Knicks Draft Frank Ntilikina #8, Damyean Dotson #44, and Ognjen Jaramaz #58

The New York Knicks walked into the draft with the league abuzz about the prospect of the franchise doing something drastic and frankly devastating stupid. However the evening was a humdrum affair for New Yorkers, as the team selected two guards, and more importantly didn’t trade away their prize jewel. Let’s overlook the Porzingis-Jackson kerfuffle for now and concentrate on the two players the Knicks acquired.

Although yours truly had hopes for Dennis Smith Jr., and the NC State guard was available at #8, Ntilikina offers a similar ray of hope for the team. I preferred Smith because he was more of a known quantity. College stats offer up a better translation to the pros, and Junior had the right numbers in the right places to indicate probable success in the NBA. European stats are harder to transcribe, as witnessed by ESPN giving Frank both the highest probability to become an All Star and the highest probability for failure as well.

And while I would have gone with the surer choice, the Knicks went with the higher ceiling pick for the second draft in a row. In the end, New York still picked up a point guard, something that has been a need for the team for most of it’s post-Clyde history.

There’s no point in trying to figure out who Ntilikina is yet. The youngling hasn’t even turned 19! The first chance we’ll really get will be in summer league, where he’ll play against more NBA-worthy competition. Even still it could take a season or two before he really grows into his skin, both literally and figuratively. So we may have to wait until 2019 before we understand what kind of NBA player he’ll be.

New York’s second selection was guard Damyean Dotson from Houston. On first glance Dotson’s profile seems underrated for a late second rate pick. His RSB/40 (rebounds+steals+blocks per 40 minutes) is 9.3, well over what you’d want from a shooting guard. But further inspection shows that the number is nearly all rebounding (8.1 reb/40), so Dotson is mediocre in steals and lacking in blocked shots. A quick scan of Houston’s team minutes show that Dotson played more 3 than 2, which might pad his rebounding rate. Hence his athleticism is questionable.

Additionally scouting reports reveal that his offensive game is mostly from jumpshots, and not drives, another knock on his physical ability.

While a fairly versatile shot maker, Dotson doesn’t bring all that much in terms of NBA level creation ability, and tends to live off of contested looks (jumpers were 84.5% of his field goal attempts last year). Bouncy in the open floor, Dotson’s athleticism doesn’t always translate to the half court and he isn’t overly advanced on the ball, evident by his 0.46 PPP in pick and roll, 0.65 PPP in isolations and 2.0 free throw attempts per 40 minutes. Dotson will really have to be a knockdown shooter from the NBA line to have offensive value…

The good news is that Dotson has the size and three point shooting (44.1% his senior year) to be a 3-and-D player. Of course much like Ntilikina, the answer to Dotson’s future is better learned once he suits up in Orlando. Until then Knick fans will just have to hope and wonder on the prospects of their two newest players.

As for the third, Ognjen Jaramaz, New Yorkers might have to wait a little longer. Jaramaz doesn’t really stand out in any area, as the first paragraph of DraftExpress’ profile of him seems to concentrate on everything else but Ognjen.

Among the top performers from this past weekend’s adidas Eurocamp, Ogjen Jaramaz is a member of the top-heavy 1995-born generation that is automatically eligible for the 2017 NBA Draft. A staple of Beobasket-run Serbian prospect-haven Mega Leks, Jaramaz is one of the lone holdovers who has played alongside all of the club’s recent NBA Draftees; Nemanja Dangubic, Nikola Jokic, Vasilije Micic, Rade Zagorac, Timothe Luwawu, and Ivica Zubac. Averaging 12.2 points and 3.5 assists per game this season, Jaramaz had a solid season with Mega before his strong showing at the Eurocamp. Earning quite a bit of attention from NBA scouts in a down year for international prospects, Jaramaz may be the favorite to emerge from the secondary tier of automatically eligible prospects, which typically produces at least a few picks, to hear his name called late on draft night.

My guess is that the team stashes him in Europe for a year or two before calling him over. It’s possible he’ll compete in summer leagues, and perhaps he even joins Westchester as well. But I don’t see him in a NBA game any time soon.

Knicks Morning News (2017.06.23)

  • [ESPN] Knicks owner James Dolan sang the blues — literally — during Thursday’s NBA draft
    (Thursday, June 22, 2017 3:27:10 PM)

    Knicks owner James Dolan sang the blues — literally — during Thursday’s NBA draft

  • [ESPN] Jackson extols Ntilikina’s hoops IQ, ‘athleticism’
    (Thursday, June 22, 2017 9:51:13 PM)

    Jackson extols Ntilikina’s hoops IQ, ‘athleticism’

  • [ESPN] Youth served as record 16 freshmen go in 1st
    (Thursday, June 22, 2017 8:06:15 PM)

    Youth served as record 16 freshmen go in 1st

  • [ESPN] Sources: Celtics, Knicks talk Porzingis trade
    (Thursday, June 22, 2017 4:48:08 PM)

    Sources: Celtics, Knicks talk Porzingis trade

  • [ESPN] Draft prospect: Phil dozed during my workout
    (Thursday, June 22, 2017 2:20:19 PM)

    Draft prospect: Phil dozed during my workout

  • [NYDN] Knicks draft Frank Ntilikina with No. 8 overall pick in NBA Draft
    (Thursday, June 22, 2017 10:01:51 PM)

    There was a lot of chatter about the Knicks acquiring a higher pick in a blockbuster.

  • [NYDN] Clear after draft that Carmelo Anthony doesn’t fit Knicks’ plans
    (Thursday, June 22, 2017 9:32:59 PM)

    Not that it was in doubt, but the draft reinforced that Carmelo Anthony doesn’t fit into New York’s plans.

  • [NYDN] Phil Jackson gets guy, but far from over with Kristaps Porzingis
    (Thursday, June 22, 2017 9:30:52 PM)

    The trade talks and Phil Jackson’s acknowledgment that they were fielding calls was the Knicks way of retaliating.

  • [NYDN] Knicks select Damyean Dotson, Ognjen Jaramaz in second round
    (Thursday, June 22, 2017 9:29:00 PM)

    He’s a shooter who can help spread the floor, averaging 17.4 points as a senior.

  • [NYDN] ‘Don’t Trade Porzingis’ billboard goes up across street from MSG
    (Thursday, June 22, 2017 8:20:51 PM)

    Phil Jackson can’t even get home court advantage in New York City.

  • [NYDN] Infamous kid who booed Kristaps Porzingis back at NBA Draft
    (Thursday, June 22, 2017 8:01:24 PM)

    What a difference two years makes.

  • [NYDN] Dick Vitale rips Knicks president Phil Jackson
    (Thursday, June 22, 2017 6:59:28 PM)

    Dick Vitale is not a fan of Phil Jackson, and the energetic basketball announcer called out the Knicks’ team president Thursday night

  • [NYDN] 6 things to know about this NBA Draft’s first round
    (Thursday, June 22, 2017 1:40:00 PM)

    With the NBA Draft Thursday night, here are six interesting facts to know about the first round.

  • [NYDN] Michael Rapaport on ugly Jackson-Porzingis feud, Odell’s antics
    (Thursday, June 22, 2017 11:27:45 AM)

    New York City-born actor and comedian Michael Rapaport has a few choice opinions about the Zen Master’s job performance.

  • [NYDN] Phil Jackson was falling asleep during a top prospect’s workout
    (Thursday, June 22, 2017 11:05:30 AM)

    The Knicks’ president may not have the best first-hand knowledge when it comes to making a decision.

  • [NYDN] Daughter of Bucks owner attempts to recruit Kristaps Porzingis
    (Thursday, June 22, 2017 10:31:08 AM)

    With rumors swirling about a potential Kristaps Porzingis trade, people are flocking to Twitter to recuit the Latvian.

  • [NYDN] Knicks asking price for Porzingis too high for Celtics – for now
    (Thursday, June 22, 2017 10:15:21 AM)

    The Celtics, as of now, are unwilling to meet his asking price, which would include two draft picks the Daily News has learned.

  • [NYDN] Stephen A. Smith slams Phil for signing Odom, ‘who was on crack!’
    (Thursday, June 22, 2017 10:00:28 AM)

    Stephen A. Smith isn’t buying Phil Jackson’s master plan for the Knicks either.

  • [NYPost] Phil gets message: ‘Don’t trade Porzingis’ billboard outside MSG
    (Friday, June 23, 2017 12:30:28 AM)

    Phil Jackson was a the Knicks’ offices in Tarrytown for the NBA draft Thursday night, but right outside Madison Square Garden, he was under attack. A digital billboard pleading with the Knicks to keep Kristaps Porzingis went live at the corner of 33rd and 7th. The pleas, of course, were answered as Porzingis made it…

  • [NYPost] Knicks snag two more guards in the second round of NBA draft
    (Thursday, June 22, 2017 9:18:06 PM)

    Knicks president Phil Jackson talked about wanting guards in the draft and pulled off a trifecta. After nabbing point guard Frank Ntilikina in the lottery, Jackson took two guards in the second round, including a 6-foot-6 shooting guard with a sketchy past but a solid offensive game. With the 44th pick, the Knicks tabbed Damyean…

  • [NYPost] Scorer who ‘plays like Michael’ Jordan surprised Knicks passed
    (Thursday, June 22, 2017 7:50:50 PM)

    Knicks fans weren’t alone in their disappointment over the team’s first-round pick. “I actually thought the Knicks would take me,” said Malik Monk, a high-scoring shooting guard out of Kentucky. Instead, they went with French point guard Frank Ntilikina with the eighth-overall pick in Thursday night’s NBA draft. The selection got a mixed reaction, cheers…

  • [NYPost] Knicks’ draft just put Porzingis on different kind of hot seat
    (Thursday, June 22, 2017 6:17:10 PM)

    So the sky didn’t fall on Madison Square Garden Thursday evening, and cooler heads prevailed. The Knicks weren’t able to pull off a heist, and neither were they snookered into a bad trade. There will be no charts and graphs recalling Bill Russell for Easy Ed Macauley, or Joe Barry Carroll for Robert Parrish and…

  • [NYPost] Knicks draft intriguing French point guard Frank Ntilikina
    (Thursday, June 22, 2017 4:27:12 PM)

    The Knicks kept the Latvian and added a Frenchman. After failing to reach a blockbuster for Kristaps Porzingis, the Knicks selected 18-year-old point guard Frank Ntilikina with the No. 8 pick in Thursday’s NBA draft, hoping they have their future triangle operator. The Knicks had four Europeans on their roster last season, and Ntilikina, dressed…

  • [NYPost] The whirlwind 24 hours for Knicks’ French draft target
    (Thursday, June 22, 2017 10:26:46 AM)

    French point guard and potential Knicks draft pick Frank Ntilikina was up at 7 a.m. Thursday morning doing basketball drills at the gym Carmelo Anthony owns at the apartment complex in which Kristaps Porzingis and Sasha Vujacic live. The workout was run by Chris Brickley, who left the Knicks as player developmental coach two months…

  • [NYPost] Phil Jackson fell asleep at my workout: top NBA Draft pick
    (Thursday, June 22, 2017 10:21:55 AM)

    Phil Jackson has made some baffling moves since taking over as president of the Knicks in 2014. As recently as this week, the Zen Master confirmed he would consider trading franchise player Kristaps Porzingis. All of it has led Knicks fans, among others, to question just what the heck Jackson’s problem is. Turns out the…

  • [NYPost] Phil Jackson’s pal makes it personal with Kristaps Porzingis
    (Thursday, June 22, 2017 8:27:36 AM)

    Charley Rosen, Phil Jackson’s longtime confidant, offered a counter-argument in his column before Thursday’s draft on why Kristaps Porzingis may need to be traded. Rosen, a former assistant coach with the Albany Patroons, normally has the pulse of the Zen Master and predicted over the winter that Carmelo Anthony had “outlived his usefulness in New…

  • [NY Newsday] NBA Draft: Knicks take Frank Ntilikina, French point guard, No. 8 overall
    (Friday, June 23, 2017 12:55:48 AM)

    GREENBURGH, N.Y. — Kristaps Porzingis remains on the Knicks’ roster and has a new guard to pass him the ball.

  • [NY Newsday] NBA Draft 2017 live chat recap
    (Thursday, June 22, 2017 10:50:00 PM)

    The 2017 NBA draft finally has arrived.

  • [NYTimes] Bulls and Timberwolves Upstage Draft With Jimmy Butler Trade
    (Friday, June 23, 2017 4:17:50 AM)

    There were no big surprises among the early selections in the draft, but Chicago sent Butler, a three-time All Star, to Minnesota.

  • [NYTimes] N.B.A. Prospect Knows What It’s Like to Be a Pro (but in Baseball)
    (Thursday, June 22, 2017 5:30:23 PM)

    Donovan Mitchell Jr., the son of the Mets’ director of player relations, is a 6-foot-3 guard with a 6-10 wingspan, a cool nickname and a chance to be a lottery pick.

  • [NYTimes] Stephon Marbury Stars as Himself in Chinese Hoops Biopic
    (Thursday, June 22, 2017 10:29:10 PM)

    The former N.B.A. player has become a beloved celebrity since decamping for professional basketball in China, and a sequel is in the works.

  • [NYTimes] On Pro Basketball: Lakers Have a Plan While the Knicks Hold Triangle Tryouts
    (Thursday, June 22, 2017 1:59:49 PM)

    While the pieces seem to be falling into place in Los Angeles, turmoil surrounds the directionless Knicks and their president, Phil Jackson.

  • [NYTimes] Knicks Choose Frank Ntilikina of France in the Draft, Avoiding a Dramatic Twist
    (Friday, June 23, 2017 4:32:55 AM)

    Ntilikina, 18, was an intriguing first-round pick, but his selection was almost anticlimactic after days of speculation that the Knicks might trade Kristaps Porzingis.

  • [NYTimes] ‘Bizarre and Unusual’: Readers Respond to Helicopter Parenting
    (Thursday, June 22, 2017 11:04:41 PM)

    We asked readers to send us their stories about being a helicopter parent, having such a parent or seeing the phenomenon play out in their workplace.

  • [SNY Knicks] Knicks select PG Frank Ntilikina in first round of NBA Draft
    (Thursday, June 22, 2017 8:25:44 PM)

    The Knicks selected point guard Frank Ntilinkina with the eighth overall pick in the first round of the NBA Draft on Thursday night at Barclays Center in Brooklyn.

  • [SNY Knicks] GEICO SportsNite: Ntilikina reacts to being drafted by Knicks
    (Friday, June 23, 2017 2:53:49 AM)

    Frank Ntilikina reacts to being drafted by Knicks on GEICO SportsNite.

  • [SNY Knicks] Knicks pick Frank Ntilikina could be perfect fit for the triangle
    (Thursday, June 22, 2017 9:00:25 PM)

    Unable to trade up in the lottery, the Knicks held on to the No. 8 pick and selected French point guard Frank Ntilikina, who was promptly greeted with a mix of cheers and boos when his name was announced by NBA Commissioner Adam Silver at Barclays Center.

  • [SNY Knicks] GEICO SportsNite: Reflecting on the Knicks draft night
    (Friday, June 23, 2017 3:05:31 AM)

    GEICO SportsNite looks back on the Knicks draft night.

  • [SNY Knicks] Knicks select SG Damyean Dotson with 44th overall pick in NBA draft
    (Thursday, June 22, 2017 11:43:52 PM)

    The Knicks selected SG Knicks SG Damyean Dotson with 44th overall pick in the second round of the NBA Draft on Thursday night at Barclays Center in Brooklyn.

  • [SNY Knicks] Knicks select Ognjen Jaramaz with No. 58 pick
    (Friday, June 23, 2017 12:35:10 AM)

    The Knicks selected Serbian point guard Ognjen Jaramaz with the 58th overall pick.

  • [SNY Knicks] Celtics send trade offers for Porzingis, but neither side is close: report
    (Thursday, June 22, 2017 6:30:30 PM)

    Multiple teams — including the Celtics — have been engaging the Knicks in trade talks for Kristaps Porzingis, but none are willing to meet the Knicks’ demands yet.

  • [SNY Knicks] Daily News Live: What to expect from Knicks on draft night
    (Thursday, June 22, 2017 6:16:43 PM)

    What will the Knicks do on draft night?

  • [SNY Knicks] PG Frank Ntilikina high on Knicks’ Draft board
    (Thursday, June 22, 2017 4:30:43 PM)

    French prospect, PG Frank Ntilikina, met with the Knicks Wednesday morning, according to Adam Zagoria.

  • [SNY Knicks] Knicks owner James Dolan to skip NBA Draft for concert with his band
    (Thursday, June 22, 2017 12:16:40 PM)

    Knicks owner, James Dolan, won’t be present for the 2017 NBA Draft because his band “JD & The Straight Shot” have a show to perform, per CBS Sports’ Jack Maloney.

  • [SNY Knicks] Teams using Twitter to recruit Kristaps Porzingis
    (Thursday, June 22, 2017 12:35:41 PM)

    Since the news of the Knicks possibly trading away F Kristaps Porzingis surfaced, teams have taken to social media to recruit the young star, per NY Post’s Jaclyn Hendricks.

  • [SNY Knicks] Duke’s Luke Kennard says he would fit well in Knicks’ triangle
    (Thursday, June 22, 2017 10:18:07 AM)

    Duke SG Luke Kennard thinks he can work well in the Knicks’ triangle offense after his workout with the team last week, per NY Daily News’ Daniel Popper.

  • [SNY Knicks] GEICO SportsNite: Is NYC still the mecca of basketball?
    (Thursday, June 22, 2017 1:05:40 PM)

    SNY’s Eamon McAnaney reports on the state of basketball in New York City, which may be losing its claim as the epicenter of hoops talent.

  • [SNY Knicks] New York Sports Today: Knicks keep Porzingis for now
    (Thursday, June 22, 2017 9:26:25 AM)

  • Everything Will Be All Right…Right? – The 2017 NBA Draft Thread

    No matter what, tonight will be an interesting night.

    Who will the Knicks pick with the #8 pick?

    Will they trade for a second (or even a third!) first round pick?

    Will they trade up in the draft to get another second rounder?

    Will they trade their current two second rounders for one second rounder higher in the second round?

    Will they, you know, trade that one guy?

    We will likely find out the answers to all of these questions….TONIGHT!

    Let’s go, Knicks!

    Knicks Morning News (2017.06.22)

  • [NYTimes] 2017 N.B.A. Mock Drafts: Markelle Fultz, Lonzo Ball, Then Who?
    (Wednesday, June 21, 2017 1:02:41 PM)

    The 76ers and Lakers are expected to take Markelle Fultz and Lonzo Ball with the top two picks. After that, it gets interesting.

  • [NYTimes] On Pro Basketball: Lakers Have a Plan While the Knicks Hold Triangle Tryouts
    (Thursday, June 22, 2017 1:21:58 AM)

    While the pieces seem to be falling into place in Los Angeles, turmoil surrounds the directionless Knicks and their president, Phil Jackson.

  • [NYTimes] Kristaps Porzingis Gone? Carmelo Anthony Staying? Phil Jackson on the State of the Knicks
    (Thursday, June 22, 2017 3:59:33 AM)

    Jackson, in an interview with the Madison Square Network, confirms the speculation that has surround two of the team’s marquee players.

  • [NYTimes] French Point Guard Frank Ntilikina Actually Likes the Knicks
    (Wednesday, June 21, 2017 11:46:52 PM)

    A presumptive lottery pick in Thursday’s N.B.A. draft even had kind words for Phil Jackson, the team’s embattled president.

  • [NY Newsday] Phil Jackson confirms he’s listening to offers for Kristaps Porzingis
    (Wednesday, June 21, 2017 10:37:00 PM)

    Phil Jackson acknowledged that he has received calls and is listening to offers for Kristaps Porzingis. The Knicks president didn’t dismiss the notion that he would move the 21-year-old forward for the right price.

  • [NY Newsday] Frank Ntilikina believes he’s a good fit for Knicks’ triangle
    (Wednesday, June 21, 2017 7:32:12 PM)

    French guard Frank Ntilikina met with Knicks president Phil Jackson and other team officials Wednesday morning.

  • [SNY Knicks] GEICO SportsNite: NBA Draft Media Day
    (Thursday, June 22, 2017 2:54:39 AM)

    Michelle Yu catches up with all of the top prospects heading into Thursday night’s NBA draft in Brooklyn.

  • [SNY Knicks] Jackson says Knicks listening on trade proposals for Porzingis
    (Wednesday, June 21, 2017 9:56:23 PM)

    Knicks president Phil Jackson said in an interview with MSG Network that the Knicks are receiving calls and listening to trade proposals for Kristaps Porzingis.

  • [SNY Knicks] Michael Rapaport reacts to Porzingis trade rumors
    (Wednesday, June 21, 2017 10:06:50 PM)

    Actor and Knicks fan Michael Rapaport reacts to the trade rumors swirling around Knicks power forward Kristaps Porzingis on Loud Mouths…

  • [SNY Knicks] Knicks have their eyes on Donovan Mitchell, Jr.
    (Wednesday, June 21, 2017 7:01:07 PM)

    The Knicks have Louisville guard Donovan Mitchell Jr., the son of Mets director of player relations Donovan Mitchell, on their radar for the 2017 NBA Draft.

  • [SNY Knicks] Dennis Smith Jr., Markkanen viable Draft options for Knicks
    (Wednesday, June 21, 2017 1:45:47 PM)

    On the eve of the NBA Draft, here’s a look at four more prospects the Knicks could consider taking.

  • [SNY Knicks] PG Frank Ntilikina met with Knicks on Wednesday
    (Wednesday, June 21, 2017 1:11:43 PM)

    French prospect, PG Frank Ntilikina, met with the Knicks Wednesday morning, according to Adam Zagoria.

  • [SNY Knicks] Suns, Celtics among potential destinations for Kristaps Porzingis
    (Wednesday, June 21, 2017 11:00:18 AM)

    Knicks president Phil Jackson has not ruled out the possibility of trading Knicks F Kristaps Porzingis, and many teams are interested, per The Vertical’s Adrian Wojnarowski.

  • [SNY Knicks] PG Donovan Mitchell scheduled to work out for Knicks Wednesday
    (Wednesday, June 21, 2017 10:58:24 AM)

    Louisville prospect, PG Donovan Mitchell, is scheduled to workout for the Knicks Wednesday, per ESPN’s Ian Begley.

  • [SNY Knicks] Monk would be among ideal prospects to fit Knicks system, handle N.Y.
    (Wednesday, June 21, 2017 9:15:00 AM)

    Should Malik Monk be available when the Knicks pick at No. 8, New York could be looking at its future franchise point guard.

  • [SNY Knicks] Timeout with Taylor Rooks Podcast: NBA Finals MVP Kevin Durant
    (Wednesday, June 21, 2017 9:00:50 AM)

    Timeout with Taylor Rooks Podcast: NBA Finals MVP Kevin Durant

  • [NYDN] Duke’s Luke Kennard is sold on playing in Knicks’ triangle
    (Wednesday, June 21, 2017 10:00:23 PM)

    Kennard has shot up NBA Draft boards over the last several months.

  • [NYDN] Carmelo Anthony tells Knicks he wants to stay in New York
    (Wednesday, June 21, 2017 9:48:36 PM)

    Anthony was given a no-trade clause by Jackson during their contract negotiations in 2014.

  • [NYDN] Evaluating Knicks’ draft prospects for No. 8 overall pick
    (Wednesday, June 21, 2017 9:45:32 PM)

    The pros and cons of Knicks draft prospects for their No. 8 overall pick.

  • [NYDN] Phil Jackson says Knicks are listening to offers for Porzingis
    (Wednesday, June 21, 2017 6:42:06 PM)

    The Knicks are “listening” to trade offers for Porzingis.

  • [NYDN] Josh Jackson refuses to workout for Boston, Knicks could trade up
    (Wednesday, June 21, 2017 5:27:10 PM)

    Josh Jackson’s decision not to work out for the Boston Celtics could alter the top selections in Thursday’s NBA Draft.

  • [NYDN] Dennis Smith Jr. on Knicks, triangle & other guards in NBA draft
    (Wednesday, June 21, 2017 12:21:24 PM)

    Not long ago, Dennis Smith Jr. was considered better than all these point guards – Markelle Fultz, Lonzo Ball, D’Aaron Fox.

  • [NYDN] Frank Ntilikina on meeting with Knicks, upcoming NBA draft
    (Wednesday, June 21, 2017 11:23:07 AM)

    French point guard prospect Frank Ntilikina says he met with Phil Jackson, Jeff Hornacek and other members of the Knicks this week.

  • [NYDN] VIDEO: Michael Rapaport begs Phil not to trade Kristaps Porzingis
    (Wednesday, June 21, 2017 7:35:19 AM)

    Michael Rapaport joined fellow New Yorkers in opposition to reports of Phil Jackson’s willingness to trade away Kristaps Porzingis.

  • [NYDN] Celtics interested in trading for Knicks star Kristaps Porzingis
    (Wednesday, June 21, 2017 6:35:18 AM)

    As Phil Jackson’s stated publicly, he’s not ruling out dealing anybody — including Kristaps Porzingis. And the Celtics are interested.

  • [NYDN] Knicks eye either Booker, Chriss from Suns for Porzingis: report
    (Wednesday, June 21, 2017 6:26:16 AM)

    Phil Jackson and the Knicks targeted either Devin Booker or Marquese Chriss from the Suns in a potential deal.

  • [ESPN] Phil on KP offers: Will do what’s best for team
    (Wednesday, June 21, 2017 9:32:48 PM)

    Phil on KP offers: Will do what’s best for team

  • [ESPN] Vote: How do you see draft night playing out?
    (Wednesday, June 21, 2017 5:08:09 PM)

    Vote: How do you see draft night playing out?

  • [NYPost] Joel Embiid to Porzingis: You can miss exit meetings in Philly
    (Thursday, June 22, 2017 12:37:28 AM)

    Joel Embiid apparently heard Phil Jackson and the Knicks are listening to offers for Kristaps Porzingis, so he made his own personal pitch to the 7-foot-3 big man to join the 76ers. The 76ers 7-foot center took a dig at Phil Jackson in the process, tweeting: The tweet was in reference to Jackson bringing up…

  • [NYPost] Knicks eyeing point guard of the future with the No. 8 pick
    (Wednesday, June 21, 2017 8:35:37 PM)

    French point guard Frank Ntilikina met with team president Phil Jackson, general manager Steve Mills and coach Jeff Hornacek at a restaurant next to the Garden on Wednesday morning. Later, Ntilikina, an 18-year-old point guard fresh off a plane from Paris and the French league finals, attended a pre-draft press conference in Midtown, where he…

  • [NYPost] Phil confirms Porzingis trade talk in stunningly frank interview
    (Wednesday, June 21, 2017 5:48:22 PM)

    Phil Jackson confirmed he is listening to offers for Kristaps Porzingis and would pull the trigger if something is intriguing. Nevertheless, the Knicks president said nothing has piqued his interest yet, but he has to do “what’s good for the club.’’ A source told The Post on Wednesday the Knicks want a top-four pick and…

  • [NYPost] Knicks’ long-shot new Porzingis: Phil Jackson meeting was ‘great’
    (Wednesday, June 21, 2017 1:03:51 PM)

    Arizona 7-footer Lauri Markkanen has never met Kristaps Porzingis. But the Finnish big man has texted him and spoken on the phone with him on multiple occasions. “We’ve talked about this process on text, phone, during the season,’’ the 20-year-old Markkanen said at Wednesday’s pre-draft press availability in Midtown. “Not in a while.’’ And certainly…

  • [NYPost] Kristaps Porzingis talks Knicks frustration, newest ‘obsession’
    (Wednesday, June 21, 2017 10:25:43 AM)

    Memo to Phil Jackson: Kristaps Porzingis is getting stronger, putting on weight and “obsessed’’ with his offseason training. However, the 7-foot-3 Latvian for whom the Knicks president is listening to trade offers gave a lukewarm endorsement of the triangle offense, saying it hasn’t worked yet because the Knicks haven’t had the right players. In an…

  • [NYPost] NBA mock draft: Knicks splash, Celtics mystery waiting after 1-2
    (Wednesday, June 21, 2017 9:09:09 AM)

    If honesty were indeed the policy employed by most folks who attempt to piece together mock drafts, a lot of picks past the top 10 merely would be listed as NBC: No (Bleeping) Clue. But here is one stab, based on talks with executives, scouts, writers and bartenders across the country, at what may happen…

  • Roundtable: 2017 Knicks Pre-Draft Discussion

    The player taken well before the Knicks’ #8 pick that will be a bust…

    KURYLO: I’m going to go with De’Aaron Fox. I like his defense, but he just strikes me as a bit inconsistent and his outside shooting is a red flag. Fox’s ability to drive and throw alley-oops hints at a game that is more style than substance, and I’m concerned what will happen against more athletic and more skilled opponents. Point guards that can’t run an offense usually transition to shooting guard, but what happens when that player can’t shoot either?

    I’ll throw a second one in the mix: Jayson Tatum. Supposedly he’s a tweener forward, a good iso scorer with passing issues, and questionable defensive desire. Been there, done that. I’ll pass.

    FISHER-COHEN: I don’t love this question since I don’t think it should be much of a consideration for bad teams. Upside matters way more than floor due to the max individual salary since solid role players tend to get paid something around if not more than their value after four years. You could get the same production from a free agent at similar dollars. I’ll go with Fox though since he’s the only one with a flaw that could damn his career if he doesn’t address it. The jumper-less guards who succeed at the NBA level tend to be otherworldly athletes, which Fox is not.

    GIBBERMAN: I’ll go with Jayson Tatum. I don’t see him being elite at anything. For his offense to truly take off his handle or shooting needs to get significantly better. His ability to be able to contain dribble penetrating wings is also a concern. He’s not nearly the offensive prospect Carmelo Anthony was, but might require some of the same limitations in team building without the elite level offense (in his prime).

    CROCKETT: It’s been a few years since I’ve spent much time on college hoops, but Tatum seems the most bustalicious of the top 8 or so picks. My reasoning is admittedly flimsy. I find it weird that the story on him really hasn’t gotten any more sophisticated or nuanced since the end of the college season. Fox’s story, by contrast, has had the standard arc: post-NCAA tournament bump that has settled into the standard “Some people love him. Some people hate him” thing that we do with literally every PG. DSJ’s story has the same ending but comes from the opposite direction. The consistency of language in describing Tatum is Manchurian Candidate-like, which scares me. It’s like no one is looking closely at him.

    The player you really fear the Knicks will take at #8…

    KURYLO: … is Malik Monk. He doesn’t rate well on two of Ed Weiland metrics (2P% is under 50%, and RSB is only 4.9) so you wonder why his athleticism isn’t translating to on the court production in other areas? And while there are optimistic visions of Steph, Curry bested Monk in both of those categories by a wide margin. So the likelihood that Malik has a similar growth spurt when he hits the pros is nil.

    The last thing this team needs is a big man scorer that doesn’t rebound or play defense. Lauri Markkanen would be a mistake, partially because he’d be teamed with Porzingis (and perhaps ‘Melo too) and the pair do not complement each other. Honestly I’m not big with taking one way players, unless they can *really* make a difference on offense. And Markkanen doesn’t strike me as that guy.

    FISHER-COHEN: I wish I could add some diversity to the responses here, but I agree with Mike. Monk is a true one-dimensional player as well as being undersized and lacking in length. The problem with the Curry comparison — which is what people seem to fall back on when defending Monk — is it basically translates to, “If Monk improves at a rate that virtually no other player improves, he will be great.” Yes, Curry stayed two more years, and if Monk stayed two more years and showed the same level of improvement Curry did, he’d be a much better prospect.

    GIBBERMAN: I understand the concerns about Monk, but I do think there’s a more well-rounded player in there than we’ve probably seen. It’s happened before with Kentucky players and Cal’s very stringent usage of them at the collegiate level. If they take Markkanen I’ll flip.

    CROCKETT: I’m an Arizona alum but Markkanen’s defense frightens me. I didn’t see that much of Monk, but got the impression that he’s a rich man’s Courtney Lee — with a chance to be Rip Hamilton — that will produce exactly what you can reasonably expect from an 8th pick. Somehow that production for Minnesota or Dallas would be totally OK, but for NY it would always be seen as an unforgivable reach.

    The player you hope falls to #8…

    KURYLO: I have to go with Florida State’s Jonathan Isaac. He’s 6-10, rebounds, was an efficient scorer (62% ts%), hit 34.8% from downtown, and is only a freshman. Much like Zinger, he still has the ability to fill-out his body. Isaac seems pegged to go 6th so it’s not impossible for him to drop to 8. A blogger can hope, right?

    FISHER-COHEN: For metagame reasons, I’ll go with Fox. I don’t think the triangle is a solution or a problem except insofar as Jackson has used the lack of it as an explanation for all his failures. It is a red herring that distracts fans, the media and Phil himself from the simple truth that the Knicks lack talent and aren’t investing near enough in their future to address that deficit. As an aggressive, quick, ball dominant guard, Fox doesn’t fit the traditional triangle and could give Hornacek an out… a way to prove the effectiveness of his more uptempo, guard-oriented style. As an unselfish player with strong court vision, he has the potential to help KP realize his potential as well.

    GIBBERMAN: Damn it, Mike stole mine. I’d love to see what Issac and KP could do together at PF and C, it’d be awesome to watch.

    CROCKETT: Lonzo, duh.

    The player taken after the #8 that will be better than the Knicks’ pick…

    KURYLO: I’ll go out on a 7 foot limb and say Zach Collins. He had the 10th highest 2P% and 7th highest shot block rate in college basketball last year. That’s impressive for a 19 year old. On the other hand, Collins was foul prone and didn’t play a lot of minutes. So essentially he’s got a high ceiling and low floor. He’s certainly not a sure fire guy like Myles Turner, but he has potential.

    FISHER-COHEN: Collins or Mitchell. Since Mike’s covered Collins, I’ll take Mitchell, who has gotten a lot of comparisons to Patrick Beverley, despite being an inch taller and 30 lbs heavier with a 4’ wider wingspan, and few to Avery Bradley who is the same height and a similar wingspan and also quite a lot lighter. Mitchell isn’t great going to the rim, and maybe he never will be, but if he can continue to improve his shooting as he did between his first and second year at Louisville, like Bradley, he may be able to be an excellent starter anyway.

    GIBBERMAN: There’s some injury concerns, but I’m still going to go with OG Anunoby. His steal and block rate numbers are better than Kawhi Leonard’s in college. He’s a legitimate freak, it’s just a question of how far along the offense, specifically his shot improve.

    CROCKETT: It’ll be Frank. We will pass on him. Dallas will take him and he’ll become Nic Batum but a real PG. (Feeling hella cynical at the moment.) Side note: Zach Collins has been similarly Manchurian Candidate-like, same as Tatum. I’ve been expecting him to vault up mock drafts to the point of being overvalued. Nothing really. What am I missing? What’s not to like?

    Realistically, who should the Knicks take at #8?

    KURYLO: Dennis Smith Jr. If you’re still not convinced about Smith over Monk, consider this. A critical consideration when scouting amateurs is looking at their level of athleticism. Often those AAAA players (good enough to dominate the minor leagues but not the pros) lack the ability to compete at that increased level of physical ability. That is, someone can be quick enough to blow by college defenders, but not fast enough to do the same maneuver against the pros.

    So a good litmus test to translate college stats to the professional level is by looking at *how* athletic a player is. With that in mind, look at the following two stat lines (per/40 min) & tell me which player is the better physical specimen:

    3.1 2.9 1.2 0.6 2.4 24.8 0.32
    5.2 7.1 2.2 0.5 2.4 20.8 0.48

    The second player (Smith) has a higher rate of rebounds, steals, and free throw rate, by a considerable margin. Based on those numbers, the only reason to take the first player (Monk) is the points. And if you’ve noticed, this franchise has failed year after year by overrating scoring (Rose, Bargnani, T-Mac, Francis, Curry, etc. etc. etc. ).

    Last note, look at those assist numbers. If you’ve been a Knicks fan for as long as I have, there is a running theme in our team’s history of not having a legit point guard. In the 80s, the team traded both Mark Jackson & Rod Strickland. In the 90s we turned to a QB and were thrilled to get a Nets one year wonder. (And forgot to play Blackman in the Finals.) In the 00s it was Stephon Marbury for ~$87M in between Howard Eisley & Chris Duhon. As for this decade, who was the Knicks best PG? Prigioni? Felton? Lin? Rose? Calderon?

    See my point? Maybe in 2010 we can look back and clearly say Dennis Smith Jr.?

    FISHER-COHEN: Of the players with a decent chance of being available, the only players I’d consider are Zach Collins, Smith Jr., and Ntilikina. If KP wasn’t here, I’d take Collins. His numbers are great, and he’s got the kind of all around game that would allow him to complement whatever pieces we add in the future. Collins shares too many strengths and weaknesses with KP though… It’s hard to see them thriving together. That leaves Smith Jr. and Ntilikina. I don’t love Ntilikina, but while the Spurs and Warriors are good case studies in favor of analytics, they’re also good case studies in favor of drafting smart, humble players. Smith has some character issues, and while those don’t always carry over to the pros, since I didn’t get to sit in on the interviews with him or watch his reaction to dashiki-clad Clarence Gaines’ oddball questions, I can’t judge for myself. Without that information, I have to pick Ntilikina.

    CROCKETT: Full on shoulder shrug. I’m open. I’d like to think that at #8 a team should be looking to walk away with a good player with limited upside more than the most (high variance) potential. But I have no idea what this FO will do.

    Knicks Morning News (2017.06.21)

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