2011 NBA Draft: New York Knicks Must Stay Away From Jimmer Fredette

Byron on SportsCorrespondent IMarch 17, 2011

LAS VEGAS, NV - MARCH 12:  Jimmer Fredette #32 of the Brigham Young University Cougars gets away from Billy White #32 of the San Diego State Aztecs during the championship game of the Conoco Mountain West Conference Basketball tournament at the Thomas & Mack Center March 12, 2011 in Las Vegas, Nevada. San Diego State won 72-54.  (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
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Jimmer Fredette is a New York native and like many players from New York, would love to play professional basketball in the Madison Square Garden. Fair enough.  

The Knicks however need to look elsewhere on draft day, because a Fredette selection looks like the recipe for disaster.

The Knicks, as they are presently constructed, have the makeup of a dismal defensive team.

For all of the dynamics their offense can provide with two of the top 10 pure scorers in the league on their roster, they will simply be unable to compete deep into the post season unless they address their defensive shortcomings. 

The type of team that Fredette should go to would be one that has a defense in place that will be able to cover for him when players like John Wall blows by him and a top-notch training staff to tape his ankles back together after he encounters a Deron Williams cross-over.

Fredette is the best shooter in the draft, but he is also the first round draft pick who is likely to spend most of his time reading the back of his assignments jersey on a nightly basis.

If anyone has trouble seeing this, they should make a short list of the players that Fredette will need to guard and then remember that the 1994 rule change precludes hand-checking.

As strong as Jimmer is, he lacks the necessary lateral foot speed to stay in front of most of the starting point guards in the NBA and is too small to guard the shooting guard position.

Imagine Jimmer attempting to check Wade. Then imagine Wade going for 50 on New York. Then imagine it is the first half.

That is what life would be like for Jimmer in New York.

Selecting Jimmer to add some firepower off the bench would be the only reason for New York to take him.

However, with the lack of depth that New York has at the power forward and center positions, is there anyway that New York could consider Fredette the best player for them in the middle of a draft?

The one argument that could be made for New York drafting Jimmer is this: Mike D'Antoni teams are not defensively oriented.

The problem there is: Mike D'Antoni teams need to start playing some defense if they want to contend for championships.

Yes, it is that simple. 

No one expects Jimmer to develop into a stellar defender, but there is no reason to believe that he cannot be an acceptably sub-par defender.

With his ability to score the ball and drop shots from the hash marks, that is about all he would need to be to carve out a space for himself in the NBA.

But, in a Mike D'Antoni system, he would simply be left hanging out to dry.

On a team that already has two alpha dog offensive players, no front court depth and (maybe) one defensive stopper, a selection of Jimmer Fredette or even Kemba Walker would be a poor use of the pick that they have.

Additionally, Carmelo and Stoudemire both dominate the ball when they have it.

Neither earns great fame for the way they deliver a pass to the open shooter at the right time. Whatever, PG they get needs to be a pass first PG.

The Knicks need to use this draft to fill the deepest holes on the depth chart.

That means get a big power forward or a center who plays defense and rebounds, so Stoudemire has something other than empty air to stand next to when he loses track of his assignment in the paint.