Keith SchlosserDespite not having any draft picks in next month’s NBA Draft, there are still potential ways for the Knicks to take advantage of the young talent available.
Of course, New York can always opt to “purchase” a late draft pick via a trade, or, perhaps more conveniently, aim to snatch up a couple of the promising young guns who slip through the cracks and go undrafted (a la NC State’s CJ Leslie, who played for the Knicks in Summer League and training camp last year).
There are undoubtedly different possibilities to explore and interesting prospects to keep an eye on. Keeping that in mind, the team will reportedly work out Morgan State big man Ian Chiles on Wednesday (Sportando, May 27).
Unfortunately, Chiles doesn’t exactly jump off the page or stand atop any respectable draft boards being circulated around. What’s more, he failed to stand out at the Portsmouth Invitational Tournament last month (DraftExpress, April 20).
At 7 feet 2 inches tall and 260 pounds, what you see is what you get from Chiles. He can pour the ball into the basket up close and block shots with the best of them. As a senior, he averaged 15.6 points, 6.5 rebounds, 3.0 blocks through 31 contests.
Despite his strengths, Chiles isn’t as agile when running the floor. Still a raw prospect, he doesn’t have the polished dexterity and/or finesse necessary around the hoop, especially considering the skill-set needed by a big man in the triangle offense.
Having said that, size, strength, and physicality are all difficult traits to find in an up and coming prospect in today’s NBA. Perhaps the flashes of potential Chiles has displayed thus far are worth exploring. After all, the Knicks have Summer League, NBA training camp, and D-League basketball to think about.