Let’s Have Faith in Iman Shumpert

As you’ve probably heard by now, the New York Knicks selected Georgia Tech point guard Iman Shumpert with the 17th pick of Thursday night’s draft. I’ve heard a largely negative reaction to the pick and while I can see why, I certainly disagree with the contempt of the this pick. The Knicks needed a speedy point guard off the bench and they got one in Shumpert. Shumpert is the anti Chauncey Billups and will push the pace and DEFEND. I know Chris Singleton was the better defender, but the most important position defensively in the league is at the point.

Shumpert has the athleticism to stay with the likes of Rose, Rondo, and Wade. Chris Singleton, although the best pure defender in the draft, would not be able to play the two and unless you want Melo to ride the pine, he wouldn’t have a significant impact. Shumpert also has much more upside. He reminds me of Russell Westbrook at UCLA. Inconsistent but a superior athlete with loads of potential. Singleton would not be on the floor enough to be effective.

Billups as we know is aging and will more than likely be banged up all year. I will say however that the smart drafting tactic would have been to trade down as Shumpert would have more than likely have been available several picks later. I will say for all of our sake that Shumpert was a better pick than also reaching on Josh Selby at 17. My advice for Knick fans is to have faith. No one liked Landry Fields this time last year, now Spike Lee wears his jersey on a nightly basis.

Shumpert probably isn't as bad as some Knicks fans have made him out to be.


Knicks Draft Iman Shumpert

Words can not describe the anger Knicks fans are feeling right now.  The Knicks have drafted a fairly unknown point guard, Iman Shumpert, at 17th overall.  The kid apparently plays good defense and is a good shooter.  Hey, that sounds like another guard the Knicks have on their roster.  That probably means the end for Douglas.

This is obviously a terrible pick.  I don’t care what anyone says.  He was probably going to drop to the late-first, early-second round.  He’s a horrible pick in the mid-first round.  Chris Singleton was the pick to make.  If not, you have Faried, Montejunas, or Brooks.

Unbelievable.  The Knicks have screwed up the draft once again.  When will this nonsense end?

– UPDATE: The Knicks bought the 45th overall pick from New Orleans, which they used on center Josh Harrelson.

2011 NBA Draft Instant Analysis

Stay here throughout the night for instant updates and analysis.  The draft will be held at 7:00 live from the Prudential Center.  The Knicks pick 17th and the Nets pick 27th and 36th.  With the possibility of both teams moving up and down, it should be an interesting night.  The Knicks have been rumored to want to move up to select someone like Jimmer Fredette in the top-15.  On the other side of the Hudson, Billy King has a history of making multiple trades during draft night.

– (5:00) The Cavaliers are expected to take PG Kyrie Irving #1 overall and Lithuanian big man Jonas Valanciunas #4 overall.

– (5:30) The Bucks, Kings and Bobcats have agreed to a three-way trade, sources have confirmed.

– (6:10) The Atlanta Hawks are attempting to acquire the second overall pick to draft Enes Kanter, dangling Josh Smith in trade discussions.

– (6:25) The Warriors, Lakers, and Bulls are discussing a blockbuster trade.  Monta Ellis, Lamar Odom, and Joakim Noah would be involved.

– (7:15) According to Chad Ford, the Raptors will take Bismack Biyombo.  No surprise there.  According to Chris Mannix, the Wolves are contemplating trading the #2 overall pick for Monta Ellis.

– (7:30) Marc Spears of Yahoo Sports says the Blazers and Nuggets are seriously talking about a swapping Raymond Felton and Andre Miller.  They would also swap first round picks in the same deal.

– (7:40) The Cavs pick Irving #1 overall.

– (7:45) The Wolves pick Derrick Williams #2 overall.  I doubt he’ll stay with the Timberwolves the rest of the night.

– (7:50) The Jazz take Enes Kanter. This seems to me that they have their hopes on taking Jimmer with their 12th pick.

– (7:56) Cavs take Texas forward Tristan Thompson with the 4th pick. Hes raw offensively bit of a reach in my opinion.

– (7:59) Andy Katz reports that the Wolves intend to keep Derrick Williams.

– (8:07) Tristan Thomspon, Jonas Valanciunas, and Jan Vesley go 4-6.

– (8:13) Bismack Biyombo will go 7th to the Bobcats.

– (8:17) Brandon Knight finally goes 8th overall to the Pistons.

– (8:27) End the speculation. Kemba Walker goes 9th overall. He won’t be a Knick.

– (8:29) Jimmer Fredette goes to the Bucks. Certainly disappointing for Knicks fans.

– (8:35) Klay Thompson goes to Golden State. As a Knicks fan I’m praying for Alec Burks to fall but he should go shortly.

– (8:41) Burks just went. Chris Singleton is the only hope for the Knicks right now. But I know the organization will find a way to screw this up no matter who is there at 17th overall.

– (9:02) One more pick (Philly) until the Knicks pick. Singleton, Brooks, Faried, Vucevic, Shumpert still on the board.

– (9:10) The Knicks pick Iman Shumpert.

– (9:15) The Spurs have acquired the draft rights to Kawhi Leonard from the Pacers in exchange for George Hill.

– (10:02) The Nets draft Marshon Brooks following a trade from the Celtics.  Great pick.  I love it.

– (10:03) Jonny Flynn and Montejunas are taking their talents to Houston in a trade with the Wolves.  That means Flynn won’t be a Knick.

– (10:13) Rudy Fernandez is now a Maverick after trading their 26th pick to Portland.

– (10:40) – Andre Miller is going to Denver and Raymond Felton is going to Portland.  This completes the Rudy Fernandez trade.

– (10:41) The Nets select Jordan Williams with their 36th overall pick.

– (10:53) The Nets took Maryland’s Jordan Williams with the No. 36 pick and will hang onto him.  He’s not part of the Bogdanovic acquisition.

– (11:17) The Knicks selected Josh Harrelson with the 45th pick, which they bought from New Orleans.

– (11:19) After some confusion, we can confirm the Nets did buy/trade for the pick used to select swingman Bojan Bogdanovic.  Sorry for the confusion, ESPN has really been unclear on everything tonight.  That was originally the 31st overall pick.  Bogdanovic has buyout issues, but he’s a great talent.  If he played at an elite college, he may have been a lottery pick.

Thanks to Mike K. for his contributions tonight.

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Knicks Pre-Draft Trade Rumors

Today has certainly been a crazy day.  Here’s what ‘s been going on.

– The Knicks may acquire the Bulls’ 30th overall pick.  However, the Bulls have denied such reports.

– Nash to New York rumors have been “red hot” according to Chris Broussard, who was on ESPN Radio earlier today.  Talks are “heating up” according to Tommy Dee.

– There has been no news today on a possible Jonny Flynn trade, although it’s been rumored that the trade is certainly possible.

– There is buzz that the Knicks could trade up for Jimmer Fredette, although we know no details yet.  His visit to New York has fueled speculation.

Bismack Biyombo, who the Knicks were expected to be interested in, will probably be taken fifth overall by the Raptors.

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Jimmer Wants the Knicks

There’s been lots of pre-NBA Draft chatter about BYU guard Jimmer Fredette and where he might land on Thursday night.

Fredette was a guest on the Dan Patrick Show this morning (thoughtful sports talk without the screaming and exaggerated bombast and NFL fixation.)

Fredette said the Knicks and the Jazz were 1A and !B on his list of preferred teams.

Patrick asked him which was IA.

Fredette said the Knicks.

I just don’t know.  I really don’t.  Jimmer was a great college player, but there’s no guarantees his game will translate to the NBA.  He could turn out to be like J.J. Reddick, but is a player like Reddick worth whatever you’ll give up to move up in the draft?  Jimmer fall to 17th overall.

I’d give up Douglas + picks.  Landry Fields has to be untouchable for the Knicks, unless they are getting a proven great player back in return.  I really think he can be a solid role player on this team going forward if he could learn to play with Melo.

Knicks Looking to Draft Biyombo

The Knicks apparently like Bismack Biyombo, a raw Congolese shot-blocker.

This kid is an 18-year old center who is expected to go way before the 17th pick, where the Knicks currently are.  This means the Knicks would have to move up.  But what pieces do they have to make a deal?  Fields and Douglas should be untouchable in my opinion, especially in a deal to move up only a few spots.

The problem?  “B-Smack” really isn’t that huge for a center at 6-9.  I’d still love to have him, as he has room to grow mentally and physically at 18.  The Knicks had no size last year, so any type of defensive-minded big man will help them this year.  If drafted, I think he could be a project like Timofey Mozgov was.  However, he certainly has the tools to be better than Mozgov, and perhaps the steal of the draft in the mid-first round.

I still expect the Knicks to buy a pick as well later in the draft.  There should be a team willing to sell their pick, just like in 2009 when the Knicks drafted Toney Douglas with the Lakers’ pick.  They could use the pick to possibly grab someone like Josh Selby, who experts are predicting could fall to the late-first or second round.  If not, the Knicks have been rumored to to be interested in Johnny Flynn, one of the many point guards from Minnesota.  I wholeheartedly expect the Knicks to add a point guard somewhere along the line, whether it comes in free agency or the draft.  I don’t think they see Toney Douglas as a true point guard who can serve all season as a backup to Toney Douglas.

If the Knicks draft Biyombo or another center, it still doesn’t fully solve the Knicks’ center problem.  I’d really like to see them get a quality center such as Tyson Chandler, Nene, Samuel Dalembert, or Marc Gasol, but off course there would be a major price tag on such an acquisition.  You have to maintain cap flexibility for Chris Paul in 2012, but signing a center this offseason is certainly enticing.  Of course, everything will depend on what the new CBA looks like.

Nets to Trade Up for Derrick Williams?

The Bleacher Report claims that the Timberwolves could trade the second overall pick to the Nets.

Minnesota will most likely trade the pick away and a likely suitor is the New Jersey Nets.  

The Nets don’t have a first round pick in this year’s draft after they traded it away for Deron Williams.  New Jersey desperately needs a small and power forward.  They can instantly start Williams in whichever spot they prefer.

He averaged 19.5 points and 8.5 rebounds a game last year at Arizona.  Many consider his three point shot a weakness, but he shot 57 percent from behind the arc for the season.

At 6’8″, 240 pounds, you can call him a tweener, or you can call him a match-up problem.  He’s going to be too big for wings to guard in the post and too quick for bigs to guard on the perimeter.

Minnesota could ask for a package of a future first round pick plus one or two players like Jordan Farmar and Damien James in return.

First of all, the article is wrong.  The Nets do have a first round pick this year.  They could trade that, their second round, along with future picks and some players to move up.  I’d really support this move.   All signs show Williams could become a great player in this league.  He could be the long-term fit at SF.  If the Nets re-sign Humphries, then SG is the only position of concern.  This is the move we could look back on as the one that changed the Nets franchise forever.  I’m 100% on board with this, although the chance of it happening is slim.

Could we see a Deron Williams to Derrick Williams connection in Newark next season?