NYT Draft prospects / Draft chat
So I wrote a thing over at the thing about three possible candidates for the Knicks’ pick tonight, which if I remember correctly is the 103rd:
Having dealt away their first-round draft pick in the 2010 Tracy McGrady trade, the Knicks’ hopes for adding depth will now have to be realized in the second round. But while rotation-ready players are seldom found outside the top 30, the past two drafts have seen the Knicks walk away with a pair of finds – Landry Fields (2010) and Josh Harrellson (2011) – who both ended up making rookie year contributions.
This year’s draft – which will be shown Thursday on ESPN – is one of the deepest in recent years. But it also marks one of the least dramatic, with many first-round mock boards showing similar selections. Where things get jumbled is in the second round, where “upside” becomes more difficult to pin down, and the line between contributor and roster flotsam can be thin.
You can read about the actual candidates here. Once the show gets underway, feel free to use this as your dart board for Dion Waiters jokes. We’ll try and have something up about whomever the Knicks pick as soon as we can! In the mean time, if any y’all are hanging around Newark and wouldn’t mind pinning a sign that reads “I CLUB BABY PUFFINS” in blood red letters on Draymond Green’s suit, that’d be capital. Really need that guy to fall. To us.
Beyond his work for KnickerBlogger, Jim is a contributor to the New York Times Off the Dribble NBA blog, ESPN.com, and The Classical. He is currently working on a biography of Robert Silverman, titled "Clownin' and Astoundin.'" Follow him on Twitter @JPCavan.