With Cleveland reportedly taking Kyle Irving as the first pick in the draft, it means they are on FULL rebuild mode. Ramon Sessions and JJ Hickson's names have surfaced in trade rumors. Both have smaller contracts and both would fill a need on the Knicks who are on WIN NOW MODE. The Knicks have Landry Fields to wave
along with this years number 17 pick. Toney Douglas and future draft picks could land one or both. This would mean Chauncey could play all of next season and his expiring contract would be on the table if Chris Paul indeed holds up to his "wedding toast." Let's hope whomever is calling the shots for New York tries to get both these players the Cav's seem to not want!
O & B and I would be up for an LBE for Thursday night's NBA draft, but O & B expresses hope that you can set it up (see O & B's note to my comments below). Hopefully, others Fanatics can join in to share their reactions to the draft selections and trades that happen.
BTW: JJ Hickson would be a fantastic addition. He destroyed the Knicks with his rebounding, blocked shots and inside scoring in at least 3 games last season. But what would the Knicks have to give up to get him--Fields or Douglas + the 17th draft pick? Would that be enough?
I'm glad the Knicks are not looking to trade either Douglas or Fields to move down in the draft. Also I would not just trade Douglas for Flynn. Flynn may be a purer point but his development in his role (back PG) has more questions than Douglas has in his (combo guard sparkplug wing defender). I'd stay pat on wheeling our two kids especially if a guard like Selby can be obtained with the Knicks 17th pick or the Knicks could buy additional late 1st round early 2nd round picks to fill out other needs. Role players are important in the NBA and this years draft is chock full of them. The question is whether the current coach is capable of developing who the Knicks get. Then again who the Knicks get may be indicative of how much pull D'Ypshyt still has on the orgnanization. I hope it's not much b/c he's not the coach for the long run IMHO.
I think JJ Hickson could be good for the Knicks, but what do you guys think needs more fixing? The backcourt, or the frontcourt?
It’s been a while since I last posted. I took a sabbatical following the playoffs but said I would be back for the NBA draft. For what it’s worth, I submit my thoughts on the Knicks and the upcoming draft on Thursday night.
The best thing that has happened to the Knicks this off season has been the imminent departure of Donnie Walsh. His past draft choices (Galinari and Hill) set the Knicks back almost as much as his trades for cap space, dumping and Zach Randolph, Jamal Crawford and at least 2 no 1 draft choices for virtually nothing in return. Nonetheless, Donnie will still be there on Thursday night to make the Knicks no. 17th NBA selection. Therefore, I am not too sanguine about the Knick prospects for attaining a game changer or improving the team in more than a marginal way.
At 17, many of the best players will long be gone, unless Walsh can move up a few spots by trading Fields or Douglas. Kyle Thompson of Washington State would then be my choice. At 6-7 he is one of the most athletic shooting guards who outshined Jimmer Fredette, the national scoring champ, in workouts with 3 pt. accuracy—one of D’Antoni’s obsessions. KT, however will likely be gone by the 12th pick, and Walsh has little to offer to move up high enough to get him. Walsh may be tempted to take Fredette if he slips as low as 17, but that would be a mistake in my judgment.
Knicks desperately need a rebounder and Kenneth Faried, 6-8 (225 lbs) of Morehead State. Faried is not the big center they need but is considered a rebounding beast who improved his scoring each year in college hoops—showing a senior year: averaging 34 + minutes in 35 games, with 14.5 rebounds per game and a respectable 17.3 pts. per game, mostly on put-backs and layups but has shown an improving outside game. He is a tough—Oakley type defender, glass eater, who would allow Stat to focus on playing center—where he put up his best games as a Knick last season. Unless Walsh can swing a deal or sign and trade for Reggie Evans, if Faried is there at 17, I would take him. Another solid choce would be Chris Singleton of Florida State. Singleton at 6-9 is considered a lockdown defender who can presumably hold his own against the league’s most prolific forwards— Lebron, Durant, et. al. He has also shown a better shooting touch in workouts than previously reported and is moving up on the boards, so that is not likely to be there when the Knicks pick.
Walsh is also said to be interested in attaining a low 1st or high 2nd round pick. My choice here, if possible, would be either Josh Selby of Kansas or Darius Morris of Michigan. Morris at is considered one of the best pure point guards in the draft. He size at 6-4, sees the court, can drive and distribute, and also impressed in Knick workouts. Selby at 6-2 has been mentored by Carmelo Anthony and is considered quite talented despite being injured most of last year, and once sanctioned as ineligible for 9 games by the NCAA for receiving “benefits” before he entered college. The Knicks have invited him back for a second workout, so that he is being looked at carefully. Walsh may make a move, however, for Ramon Sessions, of Cleveland who will not be needed after the Cavs take Kyrie Irving at No. 1. I like Sessions as a back-up to Chauncey “Big Shot,” at least until next season when the Knicks can make a move for CP3.
To the extent that D’Antonio has something to say, he may be tempted to take a Euro player such as swingman Adam Hanga of Hungary. Though he is athletic and can play 3 positions, he is no Manu Ginobli or even a Peja Stojakovic. Despite, the local hype, I doubt that Walsh will spend money to acquire a 2nd round pick and then take Charles Jenkins of Hofstra. Though he has good size 6-3 and all around skills, a poor man’s potential to be John Williamson (for those who remember the ex-Net), his best chance of making the Knicks would be to hope that he is not drafted and then invited to training camp.
If the crew intends to run an LBE during the, draft I will do my best to check in. LGK.
I'm for a wait and see approach with the recent Story about the Douglas for Johnny Flynn swap. Your suggestion isn't bad. Though, I'm perhaps greedy and unrealistic and would still like to keep TD and Fields. We disagree but I think those two could be very valuable role players for Knicks Championship team. It took some time for Barrea to be the nuisance sparkplug he is. Fields and TD have shown good growth in thier short time in the league despite D'Antoni. No if we had a coach who could get more out of them and the team in general. Then? Hmmm....
Let's go Knicks and Happy father's day to all the Fanatic Father's out there!
@Post_up_Prince It's done PUP. See you tomorrow night at 7PM
@brandontan We need a Big to move to the next level!
Glad to hear you're back Post Up
Like you, I've been on a sabbatical from the blog scene. I'd do an LBE but would like to know if Peaceman or other Fanatics will be joining in. @Post_up_Prince
@Orange_and_Blue Landry "chokes" on a Tic Tac.. He lacks heart IMO. I don't buy the Rookie excuse. In fact excuses have been bought and digested too long with these knicks.