Every week leading up to the NBA Draft, Turn On The Knicks will round up what a variety of mock drafts have the New York Knicks doing with the 24th overall pick. We will also include our commentary and any updates on where the team is expressing interest.
Sheridan Hoops – Shane Larkin, PG, Miami – “Larkin singlehandedly carried Miami this season as he had a Trey Burke-like impact on the Hurricanes. In New York, fans want a point man who can push the pace at times off the bench, which is something Larkin does well.”
Sports Illustrated – Rudy Gobert, C, France – “Gobert is impossibly long at 7-2 with a 7-8½ wingspan and a 9-7 standing reach, both combine records. He didn’t show much offensively at the combine, though, and several execs expressed concern about his slender frame. But the Knicks’ AARP frontcourt needs an infusion of youth, and Gobert’s defensive potential will be too good to pass up.”
NBA.Com – Lucas Nogueira, C/F, Brazil – “The NBA has been waiting for years for the athletic 7-footer to add toughness. That it hasn’t happened is a bad sign. That teams able to spend an investment pick are still very interested is a good sign, and the Knicks need help inside.”
NBA Draft.Net – Gorgui Dieng, PF/C, Louisville - “Dieng benefited from Louisville’s deep tourney run, as he was able to display the ability to consistently knock down mid range shots. While not a speed burner, he shows good defensive abilities, particularly in blocking shots.”
Yahoo – Shane Larkin, PG, Miami - ”Larkin is very quick and looks like a good pairing with Carmelo Anthony, as the Knicks could really get out and run with Larkin running the show. He’s only 5’11”, but did a great job of running Miami’s offense last season.”
We are a little less optimistic about Larkin being there at #24 but he’d be nice value and a needed addition to the backcourt. The Knicks need more explosiveness in their backcourt and there is nothing set in stone about Pablo Prigioni or Jason Kidd returning (a buyout still wouldn’t shock us). The big men they are associated with up top are generally projects and the Knicks need a rotation player now..