By Matt Constas on June 26, 2014
Phil Jackson and the New York Knicks made their biggest move Wednesday in the short Zen Master era. With two picks in Thursday's NBA Draft, what should they do with the picks?
Rumors within the past week have linked Iman Shumpert in trade talks as potentially being traded away for a late first-round pick. Now with the 34th and 51st picks in the draft, the Knicks could attach one of those picks to him to increase his value and try and get a pick in the first round. Look for the Phoenix Suns, who have three first-rounders, and the Oklahoma City Thunder to be possible suitors.
Fair won't be an NBA star, but his intelligence and experience can help the Knicks. He is a winner, helping lead Syracuse to 119 wins and a Final Four appearance in his four-year career. He is a crafty lefty who showed he isn't great as a No. 1 option, but plays well feeding off of others. His mid-range game is his strength and while he has some work to do, he proved he is willing to improve after attending 17 workouts before the draft.
The 6-foot-6 Harris had a great career at UVA, improving every step along the way. He has "dangerous role player" written all over him as he plays well on both sides, and shot 40.7 percent from three over his career in Charlottesville. He is a smart guy who is a great teammate, something Jackson and Derek Fisher will love.
The 7-foot-3 center from Spain has potential to be a force in the NBA if taught the right way. After trading away Tyson Chandler, the Knicks are looking for a new franchise center, and this could be their man. His 7-foot-9 wingspan makes Tavares something unique. He can protect the rim and play well on the pick-and-roll, but still has a lot of room to develop offensively and is prone to foul trouble. Still, his potential is sky-high.
Young is a beast, and an experienced big man who can match the strength and physicality of NBA right away. He is well coached from Billy Donovan in Florida and will be willing to learn. He blocks shots, rebounds and scores well. He will continue to improve, and his passion and strength could be really useful for the Knicks.
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