In the 2009 NBA Draft, anything is truly possible for Donnie Walsh and his New York Knicks.
Entering this offseason, the Knicks are looking to fill a lot of spots and provide solid players that will be productive in the future. Going up and down the draft board, all the players that might drop to the eighth pick, which New York has, seem as though they will be productive for the Knicks.
Between drafting a big, powerful center or a crafty and quick guard, the list of possibilities goes on and on for the Knicks to draft. Trades are also floating around New York's radar and that could be the best direction the Knicks can go in.
At this point, its seems that everybody in the world has Davidson guard Stephen Curry as an automatic lock for the Knicks to draft. Yet, he can go early and the Knicks might have to look at another guard to draft.
New York as worked out guards Johnny Flynn, Jrue Holiday, and DeMar DeRozan, and all players provide their own unique qualities. Even with that being said, anyone of these players can come in and make an impact under Mike D'Antoni's up tempo style.
There is also the chance that New York will decide to not draft a guard and go after a forward or center.
Arizona forward Jordan Hill opened some eyes when he worked out for the Knicks and he seems like a real candidate to be drafted. He is a big, physical player, who can run and get up and down that court. That type of player seems perfect for what New York needs to be able to be a contender in the Eastern Conference.
The only way it seems possible for the Knicks to get a center, a player in which they definitely need, would be to trade up to the No. 2 pick with Memphis and draft Hasheem Thabeet. That might require trading away either David Lee or Nate Robinson in exchange for the opportunity to get Thabeet, which might not be that bad at all.
Another scenario that could happen with Memphis is if New York and Memphis swap picks and the Knicks draft European superstar, Ricky Rubio. This would probably also require getting rid of Lee or Robinson. Rubio might be a little bit of a stretch to draft because he is very young and not a lot of people really know if he is truly that good.
No matter what happens in this year's draft, the player the Knicks draft will be a solid player and the team will have a positive future.
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