One of the reasons I like this 2010-11 Knicks team so much is because many of the players have toughness, youth, and high energy. The team's great depth this year includes many young players with very high potential.
Here is a look at some of the Knicks prized prospects:
-Danillo Gallinari, age 22, is coming off a season in which he averaged 15 PPG, 5 RPG and came in second in the league with 186 three-pointers made.
-Newly acquired Anthony Randolph, age 21, has top-10 player potential and rare traits that people can only dream of. He stands at 6 foot 11 inches, but can dribble like a guard. Not to mention his speed and athleticism are off the charts for someone of his size. If he has the season that people expect him to have in New York's high octane and free offense, it would be very hard for NY to include Randolph in any trade, including Melo.
-Timofey Mozgov, age 24, is a seven foot center with great athleticism and a good mid-jumper. Players like these are hard to find. This could be one reason why the Knicks had to secretly scout him all the way in Russia. With some time and experience, Mozgov could turn into a steal and one of the most athletic and dominant centers in the NBA. His good footwork and speed allow him to run the pick and roll easily, while running up and down the floor quickly as well.
-Kelenna Azubuike, age 26, has had quite a journey to the NBA. The Ex-Kentucky Wildcat was a D-leaguer before being signed to an NBA contract, but ever since he has certainly proved he belongs. Two seasons ago, Azubuike shot an outstanding 46% from behind the arc, while pulling down 5 boards per game as well. The 6'5 shooting guard will certainly be a fan favorite in New York because of his toughness and pure shooting.