Knicks Morning News (2017.05.11)

  • [NYDN] Knicks meet with Markelle Fultz at NBA Combine
    (Wednesday, May 10, 2017 9:09:59 PM)

    Fultz, unlike Lonzo Ball, actually showed up in Chicago for interviews and spoke with the top-8 teams in the lottery.

  • [NYDN] D’Antoni says he quit Knicks after Carmelo Anthony’s ultimatum
    (Wednesday, May 10, 2017 6:05:16 AM)

    Apparently it was an ultimatum from Carmelo Anthony that led to Mike D’Antoni’s resignation in New York.

  • [SNY Knicks] Porzingis’ brother: ‘Kris wants to stay in New York’
    (Wednesday, May 10, 2017 10:51:30 PM)

    Knicks forward Kristaps Porzingis would like to stay with the Knicks but wants the team to focus on winning and player development, his brother, Janis, said in an interview with ESPN.

  • [SNY Knicks] Report: Knicks meet with former Kentucky guard De’Aaron Fox
    (Wednesday, May 10, 2017 8:10:25 PM)

    The Knicks met with NBA prospect De’Aaron Fox in Chicago on Wednesday, according to ESPN.

  • [SNY Knicks] Report: Knicks to meet with Markelle Fultz
    (Wednesday, May 10, 2017 5:15:47 PM)

    The Knicks will hold a meeting with top NBA draft prospect Markelle Fultz in Chicago during the NBA Draft Combine, league sources told ESPN.

  • [SNY Knicks] Knicks interest in French guard Frank Ntilikina grows
    (Wednesday, May 10, 2017 3:30:00 PM)

    The Knicks continue to be impressed with French guard Frank Ntilikina as well as a pair of Kentucky guards, De’Aaron Fox and Malik Monk.

  • [NYTimes] On Pro Basketball: Spurs’ Manu Ginobili Channels His Younger Self and Is a Savior Again
    (Wednesday, May 10, 2017 5:58:10 PM)

    Depleted by injuries, the Spurs leaned on the oldest player left in the N.B.A. playoffs, and he gave them a vintage performance.

  • [NYTimes] Celtics’ Big First-Quarter Run Fuels Rout of Wizards
    (Thursday, May 11, 2017 3:58:01 AM)

    Avery Bradley scored 29 points, Al Horford contributed 19, and Isaiah Thomas had 18 as Boston took a three-games-to-two lead in the Eastern Conference semifinals.

  • [NYTimes] Manu Ginobili Blocks Harden to Give Spurs O.T. Victory and Series Lead
    (Wednesday, May 10, 2017 3:12:05 PM)

    Houston’s James Harden had a chance to tie the score near the end of the extra period, but his shot was blocked by the 39-year old Ginobili.

  • [NYPost] Phil Jackson talks with top point guards as draft lottery nears
    (Wednesday, May 10, 2017 4:13:50 PM)

    CHICAGO — Knicks president Phil Jackson is in town for this week’s NBA Draft Combine. Eight of the top 10 projected picks are not. Markelle Fultz is here. Lonzo Ball and his $495 sneakers are not. The two point-guard studs — from Washington and UCLA, respectively — are projected as the top two picks in…

  • [ESPN] Fran Fraschilla on Frank Ntilikina: ‘He has the look and feel of an NBA guard’
    (Wednesday, May 10, 2017 8:15:09 AM)

    Fran Fraschilla on Frank Ntilikina: ‘He has the look and feel of an NBA guard’

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    1. There are 9 players in this draft that will probably improve the Knicks during their rookie contract: 6 guards and 3 forwards. They’re gonna get a plus player with their 1st. Tuesday’s lottery will determine who that will be.

      Rounded odds are as follows:
      Top 3: about 1 in 5
      7th: about 3 in 5
      8th or 9th: about 1 in 5
      10th: Hell freezes over

      The goal will be drafting immediate rotation players in the 2nd round. I’d be looking for coachable atheletes with length, BB IQ, and a killer work ethic, ideally with some skills already.

      Over the prior two drafts, the Knicks have done very well with both picks and rookie free agents. So I’m hopeful.

    2. Fran Fraschilla (who raved about Porzingis before the 2015 draft) on Ntilikina:
      “Well, the broader view here is there’s likely to be five point guards drafted in the first 10. It’s going to be interesting. And most likely because of the fact that people don’t know him like they know the four college kids, he’s going to go fifth,” Fraschilla said. “And what I love about him — and by the way, I think he’s going to be able to show you — I hate to say this because I’m not a fan of the triangle, I think in the modern NBA the spacing doesn’t work as well as it did in the old days, but he’s a triangle kind of player, simply because he’s not really a 1, and he’s not really a 2. He’s a guard.

      “He can make decisions well. He shoots it well. He’s athletic. He could be a good defender. And you’re also looking at a kid who’s still 18 years old. His long-term potential as an NBA player is very good. I watched him last summer at the Jordan Gym in New York City, and he made 27 out of 30 NBA 3s. I think people who didn’t know him early on — the obligatory line when you don’t know somebody is, he’s a really good athlete, but he’s not a great shooter, and he’s dispelling that this year in France, shooting over 40 percent from the international 3. He doesn’t have the polish of a Fultz or Ball or the speed and athleticism or raw athleticism of Fox or Smith, but he has the look and feel of an NBA guard when he grows up.”

      We must all embrace Ntilikina. He’s our destiny.

    3. Tankathon has us selecting 7′ 2″ C Anzeys Paseniks with our second pick. He played for Gran Canaria last season and I looked everywhere for him when I was there last week. The palm trees always were in the way though. Besides, he has “niks” in his name and he’s from Latvia so that’s something.

    4. They also have us taking Tyler Dorsey with the last pick and I like him as well.

    5. Wow. I respect the hell out of KP for doing this. Dudes about winning.

      Begley:

      Kristaps Porzingis’ brother Janis Porzingis said the Knicks forward wishes to remain in New York but also wants the club to create an environment conducive to player development and winning.

      His brother made it clear that if traded, Porzingis intends to play out his contract and test free agency.

      “Kris wants to stay in New York; he feels at home there. There is no question about it. The only thing he wants is for the Knicks to create an environment where he can develop and grow as a player and win,” Janis Porzingis said in an interview with ESPN. “If he were traded, he would play out his contract and head into free agency, where he can choose his own destiny.”

    6. Hes really hammering hard at the top to bottom stupidity at msg and saying fix it or I’m out.

    7. I have a fair amount of fear that Minnesota will pick Ntilikina ahead of us. If you look at their depth chart, they clearly have a need at the 2, whether or not Rubio or Dunn is playing the point. Lavine was pretty much playing the 2 by the time he got injured, but after a major injury like that to a guy who is so reliant on his athleticism, you have to think they need to look into the future.

      Thibs is the front office there, and you have to think he’d like a guy like Ntilikina.

      They’re pretty much set in the front court, having given Dieng a big contract recently, and of course they have Towns at the other big spot and Wiggins playing mostly the 3. I guess if they have lost confidence in Dunn, they could take another PG, but they already have Rubio and Tyus Jones there also.

      My feeling is the top 5 will shake out this way:

      1 – Fultz
      2 – Ball or Jackson
      3 – Ball or Jackson
      4 – Tatum (or maybe Monk if Philly is picking here)
      5 – Fox (although I think it’s somewhat possible that if it’s Orlando here, they take someone else. Payton really played a lot better after the ASB (16.2 points, 8.4 rebounds, 10 assists per 36!! on TS 55.6) and seems to have a similar profile to Fox
      6 – ??? maybe Ntilikina.

      If it shakes out that way, we would probably be choosing between a bunch of no-D guards (Dennis Smith, Monk) or Isaac. Or worse, considering there is a ~25% chance of us getting bumped DOWN int he draft.

      That Mo NDour shot against Philly… SMH.

      So do I have this right?
      We have an 18% chance of moving into top 3.
      57% chance of staying at #6 (this is the # that seems to be written about)
      18+57 = 75, so we have a 25% chance of moving down?

    8. (in the above scenario – ie. if the top 6 go in some order Fultz/Ball/Jackson/Tatum/Fox/Ntilikina, I would 100% back the drafting of Isaac. I wouldn’t necessarily be upset about Smith, who feels a little like Lowry to me, or Monk, who has such potential on O it might make up for his D).

    9. If Monk, being 6’3″, shows he can stay with PG’s on defense- I’d be ok with that pick. If the team is gonna preach ball movement heavily influenced by the triangle, then our PG wouldn’t need the ball alot or have to control the offense as much. So Monk as our PG might be ok. That said, unless we’re in position to grab Fultz (LaVar is making me very apprehensive about Lonzo Ball), I still prefer Ntilikina then Fox over Monk because we know those 2 can run offenses and play consistent D. As a matter of fact, Fox’s ability to penetrate and dish may be even better, but Ntilikina has a 6’11 wingspan!! As an athletic (moreso than Livingston was) 6’5″ 180 PG, that is NUTS!

    10. Reg D.Antoni –
      He’s still my fav ny coach in recent years. The marbury handling is like the Anthony situation right now. I’d rather have a coach then get players who fit his system instead of having a player like Melo then have an ISO system to please him.

    11. I’d rather have a coach then get players who fit his system instead of having a player like Melo then have an ISO system to please him.

      Even Pop evaluates players partially on whether they fit into his system. He may be more flexible than someone like Jackson or D’Antoni, but the idea that this is unusual is mostly media nonsense.

      It doesn’t matter whether your offense is running fast breaks, using a lot of P&R, playing to a advantage in the post, generating a lot of ball and player movement etc.. You only want go ISO if the player has an extreme mismatch or it’s too late in the clock to run anything good.

      ISO ball as a strategy is a horrible way to play basketball as a 1st option. The other night Houston’s offense went into a coma the moment Harden started holding the ball and doing a pretty good imitation of Melo.

    12. @7 Isn’t Minny in dire need of a rebounder? When I watched them play they were pitiful in that department as well as in interior defense.

    13. A healthy Harry Giles would have been plug and play for the Timberwolves, and if his health checks out I wouldn’t be surprised to see him go there.

    14. My big board goes:

      1. Jackson
      2. Fultz
      3. Ball/Fox tie
      5. Ntilikina
      6. Monk

      It probably won’t shake out like this but if it does, we will be left choosing from Tatum, Isaac, Markkanen and Smith Jr. Tough call.

    15. Collins or Isaac should be the choice for Minnesota imo

      You eat the Dieng contract and bench him

    16. Let’s say the Knicks luck into the 1st pick and select Fultz. Do you trade next year’s pick plus anyone on the roster other than KP for Issac or Frank at 7? I’d be tempted. They’re both great prospects.

    17. I would never touch next year’s first round pick. The Knicks could add Fultz and Isaac/Frank and still suck next year, at which point the top two guys next year are probably better than Fultz (heck, the top four next year are all within the same quality tier, prospect-wise, as Fultz).

    18. Since Houston has proven multiple times that you can score 140 points without taking a single midrange shot, is this the death of the “Carmelo Anthony and other volume scorers only take tough shots because they have to” argument?

      Someone please tell me that I never have to hear that nonsense again.

    19. Someone please tell me that I never have to hear that nonsense again.

      You will hear that nonsense again.

      I wonder if the NBA does something though to trim the use of the 3 long term.

    20. I wouldn’t trade next year’s pick but I would love us to find a way to add a second high first this year.

      Unfortunately I can only see two pretty unlikely ways to get there. If someone gets desperate and trades a younger star level player for Melo (and presumably other assets) as part of a three team trade – e.g Kevin love to a third team in return for a high pick. Or if we jump to top three but then trade back down for multiple picks.

      I would actually do the latter if the option was there – e.g. If the sixers get the lakers pick, and we jumped, we could trade 1 for what would be something like 4 and 5? We’re so far away, and the lottery is such a crapshoot, that I’d rather have two high shots at a top player than one. Adding fox or frank and Isaac would give us two long, multi-positional, two-way players alongside KP to build around and still probably a high pick next year…

    21. I’m still rooting for a Lauri Markkanen/KP freak show. If have no chance of winning your division in the next 10 years, you might as well get weird with it.

    22. @21
      I get what you’re saying, but winning the #1 means Fultz. Hard to trade that for two lesser prospects.

    23. Yeah, I think Fultz (and Ball, as well, but definitely Fultz) are special enough not to want to go quantity over quality.

    24. I’d stick with Fultz or Ball as well. If we pick at seven I do find Smith intriguing- he’s probably the best athlete among the guards and that’s coming off of ACL surgery (Fox is quicker but Smith is bigger and stronger). My big worry is his lateral movement defensively- did he suck on defense because he didn’t try or is his lateral movement compromised? Shump was certainly never the same after his knee surgery, Rose is a statue, and I can’t tell if Westbrook just stopped trying (probably) or just doesn’t move as well side to side as he used to. Smith does have short arms but point guard defense is much more about moving your feet. I guess I’d still pick him last among the points just out of injury concerns but I’d prefer him to Monk or Tatum.

    25. @22 – yes that would definitely be weird and different. How effective it would be is another question.

      I can see the draft unfolding already: the Knicks need a point guard in the worst way. The Knicks will pick 7th. The last of the best point guard prospects will be picked at 6 just before NY picks.

      I think Fox would be nice if he’s there. If not perhaps they should roll the dice on Ntlikina. Likely they’ll be left with Isaac, Smith, or Monk.

    26. We have more needs than just point guard, and we don’t have to answer every problem this year. Just take the best guy.

    27. I’ll say again, if we are drafting 7-8th, I don’t envy PJ having to make this pick…

    28. Agree it has to be best guy. If all 5 PGs are gone at 7 it means someone has dropped. I’d take Isaac – players like him are the future of the NBA imo.

      Those of you saying Fultz over 4/5 – I guess you’re probably right… theres just something I love about the idea of taking Isaac and Frank if they both live up to their potential!

    29. What is the chance that Ball drops to us? I think that the more his dad talks, the further the kid drops. I know that if I was picking #1, 2 or 3, I wouldn’t touch him and his radioactive father. I predict the kid’s going to be the bust of the draft which almost guarantees that he’s drafted by the Knicks.

    30. If Fultz and Ball are so certain, how about offering this year’s first round pick (assuming it’s #7) and our 2019 1st round pick to move up to #1 or #2?

    31. Fultz is not a relatively sure thing (like a Towns), and Ball projects very well, but he’s such a weird player that I wouldn’t be super confident with him either. Fultz is really young, and while he’s pretty good at a lot of things, he’s not elite. Ball has some elite skills, but like I said, he’s really weird.

    32. If Fultz and Ball are so certain, how about offering this year’s first round pick (assuming it’s #7) and our 2019 1st round pick to move up to #1 or #2?

      While I’m sure Boston can find very good use for Ball or Fultz but perhaps they would benefit more from quantity than quality so maybe they’d be amenable to this?

    33. What is the chance that Ball drops to us?

      If the Knicks stay at #7? 0%.

    34. What is the chance that Ball drops to us? I think that the more his dad talks, the further the kid drops. I know that if I was picking #1, 2 or 3, I wouldn’t touch him and his radioactive father. I predict the kid’s going to be the bust of the draft which almost guarantees that he’s drafted by the Knicks.

      If we move up to 3? Maybe 10%. If we stay at 7? Negative chances, if such a thing exists.

      I think Fox would be nice if he’s there. If not perhaps they should roll the dice on Ntlikina. Likely they’ll be left with Isaac, Smith, or Monk.

      If Isaac is on the board when we pick we have no right to complain about how the picks before us played out. He’s an incredible prospect and there’s no rush to get a point guard.

      So naturally, we’d take Monk.

    35. So do I have this right?
      We have an 18% chance of moving into top 3.
      57% chance of staying at #6 (this is the # that seems to be written about)
      18+57 = 75, so we have a 25% chance of moving down?

      Those basic odds, except that it’s 60% chance of staying at 7th, not 6th. So 22% chance of moving down to 8th, 9th or 10th (the vast majority of that 22% chance is to move down just one spot).

    36. So naturally, we’d take Monk.

      Hopefully destiny will be averted, because Monk sure seems like the Knickiest pick possible.

    37. I don’t have a strong opinion on how Monk is going to turn out, but he’s the one guy I’m terrified of taking. If he was 6’5″ I’d feel a lot better about him. But at 6’3″ he could turn out to be moderately better version of Jimmer. He’s not a PG , can’t guard SGs, and does nothing else well besides score. He could easily turn out to be a bust if he’s not more versatile than he demonstrated in college.

    38. I don’t have a strong opinion on how Monk is going to turn out

      Okay, but…

      but he’s the one guy I’m terrified of taking

      Sounds like a strong opinion. :)

    39. What do we do if Jonathon Isaac is available?

      To me he looks like a great prospect, but we already have a lot of big men. It’s not clear to me whether he’s so much a better prospect than some of the guards that we should take him over a more immediate need.

    40. Sindarius Thornwell is first round pick material. If he’s available in the 2nd (he will be) we should do everything in our power to get him, including trading up to a mid 30s pick

    41. I think someone is gonna be smart enough to take Thornwell in the first round

      Isaacs played the 3 last year-you draft him pretty easily and tell Melo he’s going to back him up next season.

    42. Isaac is a wing,

      So we are eventually going to roll out a starting lineup of Porzingis 7’3″, Hernangomez 6′ 10″, and Isaacs, 6’10” in the era of small ball?

    43. I believe that we are going to land PJ Tucker as a free agent because of his toughness and defense. This is what we’re looking to add and he has a history with Horny in Phoenix. We need more toughness.

    44. I believe that we are going to land PJ Tucker as a free agent because of his toughness and defense. This is what we’re looking to add and he has a history with Horny in Phoenix. We need more toughness.

      I think he’s definitely a target.

    45. Teodosic should be signed too, if possible. Probably better than Rubio and would cost us much, much less.

    46. So we are eventually going to roll out a starting lineup of Porzingis 7’3?, Hernangomez 6? 10?, and Isaacs, 6’10” in the era of small ball?

      Porzingis is a prototypical NBA stretch four and Isaac is very fast and mobile for a guy who is 6’10”.

    47. Porzingis is a prototypical NBA stretch four

      KP is going to be our C because he’s a rim protector.

      It’s possible that Willy will come off the bench unless he becomes just too good to bench or can defend PFs. But I’m pretty sure they want KP in the middle blocking shots and not outside with quick PFs.

    48. Adding Tucker, Teodosic, Isaac and Hart would be a good offseason.

    49. Let us not forget that the Bucks have a 6’11” point guard.

      If you can guard multiple positions, handle the ball and score from anywhere on the floor, there is a place for you in today’s NBA. Not sure that Porzingis can guard anyone who moves like a typical guard or wing, though.

    50. Thornwell or Josh Hart would be solid 2nd round picks. So of course both will be gone by the time NY picks

    51. @54 Tyler Dorsey might be a good 2nd round pick as well.

    52. If I were Phil and we lucked into the #1 overall pick I would trade down with Philly for their two top ten picks to take Isaac and Ntilikina for our starting lineup. Versatility, length, and long range shooting are premiums in this league and those two have it. We’d have a defensive cornerstone in our backcourt in Ntilikina who projects an ability to guard positions 1-3, a frontcourt stud in Isaac who can play either forward position depending on the matchup, and a C/stretch 4 in KP who could develop into a mismatch nightmare. To me, that kind of a core three would trump anything Fultz or Ball could individually offer.

    53. Knicks really have to go bpa, regardless of position. Monk isn’t my first choice, but he would probably be a better fit than Smith Jr. in the triangle and seems to be better all around. Yes, he’s the scary sort of volume scorer we hate here, but he was actually very efficient last year and has a sweet stroke, deep range, and one of the quickest releases in the draft. And he jumps really high on his shot – all things that project well to the League. Plus, he’s got a good handle and is a capable passer. I think it’s just as likely that he can become a point guard in Jax’s system than it is Fox can become a decent three-point shooter. The big question is can Monk defend opposing pgs night in/out.

    54. Issac is definitely a wing. I think he looks and moves a lot like Durant. They have similar body types and their non scoring stats in college are very similar. Durant was a much better prospect scoring the ball but everything else is very close.

      Durant per 40 at Texas vs Issac per 40
      Rebs: 12.4 vs 12.0
      Asts: 1.5 vs 1.8
      Stls: 2.1 vs 1.8
      Blks: 2.1 vs 2.3

    55. he would probably be a better fit than Smith Jr. in the triangle

      It’s not the last thing you should take into consideration, but “how they fit into the triangle” should be low on the list of determining which player to draft, since the Triangle will likely be here for just another two years. That’s one of the things I like about Ntilikina and Fox, they both seem like they’ll be able to adapt to the new system in Year 3.

    56. I’d rather have an elite guard/wing defender than a player who’s going to give us 20 PPG on .530 TS%. If that’s Frank over Smith, I want Frank.

    57. How is Fox a fit in our present system? Ball dominant, poor shooter, meh distributor. Yes he’s active on defense but is actually about 6’2″ and slight of build.

    58. The monk hate on this blog is so weird to me. I know…points suck. But come on. Kid is very athletic too! He can run the floor and can shoot way out at an NBA level and he’s active and moves when he doesn’t have the ball. He will easily be an 18 points a game player as a starter after a few seasons. And he’s not small either for a SG. People act like he sucks on defense but I don’t see that. And from what Coach K at UK said he is a better distributor than people realize but he just didn’t play that role in their offense.

      I mean of course he could not be what we need but so could any of these dudes. If we draft him I hope everyone here will give him a chance and not immediately jump to a million posts about how fucked we are bc we got Monk.

    59. Also if we get Monk it makes Lee WAY more expendable in the short term. Lee could net us Rubio or could be useful in a Melo trade but if we trade Melo we’ll need some scoring (even if we want to suck again next year for a pick).

    60. Also if we get Monk it makes Lee WAY more expendable in the short term.

      It’s not the last thing to take into consideration, but “making Courtney Lee expendable” should be far down on the list of merits in drafting someone, especially since Courtney Lee was expendable the second he signed a contract with the Knicks.

    61. Shot:

      I know…points suck

      Chaser:

      He will easily be an 18 points a game player as a starter after a few seasons.

    62. What is the chance that Ball drops to us? I think that the more his dad talks, the further the kid drops. I know that if I was picking #1, 2 or 3, I wouldn’t touch him and his radioactive father.

      Wait, so we WANT players to have dead-beat dads? I mean, it worked for LeBron and Durant I guess, so I suppose it could be the secret to NBA success…

      But active fathers, in general, are a good thing for character development. And imagine if Serena Williams dropped in a tennis draft because her dad was too “hands on”? (Or imagine Mozart falling in a court composer draft because Leopold was just too damn radiocative:)

    63. I mean of course he could not be what we need but so could any of these dudes. If we draft him I hope everyone here will give him a chance and not immediately jump to a million posts about how fucked we are bc we got Monk.

      In all seriousness, you said something like this a few weeks ago and I posted the list of NCAA players who had similar rebound/block/steal rates to Monk. The best NBA player on the list was, I shit you not, Doron Lamb.

      So all the evidence says drafting Malik Monk would be a bad idea. Just as it did when it came to signing Amar’e Stoudemire, trading for Carmelo Anthony, trading for Andrea Bargnani, mega max + NTCing Carmelo Anthony, trading for Derrick Rose, the list is endless.

      I have a two-step process for when the Knicks make moves that seem really stupid at the time they are made:
      1) Express dissatisfaction
      2) Hope I’m wrong

      Step 2 has never amounted to anything but a hope that quickly dies. So yeah, if we draft Monk I’ll be mad about it, and I’ll hope that this is the time the Knicks prove me wrong by doing something that looks really stupid but actually works out. I won’t be holding my breath.

    64. It would be very Popovich-ian for the Spurs to beat the Rockets without Kawhi, and someone like Kyle Anderson or Jonathan Simmons to have a career night in the process.

    65. Yeah, it’s shocking that LMA could go off against that noted low-post defensive wizard, Ryan Anderson.

      This game was a black eye for the 7SoL community. The Spurs (without their best player) won with good ol’ fashioned low-post (and somewhat triangular!) offense and tough perimeter defense w/ rim protection. And the Rockets would have been better off without James Harden tonight. Just like they were in game 5 vs. the Clips in the 2015 playoffs. That was a mentally soft performance for the ages.

    66. Motion offense has always been the best way to play, especially when you take lots of 3’s. It’s not an either/or

      See: GSW!

    67. Yeah, it’s shocking that LMA could go off against that noted low-post defensive wizard, Ryan Anderson.

      I mean he’d been putting up 16 points a game on a .476 TS this series, so it is kinda surprising

    68. I’m not a LMA fan (was very glad we passed on him, and surprised SA went for him) but he was being guarded by two defensive scrubs (Capela is physically no match for him) so he should have gone for 40+. Even Gasol looked awesome. Nene was a huge loss for the Rockets.

    69. If I were Phil and we lucked into the #1 overall pick I would trade down with Philly for their two top ten picks to take Isaac and Ntilikina for our starting lineup. Versatility, length, and long range shooting are premiums in this league and those two have it. We’d have a defensive cornerstone in our backcourt in Ntilikina who projects an ability to guard positions 1-3, a frontcourt stud in Isaac who can play either forward position depending on the matchup, and a C/stretch 4 in KP who could develop into a mismatch nightmare. To me, that kind of a core three would trump anything Fultz or Ball could individually offer.

      I had a long reply but something happened and would not post. So I will make this short.

      Yes, I would do the deal but I would also try to pull a ” Sashi Brown/Paul Depodest ” and make deals with the Kings and Portland for their multiple picks. The result would be :

      Sixers – trade the #4/#5 picks for the #1 pick

      Kings – trade the #8/#10 picks for the #4 pick

      Portland- trade the # 15/#20/#26 picks for the #10 pick and Kyle O’Quinn

      Knicks get

      #5 – Isacc
      #8- Ntilikina/Smith Jr
      #15 – Anunoby
      #20- Giles/ Diallo/Evans/Hart
      #26 – Diallo/Evans/Hart/Devin Robinson

    70. Fultz is the best player in this draft with the complete skill set and physical tools for a lead guard in the NBA. Trading down and passing on the opportunity to draft him would be a disastrous decision imo.

    71. I always love this time of the year when can dream of good things happening.

    72. Good things are happening. We have draft picks again.
      Thanks, Phil!

    73. Fultz is the best player in this draft with the complete skill set and physical tools for a lead guard in the NBA. Trading down and passing on the opportunity to draft him would be a disastrous decision imo.

      Agreed. Heck, give me another high lottery pick next season as well, and I’d trade KP for Fultz. I could live with KP being a hero in Boston if it got the Knicks those two Brooklyn picks. Not an anti-KP thing, as he is truly awesome, but those two Brooklyn picks, damn, Fultz and then one of the studs from next year?!? That’s insane amounts of young talent!

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