NBA Draft 2011: Top 5 Prospects for the Knicks
The 2010-11 season proved to be a very exciting one for the New York Knicks. Beginning with the acquisitions of Amar'e Stoudemire and Raymond Felton, the Knicks began to climb back into relevancy. These two new faces, along with the emergence of Danilo Gallinari, Wilson Chandler and Toney Douglas, brought the excitement back the excitement that used to surround New York basketball.
Then, the team was turned on its head. On February 21, just three days before the trade deadline, the New York Knicks acquired Carmelo Anthony from the Denver Nuggets. This gave the Knicks two stars to build upon for years to come and brought talks of a championship to the Big Apple, but their work is far from over. They are missing key players both at the center spot and off the bench. These additions would help the Knicks greatly, and these are the top five ways that the Knicks can do it through the draft.
5. Tyler Honeycutt
Tyler Honeycutt is an interesting option for the Knicks. He is very athletic and stands 6'8", enabling him to either play shooting guard or small forward. His playing style is cut from the Tayshaun Prince mold, with his lockdown defense and long, lanky appearance. He also has a very underrated offensive game. His quickness allows him to elude players in the post and evade defenders. He also has the athleticism to change his shot in midair in order to avoid shot blockers when he is attacking the rim. This, along with a solid mid-range jumper, makes him a quality threat on offense.
The Knicks could use someone like that, especially after the regression of Landry Fields. It may have been that he hit the rookie wall, but it also could've been the roster shakeup. If Fields does not fit well with this team anymore, Honeycutt could be a good replacement.
4. Josh Selby
After being one of the most hyped-up players coming out of high school last year, Josh Selby performance at Kansas was underwhelming to say the least. However, the phenom point guard still has the qualities that had college recruiters drooling over him.
His athleticism is second to none, allowing him to easily blow past defenders. He also has great ball handling ability which, when coupled with his speed, make him difficult to stop when driving to the rim. This would all mean nothing if he couldn't shoot, but Selby also is the proud owner of a silk smooth jumper from pretty much anywhere on the court. He also has the passing ability and court vision necessary to be an elite point guard in the NBA. Also, standing at 6'3", Selby has great size for a point guard. He would be a huge risk, but the reward could be just as good, if not better, than any other player in the draft.
3. Chris Singleton
Chris Singleton can play both small forward and power forward, while standing at 6'9". He has great length and size to go along with his outstanding explosiveness and leaping ability. This enables him finish around the rim very well, which is supplemented by his ability to catch and shoot from just about anywhere. However, offense is not where he will give his biggest contribution.
Because of his length and athleticism, Singleton is one of the best defenders and rebounders in the draft. He would help the Knicks to maintain a physical presence both on defense and the boards. This is something that they are sorely lacking. Singleton could also backup Amar'e and Melo, allowing them to rest without losing too much production from their front court.
2. Markieff Morris
Markieff Morris is a 6'9" power forward with great post moves and an NBA-ready body. He uses drop steps effectively when dealing in the post to better position himself and scores well around the rim. He also has developed a very good perimeter game, averaging 42 percent from the three-point line. He is also a great rebounder and defender.
Again, much like Chris Singleton, he would back up Amar'e so the Knicks don't lose too much production when he goes to the bench. Morris would be a great addition to the team because of his size, rebounding ability, and refined offensive game.
1. Kenneth Faried
As you may have heard, Kenneth Faried, the 6'7" power forward out of Morehead State University recently broke Tim Duncan's record for most rebounds in NCAA history. Although he is undersized, Faried has proven that athleticism, hard work, and determination can overcome it. Does that sound familiar to you?
It probably does since it was used to describe great undersized interior players, such as Ben Wallace and Dennis Rodman. In fact, Faried has drawn many comparisons to Rodman because of his tenacity on the boards. If the Knicks were able to draft Faried, it would provide them with an elite rebounder that could become one of the best players in the NBA at crashing the boards.
Read my other article for more information on Kenneth Faried: http://bleacherreport.com/articles/693027-nba-draft-2011-are-the-knicks-going-to-draft-the-next-dennis-rodman