Thursday, June 26, 2014
Who will Knicks take in the draft?
By Ian Begley
The New York Knicks acquired the 34th pick and the 51st pick in the second round of tonight’s draft courtesy of the Tyson Chandler trade. Below, we’ll take a look at three names to watch for each pick, in order of their potential value to the Knicks*:
Pick No. 34:
1. Patrick Young: The Florida center is a high-motor player who could give the Knicks a strong presence in the paint behind Samuel Dalembert. At 6-foot-10, he’s a bit undersized and he’s raw on the offensive end, but ready to contribute right away.
2. Glenn Robinson III: The Michigan standout is a strong athlete and has a solid basketball IQ, something Phil Jackson may gravitate toward. Robinson needs to work on his jump shot -- a key to success in the triangle -- but, if things work out, he could spell Carmelo Anthony at SF/PF if Melo decides to re-sign.
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3. Spencer Dinwiddie: A 6-6 combo guard who could excel in the backcourt of the triangle offense. He’s a good shooter. If he hadn’t torn his ACL this past season, Dinwiddie would likely be a lock to go higher than at No. 34.
Pick No. 51:
1. Will Sheehey: He has impressed several teams in workouts. The former Indiana standout is a cerebral player, which would probably appeal to Jackson, and has worked out for the Knicks. He’s also known as a highly competitive player who can handle the spotlight, a must for playing in New York.
2. Russ Smith: Smith already knows plenty about what it takes to succeed in New York City. He was one of the Big Apple’s top high school players before he went to Louisville and established himself as one of the most electric guards in the country. The problem for Smith is size (6-0). Most scouts have concerns of how well he can produce in the NBA.
3. James Michael McAdoo: The former Tar Heel is a strong rebounder and defender, two things the Knicks need more of after their 37-win debacle in 2013-14. But McAdoo needs to work on his shot. He was OK facing the basket in college but there are questions about whether he can have success with that approach in the NBA.
* -- (We are relying heavily on draft experts’ information here because they have watched these guys much more closely than we have.)
Question: Who do you want to see the Knicks draft with the 34th pick? What about the 51st?