With the No. 57 pick in the NBA Draft, the Pacers selected Louis Labeyrie from France, who was then traded to the Knicks.
The Knicks acquired the pick via a draft-and-trade with the Indiana Pacers (TKB, June 26). New York sent Indiana cash for the pick.
Labeyrie currently plays for French Pro A league club Hyeres-Toulon. He averaged 6.4 points and 3.7 rebounds per game last season.
He is 22-years-old and is listed at 6 feet and 10 inches tall.
Keith SchlosserWe’ve mentioned this before, and we’ll say it again: Phil Jackson’s main objective moving forward will be acquiring as many valuable assets as possible.
Labeyrie obviously has good size, and as a French basketball player, international experience is something that continues to come in handy as the NBA game evolves more and more.
Perhaps he’s a big man with intriguing potential that could translate well to The Association. Otherwise, perhaps his draft rights could prove to be of value in a future key trade. Either way, such an acquisition could benefit the Knicks somehow sometime soon.
Here is video from Labeyrie’s action in the Euro league in 2012: