It doesn't take a jump shot to be a successful player in the NBA. Guys like Ben Wallace & Dennis Rodman have carved out terrific NBA careers by just being supreme hustle players with a motor & relentless nose for the ball that not many of their peers had, & neither one of them could hit the side of a backboard if their lives depended on it. I see no reason why a guy like Faried can't follow in their footsteps. Not saying he's 100% gonna have a borderline Hall of Fame career, but who's to say he can't be what those guys were either? You telling me the Knicks couldn't use a high energy rebounder, shotblocker & low post defensive player that can run the break & finish with the best of them? But you're probably right he would likely see very limited minutes playing for a coach so obsessed with players that can knock down a 3 pt shot.
I'm not trying to knock the Iman Shumpert pick, I don't know nearly enough about him to criticize him at this point. What I do question is why they chose to ignore their obvious need for defensive players in the frontcourt & instead chose to shore up the depth at a position that we weren't all that weak in to begin with. Did we really need to draft another G when we already have Chauncey, Douglas, Landry, Walker & Rautins all under contract for next season? Who is our frontcourt right now? STAT & a gimpy Ronnie Turiaf? At least we bought the rights to Josh Harrellson so I'm optimistic but we are far from deep in our frontcourt. (I'm factoring Melo more as a swing player because he spends a lot of time on the outside in this offense). Don't even factor Jerome Jordan into the equation until we see if he even makes the squad.