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Knicks get Louis Labeyrie with No. 57 pick from Pacers

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 Schlosser

We’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:




54 comments
johneco
johneco

I love the Early pick, he's a winner.  He's probably too old to develop the ball handling he'd need to be a starting-level SF, but should be a good rotation player from day 1.


I also love the Antetokounbo pick.  I'm excited by this:

"over his final 21 games he averaged 14.1 points and shot 53.7 percent from the field and 39.1 percent on three-pointers, compared to 10.4 points, 41.5 percent and 25.6 percent in the first 29 games".  That's a huge improvement.  With his purported level of D (I've never seen him play), he might even make it as a 3 and D starter.  He seems like a great guy that will be fun to root for.


The French guy seems like a wasted pick - couldn't we buy anything better than that?  I was hoping we could pick up Spencer Dinwiddie or Walter Tavares in the 2nd, oh well.


Now let's sign Smith and DeAndre Kane.

Uh, how many players would that make on our roster?  :)

Anthony Micheal Crowe
Anthony Micheal Crowe

Phil is building a Euro-style-team. I would have said Olympic style or Spurs style. that would have brought the wrath of haters on me.

edb7777
edb7777

I was kinda hoping for Glenn Robinson.  He played with 4 NBA 1st rd picks so you don't really know what his potential is.  Bloodlines matter in the NBA.

I would love to sign James Macadoo. Really as many young high potential UDFA as possible. We need good basketball players and the more we can get the better. One thing that makes us a good destination for UDFA is that we are a big market and historic market while also having the need for good players...these guys actually have a chance to make our roster. 

Sachin Purohit
Sachin Purohit

Seems we're stocking up on athletic types with defensive ability and decent offensive movement (slashers, passers, shooters...on first look anyway) and if nothing else have a set of assets to play with after starting this month with zero picks and little cap room. 

Seth Plaut
Seth Plaut

To all the people who want Young (I do too), just keep in mind; he went undrafted for a reason. We can just sign him in a day or so. 

Seth Nadler
Seth Nadler

Bulls fans acting as though Melo to Bulls is a done deal

Mets0987
Mets0987

Sign CJ Fair and Patric Young.

brookdon
brookdon

Wonder what Boston is thinking. Marcus Smart and Rondo are not good fits together.

miracle33d
miracle33d

Tony Parker, Boris Diaw, Louis Labeyrie...?


rico
rico

Looks like they filled out their summer league roster in the last 2 days

miracle33d
miracle33d

Here's hoping that Labeyrie was better researched than Frederick Weis.

PhilNYCJacksonERA9
PhilNYCJacksonERA9

Props to the Zen Master to getting us draft picks and young talent. from comments I saw on other posts I really don't understand why some people are bashing him, like really?  

Marvel
Marvel

james mcadoo should have come out after his freshman year..smh

Marvel
Marvel

What undrafted rook says no to Phil ??


bwahahahahahaha

VerySilentJay
VerySilentJay

Expect PJ to get busy with the undrafted rookies.

A lot of interesting prospects out there to look at.


Who the f!ck is Labeyrie btw?

NYKnickerBocker
NYKnickerBocker

@AgeesCatch 

I can see that.  If we ever have a cage match, we can bring this guy up.  Otherwise, I expect him to stay in France for some time.

Brandon Christopher McNeely
Brandon Christopher McNeely

@johneco I actually feel the same . first 2 picks were solid . 3rd pick scratching my head still. Not sure why they didn't sign Patric Young instead of buying a pick and then drafting this guy.

jeandd323
jeandd323

@johneco Maybe players would emerge in the summer league and crack the rotation. We have had success in the last 2 years :

Cope

Toure Murry

Tyler

chudogz1
chudogz1

@TKB. Now why is my comment pending?

rico
rico

First, just because a guy is from france doesn't make him fred weiss. 2nd. Weiss was a #1pick at 15 if i am not mistaken when fans thought Artest was the shoe-in. 3rd Tony Parker is French,did you say he'd be the next fred weiss when he came into the nba?

This guy labeyrie doesn't look like much but maybe he'll turn into something? He was pick #57.

Compras pas?

rico
rico

@knicks1 I was hoping for a sign and trade of Stat and Shump for Bledsoe and a pick but

now we have Calderon and 2000 guards.  

chudogz1
chudogz1

He's a free agent we can sign. And Young and Fair

therealprof
therealprof

@VerySilentJay Just a stash. You cant stash a dude if you dont draft him. Now he can go get Young as a UFA.

rico
rico

A guy named calderon, prigioni , murry for D and the sparkplug kid from dallas

Sachin Purohit
Sachin Purohit

Heard they'd have to shed Gibson to get Melo...I'd LOVE to S&T Melo for Taj and some other pieces. Butler would be awesome tho we're stacked at 2/3 at this moment, but Taj + another piece or two...cant argue with that esp if Melo is on the way out anyway

chudogz1
chudogz1

@knicks1. I think he liked Cory Jefferson

miracle33d
miracle33d

@rico hey rico, lighten up.  The most laughable thing about the Weis pick is that the Knicks FO never seemed to research whether he had any desire to leave France for the US before they drafted him.


Comprends pas?

edb7777
edb7777

@rico Foreign bigs carry more bust potential than PGs.  They can get on the radar with size and athleticism.  For a Tony Parker to be a 1st rd pick from France he has to have real talent since he didn't have the size.  Bad comp.  That being said, for the 57th pick that was bought with nothing but cash that you would lose in a couple of days anyway, you can't really go wrong.

brookdon
brookdon

That's why players should leave as early as they can

VerySilentJay
VerySilentJay

@therealprof @VerySilentJay No harm in bringing him in to play the DL. We can always use big men.

If I'm not mistaken 2nd round contracts aren't guaranteed.


What's his contractual situation in France?

rico
rico

@edb7777 @rico Anybody who immediately says "France- Fred Weiss" is a someone who doesn't think, they just spew.  Sorry, this kid may be a bust but not even a bust because how can a super-late round pick bust, they are not inflated enough to explode.  Meanwhile I think there are plenty of quality Euro-bigs and probably as many Euro -bigs don't pan out as USA Bigs…plenty of home-cooked busts too.   Instead of playing the Fred Weiss card (super freaking lame), I look at the kid and his hustle and think Anderson Varejao. 


Probably one of those fans who taunted Gallinari and called him a bust after his first game.



rico
rico

@Buck50 He makes more money if we sign and trade him, since we can offer him the most money.  It matters, he could make 20 million more in a sign and trade then simply "signing" as a FA