The New York Knicks are apparently showing a lot of interest in Brigham Young standout Jimmer Fredette.
The top scorer in the nation in college last year, Fredette is one of the most intriguing prospects heading into the NBA Draft. A lights-out shooter with seemingly unlimited range, Fredette garnered much attention last year by leading BYU to the Sweet Sixteen before falling to Florida.
Most mock drafts have him going to the Utah Jazz with the 12th overall draft pick, but he could go as early as seventh overall, and might slip all the way to No. 15.
The Knicks are considering the possibility of trading up from the 17th pick to select Fredette. However, New York would have to give up their only pick as well as a player - maybe Tony Douglas or Bill Walker - to move far enough up the draft order to select Fredette. The Knicks already have one of the weakest benches in the league and can't afford to deplete it any more just to move up five or six spots in the draft.
There is some sentiment within the organization that Fredette would be a good fit within coach Mike D'Antoni's free-flowing offensive style. Last season, Fredette was not averse to shooting from anywhere on the court and at any point during the shot clock. If he's given the freedom to shoot within D'Antoni's system, Fredette could be an excellent scoring option off the bench.
Because of his excellent offensive skill set and incredible work ethic, Fredette will probably succeed in the NBA as a volume scorer off the bench, but it doesn't make much sense for the Knicks to trade up in the draft for him.
The Knicks need to add defense to have a chance at competing for a championship in June and Fredette was basically an offense-only player in college. The Knicks have glaring holes and have to use this draft to fill at least one of those needs.
Fredette will probably be a successful NBA player, but he's not quite the right fit on this current Knicks roster.