New York Knicks: NBA Draft Team Needs
2007-08 Record: 23-59; 5th Atlantic
Draft Picks: 6
Key Free Agents
G Fred Jones
How they got here and what they need
The Knicks over the past three seasons have been one of the most dysfunctional franchises in all of sports let alone the NBA. But the reign of Isiah Thomas has mercifully come to an end with Donnie Walsh taking over as club president and Mike D'Antoni the new head coach. But problems still exist in the form of lazy veterans who are in no shape to run D'Antoni's system and an owner in Christopher Dolan who can't seem to stay out of his own way (Isiah as an advisor? I wouldn't want that man running a concession stand in the Garden).
First and foremost the Knicks need a point guard since Stephon Marbury is in the last year of his lucrative deal. But if there isn't a good option at the point on the board look for the decision makers to find the player who could be the best fit in the running system.
Who they take
With both Bayless and Mayo possibly off the board, the Knicks may have to look for the best fit with their only selection of the night. But a trade down to pick up an extra pick or two could also be in the works if this were the case. If they stay here, I think New York will draft Anthony Randolph from LSU. Kevin Love has a superior basketball IQ, but in regards to athleticism Randolph can be a better fit in New York.
Draft History (since 2000)
- - 2007: Wilson Chandler (23rd)
- - 2006: Renaldo Balkman (20th), Mardy Collins (29th)
- - 2005: Channing Frye (8th), David Lee (30th), Dijon Thompson (54th)
- - 2004: Trevor Ariza (44th)
- - 2003: Mike Sweetney (9th), Maciej Lampe (30th), Slavko Vranes (39th)
- - 2002: Milos Vujanic (36th)
- - 2001: Michael Wright (39th), Eric Chenowith (43rd)
- - 2000: Donnell Harvey (22nd), Lavor Postell (39th)