With my colleague Ryan Feldman, an ESPN Stats & Info college hoops researcher and co-founder of "The Hoops Report," I've pinpointed five point guards the Knicks could pick at No. 48 (for offense and defense).
1. Dee Bost (Mississippi State) -- Bost (6-2, 176) has the potential to be a very good player. Excellent at times, he can also be erratic. But the talent is there. He's an athletic point guard who can be pass-first or shoot-first. In the halfcourt, Bost can pull-up from deep and can fire picture-perfect bounce passes through the defense. In the open court, he's explosive and always looks to finish with a dunk. Defensively, his steals numbers have improved every year. Bost just needs to become more consistent and improve his basketball IQ.
2. Tu Holloway (Xavier) -- Holloway is a short point guard at 6-0, but he's a strong 190 pounds and physical. Unfortunately, he used some of that aggression in an ugly brawl with Cincinnati in early December, which resulted in a one-game suspension. With his broad, running back-like shoulders, Holloway can barrel his way inside. On the NBA level, however, he needs more creative moves to get to the rim. On defense, he uses that strength to his advantage. Holloway isn't afraid to body up opposing guards quickly when they triple threat.
3. Scott Machado (Iona) -- Machado (6-1, 180) says he's a top-three point guard in the draft class, and he's probably right. Last year, he led Iona, a small Division I school, to the NCAA tournament, while finishing first in assists per game (9.9). His ball control is superior and he passes well in traffic out of the paint -- a needed skill in the NBA. Machado can also D up (1.6 steals per game) and shoot the three (40.4 percent). He could drop in the draft since he's not very athletic (low 30s vertical). He also needs to work on speeding it up in the halfcourt.
4. Tyshawn Taylor (Kansas) -- At times, Taylor (6-3, 185) looks more like a shooting guard for his ability to score off the ball (mostly 3-pointers) and finish on the fastbreak. But he can score -- he's quick and can get to the rim -- and distribute (4.8 assists per game). He's also a solid defender who has great timing for steals. Taylor got way better towards the second half of his senior season, so drafting him will be a bit of a gamble because he hasn't fully proved himself. Right now, he's more of a transition player with a simple but decently effective game.
5. Maalik Wayns (Villanova) -- Wayns (6-2, 185) was once considered a potential lottery prospect, but he's been disappointing at times during his college career. His biggest issue is his outside accuracy. In fact, he finished his junior season shooting 29.8 percent from downtown. But he has a very high motor on offense and defense. Overall, he's a solid passer and when he gets to the rim, he excels at finishing -- but that's mostly in transition. Wayns likes to get out and go, but he needs to improve his halfcourt penetration. He settles for a floater too often.
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