By Gustavo Braga on June 25, 2014
The New York Knicks sacrificed a lot in the Denver with the transaction to bring Carmelo Anthony to The Garden in 2011, and because of that they do not own any picks for the 2014 NBA Draft. But president Phil Jackson is working to change that and possibly acquire a late first or second-round pick.
So who are the prospects that inspired Jackson to make this run for a draft pick? There are five players who caught his attention.
The Knicks have around $ 1.8 million to offer in exchange for a draft pick, and considering some teams have multiple picks, it is possible. Let's see what Mr. President has in store for Knicks fans.
Jahii Carson is a point guard out of Arizona State who is described as a speedy and intelligent PG. Even though the Knicks did work him out at their facilities, he is the less likely player to be chosen by the team at the draft.
Still on the PG position, Tyler Ennis is on Jackson's radar. But because of his performance as a freshman in Syracuse, he is expected to be drafted early in the first round, so the Knicks might not get the chance to get him.
Kyle Anderson is a 6-foot-9 forward out of UCLA who really stands out because of his handles. A true point forward, Anderson is expected to land late-first, early-second round and is one of the most sought after by Phil Jackson who has a thing for big guards. With his ability to handle like a PG and his size, he would be a great addition to the roster in the system basketball to be implemented by coach Derek Fisher.
Patric Young is a 6-foot-10 center out of Florida and is the latest addition to the list of New York Knicks prospects. He is small in height but has a very strong body, and he would be a great fit for pick-and-roll kind of player, having great positioning and body presence. It is unknown if he would fit the triangle, but with Cole Aldrich on the roster, I think the Knicks already have depth at center.
P.J. Hairston, a 6-foot-6 swingman who currently plays for the Texas Legends of the D-League, might be the favorite for the Knicks to land in this NBA Draft. The 21-year-old reportedly impressed Phil Jackson at the Knicks' training facilities last week, and considering he is not one of the most talked about players in the draft class, the Knicks have a legitimate chance of landing the kid.
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