NBA Draft 2011: Chris Singleton and 5 Possible Additions for the New York Knicks

Kyle SkovCorrespondent IIJune 2, 2011

NBA Draft 2011: Chris Singleton and 5 Possible Additions for the New York Knicks

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    The New York Knicks made a marquee trade before the deadline to acquire Carmelo Anthony and Chauncey Billups from the Denver Nuggets.

    This instantly gave them more notoriety in the Eastern Conference but put them in a bind. The acquisition happened half way through the season, making it hard for Amare Stoudemire and the other Knicks to all form a chemistry with their two new teammates.

    The upcoming draft is a way for the Knicks to get role players and teammates for their big three of Stoudemire, Anthony and Billups to team up with.

    Here are a list of five players that the Knicks can acquire in the draft that will put them instantly in a place to be one of the strongest forces in the East.

Chris Singleton

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    SAN ANTONIO, TX - MARCH 25:  Chris Singleton #31 of the Florida State Seminoles dunks against the Virginia Commonwealth Rams during the southwest regional of the 2011 NCAA men's basketball tournament at the Alamodome on March 25, 2011 in San Antonio, Texa
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    Chris Singleton is a 6’ 9” forward out of Florida State.

    Many mock draft boards  have him being taken at 17th by the New York Knicks with their first pick in the draft.

    He is an explosive athletic player that will add more flare to the Knicks team. He also gives them a viable option as a power forward if the Knicks have a small line up out on the floor.

    His athleticism and ability to run the floor makes him NBA ready. He still has things to work on though, such as improving on his skills with the ball.

    With a Mike D’ Antoni offense, speed, athleticism and explosiveness reign, making him a perfect fit for the Knicks.

Donatas Motiejunas

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    AUCKLAND, NEW ZEALAND - JULY 08:  Donatas Motiejunas of Lithuania takes the ball to the hoop as Seth Curry of the United States defends during the U19 Basketball World Championships match between the United States and Lithuania at North Shore Events Centr
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    Donatas Motiejunas is a 7’ center from Lithuania.

    Due to his size and height, he is a player many teams will be looking at closely, and he may not fall down to the 17th spot in the draft.

    Motiejunas is an agile left-handed center prospect. He is a player with a very large upside.

    He also has some drawbacks that might have teams passing on him.

    Teams have reported he lacks intensity and has mind lapses at times during a game. He needs a strong coach to reel him in and keep him focused.

    Mike D’antoni will like the prospect of a center that can run the floor and keep up with the rest of the team.

Jon Leuer

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    TUCSON, AZ - MARCH 19:  Jon Leuer #30 of the Wisconsin Badgers celebrates during their game against the Kansas State Wildcats during the third round of the 2011 NCAA men's basketball tournament at McKale Center on March 19, 2011 in Tucson, Arizona.  (Phot
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    Jon Leuer is a 6’ 11” forward/ center from the University of Wisconsin.

    He is a versatile big man that has fewer questions then other big men in the draft.

    He is a player who can cause match up problems in the NBA. He is a big man who can play down low in the post and also pull up with a quality jump shot.

    In the Knicks system, he will be able to utilize his offensive weapons. He will not be asked to be solely a post player.

    He also is a quality defender, which the Knicks will be needing.

Tyler Honeycutt

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    TAMPA, FL - MARCH 19:  Tyler Honeycutt #23 of the UCLA Bruins drives for a shot attempt against Erving Walker #11 of the Florida Gators during the third round of the 2011 NCAA men's basketball tournament at St. Pete Times Forum on March 19, 2011 in Tampa,
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    Tyler Honeycutt is a 6’ 8” guard/ forward from UCLA.

    He has a very large wingspan that will allow him to be a great rebounder out of the shooting guard or small forward position.

    He is a very good defender and has good court vision and causes turnovers frequently. Adding his ability to create turnovers for the Knicks will allow for their explosive fast breaks.

    Honeycutt may force a lot of turnovers, but he also gives them up, which may make some teams pass on him.

    But his qualities as a defender might force the Knicks hand and have them taking him at the 17th spot.

Markieff Morris

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    TULSA, OK - MARCH 18:  Markieff Morris #21 of the Kansas Jayhawks reacts to a play against the Boston University Terriers during the second round of the 2011 NCAA men's basketball tournament at BOK Center on March 18, 2011 in Tulsa, Oklahoma.  (Photo by T
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    Markieff Morris is a 6’ 10” forward from the University of Kansas.

    He has an NBA build and the strength to contend with the forwards in the league. He is also coming out of an established college program that is known for turning out good NBA prospects.

    Morris is an outstanding finisher around the rim and a proficient scorer from the three-point line. This will cause holes in the defense by drawing the opposing teams' big men outside.

    He will provide stability for the Knicks and will get the team second chances with his ability to rebound.