NBA Draft 2012: Defensive Studs the New York Knicks Should Target

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NBA Draft 2012: Defensive Studs the New York Knicks Should Target
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The New York Knicks can afford to add some defense to their roster when they pick No. 48 overall in the 2012 NBA draft.  Despite having Tyson Chandler, the Defensive Player of the Year, on their incredibly deep roster, the Knicks had players who were more offensive minded playing in a Mike Woodson system that puts an emphasis on defense. 

The Knicks might have problems retaining the good defensive players they had last season.  Iman Shumpert, who is the best defender the Knicks had in the back court, suffered a torn ACL in the playoffs and only began rehab a short time ago.  Point guard Jeremy Lin is no guarantee to comeback to the team and the same goes for J.R. Smith.  The Knicks will more than likely let Baron Davis go, considering the aging point guard also had to go through torn ACL surgery in early May.

One key to this team defensively last year was Jared Jeffries, the only other big man on the Knicks who can actually be relied on for defense.  Jeffries is looking to return to the team, but with his knee troubles, it may be best for the Knicks to go in another direction.  It is good for the Knicks to have a good defensive power forward on the floor with some of the less defensively gifted bigs the Knicks already have, like 6'10" Steve Novak. 

Here is a list of draft prospects that can come in and play good defense for Mike Woodson's Knicks.

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