True Hoop Network Mock Draft: With the 17th Pick, The New York Knickerbockers select…Klay Thompson
While I (and many in Knick Knation) was tempted to pluck uber-rebounder and WoW darling Kenneth Faried, the sweet-shooting Thompson certainly fills the long-distance cupboard that was summarily emptied in the Carmelo Anthony deal. The Reggie Miller comparison that Donnie Walsh has been floating certainly caught my eye as well. Though Thompson’s not expected to be around in the actual draft, in the mocktastic world, as faux-GM, I’ll gladly snag the lithe PAC-10 gunner. While it’s true that I, Mock Knick Grand Poobah, am still pining for size to fill out the ‘Bockers downsized front line. But, since neither Vucevic, Biyombo, nor either of the Morris twins were available, I decided in my infinite mock wisdom to go BPA (best player available).
How’d my mock big mock board come together? Well, among the available wings, Marshon Brooks has a little too much Nick Young in his game for my liking, I don’t like Jordan Hamilton because he brings to mind Hamilton Jordan, Jimmy Carter’s top fixer/Chief of Staff, and reaching for a PG like Josh Selby, Reggie Jackson, or Darius Morris this early seemed unwise. Especially since there are quite a few similar, if of lesser stature, floor generals who might be available at the end of Round One/beginning of Round Two (assuming Donnie still gets to toss around his last bushel of Cablevi$ions before he walks off into the cornfields of Indiana and semi-disappears, Field of Dreams-style.) like Charles Jenkins, Shelvin Mack, Nolan Smith, Norris Cole, and my personal favorite, Iman Shumpert. loves me some Iman because “Shumpert” sounds like the name of an obscure Jewish delicacy — a pickled herring of some sort, perhaps.
P.S.: (Shameless plug) For any Knickerbloggeristas in New York City this week, a play of mine called STRUCK is opening this theater festival on Wednesday Night. Alas no hoops-related content, but plenty of good ol’ fashioned rock and roll. Click on the links for more info.
And I’m in a full lion costume for a big chunk of the show, so there’s that.
Hey, did you know that in addition to banging the keys here and occasionally for the NY Times, Robert is a playwright, an actor and a wand'ring mendicant/gadfly? He also once wrestled a bear...and lost.