Hello everyone. Let's talk NBA draft -- I was there last night, very interesting evening. We can also talk New York baseball too -- covered a couple Yankee-Phillies games last week, and heading out to Citi Field on Sunday to cover the Mets and Twins. Let's get it started!
What do you think of the New York Knicks Selecting Andy Rautin PG Syracuse? Do you think he will help the Knicks?
Rautins was a very nice college player -- extremely good 3-point shooter. He could potentially help the Knicks a little bit -- if you've got a guy like LeBron James on your team, you want to surround him with guys who can shoot so he can kick the ball out to them when he gets double-teamed. The problem is, I'm not too confident Rautins can guard on the perimeter at the NBA level. We'll see.
andy rautins landry fields are they suppose to make lebron want to come here i know the knicks only had 2 seconds but they could have done better
Carl, to be honest, whoever the Knicks drafted at No. 38 and No. 39 last night wasn't going to make a lick of difference whether LeBron comes to New York or not.
Landry Fields -- what did the Knicks see in him? Did any other team show an interest? Great college stats, but does he do anything well enough to make it in the NBA?
That pick was a bit of a stunner. Fields scored a lot in the Pac-10 last year -- but it was a very down year in the Pac-10. And apparently the Knicks were impressed by his vertical leap -- it was the second-highest of the players they brought in to work out. I think there were definitely better prospects available. ESPN's Chad Ford didn't even have Fields in his Top 100 prospects.
Who are the Nets most likely to get in the Free Agency? Are we holding onto Favors and James (Damion that is)?
This is more of a hunch than anything else -- I think Derrick Favors will be traded before he ever wears a Nets uniform. A couple of names you keep hearing tied to the Nets of late, in terms of free agency, are Carlos Boozer and Amare Stoudemire -- two power forwards. I think they've got a decent shot at landing one of those two -- and I think Favors will be shipped elsewhere. But again, just a hunch.
Who does derrick favors compare to in the nba?
Well, the name that keeps coming up is Dwight Howard -- but that's in terms of long-term potential only, Favors has a LONG way to go before he belongs in a comparison with Dwight Howard. But Favors does have a big upside. He's a freakish athlete, a big leaper -- and he doesn't even turn 19 years old until next month. He'll need some time to develop, though.
Do you think the nets have a better chance at geting Amari or Lebron
Definitely Amare. I really don't think the Nets are going to be in play for LeBron this summer -- maybe in three years, when they're in Brooklyn, if LeBron re-ups with Cleveland for another three-year deal.
Rautins may not be able to guard out on the perimiter, but then again who does play defense in D'antoni's system?
Haha -- well, I did here D'Antoni interviewed on ESPN 1050 here in New York recently, and he said that while he doesn't plan to tweak his offensive system much, he knows the team needs to play better defense if they're going to be a playoff team going forward. So I think there will be a little more emphasis placed on defense in the future.
Are the knicks going to be shut out on the big free agents this summer? I've got a bad feeling...
Well, yesterday's developments between the Bulls and the Wizards certainly won't help the Knicks -- you guys should check out the column by my colleague at ESPNNewYork.com, Ian O'Connor, that spells that out. I don't think they're going to get shut out -- but they may not hit the home run everyone is hoping for in the Big Apple.
What is the story on Jermone Jordan,is he good enought to help the knicks in the low post.
I think Jordan could help the Knicks. He's 7-foot-1, very good shot-blocker, can run the floor and finish. The question is, can he develop a polished low-post offensive game. That would catapult him from being a backup player into something more substantial.
Is it possible that the Knicks can pick up some undrafted kids...?
Oh sure -- there will be at least a couple of them on the Knicks' summer league roster, I bet. Definitely some relatively big names that didn't get drafted last night -- including Villanova's Scottie Reynolds, the first AP All-American not to be drafted since the NBA-ABA merger in 1976.
have you heard anything about a point guard the knick are looking at either in free agency or in a trade other than parker from the spurs.
Parker's intriguing -- he didn't sound totally convinced he'd be staying with the Spurs earlier this week when he was in NYC, playing in Steve Nash's charity soccer match. Obviously the Chris Paul trade rumors are running wild -- but it's going to be tough for the Knicks to swing a trade for Paul with the chips they have -- Nets are much more likely to land Paul than the Knicks. Honestly, I wouldn't be surprised if Toney Douglas is the Knicks' starting point guard next season -- he's a good defender, and showed some flashes of excellent play last season. But is he the long-term solution? Probably not.
I actually didn't realize how amazing Cliff Lee has been this year. If the Mets could swing a trade for him, wouldn't you have to almost consider them NL favorites with a top 3 of Lee, Pelf and Santana??
Figured I would add a baseball question to the mix. Yep, Lee has been very, very good -- 6-3 with a 2.39 ERA (in the American League!) for a bad Mariners team. If I were the Mets, I would try very hard to get Lee. I think adding him to their rotation, along with Carlos Beltran to the lineup (if Beltran can even approach his typical production) makes the Mets as good as anybody this year in the National League.
Why didn't the next take the hometown kid, Lance Stephenson?
I'll assume you mean the Knicks -- the Knicks fans in attendance were very upset when the Knicks didn't use either the No. 38 or No. 39 pick on Stephenson -- then he was taken by the Pacers at No. 40. I'd say Stephenson has more NBA potential than either Rautins or Fields -- but you know what? The Knicks might not have wanted the distraction of having another hometown product, from the same high school as Stephon Marbury. And, playing elsewhere than New York City is probably better for Stephenson, too -- less hype to deal with and live up to.
Do you think the Nets have any shot of trading for Paul?
I wouldn't say it's likely -- but I think they have a shot. Devin Harris could definitely be moved this offseason, and Paul could take his place. But we'll see what happens.
Any chance Cousins come back to be a "Net Killer" for not drafting him and picking Favors?
Sure, it's possible -- Cousins and Favors worked out together for the Nets on Monday, and reportedly Cousins was much more impressive. But there are concerns about Cousins' attitude -- there have been comparisons to former Nets No. 1 pick Derrick Coleman. I think Favors has more upside, and I would have taken him over Cousins. That said, I would have taken Wesley Johnson over them both.
Well, that's all the time we have for today. Thanks for all the questions -- apologies to those I couldn't get to. Have a great weekend, and talk to you next week!