Steven Adams is more probable, not the shot blocker or offensive player that Dieng is. Jeff Withey is also possible, good offensively and blocks shots, rebounding is not great but improved every year. Lucas Nogueira is also possible, although he would be better to acquire as a 2nd round pick.
Dieng is clearly the best option among the bigs for the Knicks because he has upside on the offensive end but is still a monster on the defensive end. We could also end up quite happy with Withey or Adams.
I really like Kabongo at the PG because of his low turnovers and high IQ/vision/leadership. I like him more (for the Knicks) than some PGs with better stats because of this. Unfortunately, Kabongo may stay in school, although the Knicks should keep him in mind for the 2014 draft, along with Patric Young.
Of all these bigs how agile/mobile are they meaning how good would they be if they had to come out on the perimeter to guard someone defensively and do they have any form of outside shot. The system the knicks runs requires a guy like Tyson or K-Mart to be able to go to the high post to set up the offensive horns play. To elaborate the knicks system as it is currently set up would be better served by a pau gasol type player (minus the softness of course) than a Dwight type player (once again minus the softness. Also I wonder will they bring up Sims who has averaged 14/9 in the D League.
As far as the bigs, what I am looking for is toughness, as in Anthony Mason, Charles Oakley, and Kenyon Martin. The Knicks do not need more of the same role players they already have. They need toughness, shot blocking, and rebounding. All the bigs I mentioned fit that bill, first and foremost.
I suppose that a trade up or trade to score an additional pick is also possible, but not clearly needed at this point. I would hesitate to trade anyone currently signed for next year for a draft pick unless it were a lottery pick. Getting another pick below #20 for a current proven player is not a clear win, although I can see the argument for Camby or Kidd for a pick in the #14 to #25 range, but this is more compelling to me only if it meant a clear upgrade in both the backup PG and backup center positions.
Trading their pick and either Camby or Kidd for a lottery pick I can also see. I would not trade Felton or any of the other guaranteed contracts for less than a top ten pick. Even in the top five there have been plenty of draft busts, and below five there have been some jewels (Paul Pierce, etc.) but it really starts to get hit or miss.
If the Knicks fail to make it to at least game 6 of the second round playoffs this year, then I might reconsider this position.
2013 DRAFT UPDATE
Myck Kabongo is definitely in the draft now (he was undeclared as of the previous posts). I think he should be #1 on our draft board. However, he is rated at #41 on the ESPN big board, so we should also consider trading for a second pick in the 25-35 range, to possibly acquire both Kabongo and a big (see below).
Patric Young is going back to school.
Gorgui Dieng has moved up on the ESPN big board (from 24 to 17) so he is probably out of reach for us, unless we trade up.
Jeff Withey, Isaiah Austin, Steven Adams, and James Michael McAdoo are bigs in the #24-#28 range. Isaiah Austin may be the most intriguing of these from a skill level (elite defender, with offensive game) but he is a bit of a bean pole who lacks toughness and an inside game. Jeff Withey is more of a traditional backup center, Steven Adams is a banger with no offensive skills, and McAdoo is a very good all-around backup big.
Shane Larkin is rated higher than Kabongo at PG, but I do not like him as much for the Knicks. He is smaller, is more of a scorer, and less of a floor general.
Do we have the guts to pick Kabongo at #24, passing on the bigs above? Maybe not. So a trade to get two picks under #35 might make sense. To come out with Austin and Kabango would be a great draft for us.