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Reaching for the Sky
Jordan Hamilton, Josh Selby, Alec Burks.
Someone will take Selby based on his potential alone before the Knicks can take him, but he really should stick in school for one more year.
Hamilton will probably be gone by the end of the lottery, though if he slips just a little, the Knicks should grab him immediately. A 6'7" shooter who is lights out from distance? Sign me up.
Burks is an enigma. He's being drafted as high as seventh in some circles, but is falling to the Knicks in others. Even if he drops to the Knicks, I don't think he's the best fit anyway.
Reaching for Your Toes
Nolan Smith, Demetri McCamey, Markieff Morris, Jordan Williams.
Smith is a PG/SG tweener, like Toney Douglas. He has skills to play both positions, but doesn't fully fit either of them. The Knicks will probably not grab another combo guard.
McCamey has skills, but his performances in some Big Ten games this year are cause for alarm.
Jordan Williams isn't versatile enough to play in the Knicks' system, despite his rebounding prowess.
If both Morris twins are available and enter the draft, the Knicks will grab Marcus, since he has more polish to his game right now.
I'm worried about Fredette's ability to play in an offense that doesn't revolve around him 24/7, and whether he can run the point at an NBA level. Still, I don't care that he's 6'2"; he'll find ways to score in the NBA. He's much more than a jump shooter. I like his NBA prospects, just not with the Knicks.
Here's the problem: Faried plays down low in a 3-2 zone defense in the Ohio Valley Conference, so how will he transition to playing man in the NBA? That scares me. His nose for the ball won't dissipate in the NBA, he will rebound with authority. But even though Faried will give his best effort in the paint and on the boards, things that will greatly benefit the Knicks, his unpolished offensive game and lack of experience playing man against top competition will probably prevent him from being taken until late in the first round.
Marcus Morris. Kansas coach Bill Self called Morris the best all-around player he's coached at Kansas, and maybe ever. His pupil list is quite impressive, so the Knicks should take note. Sure, he's not a prototypical power forward, but the Knicks aren't a prototypical team. The Knicks love players that can spread the floor, and Morris can do that. Furthermore, his leadership during teammate Thomas Robinson's recent tragedies (he lost both his grandparents and his mother recently) is more than admirable.
Morris is a leader, a solid big man, the best player on a top five team and projected to go in the late teens to early 20's should he declare. Analysts rave about his polish, and he's a three year player on one of the best programs in the country. He'd immediately step in and offer productive time off the bench. Seems like the best fit to me.