The Knicks Draft

Back again, let’s talk about the Knicks 2013 Draft, it’ll be short considering they had one pick again. The Knicks needed help at the point guard position and the power forward position with the questionable health of Amar’e Stoudemire. At pick number twenty-four the Knicks chose Tim Hardaway Jr. a shooting guard from Michigan. Hardaway Jr. is a good size at 6’6″ and 205 lbs and is a great shooter and a fantastic athlete who works hard to fight himself open. Tim averaged 14.5 PPG on 44% shooting and 4.7 Rebounds per game last season.  Hardaway has the athleticism and strength to get to the rim and finish. Reports have said when he is engaged and attempts to play defense he can be a solid defender, but a risk taker. That is something that Mike Woodson can polish-up. The biggest knock on Tim Hardaway Jr. is his ball handling, which is ironic because of who his father is. One would think, pops can help him enhance that aspect of his game.

I would rather the Knicks have gone with an available big man like Tony Mitchell, but I can’t argue with picking the best available player/talent in Tim Hardaway. This might signify the end of the J.R. Smith era in New York. It would be a shame after he just won the Sixth Man of the Year Award, but if the Knicks can’t afford him then it is time to bid him adieu.

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The Knicks also signed CJ Leslie who went undrafted out of North Carolina State. I love this signing because he is a combo forward who if he bulks up could be a solid Power Forward in my opinion. In a strong ACC Leslie Averaged 15.1 points and 7.4 rebounds. Leslie measures in at 6’9″ with a 7’2″ wingspan, which is exactly the rebounding build that the Knicks need against the likes of the Pacers, but only weighs in at 209 pounds. This isn’t a concern because of something called the gym.  Since he is a combo forward, his range is one of his weaknesses as well as playing with his back to the basket because of his thinner frame. He could be compared to Hakim Warrick, but let’s hope it’s a different result

Leslie

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2 Responses to The Knicks Draft

  1. JAMES MULLIGAN!!! says:

    did you mean bid him adieu? hahahaha

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