If the New York Knicks can attain a draft pick, the franchise will have the opportunity to select a talented young player.
This summer's draft class is one of the deepest in recent years, and regardless of which pick the Knicks possess, New York could potentially bolster its roster with a solid rookie.
Let's take a look at some of the athletes Phil Jackson and company could be targeting.
Shabazz Napier PG
The point guard from the University of Connecticut had a tremendous NCAA tournament, and he could be a late first-round pick.
Napier is an experienced playmaker that possesses a solid jump shot off the dribble and in catch-and-shoot situations. His range and intuitive passing will make him an asset in the triangle offense that head coach Derek Fisher will employ.
He may struggle finishing in the paint against more physical teams initially, but with some experience and added muscle, he should be able to make the most of his opportunities.
As long as he doesn't force any passes, Napier should be a solid role player at the next level.
Jordan Clarkson PG/SG
The 6'5" guard from Missouri is likely to be a second-rounder, but he plays with the confidence of a lottery pick.
Clarkson is an athletic combo guard capable of making the right play in transition. He doesn't shy away from contact and he's crafty enough to finish over taller defenders in the paint.
He possesses a solid handle and should be an efficient shooter off the dribble at the next level.
Clarkson may need time to adjust as a playmaker and defender in the NBA, but with experience he should be groomed into a solid rotation player.
His size and versatility blend well with the triangle offense, and he's a decent pest in the passing lanes.
Glenn Robinson III SF
Robinson could find himself drafted anywhere between the middle of the first round and the early second round. He has solid footwork and range which should enable him to contribute off of screens in the NBA.
The son of the former No. 1 overall pick of the 1994 draft would benefit the New York Knicks. He possesses good athleticism, and if he hones his handle and develops off the dribble, he could be a reliable reserve scorer.
Robinson will need to improve as a rebounder, defender and passer, but with his work ethic and the tutelage of a solid coaching staff, he should evolve into a solid all-around player.
Patric Young PF/C
The 6'10" big man from the University of Florida should be a second-rounder and would be a solid pickup for the New York Knicks.
Young is athletic and unafraid of contact.
He rebounds and defends well, and he uses his size and strength to his advantage. He was known as a glue guy for the Gators and he possesses the potential to maintain that reputation in the NBA.
His offense could stand to be further developed, but he's an underrated passer and has a good work ethic and mindset, so he should develop into more than just a garbage man that relies on put-backs and alley-oops.
The Knicks need more size up front, and a guy like Young would give New York more aggression defensively and on the glass. He'd be capable of stepping in right away and contributing off the bench, offering a nice change of pace from the finesse bigs currently on the roster.
Isaiah Austin C
The 7'1" center from Baylor may be partially blind, but he possesses unique size, reach and coordination. He's a little raw at the moment, but he's young and talented enough to develop into a consistent contributor.
Austin isn't overly explosive or as athletic as some of the other big men in this draft, but as a possible second-rounder, he's worth taking a chance on.
He has decent footwork around the basket and with his high release and soft touch, he has the potential to be an effective shooter if he develops a mid-range jumper and face-up game. Austin will need to pack on more muscle to be consistent in the post—offensively and defensively—but he does have an above-average handle for his size.
Until he fills out his thin frame, he'll be a liability on the glass against more physical teams.
Out of the gate, Austin will be most effective in transition, but with his handle and high release, he should make ends meet in half-court sets until the low-post strength develops.
The Knicks may not have a draft pick at the moment, but if Jackson can acquire one, there is plenty of talent available that can improve New York's struggling franchise.
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