Tommy DeeAs you all know the past few drafts and at this deadline I’ve been pining for the Knicks to land another shooter to take pressure off Carmelo Anthony. It’s something that really hurt them against the Pacers, the inability to stretch the floor and make the Pacers guard up to 23ish feet.
Allen Crabbe is a great fit.
What I love most about Crabbe, who I’ve watched a handful of times this year, is that he doesn’t miss in catch and shoot.According to Synergy Sports he was 44% in those situations this season. He can score from a plethora of spots on the floor as well as in transition. To me, he’s the best pure shooter in the draft whose high release and strong elevation will translate easily at the next level.
He’s also adept and strong enough to get to the free throw line in chunks, which shows me that he’s a competitor and doesn’t settle for his gifted jumper. He’s not a great finisher in the lane, but he has above average athleticism. He’s a least willing to draw contact.
More importantly is that he’s the best defender at the shooting guard position in my opinion in recent drafts. He’s long and he anticipates very well and can get to the apex of another guard or forward’s jump shot to bother the release without fouling. He can also get tips and deflections that lead to easy transition baskets. 18% of his scoring this season came on the break.
This is a player that absolutely fits a need no matter where the Knicks decide to go with the rest of the roster. Major sign off here if they take him at 24. The Knicks have long desired a pure shooter and haven’t had one since Allan Houston. Crabbe fits the bill for sure in my opinion.