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If I Were Donnie Walsh: New York Knicks' Draft Day Options

NEW YORK - MAY 13:  New head coach of the New York Knicks Mike D'Antoni (L) and team president Donnie Walsh (R) poses for a photo on May 13, 2008 at Madison Square Garden in New York City. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this Photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Mike Stobe/Getty Images)
Vinny YeagerCorrespondent IJune 5, 2009

Heading into the 2009 NBA Draft, the general manager of the New York Knicks, Donnie Walsh, has many options.

There are many possible trades that can happen and there is also the chance of Walsh just keeping the eighth pick and selecting the best player that is still available on the board.

Here are three options that Donnie Walsh can do for the Knicks on draft day.


1. Stay Put and Draft Stephen Curry

There is a lot of hype and media going around involving Davidson guard Stephen Curry coming to the Knicks.

This is a very solid option for New York because a player like Curry would fit well in the type of system that Coach Mike D'Antoni likes to run.

Curry is an excellent shooter and loves getting up and down the floor, which is exactly what D'Antoni wants to do.

Even though his first option has always been to shoot in college, he is a very underrated passer. It may take some time to make him a good NBA point guard, but under D'Antoni, that can happen in no time.

Curry is the best fit for the Knicks in this draft and if the team decides to stay with the eighth pick, and he is still on the board, there should be no reason why they wouldn't want to select him.


2. Trading Up to the Two Spot and Drafting Ricky Rubio

The Memphis Grizzlies currently hold the No. 2 spot in the draft this year and it is probably obvious that they would select European guard sensation Ricky Rubio.

The Los Angeles Clippers, who have the number one pick, will most likely select Oklahoma forward Blake Griffin. This means that the Grizzlies would be quite insane if they did not select Rubio.

This is when the Knicks come into play.

New York is looking for an exciting, play making point guard and Rubio would be the perfect player for that role.

Although it may seem that current Knick Nate Robinson plays that role, his inconsistency and bad relationship with D'Antoni might have him packing his bags for Memphis.

Trading Robinson and maybe another player or future draft pick to Memphis, for the No. 2 pick and the ability to draft Rubio would be an absolute dream come true for New York.


3. Trading Up a Few Spots and Drafting an Established Point Guard

There are a lot of very good point guards in this year's draft.

The Knicks should really consider trading up just a few spots with teams such as Washington Wizards, Minnesota Timberwolves, and Golden State Warriors, so they can solidify themselves and make sure they draft an experienced point guard.

Players such as Jonny Flynn and Jrue Holiday have already established themseleves has great point guards and can run their respective teams too perfection.

This would be excellent for the Knicks because knowing that they can draft a point guard who has already proven himself would be better then seeing if Curry can make the transition from shooting guard to point guard that well in the NBA.

If a trade like this does take place, Robinson and other Knicks such as David Lee might be headed to a new home.


Donnie Walsh and his staff can go in many different directions when draft day rolls around.

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