Well atleast we finally drafted someone taller than 6'5
Well atleast we finally drafted someone taller than 6'5
Josh Harrellson averaged 7.6 Points and 8.7 Rebounds per game. He's not going to see any minutes. Does Jordan Hill ring a bell?
I just want to know do the Knicks even know what a C is? Keith Benson was still on the board. Also Shelby would have been great. Smh...
I don't mind this Guy I watched tape on him and the skills are there he just needs to finesse them. He has the form on his J so with work it will improve and he's very athletic and runs the floor really well. He will get his points cause he's smart athletic and gets to the line he could be a very nice player for us year one and could really develop into a solid 6th man for us long run or even start as a one or two. That's what makes him great. I've been really high on this Guy for some time and so this pick is justifiable and his play will impress. Hell help on guys like Wade Allen as well as Rondo and rose and allows just to keep billups fresh by guarding slower players or whatever. I like the pick and he will be productive I like his work ethic
not all white players are slow and predictable with cement feet
LOL I wonder what the New York post front page is gona read tomarrow?
Same thing applies to Van Gundy. After walking out on the Knicks 20 games in, Dolan will NEVER let him come back.
The following info is all from Alan Hahn's twitter. As you all most likely know, Alan Hahn is Newsday's NYK Beat reporter.
According to Hahn, Shumpert first caught Donnie Walsh's eye when he shut down Jimmer Fredette in a one-on-one coverage. Hahn also says that Walsh passed on Singleton because the last thing the Knicks need is a forward to take minutes away from Carmelo Anthony.
Walsh also maintains that Shumpert shot well at the Knicks' workout. Walsh reportedly said "His shot's not broken." In other words, his form is likely pretty good and he just needs some more adjustment and practice, not to mention being on a team where he's not the only option on offense.
Hahn's last Shumpert-related tweet was that the Knicks were hoping for Shumpert to guard 2's alongside Chauncey Billups whilst having Billups play the 2 guard position on offense with Shumpert in the pick and roll.
I'm not sure how realistic those hopes are, but if he can hit the outside jumper, he'll be a valuable player if his defense translates over to the NBA.
Duno if this article was already posted on Shumpert, but good info about his game and why Donnie took a shot at him. Also mentioned that the Knicks had a trade worked out where they could have moved up- But the team they had talks with ended up getting their guy, so the deal didn't happen.
Knicks take a shot on Iman Shumpert
By Chris Sheridan
GREENBURGH, N.Y. -- The book on Iman Shumpert was that he couldn't shoot. But when the [Only registered and activated users can see links. ] saw him knocking down shot after shot when they worked him out, they determined the book was outdated.
Outgoing Knicks president Donnie Walsh raved about Shumpert's shooting ability, his defensive abilities and his 40-inch vertical leap Thursday night after the Knicks took the Georgia Tech combo guard with the 17th pick in the draft, passing over Marshon Brooks of Providence, Chris Singleton of Florida State and Kenneth Faried of Morehead State.
"He shot the ball extremely well. His shot's not broke. Some guys you see, and you can tell right away they can't shoot and they're going to have to learn form. He has good form, he was hitting shots, he can defend very well. Very well. And he's got tremendously long arms, so I really liked him a lot," Walsh said.
Walsh said the Knicks had one trade in the works that would have allowed them to move up, but the team they were talking to ended up having the opportunity to draft the player they wanted.
He said the Knicks chose a defensive-minded guard rather than a defensive-minded forward simply because of the lack of playing time opportunities available at those positions behind [Only registered and activated users can see links. ] and [Only registered and activated users can see links. ].
"As the draft went on, because there [were] other guys that could have fallen to us, and I was like 'Whoa, if he falls down, we're going to have to take him.' And they got taken right before us, and we ended up doing what we did, and I was happy with that," Walsh said. "At some point you look and there was three teams to pick, and you had four players there, so you know we were going to do all right."
Players Walsh was likely referring to include Southern Cal center Nikola Vucevic, who went No. 16 to Philadelphia, and Kawhi Leonard, who went at No. 15 to Indiana and was traded to San Antonio.
Walsh said the Knicks would still try to determine whether it was possible to purchase a second-round pick, but he said (late in the first round) there was no one left on the board who was going to be able to come in next season and be an impact player.
Shumpert worked out for the Knicks on June 9 and was assigned to defend Hofstra guard Charles Jenkins.
"I shot it real well. I impressed everybody. They all said I couldn't shoot, and I shot it well," said Shumpert, who estimated he made 17 or 18 of 25 NBA-range 3-point shots during shooting drills.
The 6-foot-6 Shumpert, who played three seasons at Georgia Tech, shot only 28 percent from 3-point range and a shade below 41 percent from the field, but he did average 2.87 steals, eighth-best in the NCAA.
Walsh said he expected Shumpert to play at times in a two-guard alignment with [Only registered and activated users can see links. ] in which Billups would man the off-guard position. Shumpert's addition adds depth to a Knicks backcourt that also includes [Only registered and activated users can see links. ] and [Only registered and activated users can see links. ], but the Knicks still have a huge hole to fill at center, where [Only registered and activated users can see links. ] is their only big man under contract for next season.
"We did get to the playoffs, which I said was my goal for the third year, and we did have a winning record," Walsh said. "Once we made the [Anthony] trade, we got two stars but we lost a lot of pieces that need to play with stars. And the job now is to replace them. Because of the trade, we're not in a great cap position for [this summer], but the following summer we're in a great position.
"So the job now is to manage the cap and to add pieces that will cover up whatever it is we don't have out there, and obviously big people are that. And so we're very aware of that," said Walsh, whose tenure as team president will end in one week.