However, they have no second-round pick at the moment. Unless the Knicks make some sort of trade or purchase, they’ll walk away June 23rd with just one new player. There has been no indication of additional transactions thus far.
It’s not the most talented of drafts, but the Knicks can definitely improve with a wise pick. Unless they are lucky again as they were with Landry Fields in 2010, it will likely take a few years for any of the guys within New York’s reach to make a considerable impact. That’s OK. The Knicks have not only short-term goals (go further in the playoffs next season, the Eastern Conference Finals is a good target) but also long-term ones.
Whoever is picked in this year’s draft may be a critical role player or every day starter come 2012 and 2013, when the Knicks will still have Amar’e Stoudemire and Carmelo Anthony…and possibly another high-ticket free agent as the Chris Paul rumors (already) suggest.
It would be great to have such a young, dynamic point guard in 2012, but for now the Knicks need a big man and a little shooter.
Here are five centers/power forwards and five shooting guards/small forwards from the 2011 draft class Donnie Walsh and the Knicks should be sizing up.