New York Knicks considering drafting Frank Kaminsky at No. 4


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After going 17-65 in the 2014-2015 season, the New York Knicks can only get better, right? But how much of an improvement will be acceptable to Knicks fans? 10 more wins? 20? It seems to me that no matter what the Knicks do, it will never be enough.

Which leads me to this Thursday’s NBA Draft, in which the Knicks have the 4th pick. This past week we have heard countless rumors about who the Knicks are planning on taking at four. We’ve even heard that they plan on dealing the pick.

The Knicks, in some way, shape, or form, have been linked to D’Angelo Russell, Emmanuel Mudiay, Willie Cauley-Stein, and Justise Winslow. Heck, maybe they can even go back in time and draft Patrick Ewing from the University of Georgetown.

I’m fairly certain, at this point, that what the Knicks are planning on doing should be considered a Wonder of the World.

This leads to another individual rumored to be drafted by the Knicks. Frank Kaminsky.

According to Sean Deveney of Sporting News, the Knicks are considering drafting the former Wisconsin big man. Whether or not it is at four or via a trade down is irrelevant.

Would the Knicks picking Kaminsky be enough to ignite a fanbase that has suffered for a considerable amount of time? Perhaps Knicks fans would think, “Another big man who doesn’t rebound as well as he should.” Andrea Bargnani, anyone?

There is an upside to Kaminsky, though. Here is what Luke Winn of Sports Illustrated had to say about Kaminsky’s abilities, both beyond the arc and in the paint.

"“When evaluating “Frank The Tank” as a prospect it’s important to remember that he was super-effective from beyond the arc and in the paint, and in the latter portion of his senior season, he was dominating with off-the-dribble basket attacks and interior moves far more than he was with long-range shots”."

For a franchise looking to make a game-changing impact in the draft, picking Kaminsky might not get the job done. Quite the opposite would hold true, particularly because Mudiay, Cauley-Stein, and Winslow will undoubtedly still be on the board waiting to be picked.

So what do you think Knicks fans, would you embrace the Knicks choosing Kaminsky at four?

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