The 6-9 power forward, with a 7-6 wingspan, wanted to work out for the Knicks and he'll be in the New York area for the draft anyway. I'm getting a ton of mixed signals on this player. He's been touted by all the draft experts, but yet one NBA source I talked to said there are fears that he could be another Saer Sene, an athletically-gifted, but extremely raw 7-footer who went 10th overall to the Seattle Sonics in the 2006 draft and is now out of the league.Faried
...consider that we already can mark in ink that Carmelo Anthony and Amar'e Stoudemire will take an aggregate of 45-50 shots per game for the Knicks. That will produce, with generous percentages, about 23-25 rebounds. Someone has to get them. But the Knicks have to be holding out hope they can find a more talented rotation player at No. 17, though, despite the efforts of the draft gurus, this just isn't a deep enough draft to give reason to believe they can.On Tyler
Tyler is also a legit NBA body, but a project, period. He hasn't had enough quality coaching for him to be prepared to be an effective NBA player. But is he worth the selection if you had a second first round choice? "Absolutely," one NBA executive said. Tyler has the size and some intriguing physical tools, but he needs a lot of work, quite possibly in the D-League, before he can be counted on.On Ray Felton
Another player potentially on the move is Raymond Felton, who definitely wants out of Denver if he's not going to be the starter. He has one year left on his deal ay $7.5M, so he'll be a good value for someone. But no, not the Knicks.On trading out of the draft
...they might be better off pulling completely out of the draft by trading this year's pick for a 2012 first rounder, which, of course, would be a fine asset to add when it's decision time in New Orleans next year.I can't imagine them trading out of the draft, myself, although it's never been Donnie Walsh's nature to make anything about himself. He'll still do what's best for the team.
I can't see the Knicks trading up $3 million dollars to Indiana to get to 15, when they can spend that money towards the end of the first round. Unless, of course, they can't. Still trying to figure why Chicago would do them any favors. Two teams that could look to move their guaranteed money could very well be Oklahoma City and your world champion Dallas Mavericks.
I've been getting a lot of questions surrounding players "falling" to the Knicks. Look there's always one, maybe two, players with skill who fall but they rarely fall to 17. If they do, there is usually a red flag surrounding that player. Fredette and Thompson won't fall but Chris Singleton might based on his offensive game. That's the biggest reason I chose to focus on him. He'd be the best talent to drop. He can score, but the Knicks don't need him to. He's an NBA defender right now.
Let's say Biyombo and Singleton are on the board. I tweeted several days ago that the Knicks had to take Biyombo if he were there. And when I was at Portsmouth talking to scouts they all were vague on his ability but believed that he was a lottery pick in a weak draft. The issue I have is that it's easy to say a player "will be the next" whomever, in Biyombo' case it's Ibaka, but it's another to guarantee it. That's where fans point to coaching and "development" which I agree with in a sense. The Knicks cannot take a player who can't compete at the NBA level in any aspect, and word is Biyombo isn't the impact defender right now that he's been made out to be. Throw in his lack of offensive talents and you have a player who very well get exposed at a young age. When a player gets exposed and loses confidence (see this for reference) then you have a potential disaster on your hands.
That said, I still don't believe Biyombo falls to 17.
As far as the guards go in picking between, say, Brooks and Shumpert, you take Shumpert because of his ability to get to the rim and play both backcourt positions but more importantly it's his ability to defend both. If the Knicks do draft a guard at 17 then they've traded Toney Douglas.
If they can't find the proper deal for Douglas and Singleton, Biyombo and obviously Thompson and Jimmer are all off the board then they probably take the safe and popular pick in Faried or the slight risk in Vucevic. and look for depth in the late first and/or early second.