NBA Draft 2011: Marcus Morris and 10 Prospects the New York Knicks Need To Scout

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NBA Draft 2011: Marcus Morris and 10 Prospects the New York Knicks Need To Scout
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A cavalcade of Knicks have tried to partner with Amar'e Stoudemire in the frontcourt down low this season. Only one has succeeded to some extent (Wilson Chandler), and he plays for Denver now.

Ronny Turiaf takes much defensive pressure off Stoudemire but isn't healthy enough to be a long-term option. Jared Jeffries scores 1.4 more points per game than you and I. Shelden Williams is in the same no-offense boat as Jeffries. Shawne Williams should never be asked to guard power forwards.

Even if the Knicks go after a center in free agency, we do know three things:

1. The Knicks' four-headed monster at power forward/center alongside Amar'e Stoudemire must be altered before next season.

2. If the NBA lockout occurs, free agency won't be starting on July 1.

3. The NBA draft will take place as scheduled on June 23.

Therefore, the Knicks should go after the best big man available in the draft, because it isn't guaranteed that Marc Gasol, Tyson Chandler, Samuel Dalembert, etc. will be waiting for phone calls come July.

That being said, here are eight power forward/centers the Knicks should scout next season, along with two point guards they should also consider.

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