Tommy DeeIt’s mock draft study time. Let’s take a stroll around the top mock sites and who they have the Knicks drafting.
Gorgui Dieng- 6’11 Center- Louisville
Skinny: I mentioned valuing Plumlee out of that big man class, but there are plenty of solid NBA-ready bigs who can fit a need for the Knicks and Dieng is definitely near the top of the list. And if he’s there at 24 he makes a lot of sense. You have to love that he played in a super-fast paced, pro-style system at Louisville and that he was not only able to handle the speed, but excel in anchoring it. Dieng at 24 would be a win for the Knicks.
Dario Saric- 6’10 Small Forward Cibona Zagreb
Skinny- The more I watch Saric the more I see a tougher version of Toni Kukoc in terms of offensive ability. He’s long and lanky and has a great feel for the game. NBAdraft.net has him going 10 to Portland, which is quite a leap from 24 to the Knicks. Again, Saric doesn’t fit an immediate roster need for the Knicks and judging by his status in mocks it’s anyone’s guess where he ends up.
Myck Kabongo- 6’3 Point Guard Texas
Skinny: I’ve been studying Kabongo more and more recently and it’s really not hard to like his bounciness and athleticism. Ray Felton struggles with getting to the rim and Iman Shumpert struggles finishing around the rim and the Knicks could use a dribble drive, pass-first guard like Kabongo to slice into the lane with speed and strength. His shooting form needs to be worked on in my opinion but it’s not broken. All in all I think 24 is a bit of a reach for a player who has talent but I believe is more passive than pass-first in scoring situations. He’ll need time to develop and, similarly to how I feel about Nate Wolters, there are plenty of solid options who played in the D-League or overseas this year who can help the Knicks’ more immediate needs at the 1.
Shane Larkin- 5’11 Point Guard Miami
Skinny: I’m not going to lie here, I love Larkin. If he falls to 24 I’d be absolutely shocked. Again, I have no idea what the Knicks strategy is, I’ve been hearing they are looking for best available, which would be silly in my estimation. They need best available need. Larkin has all the ability in the world and has both an incredible resume combined with great family pedigree. I think he’s outstanding.