Jimmer Fredette was invited to attend the NBA draft on Thursday night in Newark and to wait for his selection in the Green Room, where the top 15 prospects wait to hear their name called. This may dampen the hopes of Knicks fans who wanted to add Fredette as a small shooting guard to the offense-oriented team.
Observers still question if Fredette's scoring prowess will translate into NBA success, but Jimmer Mania continues nonetheless, and it's likely the BYU product will be gone by the time the New York Knicks use their first-round draft pick in the 17th slot. The Sacramento Kings (7th pick), the Utah Jazz (3rd pick), and the Phoenix Suns (13th pick) are rumored to be interested in Fredette.
The others who will gather in the Green Room: Kemba Walker (Connecticut), Brandon Knight (Kentucky), Kyrie Irving (Duke), Kawhi Leonard (San Diego State), Kansas twin forwards Marcus and Markieff Morris (Kansas), Derrick Williams (Arizona), Chris Singleton (Florida State), Alec Burks (Colorado), Klay Thompson (Washington State), Tristan Thompson (Texas), Jonas Valanciunas (Lithuania), Enes Kanter (Turkey) and Jan Vesely (Czech Republic).
ESPN still predicts the Knicks will pick Marshon Brooks with their first-round selection. The 6' 5 Providence senior averaged 24.6 points last season with 48% shooting. He's relatively weak from the three-point arc but has shown flashes of being a strong defender--and he has a 7' 1 wingspan.
Meanwhile, New York shooting guard Landry Fields endorsed Klay Thompson as the best choice for the Knicks, even though it means he would compete with Thompson for a starting spot on the team. He's a great scorer, a real big guard, Fields told the New York Post. He could be a great player in the league. He's absolutely a knockdown shooter [who] would run well in Mike D'Antoni's system. I'd be happy to have him.
The Washington State junior was a 44% shooter from the field and a 40% three-point shooter, averaging 21.6 points per game for the Cougars. He may be gone before the Knicks get to pick, however. ESPN projects Thompson going to the Milwaukee Bucks as the 10th pick in the draft.