With the hometown fans on hand at the Barclays Center, the New York Knicks made many of them upset (one kid to the point of crying) with their selection of 7’1″ Kristaps Porzingis. Fans booed loudly as his name was announced by Adam Silver.
“Lot of fans weren’t happy they drafted me,” Porzingis said. “I have to do everything in my hands to turn those booing fans into clapping fans. I was happy about it. Want to be part of this organization. The fans are harsh sometimes. That’s how it is in New York, and I’m ready for it.”
Also on draft night, the Knicks traded Tim Hardaway Jr. to the Washington Wizards for the draft rights to Jerian Grant, a combo guard with a high basketball IQ.
There is also speculation that the Knicks will go after Spurs 3 & D specialist Guard Danny Green, a New York Native. With Green a proficient sharpshooter, he would fit in well with the Knicks and Phil Jackson’s Triangle Offense and allow Carmelo Anthony to set up down low in the post.
The New York Knicks “want to be in” the mix for free-agent guard Danny Green, league sources say, according to Ian Begley of ESPN New York.
There is much speculation who the New York Knicks will draft at the four spot. While the Knicks have been mum on the subject, speculation is pointing more and more to a 7’1″ (and growing) 19-year old kid out of Latvia. Kristaps Porzingis seemingly has much more upside than downside.
“The kid can flat-out shoot,” a Western Conference executive said. “Now he’s really, really thin, but he’s athletic. A 7-footer who can step out and hit three’s is something.”
The Knicks new President, Phil Jackson has been fielding speculation that they may trade the pick if PG D’Angelo Russell was already gone.
“We’re listening,’’ Jackson said at a press conference. “We’re not soliciting so much, but we are listening.’’
Jackson, known for taking more established players, did mention by name Frank “The Tank” Kaminsky out of Wisconsin and Kentucky Junior Willy Cauley-Stein.
“Philly sits ahead of us,’’ Jackson said. “They’ve been an outlier on draft day. We don’t know what they’re going to do. It looks like their needs are guards because of the stockpile of big guys. But we don’t know if that’s what they’ll do. They have a penchant for doing things not according to scale.’’
The 2015 NBA Draft is scheduled June 25th.
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