June 26, 2015 Louisville, KY (Analyzed Sports) By: Charron Elliott
Did New York Finally Get it Right?
It was a tough year for New York basketball fans as the New York Knicks had their worst season in franchise history last year. The Knicks finished the NBA regular season with a record of just 17 wins and 65 losses, which was the 2nd worst record in the NBA. This made for a horrible start to not only the head coaching career for Derek Fisher and an even worse start to Phil Jackson’s tenure as president of basketball operations for the Knicks. Jackson proved himself to be quite the NBA head coach, winning eleven NBA championships but his role as president of an NBA team has yet to be proven.
With that being said the brutal season that the New York Knicks had gave them a top five pick in the first round of the NBA Draft on Thursday night. The Knicks selected the 19-year-old 7 ft. 1 foreign basketball player in Kristaps Porzingis from Latvia. Porzingis averaged around 11 points, four rebounds, and one block per game for Baloncesto Sevilla last season. However one of the things that caused him to rise up to the top five in the NBA Draft is his versatility.
Prozingis even at 7 ft. 1, has the ability to put the ball on the floor and drive past the defense. He also has the ability to shoot the ball all the way out to the three-point line. The only downfall to Prozingis is that he is a 7 footer that only weighs about 200 lbs. Prozingis will definitely have to get that weight up in order to stay healthy and bang with the other big men in the NBA.
“We believe he has the most upside in the NBA draft,” said Phil Jackson on why the Knicks selected Prozingis so high in the NBA Draft. ” I know that with high risk comes a reward and we believe that he is worth the risk.” A lot of NBA analysts felt that the Knicks should have taken a guard like an Emmanuel Mudiay or a proven small forward in Justice Winslow out of Duke. However one thing is clear about Pozingis, he will definitely have to earn the respect of Knicks fans. As he walked across the stage he was met with a number of boos from the Knicks fans who are definitely not looking forward to being let down in the NBA draft again. They previously selected an overseas player in Danilo Gallinari with the 6th overall pick in the 2008 NBA draft, who never became a great NBA player. Gallinari played only two season for the Knicks before being traded to the Denver Nuggets.
That being said the New York Knicks on Thursday night also decided to trade guard Tim Hardaway to the Atlanta Hawks for the rights of Atlanta’s 19th overall pick in Jerian Grant out of Notre Dame. Hardaway averaged nearly 11 points and two rebounds for the New York Knicks last season. Grant led Notre Dame to the Elite 8 in the NCAA Tournament last year and averaged 16 points per game for the Irish. However the key to the grading of New York’s decisions in this year’s NBA draft will be the development of Kristaps Porzingis because if he ever reaches his potential this will be a great decision by New York. If Porzingis never materializes then prepare to hear more boos from Knicks fans. In my opinion assuming Porzingis becomes a good NBA player and Grant becomes a solid contributor off the bench possibly, I give the Knicks a A- for their moves on NBA draft night. “It’s my passion about the game that sets me apart,” said Prozingis about being drafted in the NBA to the Knicks.
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