Why “Why Karl-Anthony Towns Is a Lock for the New York Knicks with the No. 1 Pick” Is A Load Of …

Bleacher Report, although more legitimate today than previously, still relies on salacious headlines to draw readers in. Take for instance this vlog titled “Why Karl-Anthony Towns Is a Lock for the New York Knicks with the No. 1 Pick”.

I watched the video hoping there was some legitimate reason the Knicks were locked in to Towns. Was it an insider who has first hand knowledge of the Knicks front office? A scout that couldn’t keep a secret? Did someone find a memo in the trash can outlining how the Knicks would start using their brain (instead of Dolan’s gut) to make organizational moves?

No.

The reason was “because us two sports guys think he’s the best guy in the draft.” Well that and $3.75 will get you on the subway (assuming you don’t already have a metrocard and get stuck with the $1 fee). But I blame myself for clicking on the video to begin with. Why? Because the title alone could not be true. The Knicks can’t be a lock for Karl-Anthony Towns, because the Knicks aren’t even guaranteed to have the first pick in the draft!

Ahhh fooled me again, Bleacher Report!

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45 thoughts to “Why “Why Karl-Anthony Towns Is a Lock for the New York Knicks with the No. 1 Pick” Is A Load Of …”

  1. Just don’t feed me any of those toothpaste Oreos!

    As for the pick, I’ve come to the conclusion that there isn’t a LeBron or Duncan in this draft. I’m skeptical of drafting Towns or Okafor because both played all season on star-studded teams. Sure, they were the best of the best on those teams but neither looked like a superstar against Frank Kaminsky who is ranked 13th by Chad Ford.

  2. Towns dominated Kaminsky every time he posted him up. Calipari just foolishly went away from that matchup to instead let the Harrison brothers play hero ball down the stretch (just because it worked at the Final Four last year doesn’t mean it is a good strategy, Cal).

  3. Towns dominated Kaminsky every time he posted him up. Calipari just foolishly went away from that matchup to instead let the Harrison brothers play hero ball down the stretch

    Yup. And Kaminski wasnt able to take him to the cup like he did to Okafor repeatedly.

  4. Towns physical stature reminds me of a young Nene Hilario. I think Nene was the better athlete at the same age(pre_injury/cancer). There games are different of course, Towns seem to have a better shooting touch and hopefully his rebounding, blks, and defensive awareness translate at a higher level than Nene

  5. Also I’ve brought it up before but Kaminsky is 3 years older than those guys. If you saw Towns or Okafor wailing on a High School Sophomore would you be impressed by that?

    I think I’m one of the few remaining who prefers Okafor to Towns (albeit very slightly). I like how light on his feet he looks, particularly compared to the slightly lumbering Towns. I actually think it bodes well for his future on the defensive end. I think people have a tendency to get caught up in the athleticism aspect of defense for a center, but there are a number of elite defensive centers in the league who barely jump ever. More important in my opinion is positioning and agility – Okafor already has the agility but struggles to use it on the defensive end. It looks to me partially like a conditioning issue (easily fixed) and partially like a lack of understanding (not rare for a young player). I think he has a chance to become quite a good defensive player. We all know about his offensive ability.

  6. Also I’ve brought it up before but Kaminsky is 3 years older than those guys. If you saw Towns or Okafor wailing on a High School Sophomore would you be impressed by that?

    Excellent point, and a big reason why Kaminsky is not as much of a pro prospect.

    I think I’m one of the few remaining who prefers Okafor to Towns (albeit very slightly). I like how light on his feet he looks, particularly compared to the slightly lumbering Towns.

    I think they’re both franchise players. I probably like Towns slightly more than Okafor now, but really, I’d be absolutely thrilled with either of them.

  7. Also, how much did Towns actually guard Kaminsky? It seems like Stein had the bulk of the duty.

  8. Also I’ve brought it up before but Kaminsky is 3 years older than those guys. If you saw Towns or Okafor wailing on a High School Sophomore would you be impressed by that?

    Which is one more reason why the draft is diluted. Before the one-and-done days these players had a chance to mature and walk into the NBA with a chance to dominate. Sure, there were the rare off-the-chart HS players.

    As for seeing if they could wail on HS Soph, remember that a HS Soph is 16 and the difference between 16-18 is much wider than 18-20 so I think that’s a bad comparison.

    If it’s going to take 3 years for the players to be able to compete at the highest level, it means 2 more years of cellar-dwelling, which is intolerable.

  9. What if i were to tell you that the starting lineup next year would be Calderon/danny Green/Melo/Monroe/Towns? Would that be something that we would be interested in?

  10. As for seeing if they could wail on HS Soph, remember that a HS Soph is 16 and the difference between 16-18 is much wider than 18-20 so I think that’s a bad comparison.

    Add to this that top level recruits like Okafor generally come in having had years of high-level coaching/experience through AAU ball/camps etc… Kaminsky probably played AAU ball but I doubt he got anywhere near the kind of exposure to coaches and trainers that a high-school all-american like Okafor would have. Not to say that Kaminsky’s age wouldn’t be an advantage for him, just that Okafor is in no way typical of the average in-coming freshman in terms of experience.

  11. As for seeing if they could wail on HS Soph, remember that a HS Soph is 16 and the difference between 16-18 is much wider than 18-20 so I think that’s a bad comparison.

    It’s not a direct comparison of course, but I think it gets across the idea. Kaminsky is 22. Okafor/Towns will both most likely be a hell of a lot better at 22 than they are now. But yes, multiple years of development is inevitable. Hopefully they’re good enough to help us make the climb to decent immediately, but nobody we can draft this year is going to be a star immediately.

  12. What if i were to tell you that the starting lineup next year would be Calderon/danny Green/Melo/Monroe/Towns? Would that be something that we would be interested in?

    It wouldn’t even be a start. Calderon needs to be the backup PG. He’s on the steep downside of his career. There’s far too little scoring ability, nobody in that lineup can drive to the hoop and break down a defense – except, of course, Melo. This is another iso-Melo team.

  13. Seems like Calderon would be the second scorer after Anthony. I’m not sure that’s enough scoring.

  14. Here are a few ideas. Some I like better than others and I left off some players I don’t think will be available.

    Towns/Okafor, Milsap/Bass, Melo, Matthews?, Calderon

    Monroe, Milsap/Bass, Melo, Russell/Winslow, Calderon

    Towns/Okafor, Milsap/Bass, Melo, Green, Jackson

  15. I think any of these hypothetical teams would obviously be a significant upgrade over what we have now, but to me the concern with all of them is depth. It’s nice to have an intriguing starting 5, but when one of those guys is a rookie, another is Melo coming off knee surgery, and a 3rd is your 34 year old PG who missed half the season you better have some depth, and we’re looking at what off the bench? Galloway and Bargs (I think we all know it’s going to happen)?

  16. I don’t think there’s much of a chance the Knicks are going to become serious contenders next year. If we wind up getting 2 FA starters we can be happy with and a draft pick that can contribute right away and that we feel is a future all star, we should be happy. We’ll make the playoffs, the rookie will be ready to step up a bit the following year, and we can pick up another starter and the rest of the bench for the following season. That’s when we start making some noise. The plan is fine. Getting the right FAs is the fly in the ointment.

    As far as our bench next year goes, I think it’s going to be weak unless we get some upside surprises.

  17. Seems like Calderon would be the second scorer after Anthony. I’m not sure that’s enough scoring.

    nah remember, Towns has a mid range game that he was not allowed to develop at UK. Monroe is penciled in for 15-20 a night and Calderon and Green are three point shooters.

  18. We’ll make the playoffs

    I’ll just say that even if we managed to put together any of the hypothetical teams you listed I would be pleasantly surprised if we made the playoffs next year. Not enough depth, too many injury concerns, the inevitable challenges that come with putting together a number of new players, at best a ? at head coach. Even in the East I think it’s touch and go at best.

  19. as far as bench depth, you have to hope that Langston, THJR and maybe Lance Thomas? continue to progress and hope to pick up a few other small pieces that gell well

  20. @22 i have to disagree. The 6 seed in the east has 38 wins currently. Thats not good. We won 37 last year with a squad that played terribly for 85% of the season. If the team is at least somewhat competent they should at the very least sneak in.

  21. @22 i have to disagree. The 6 seed in the east has 38 wins currently. Thats not good. We won 37 last year with a squad that played terribly for 85% of the season. If the team is at least somewhat competent they should at the very least sneak in.

    You’re not wrong about it not taking that much to get to 38, but on the flip side I would say it’s actually a long way from 15 or 16 to 38. If Melo is healthy, the new guys gel, our rookie is at least competent at first, etc. then we’ll get in, but people tend to be overly optimistic by nature. You have to at least consider the possibilities that Melo’s health isn’t right and he misses a big chunk of time, or that our rookie is promising but not actually a contributor right away, or that Fisher is the coach we’re all worried he might be. They definitely could make it with those teams, but I personally wouldn’t put the odds above 50% (although the chances that I’ll have talked myself into them making the playoffs by the time the season starts definitely are better than 50/50).

  22. Hi, I’ve lurked for years, never posted though. I thought I’d bring something up I heard on the radio. I listen to Colin Cowherd on ESPN radio (don’t ask why) and he had Coach K on as a guest. He asked about Okafor going to the pros and Coach K said most of the normal spiel but between it he mentioned that Okafor needs to dedicate himself more. Colin noticed it too, it seems like Coach K questioned Okafor’s work ethic which really scares me.

  23. What about a starting 5 of

    Corey Joseph/jimmy butler/kawhi leonard/draymond green/towns

    Only in my dreams.

    More seriously:

    Idk how we unload Calderon but we gotta unless it costs a pick. There’s gotta be a dumb team that would take Calderon +Hardaway as “sweetener” and for “instant offense”.

    Maybe that’s only in my dreams as well.

  24. Corey Joseph/jimmy butler/kawhi leonard/draymond green/towns

    Yeah, but who would score? Five role players — it can’t work!

  25. Why all the gloom on Calderon?

    He didn’t play poorly for Dallas last year. This year he got off to a very late start because of injuries. By the time he got into game shape and understood the offense the season was half over. Then he got hurt again. I’m not saying he’s a terrific starter, but I’d be shocked if he wasn’t a lot better next year as long as he stays reasonably healthy.

  26. The 6 seed in the east has 38 wins currently.

    There are teams in the east poised to make significant leaps: Boston, Orlando, Indiana, Detroit come to mind.

  27. As bad as Calderon has been due injuries or whatever, he will be 34 next season.

    I wouldn’t bet a penny that he will have some sort of comeback.

  28. All I ask is that the Knicks don’t sign another player whose age is or will be a liability. Millsap is not young. Wes Matthews for four years is even a little risky for my taste after this injury. I don’t see the Knicks winning a title in the next five years if they choose to go the “spend all our money on win now players” route over the next two summers, so at least let’s sign players who aren’t going to infringe on a rebuild when this fails.

    That said, can’t say I have too much hope of that after the acquisition of Calderon and Dalembert. Has Jackson learned from that?

  29. These assholes know they have to lose this game, right?

    They apparently received a stern talking-to at halftime, thankfully.

  30. I think Shane Larkin will be an upper echelon back up before too long…for another team of course because yay nix.

  31. The most embarrassing Wolves tank was the game after the Pacers destroyed the Knicks. The Wolves came out even more pathetically somehow!

    And Byron Scott is so dumb he probably thinks it is his coaching that will send the Lakers to victory tonight.

  32. Gallo scored 47 and Felton blocked Faried at the buzzer after hitting the game winner with 2 seconds left. Go Knicks.

  33. I think Gallo has a real chance to be on a good team next year, as I bet the Nuggets will move him.

  34. I think Gallo has a real chance to be on a good team next year, as I bet the Nuggets will move him.

    It’s a shame he lost so much time to back surgery, 3 knee surgeries, and assorted other problems with his wrist. He’s still only 26 but he’s probably lost 2 seasons of development and summers to work on his game. If you could isolate his stats to only include the periods when he wasn’t coming off an injury related layoff or very long surgery related layoff, he’d probably being averaging close to 20 per 36 with a TS% in the 58%-60% range even without taking into account how much better he could have been.

  35. Yeah, it’s a real shame. But I guess dem’s the breaks. LJ, Eddie Jones, Jamal Mashburn, Penny Hardaway, so many promising careers lost to injuries (and that’s even going into the truly tragic ones like Reggie Lewis and Maurice Stokes).

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