Really quick, who I like later if the Knicks move back or snag a 2nd pick via a trade.
Darius Morris, G, Michigan: A 6’5” pure point guard with outstanding court vision. He could provide the steady hand running the offense which Douglas has only shown sporadically, and the ability to run the break which Chauncey no longer has.
Josh Selby G, Kansas: At 17? Hell no. Later in the first round is where the boom or bust potential of Selby becomes more seductive. Terrible year for a usually great coach at Kansas, but it’s difficult to deny his talent coming out of high school, and with the right coach and team, he could eventually be a top 5-10 player from this year’s draft.
Andrew Goudelock G, College of Charleston: REM-type sleeper here, but good god is this kid a talented scorer. I watched him singlehandedly torch Maryland last year, and for all of their faults they were actually an above average defensive team. ESPN has him going 60 to Sacramento which is entirely too low for a player who could be an explosive scoring force off the bench.
And a few who I don’t
The Morris Twins F, Kansas: Just no. I don’t see where they fit in the NBA, moreso with Marcus than Markieff. Surprisingly average rebounders, with very average athleticism. Marcus is a decidedly more high post player, while Markieff can grab some boards, but they might as well get matching “tweener” tattoos to go with all of their others.
Nikola Vucevic C USC: Speaking of unathletic, ESPN described him as being able to jump over a phonebook. Really whetting my appetite there, and it got better when I realized that he’s a center that likes to shoot the three. New York doesn’t need the European Sam Perkins/ Rodney Rogers, they need a traditional back to the basket center who can play some D. Vucevic does neither of those.
Kyle Singler F Duke, Nolan Smith G Duke: This looks like a definite homer pick. Do I believe either of these guys could be successful in other locales where they’re a better fit? If you define successful as solid bench player. Despite reputations to the contrary, both of these guys are not great shooters, in fact they’re very average (Singler .321 3 PT % last year, and a very streaky .399 in 2009). They’re both very smart players, and that can’t be discounted. Singler is better as a crafty mid-range scorer than a three shooter, but he doesn’t have the athleticism to take his man off the dribble at the next level. Smith is not an NBA point guard, and may be too small to start at the 2 in the NBA.
Lastly, I would love to have Kemba in New York. Despite all of his shortfalls, watching him run a break with Amar’e and Melo is just something that is impossible to pass up. I would not love to have Jimmer, because despite the fact that I think he may be one of the rare can’t miss shooters, he has absolutely no defensive aptitude. Let’s draft.