicker than he is. Don’t compare the two because they came from the same school. ‘Bazz was an overall 42% shooter, in college. If he can’t improve that, teams will back off and he won’t get in the lane, which is what people are expecting. On top of that, his A/TO ration is 2.5/1.5..which is bad, for college. He’s getting hyped because of one LBJ ‘tweet’. Average athletes who are below average size and don’t shoot great generally don’t make good NBA pros. There is a reason he was in college for 4yrs. Remember, he’s not at a mid-major, like D Lillard. He went to a top 5 program, where the majority of NBA draftees don’t usually make it to their 3rd, let alone 4th, year.

    Jerami Grant-to me he is the classic case of a guy who played more of a 3/4 hybrid role, in college and simply doesn’t have the body to play, at the 4, in the NBA. He is not a perimeter shooter, and isn’t an especially good rebounder or passer. He certainly is a great athlete though. Problem is the NBA is full of great athletes.

    If they don’t do something else to move into the first round, I hope somehow Cleanthony Early drops to them. He’s a 4yr guy too, and saw his game improve all through college. He can score inside and out, making him more likely to have some success, IMO. He also, because of his ability to shoot, would make sense for the triangle. Most of all, the guy competes, all the time. He wasn’t recruited by big schools and plays with that chip on his shoulder I think is needed to succeed, if you don’t have that elite ability.


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