How would PJ Hairston help the Knicks next season?

Keith Schlosser, Lead Writer

Though the Knicks do not currently own a pick in this month’s NBA Draft, they’ve still been one of the more active teams in working out some intriguing prospects. Phil Jackson is committed to acquiring a selection or two in the coming weeks.

USATSI_6930620_110579513_lowresApparently, such determination was enough to convince PJ Hairston and his representation that working out for New York would be worth his while. He’ll play in front of Jackson and company on Thursday (Goodman, June 3).

Most recently, the Knicks have been keeping an eye on those potential second-rounders or even some talented players likely to slip through the cracks and go undrafted. With NBA Summer League coming up, it would be beneficial for the team to pursue such youngsters.

Even so, Hairston, himself, is a completely different animal with a leg up on some of the Knicks’ other discussed targets. The 21-year-old has been widely regarded as a future first-round pick for quite some time. Despite a suspension and subsequent ousting from North Carolina, Hairston arguably upped his draft stock even further this past season in the NBA D-League.

As a member of the Texas Legends, Hairston had the opportunity to match up against past NBA pros, fringe players, and current big league assignees on a nightly basis. Having played quite well, the youngster averaged 21.8 points (on 45 percent from the field and 36 percent  from deep), 3.5 rebounds, and 1.5 steals as a minor leaguer.

Hairston is one of the more interesting players in the draft, and his time playing at the D-League level only further validated his immense amount of potential. He’s athletic and has good instincts. A rather bouncy player, he can run the floor well and likes to serve as an outside scoring threat while spreading the floor.

Someone who can do a handful of things relatively well, Hairston can keep defenses guessing by hitting opponents in a number of different ways. His versatility would make him a nice complement to the likes of Carmelo Anthony and J.R. Smith.

If nothing else, such interest in a player of Hairston’s caliber signifies that the Knicks mean business. Being involved on draft day remains an obvious priority. And although the Legends’ stud is expected to be picked in the first-round, nothing is guaranteed. Fellow draft eligible swingman Glen Rice Jr. slipped to the Wizards in the second round of last year’s NBA Draft, despite emerging as D-League Finals M.V.P. just weeks prior.




111 comments
Scott Berger-Felder
Scott Berger-Felder

some dudes on here are nuts. between the dudes saying trade melo for picks and the guys saying let him walk, I'm convinced y'all don't know crap about basketball. for one unless your drafting top 3 your not going to even sniff a player as good as melo and even then top 3 picks bust all the time. 2 there isn't any free agents available even close to melo, and what free agents would want to come play in this pressure cooker by themselves? Being the man in NY isn't the same as being the man in say Minnesota!  losing melo sets us back another 5 years!

chudogz1
chudogz1

Great... Yet people on here think draft picks are useless...?? I guess those people know more than Phil... NOT.....let me refresh some memories here of the people that think draft picks are no good..... 1999 Knicks pick Fredrik Weis, Ron Artest gets picked next pick... How'd that work out? 2006 Knicks pick Rolando Balkman, yes Rolando Balkman, Rajon Rondo gets picked next... How'd that work out? Some years later, Knicks pick Danillo Galinari, next pick is Eric Gordon... How'd that work out?? Next year after that, knicks pick Jordan Hill, while Brandon Jennings, Jrue Holiday and Ty Lawson are all available in a pg heavy draft, while we need a pg!!! How'd that work out?? How did Mike Sweetney work out? How did Othella Harrington work out??? It's not the draft that's the problem, it's the bozos that are hired to make the picks.... Draft picks are a HUGE asset, not so called "proven players" like Antonio McDyes whom we trade Nene for..... Oh yeah, how'd that work out??? FOH... Shall I continue? Please enlighten me on any "proven player" we've traded for, that actually panned out.... And don't tell me LJ who lasted about a season, if that.....

Vaughn Allen
Vaughn Allen

Hairston has too many similarities to SG's currently on the roster.. The scouting report clearly states one of his weaknesses is his Basketball IQ...poor feel for the game and doesnt get others in involved. Under the Mike Woodson's Knicks..this qualifies him as a starter. Under Phil.....smh


http://youtu.be/tXN7xsfg78Y

knick4life
knick4life

Still don't see how the Knicks acquire a pick (especially a first rounder) without trading Shump, Melo or Chandler.

meloin5
meloin5

Drafting s not a crapshoot/ lucky endeavor, it is a methodical science.  Nothing happen by accident.  A good organization has the essential personnel work in unison.  See the Spurs as example.  Owner, manager, coach and scout are all in. And the players they draft have a unify system awaiting them.  All the players have to do is buy into the system and success is guaranteed.  Phil is aware of this and hopefully with time will bring chips to NYK.   

Blaze NYK
Blaze NYK

I agree BUT Melo is about to turn 30 and as he gets older, especially in the new CBA the only way the Knicks have a shot at winning a championship is if Melo stays AND he takes less so that Phil can bring in not only another superstar (or two) but also good role/support players to surround those stars with. Yes if they are good/close enough to a title by 2015 they might get a really good veteran to sign with them for cheap in the hopes of a title, but they will have to spend beyond Melo and the other big time FAs they being in to pair with Melo. If Melo resigns for the max with the Knicks the most we'll ever be is a decently good playoff team. We shouldn't trade him or let him walk for nothing but Phil has to convince him to resign for like a starting salary of 16 to 18 million/yr. Melo has made over 100 million on this contract not to mention made a lot coming to NYC in endorsements, etc. He needs to do the right thing and take a hometown discount.

BiggieTKB
BiggieTKB

Melo only "got his team to the playoffs" every other year of his career. Missing for the first time in 11 years.

How many players can say that.

kidrobot
kidrobot

@chudogz  That hurts just looking at that.  Balkman over Rondo

BiggieTKB
BiggieTKB

You can use 20 20 hind sight and play that draft game all day with any team.

That's why the draft is a crap shoot.

Chris
Chris

@chudogz No one is saying they are useless.But you don`t, as Sandro wants to do, trade a super star (MELO) for a draft pick. The % s of getting another super with that pick are about .44%. That means the chance of not getting a super are 99.6%. Can you get good choices, of course, should we have been peeing them away for crap players no. But trading your super for 1 is asinine IMO

brookdon
brookdon

When did we draft derek Harper, John Starks, and Anthony Mason?

Noones saying draft picks are worthless, it's just a crapshoot. The ultimate hit or miss proposition. For every Durant taken #2 you have 3 Derrick Williams.

Knicks_Fanatic
Knicks_Fanatic

@knick4life 

We have a plethora of 2's. JR, THJ, Shump, and Shannon Brown. Shump will need to get paid in 2015 as his rookie contract is up. So I'd say we would trade one of our 2's and Shump has the contract issues running against him. 


rico
rico

@knick4life they will likely try to trade Chandler and I'll bet Shump will be in the mix.

The knicks need a pick, they need a PG, they need to off Felton and maybe JR, but teams will likely want shump as part of whatever so, a lot of guys are on the table. The most likely to be desired are Chandler and Shump, Timmy too but I think he stays

Vaughn Allen
Vaughn Allen

@knega Yeah....he got off a 3pter in garbage time vs IND in the playoffs...if that counts 

Chris
Chris

@meloin5 Kamie Brown, Darko , Sam Bowie, the list is very long, its a low % crapshoot. Kobe was not top 10, Darko went before Melo and Wade, for every hit you can mention I`ll give you 11 misses

brookdon
brookdon

What science made Cleveland get the #1 pick the year Anthony Bennett and Nerlen Noel were headliners rather than the year Anthony Davis was the headliner?

VerySilentJay
VerySilentJay

@meloin5 Imo, you won't find a group of professionals so united under one cause as the entire SA organization.

Once in a generation-like group of professionals and owner.


Obviously there's a ton of work in scouting and many different parameters that define a player's projection, ceiling, etc.

Yet, there are several intangibles that can't be measured. You can create an overview of a player and have an "idea" of certain things, but it's not an exact science at all.

1. Will the drafted player get the necessary minutes to develop?

2. Will the drafted player receive the appropriate mentorship/leadership in order to mature and progress according to initial projections?

3. How quickly will the drafted player find his footing in the NBA? Will he find his footing at all?

4. Will the drafted player be able to transmit his impact to a higher level?

5. How will the player adjust to all the nuances of the league?

6. Will the player have the maturity and serenity to wait if his coach doesn't play him at all or send him to the DL? Will he have that mental strength?


- Did anyone think K Leonard would be so important for SA and that he'd grow and mature so incredibly quick? Let's be real, no one saw that coming.

- Did anyone think K Irving would have such a big setback year (not in terms of his play)? Did anyone think he'd become a troublesome player in the locker room? After his 1st awesome year where he showed so much maturity and always held a low profile, this season has been very unexpected in that sense as well.

- Did anyone expect Rondo to become, well, Rondo? And in the fashion he did?

- Was Beasley a good pick?

- Is Jonny Flynn a #6 pick?

- Is Evan Turner a #2 pick?

- Did anyone think Collison, after his time in NO and Indy, would become a low profile player?

- Did anyone see Bledsoe's monster season coming?

- Did anyone see Jenning's huge regression coming?


These are just some examples.


If drafting is such a methodical science, how come do we have so many draft busts throughout NBA history. A lot of chance and intangibles come into the equation.

Blaze NYK
Blaze NYK

If he does take the hometown discount it will be a ripple effect through the team, it will be a leadership example and make it easier to convince other players to sign with is for less too.

chudogz1
chudogz1

@Chris. I totally agree with you Chris, on the not trading Melo for a pick. I say we need a few young hungry guys to go with the "proven veterans"... Not more "proven veterans" that some other team is trying to off, like Bargnani... Teams aren't just giving away good players, but in the past our front office always falls for that crap

chudogz1
chudogz1

@Chris. I totally agree with you Chris, on the not trading Melo for a pick. I say we need a few young hungry guys to go with the "proven veterans"... Not more "proven veterans" that some other team is trying to off, like Bargnani... Teams aren't just giving away good players, but in the past out front office always fe for that...

chudogz1
chudogz1

@brookdon. We didn't... That was 1992, I was still in high school, different guy in charge also.... Name some "proven vets" we got since then.... Oh yeah, and we let Mark Jackson go right about that time. How'd that work out???

Knicks_Fanatic
Knicks_Fanatic

@brookdon 

We did draft Willis, Clyde, Bradley, and Phil. That worked well and got us two rings.

chudogz1
chudogz1

@OLDKNICK. You're right, but it's tough to swallow... And watch the draft

theking
theking

@rico @knick4life  think timmy is out before shump ... phil said he likes shump never heard anything about lil timmy

meloin5
meloin5

@brookdon  The science of instability, no consistency in manager or coach, and clueless scouts.

Vaughn Allen
Vaughn Allen

@brookdon hmmmm... The league knows CLE is gonna F_up it up anyway.. so they figured we gotta expand Unibrow' to N.O...him to CLE would hv really blew their cover

HypoCrit_calNYKfans
HypoCrit_calNYKfans

@VerySilentJay

 Yes there are variables and intangibles that must be added to the equation, but when you have a solid structure built on a solid foundation the variables and the intangibles are negligible!

chudogz1
chudogz1

@VerySilentJay. OKC made solid picks almost every year! Brandon Jennings is now playing with chuckers... Insert Josh Smith

Kenny Kaufman
Kenny Kaufman

Your bball iq is very low! You are just an antagonizing Hater!

knicksgirl35
knicksgirl35

@knowledge @Chris Melo is a Superstar with a capital S.

Chris
Chris

@knowledge @Chris Proved what 2nd in scoring led his position sf in rebounding, had assists. You are using the DAW syndrome of bad coaching and terrible roster selections to justify Melo is not a super. If you think for a nano second you are going to revise what I watched into that you are wrong

theking
theking

@knowledge @Chris  according to who? you?

brookdon
brookdon

That was a different league. There are 30 NBA teams now.

Chris
Chris

@Knicks_Fanatic @brookdon But we added many players through trades, Dave D, the Pearl, Jerry Lucas, Dick Barnett, .....    . It was also a smaller league so more talent was available, 8 teams the ninth pick was a second rounder

Chris
Chris

@theking @rico @knick4life Shump defends, Tim not so much. Every one on this post is triangle happy, the Bulls and the Lakers were great defensive teams under Phil

brookdon
brookdon

Bennet doesn't even look like a first round pick lol

theking
theking

@Chris @knowledge  well his name is exactly the opposite of what he has ....


plus you cant even discuss anything with a melo hater its pointless, they like to tell ppl what he should have done like they have done it .. pay them no mind

chudogz1
chudogz1

@Chris. You're talking about the EARLY 90's tho.... Not much since unless u count the Chris Child's of the world...peace

BiggieTKB
BiggieTKB

People who never lived in NY don't get that OldKnick...

rico
rico

@Chris @theking @rico @knick4life Timmy can score and his defense will get improve. Jax knows Shump needs his ego pumped up, but next year the knicks will have to pay him and is he worth it?  Not so sure, not to mention Murry is sort of a Shump clone just a bit shorter and I think better scorer.

chudogz1
chudogz1

@VerySilentJay. So that means picks aren't an asset bcuz some moron is making bad picks, or does it mean the scouts SUCK??

Vaughn Allen
Vaughn Allen

@VerySilentJay @Vaughn Allen @brookdon Im from the ol' adage you draft the best player available. No matter your need. GMs try to hard to fill in needs...Draft that need...and then end up needing more then ever... cause that need turns into a bust...or in Eddy Curry's case a bus!

Chris
Chris

@theking @Chris @knowledge Don`t really get upset, as a teacher I learned that when a student tells you he went binge drinking on a weekend if you say nothing you give tacit approval which is what they want in telling you. So you must at least respond  and tell them they are wrong. They can choose to listen or not, you have no control of that, but they know you feel they are wrong. Thanks though

theking
theking

@chudogz  so last year wasn't much right? just brush that under the rug

chudogz1
chudogz1

@Vaughn Allen. Insert NYK

VerySilentJay
VerySilentJay

@Vaughn Allen @VerySilentJay @brookdon Agreed. You always go for the best, though it's up for grabs depending on the team's circumstances.

If you're a contending team, you gotta add depth. If you're a lottery team, pick the best talent because it can potentially be your cornerstone player.