By: Marc Cogliano
This is going to be a huge draft for the New York Knicks. It already had a unsuccesful start by not moving up in the draft order. Last year the Chicago Bulls were handed a Get Out of Jail Free card by the NBA Draft Lottery and awarded the No. 1 pick despite a mere 1.7 percent chance for it. This year the Knicks had a 2.8 percent chance at any of the top three picks. They were not let out of jail free.
What are the Knicks going to do? The hot pick is Davidson shooting guard Stephen Curry. He is a very good shooter and got a lot of national attention early in his college years during the NCAA MarchMadness tournament. The Knicks need more shooters , and Curry would immediately become a star and “S. Curry” the hottest-selling jersey. If he’s still there come No. 8, it’ll be difficult for the Knicks to pass him up.
Other possibilities: Memphis’s Tyreke Evans, Southern California’s DeMar DeRozan, and even Syracuse’s Jonny Flynn. Perhaps most intriguing: Brandon Jennings, who might have been a top-three pick out of high school two years ago but has hurt his stock since playing a season in Italy.
Anyway, we hope you enjoyed the lottery and will enjoy the draft, which is coming in a month. The Knicks won’t be taking part next year. They have no first-round draft pick, because it belongs to the Utah Jazz. Isiah Thomas traded it away five years ago. For Stephon Marbury.