NBA Draft 2011: Undrafted Players the New York Knicks Need to Look at
Now that the 2011 NBA draft is over, the real work begins for the New York Knicks. It's time to look for those players who can make an impact off the bench or provide the team with attributes such as shooting, rebounding, shot blocking or defense.
Some are saying the Knicks didn't really address the team's need in picking PG/SG Iman Shumpert and C Josh Harrelson. Let's take a peek at some players that Knicks could bring into camp or sign as free agents.
The Brooklyn-bred product has been productive at every level he's played on. Some controversy at Providence led to his dismissal from college, and Peterson found his way into the D-League to get some seasoning against better competition.
He is a powerfully-built, 6'6" 225-pound player who can rebound and stroke the ball from three-point range. He has great hops and a knack for getting to the basket. He might be worth the risk to provide team depth.
The 6'8" Skeen showcased himself in the NCAA tourney with stellar shooting. A powerful big man who plays a solid inside-outside game, Skeen's athletic ability seems to have been zapped a bit due to prior injuries.
However, his great motor, along with a 7'1" wingspan and 8'11" reach, allow him to due damage on the offensive end. He plays with toughness and passion to compliment his solid basketball IQ.
As the Knicks let Kenneth Faried pass them by, their need for rebounding is still glaring on their roster. Rick Jackson, a 6'9" bruiser with a 7'2" wingspan and and 8'11" reach, might fill the void.
He is a relentless rebounder with a great motor and purpose in the paint. If he can get himself into NBA shape, he could find himself a decent role while he tries to develop an offense that is lacking outside of 10 feet. He does finish well close to the basket, though.
The little brother of Indiana Pacers forward Tyler is trying to make his own mark in the NBA. In 2011, Ben Hansbrough made quite a name for himself in the Big East by being one of its most prolific players.
He always plays hard and has great range on his consistent jump shot. What he lacks in elite physical skills, he makes up for in his ability to run a team. Ben is strong and works hard on the defensive end.
What he lacks in lateral quickness is made up with a first step that gets him by his man—remember, Mark Jackson wasn't the most gifted athlete—but Hansbrough, like Jackson did, makes up for it with his intangibles.