2011 NBA Draft Results: Kenneth Faried Should have been Knicks’ Pick at 17
With only three positions really settled and glaring deficiencies on defense and on the glass, the NCAA’s best rebounder was the ideal fit
Don’t get me wrong, the selection of Georgia Tech guard Iman Shumpert will help the Knicks at the guard positions. He’s nearly 6’6”, can play both guard positions and excels defensively. The Knicks undoubtedly addressed a need with perimeter defense, but there was a better move that Donnie Walsh could have made.
That move was to select Morehead State power forward Kenneth Faried, who would have helped New York immensely on the glass and with low post defense.
Faried would not subtract from Amare Stoudemire and Carmelo Anthony on the offensive end, either. He doesn’t require any touches, but is most comfortable when focusing full effort on rebounding and defending.
Faried is slightly undersized at 6’8”, but his explosive leaping and high-effort game cover any mismatch that he’s presented with.
I like the Shumpert pick, but I would have liked to see the Knicks select Faried instead.
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