Stephen Curry a Lottery Pick for New York Knicks?

Hot Stove New YorkSenior Writer IMay 11, 2009

RALEIGH, NC - MARCH 23:  Stephen Curry #30 of the Davidson Wildcats looks on against the Georgetown Hoyas during the 2nd round of the East Regional of the 2008 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at RBC Center on March 23, 2008 in Raleigh, North Carolina. The Wildcats defeated the Hoyas 74-70. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

The New York Knicks have a 2.8 percent chance of landing the top pick in the upcoming NBA Draft.

However, it looks like the team that finished with the eighth worst record in the league will be selecting at that spot. Rumors have been swirling that the franchise plans to select Davidson G Stephen Curry. There has been chatter going around, saying Curry declared after his junior year based on the assumption the Knicks would use their lottery pick on him.

Curry led the nation in scoring this past season at 28.6 points per game. Curry scored more than 40 points in four games and would fit right into the Knicks system. Head coach Mike D’Antoni favors shooters, and Curry has showed he can be lights-out.

Curry played point guard last season and elevated his game in two areas.  He averaged 5.6 assists per game (22nd in nation) and 2.5 steals (10th in nation). He showed he can do more than shoot by getting to the free throw line 7.4 times a game. The 6'3" guard is a very intriguing prospect and has been compared to Warriors G Monta Ellis.

However, several things can change leading up the draft on June 25. The Knicks could land a top-three selection or possibly trade their pick. It is also unlikely that team officials would reveal who they would draft before next Tuesday’s lottery drawing.

Curry has the pedigree to succeed in the league for a long time. His father was Dell Curry, a former first-round pick that played 16 seasons in the NBA.

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