But from all accounts and people that I've talked to says be aware of the fact that Brooks does not use his athleticism on the defensive end. He's offensively ready to contribute right away, but what if he's not the go to guy? What if he has to learn how to play off of Melo and Stoudemire? Is he equipped? Good question.
My feeling is that he isn't the fit at 17 based on his lack of attention to detail defensively, and the fact that I'm not sold he can be effective in a rotation where he's not the go-to guy. That said, there's no reason that he can't work his way in and come in and help at the 2 guard, which is a need. He's an incredibly skilled offensive player, I am just assuming that there will be better fits at 17 come draft night.
Sure, Mike D?Antoni?s system needs as many marksmen as possible to work, but there?s a lot to like here from a talent perspective, and shooting form, accuracy, and therefore efficiency can be coached. After all, offense is Mr. Mustache?s forte, is it not?Haven't seen much of Shumpert other than his performances against the Terps and Tar Heels. Very athletic at his size who, as Jamie points out, could be seen as a player that the Knicks can groom at the 1. They loved Tyreke Evans in that oversized PG mold two years ago.
The Knicks can grab whatever non-elite big man falls to them at #17 in the first round, or they can hope that a flawed player like Jimmer Fredette isn?t snatched up by the Utah Jazz ? he will be ? but it just seems to me that a defensive player with unparalleled physical gifts at his position is just the sort of blank canvas that New York needs during this critical off-season.
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The 6-foot-3 guard from the College of Charleston outperformed all of his peers in the combine's shooting drills by knocking down all 21 of his timed midrange attempts and hitting more spot-up threes from NBA range than well-known shooters like Jimmer Fredette and Jon Diebler. He also recorded a 37-inch maximum vertical and the second fastest lane agility time of the 54 prospects invited.
Goudelock's impressive display led to plenty of workout requests and now he has a packed schedule.
"I've already worked out for the Detroit Pistons and Oklahoma City Thunder," Goudelock told HOOPSWORLD in a phone interview. "I've scheduled workouts with the Los Angeles Lakers, Milwaukee Bucks, Miami Heat, Charlotte Bobcats, Atlanta Hawks, Boston Celtics, Orlando Magic, New Jersey Nets and some others."
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I was really adamant about obtaining Williams, who we knew was available when he was a Net, but he most certainly didn't take advantage of his NBA opportunity and will be lucky to get another. The point is, the Knicks still have that need to fill.
Goodridge's name was mentioned in a NY Post article during the season and again last week by Hahn, who made the great point that the Knicks should be on the lookout for cheap, veteran players like they did back in the 1990s with Starks and Mason. Guys with heart and energy.
Can Fredette fall to 17 or would the Knicks have to trade up a few notches? Because of Fredette's alleged defensive shortcomings and questions on whether he is a floor general, Fredette could slip despite his blistering 28.9 scoring average.Via ESPN-NY
"My expectations are trying to be able to get into the right fit for me," Fredette said. "I don't necessary care how high I get picked. I just want to get picked in the right situation. That's the longevity of your career. If you get picked in the right spot, you have a great system you flourish in, the next contract is what you worry about. You just have to get in the right situation, show you can play well and go from there."
??JimmerFredette, BYU. Again here we have a player who is more of a combo guard than a pure point, but don't doubt for a second that the Knicks would scoop up this scoring machine if he is still on the board at No. 17 -- something I see as unlikely. Scouts tend to have a love-him/hate-him mentality when assessing Fredette's NBA prospects, some saying he is too slow to defend opposing backcourt players, others saying his shooting range and his scorer's mentality make him a can't miss prospect. And since the Knicks are a team that values a player's ability to hit the 3-point shot above all else, he would seem to be a candidate to fill the offensive hole they had at the 2-guard spot last season with Landry Fields starting all but one game. Remember how the Knicks said they would have to find replacements for the assets they gave up in the Carmelo Anthony trade, namely shooting and size? The Jimmer replaces the missing shooting.Click here for other thoughts on point guards and for the record my PG big board,? Irving, Knight and Walker aside.
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The 7-foot Lithuanian has Pau Gasol/Zydrunas Ilguaskas potential and three-point range that would be a perfect fit in Mike D'Antoni's system. The question is, will he last in the draft to No. 17? Several teams ahead of the Knicks have their eye on Motiejunas, so he may not be an option in a draft that has many NBA scouts consider baby pool shallow.
The 20-year-old has spent the last season playing for Benetton Trevisio, which is one of D'Antoni's coaching stops.
He's a long lefty who can run the floor and has good lateral agility. A lot of bulking up to do, however, before he can handle banging at the NBA level, but the skill set is there. He'd certainly make up for the loss of Timofey Mozgov, who had similar athleticism and nowhere near the offensive talent.Motiejunas is an interesting candidate, whose stock has actually taken a dip over the past year. He was widely considered a late lottery pick last year if memory serves and doesn't have the from of The Moz, despite being infinitely more talented.
"They've reached out to him," one source said. "They love his skill set. He has the size and ability to make plays off the dribble."
Parsons is considered a small forward, but at 6'9 could be seen as a player who can utilize space. He can stretch the floor behind the arc, but isn't the range shooter that the Knicks had in Wilson Chandler or Danilo Gallinari. Chandler became a far better shooter under Mike D'Antoni.
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Though he is not a center and is an undersized power forward at 6-foot-7, Newark's Faried has intrigued the rebounding-poor Knicks, and he might be the best rebounder in the draft. Walsh desperately wants size but Faried brings such rebounding force, the Knicks may not pass him up.To me, it's hard to imagine that Walsh and his staff has Faried ahead of a talented group of guards as well as Singleton, all of whom are expected to be on the board at 17 but we will see in the coming weeks.
"Donnie loves him," one source said.
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While his decision making can be very shaky at times, due to attempting to throw difficult passes or forcing up contested shots, he's adapting pretty well to his role this season, particularly as the year has moved on. Coach John Beilein has had no choice but to show the utmost confidence in Morris and his ability to run the team, altering his half-court philosophy dramatically from a stagnant motion offense to one centered around pick and rolls and isolation plays. This appears to have improved his team's offense?Michigan was just narrowly defeated by two of the top teams in the NCAA in Michigan State and Kansas this past week?and has allowed Morris to emerge as an interesting draft prospect in turn.Morris' comparison is Andre Miller, but with more athleticism. I'm hesitant to go that far, but he is near the top of the list in terms of facilitating, pure point guards. More so than the likes of Charles Jenkins and Josh Selby and on par with Reggie Jackson in my opinion.
Morris can become even a much more dangerous player if he can continue to improve as a perimeter shooter. His 3-point shooting is up slightly to 27.9% this season, from a miserable 18% as a freshman, and his free throw shooting has risen from 63% to 77%. Clearly he put in some work shooting the ball over the summer. With that said, he still has plenty of room for improvement. He isn't particularly effective as a shooter with his feet set, and while he's more comfortable shooting off the dribble, he still takes some bad shots and doesn't have great range. If he can become a reliable shooter from 3-point range, it should really open up his slashing game and make him an even tougher matchup for opposing point guards.
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The 6-foot-3, 220-pound Jenkins, 22, may just have them. The Knicks also are looking at Boston College's Reggie Jackson and Georgia Tech's Iman Shumpert if they go the point guard route in the first round.Jenkins was on my list of local players to see live, so I've had the opportunity to do a full report on him for NBA Scouting Services. He isn't the best-kept secret in basketball anymore. He's drawn interest from many teams from 15-28. I wouldn't consider him a "throwback" unless that is a phrase used to describe his polished pull-up midrange game, which is unmatched. I wouldn't consider him a better passer than Jackson, but he doesn't take the same chances. He's strong with the ball and always seems to make the right decision. He's a combo-guard at 6'3 and? he's strong as a bull an is an outstanding scorer. He may be considered a bit of a reach at 17, but that depends on his workouts and interviews at the combine. The Knicks could truly use a guard with NBA ready experience and Jenkins fits that bill having spent 4 years at Hofstra.
"He's a throwback point guard with a really good feel for the game," one NBA executive said. "He plays with a quiet confidence. He's more polished than Jackson. He's more savvy, more ready. Reggie is more of a scorer, maybe more upside, but Jenkins has more consistency and he's got a strong upper body on him."
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This former number one-ranked high school kid is getting noticed at Impact Basketball as he works out with other draft hopefuls but it is not always his exceptional athletic abilities that are gaining the most attention.? Like another coach on the floor, Selby is showing there is more to his game.
"People have helped me," said Selby.? "So when I get a chance to help someone else, I am going to help them.? If there is something they are doing wrong, I am going to point it out to them so they can fix it because they have the same goals that I have.
"I am just going to continue to be me, and if I can continue to help people, then I am going to help them and just try to show that I am a leader to everyone."
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One of the more interesting prospects Boston College point guard Reggie Jackson. There was a chance he would return to the Screaming Eagles for his final season, but he's apparently received some assurance he'll be taken in the first round. New York could take him with the 17th overall selection to bolster its depth at point guard, but there might even be a lottery team willing to take a chance on Jackson before that. Like current Knicks point guard Toney Douglas, Jackson has an enormous wingspan (reportedly seven feet), which obviously is a tremendous defensive advantage in the NBA. But unlike Douglas, Jackson is a traditional point guard who quarterbacks an offense.Tommy's Take
DraftExpress- Jimmer Fredette, PG 6'2 BYU- Tommy's Take There is simply no question that Jimmer is a pro, and will be a good one. But like most picks he has to find himself in the perfect situation in order to have immediate success. Take James Harden for example. Everyone loved him and it's taken him some time to be a major factor, like he is this playoffs. Jimmer would be very comfortable with Mike D'Antoni, but will the Knicks coach be here long term? Defense is obviously a huge question mark on a team that plenty of holes already on D although Steph Curry disagrees.
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Reed has caught the attention of Allan Houston, who I'm told is running this year's draft coverage for the team before reporting findings to Donnie Walsh.
Reed would fit a need up front. Looks like he has a John Wallace-type frame and length.
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From day one at Maryland Jordan Williams established himself as one of the premier big men in the ACC and the country overall. He provided an instant impact as a freshman and averaged a double-double with 16 points and 11 rebounds a night as a sophomore. That success gave Williams the confidence to chase his ultimate dream of playing in the NBA. He's really transformed his body over the last seven weeks and is showing that there is a lot more to his game that what we saw at Maryland. click here for workout vid.And as a Maryland guy the first question is..."why is he transforming his body now?" I'm not a fan of Williams' motor and people I've talked to connected with Team Terp have serious questions about his desire. I saw him in person earlier in the year at MSG in the Coaches vs. Cancer and he looked physically ragged in the second half of both games. It's not surprising that now he's lost weight, because his desire is to get drafted higher than projected. That is a major warning sign. He should be an easy top 15 pick from pure talent and frame perspectives.
Two people to definitely follow for this week's workouts. I'm tied down with work and unfortunately couldn't make the trip, but will be reporting what I hear over the next few days...
Smith, who's projected as a mid to late second-rounder, loves to play paintball, which the Knicks weren't too fond of during the regular season. They ranked 18th-worst in points in the paint per game (40.9), tied for 20th-worst in second-chance points per game (12.4) and tied for 20th-worst in rebounds per game (40.5). Although Smith wants to pack on a few more pounds this summer, one scout said that he's currently big enough and strong enough to play in the league (The Fresno Bee).The thing I've heard from afar about Smith and the word best used to describe him is "spacey," which is to say there are focus issues. Focus issues from big men are always considered taboo from executives. His size and frame combined with his athleticism make him an intriguing prospect. As does the fact that he played on the block with a pro last year in Paul George.
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"Danny's already guaranteed him," a source close to Jackson's camp told TKB. "He saw a ton of games at BC this year."
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Walsh, who's working on a new contract, wants size for the roster, preferably center, but none of quality will likely be there at 17. Amar'e Stoudemire is not a great boardman and the undersized Knicks became a poor rebounding team. Faried is slightly undersized even for a power forward, but scouts rave about his motor, hustle and tenacity for loose balls.I'm interested to see Faried's specifics when the combines list height and length. I think he's undersized even for a 4. Think about this. Lebron James has him by 25 pounds.
But you can't deny the motor and tenacity, definite Knicks needs. Plus he has plenty of reps having played 4 years in college. Definitely a name to keep an eye on as we get closer to the draft.
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Both should be late first or early second round picks so there may have to be some maneuvering, but, to me, they were two of the most impressive players at this week's Portsmouth Invitational.
Which direction the Knicks go remain to be seen, they have a first round pick, but they will need to be crafty if they want to plug holes quickly and a late first round pick/second round steal could be a sound way to add young depth. Butler, to me, is a role player on a very good team moving forward and is about NBA ready. There is nothing not to like about him, who won tournament MVP and led his team to the PIT championship Saturday night. To me, he was the best player here. He does everything very well. He guards, he can post up and he can hit the perimeter jump shot and quiet honestly was one of 3 players to actually hit a corner 3 pointer in the two days and the 5 games I witnessed. He averaged an efficient 19 points 5 rebounds and 4 assists and got to the free throw line, in a leniently officiated format, 6 times per game. He completely filled up the stat sheet across the board.
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The guy I really wanted to see, and I will see again tonight in the 3rd place game, is Vernon Macklin of Florida. He's listed at 6'10 but I think he's closer to 6'8. I'm interested to see his listing at the combine. That said, he's a solid post presence, considering that there isn't that many post defenders, he did have his way in yesterday. He has a pretty counter clockwise spin move that he showed twice yesterday from the right block. He also displayed an array of jump hooks. He's not an aggressive rebounder or shot blocker however. He didn't block a shot and only snagged 3 rebounds a major step back from Thursday's game when he grabbed 12. One guy who was tremendously active was Memphis' Will Coleman. He may be the best athlete here. His motor if off the charts. Hard to imagine that his college stats are so underwhelming but it definitely makes you wonder. Other guys who were impressive to me yesterday were Northeastern's Chaisson Allen, whose length in the passing lane and quick hands make him an impressive defender when he wants to be and Mississippi's Chris Warren, who. despite a lack of size, can step in and catch and shoot with the best of them.
As far as the Big East, to me, the two best players I saw yesterday were Casey Mitchell of WVU and Jimmy Butler of Marquette. Mitchell can score, but he's clearly a tweener. I think he's closer to 6'3, but he's strong and can handle the ball. He had little trouble getting his shot and getting to the basket. Just don't know where he fits position-wise. Butler is also and in-between guy. He has the perfect frame to be a two-guard, but not sure he has the range to be efficient. He is physically very impressive and can defend with will and toughness. Speaking of toughness, Corey Stokes is a beast and is trying to show scouts he can shoot with range at the shooting guard position. He finished 5-12 from three yesterday finishing with 21 points. St. John's Dwight Hardy is trying to show scouts and GMs that he can run a team from the lead guard position and did a nice job, dropping 8 assists to just one turnover with 10 points outplaying Stokes' teammate Corey Fisher. Syracuse's Rick Jackson had a nice day yesterday, but I'm concerned with his motor, looking forward to seeing him again tonight.
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?Carmelo Anthony has been my favorite player so wherever he goes, I go,? Walker said when asking who he roots for. ?I think about that all the time. I would love to not only play with him but play for this organization, just because I?m from here. But whatever happens, happens. I can?t control stuff like that.?Someone asked me the other day who I would select if it were between Kemba and Nolan Smith. Tough one. Both are very gifted in what they do. Kemba can score and Nolan can defend and lead. Both are very good athletes. I don't know who I'd take because I want to see them both finish the season. That tells a lot.
And also, is guard the need in the first round?
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I remember studying Kenneth Faried a bunch last year and thinking he'd probably be a second round pick because of his size. He decided to return to school and the 6'8 forward from Morehead State is leading the country in rebounding, a need the Knicks most certainly have and may look to address at the draft. Faried, a Newark, NJ resident, is pulling down a hefty 14.3 rebounds per game albeit in a smaller conference, a notion that I believe is overrated at times.
Faried put up 20 and 18, along with 2 blocks at Florida and had 15 points 12 rebounds and 5 steals against Jared Sullinger and Ohio State. Sullinger, widely considered one of the top big prospects in the draft, was held to just 8 points.
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Jimmer Fredette is an interesting player. The 6'2 senior from BYU was semi-recruited Siena College, one of the two Division 1 teams to show interest, who were comfortable with Ronald Moore running the show. The Saints were good, damn good, and Fredette, from nearby Glens Falls, packed his bags and headed out west. The rest as they say is history.
The kid is a scoring machine, but like all scorers and shooters, they can become high attempt, low field goal players and that hurts offensive flow and efficiency.
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We know the Knicks have needs and are on the road to meeting them. But lets take a look at who two of the leading draft sites have the Knicks zeroing in on, and one player who's caught my eye early.
Draftexpress doesn't have team by team yet, which I think is smart because it's really hard to gauge team need for every team. In the ballpark of where the Knicks are scheduled to draft as it stands today is Georga's Trey Thompkins: