Previewing New York's Second Round Options
The New York Knicks enter the NBA Draft with the 48th overall selection in the second round.
The Knicks traded the 16th overall selection in the first round to the Rockets in the three-team, nine-player deal, between the Knicks, Rockets, and Kings, bringing Tracy McGrady and $9 million in cap space to New York in 2010.
The Knicks have since built their roster around the frontcourt core of Amar'e Stoudemire, Carmelo Anthony and Tyson Chandler.
Without the ability to buy a late first round pick for $3 million in the new CBA, and few tradable assets, the Knicks appear locked into waiting for the 48th selection.
With that in mind, here is a player the Knicks can select from each position:
Scott Machado (Iona) – Machado is a local product from Queens, New York. Last year was a breakout year for Machado as he led the country in assists per game (9.9). Machado showed great poise leading Iona to the NCAA Tournament. Assists translate well to the NBA, and Machado can run both an up-tempo and halfcourt offense.
Darius Johnson-Odom (Marquette) – New York will be without Iman Shumpert through training camp and the start of the season and is no lock to return to his rookie form following ACL surgery. Johnson-Odom can play lockdown pressure defense on the ball and is also a solid shooter. Johnson-Odom played well in the Big East and would welcome a chance to return to the MSG floor where he had big games for Marquette.
Jae Crowder (Marquette) – Crowder was the Big East Player of the Year as a versatile forward that could shoot from three-point range or attack smaller defenders near the paint. In the NBA, Crowder is an undersized forward, but can create mismatches on offense due to his versatility. Crowder is also a good rebounder for his size and his quick release will allow him to shoot against bigger defenders.
Kevin Jones (West Virginia) – Jones had a career-year in his senior season, averaging 19.9 points and 10.9 rebounds per game. Jones is slightly undersized, but has the bulk to play power forward in the NBA (6-8, 260).
Kyle O’Quinn (Norfolk State) – O’Quinn gained national attention after leading Norfolk State to an upset over No. 2 seed Missouri in the NCAA Tournament with 26 points and 14 rebounds. However, O’Quinn has been a consistent double-double machine, averaging 16.2 points and 10.7 rebounds per game over the past two seasons. O’Quinn has the size to play in the NBA (6-10, 240), but the big question is if he can make the leap from playing in the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference to the NBA.
After selecting Landry Fields (2010) and Josh Harrellson (2011) the Knicks will look to continue their recent success in the second round of the draft.