Initial Post-Draft Depth Chart for NY Knicks

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Initial Post-Draft Depth Chart for NY Knicks
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Time will tell how Phil Jackson handled his first NBA draft as president of the New York Knicks, but the initial returns seem promising.

He picked up a pair of second-round picks (Nos. 34 and 51) in a six-player trade with the Dallas Mavericks earlier in the week. He used those selections on a pair of athletic forwards, Cleanthony Early (Wichita State) and Thanasis Antetokounmpo (Delaware 87ers of the NBA Developmental League).

The Zen Master later purchased the No. 57 pick from the Indiana Pacers, as reported by Marc Berman of the New York Post, and grabbed French center Louis Labeyrie, a stash prospect who is likely to continue his career overseas.

Bleacher Report's Adam Fromal graded the total haul as an "A+," labeling Early "one of the steals of the draft" and noting New York's night "got even better" when it landed Antetokounmpo, the older brother of Milwaukee Bucks forward Giannis Antetokounmpo.

For a team that appeared to have limited options on making roster moves, Jackson made the most of what he has and aggressively retooled his ranks. The unsettled future of Carmelo Anthony still looms large over the franchise, but the Knicks will have a new look whether the scoring machine stays or goes.

For now, at least, this is how the Knicks shape up for Jackson and head coach Derek Fisher's first full season at the helm.

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