Coming off a solid season, and their first playoff appearance since 2004, the New York Knicks are looking to improve on a roster that features two of the most potent offensive threats in the NBA in Carmelo Anthony and Amar'e Stoudemire.
Despite continued uncertainty over who will replace Donnie Walsh as the Knicks' team president and general manager, the Knicks have an opportunity to improve their roster through the NBA Draft on July 23rd.
The Knicks have the 17th pick in an overall weak draft, but there are still options to strength their bench or use the pick as trade bait to lure an established player to the starting lineup.
Here's a look at some players that the Knicks can land:
- Bismack Biyombo, International: Biyombo is just under 6'8, but has a wingspan of more than 7 and a half feet long. His incredible length and explosive athletic ability could help him develop into an excellent rebounder and shot blocker. The Knicks are in need of solid defense in the low post and could look to Biyombo to contribute immediately.
- Donatas Motiejunas, International: Motiejunas is a solid European prospect, a big lefty power forward who can score from anywhere on the floor. He combines size with some impressive and developing post moves. The Knicks need a frontcourt player to partner with Stoudemire, and Motiejunas could perhaps take on the Timofey Mozgov role.
- Chris Singleton (Florida State): Standing somewhere between 6'8 and 6'9, Singleton has the size and athleticism of the modern prototypical forward. He improved his offensive game substantially last year, but his most immediate impact in the NBA will be on defense. With great size, length, and lateral quickness, he is excellent at pressuring the ball while racking up rebounds, steals, and blocks.
- Marshon Brooks (Providence): The second highest scorer in the NCAA last season, Brooks will have to adjust his game from the ball-dominating role he played at Providence to a more off-the-ball style in the NBA. His offensive efficiency should improve as he becomes accustomed to more catch-and-release shots rather than trying to create his own offense off the dribble.
- Markieff Morris (Kansas): With a solid ability to knock down jumpers from within 20 feet, Morris can have value as a floor-spacing power forward in the NBA. While he needs to add some go-to post moves to compete against NBA defenders, Morris is strong and explosive and could contribute to the Knicks frontcourt rotation very quickly.