Thursday night – NBA Draft 2014
Are you hyped?
The New York Knicks have around $1.8 million to offer in exchange for a draft pick in this upcoming NBA Draft after sacrificing a lot in the Carmelo Anthony negotiations in 2011. President Phil Jackson is working to change that bad scenario and possibly acquire a late first round or second round pick – but we might lose Knicks sensation Iman Shumpert or the aging Tyson Chandler in the process. I guess we’ll have to wait and see.
So who are the prospects?
Jahii Carson – POINT GUARD – 5’10
Out of Arizona State, he is described as a speedy and intelligent PG. The Knicks did have him for a workout in New York, but apparently he did not impress the coaching staff. Being 5’10 probably didn’t help the guy. Still a possibility depending on what kind of pick the team manages to acquire.
Tyler Ennis – POINT GUARD – 6’2
The kid is on Jackson’s radar, but he is expected to be drafted early in the first round, so they franchise might not get the chance to draft him. If Phil manages to pull a miracle and get an early pick, this could be his choice to fill the lacking PG position.
Kyle Anderson – FORWARD – 6’9
Out of UCLA he is a good forward although he really stands out because of his handles. A true point forward, Anderson is expected to land late 1st early 2nd round and is one of the most sought after by Phil Jackson who loves big players. With his ability to handle like a PG and his size, he would be a great addition to the triangle system.
Patric Young – CENTER – 6’10
Out of Florida, he is small but has a very strong body, and according to reports, would be great for pick and roll kind of play, having great body presence. It is yet to see if he would fit the triangle, but with Cole Aldrich on the roster I think the Knicks already have enough depth in the center department.
P.J. Hairston (on the right) – SG / SF – 6’6
Currently plays for the Texas Legend of the D-League might be the favorite for the Knicks to land in this NBA Draft. The 21 year old reportedly impressed Phil Jackson at the Knicks’ training facilities last week and considering he is not a top prospect around the league, we might get the chance to bring him in.
Let’s just hope whatever move Phil makes, it doesn’t cripple the team’s financial flexibility for the near future.