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Leading up to the draft, we're going to take a look at the prospects who could be available for the Knicks at pick No. 24.
Today, we'll break down the point guards.
Jason Kidd is gone and there's no guarantee that Pablo Prigioni will be back, so the Knicks will need to add a point guard via the draft or free agency. It's believed that the Knicks will look for someone who can push the pace, to contrast the style most often utilized by Raymond Felton and the first unit. They'll also likely look for a floor leader who has a pass-first, shoot-second mentality.
With that in mind, let's take a look at the top candidates:
Shane Larkin: Larkin will probably be gone by the time the Knicks pick, but he'd be a great fit in New York if he's still on the board. Larkin is a strong shooter with solid range and can handle the ball well. The downside? The sophomore from Miami is undersized (5-foot-11) and hasn't impressed many scouts on the defensive end.
Isaiah Canaan: According to someone who was in the room, Canaan had a strong workout with the Knicks earlier this month. The 6-foot senior from Murray State is a natural scorer with great range and an inclination to get to the basket. But he doesn't fit the profile of the pass-first, shoot-second player the Knicks are said to covet, so New York might shy away from him on Thursday.
Dennis Schroeder: The 19-year-old Schroeder is another player who might not be available when the Knicks pick at 24. The German prospect is regarded by some as a top-3 point guard prospect in this draft. He's an explosive athlete who, according to accounts, can run the pick and roll well. But at 19, he might not be ready to contribute right away to a team with championship aspirations, such as the Knicks.
Nate Wolters: The South Dakota State product has good size (6-5) and projects as a solid shooter who can get to the rim. He also thrives in the pick and roll, which would make him a solid fit for what the Knicks like to do. The problem for Wolters, though, is on defense. Scouts say he has relatively slow feet, which could make him a liability on the perimeter. The last thing the Knicks need is a guard who lets his opponent get into the lane.
Lorenzo Brown: Brown's size (6-5) and strong first step are intriguing. He will probably be available by the time the Knicks pick at 24. But the Knicks might be wary because Brown's shot, according to some observers, isn't NBA-ready. The North Carolina State junior also lacks strength, which would factor in to his ability to contribute right away.
QUESTION: Should the Knicks draft a point guard with the 24th pick? If so, who should they take?
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