Looking to capitalize on this last year's free agent and trade successes that brought Carmelo Anthony and Amar'e Stoudemire to the Garden, the Knicks have a good opportunity to find some talent in the draft.
Though the Knicks want to add a defensive presence in the paint, the Knicks could also use some bench scoring.
Rookie starter Landry Fields struggled down the stretch last season so the Knicks could use their 17th pick in this week's NBA Draft to land a more reliable scorer at the two guard spot.
Providence standout, and NCAA second-leading scorer, Marshon Brooks, is a player that the Knicks probably have their eye on.
Brooks's polished offensive skill s might convince Knicks' management to pair him with Fields, who plays a much more defensive style.
At Providence, Brooks dominated the ball and created most of his offense for himself, which will have to change as he transitions to the NBA. He has a very sweet stroke, both spotting up and off the dribble, so if he improves his shot selection he could be a quality NBA scorer.
Brooks is very long and has a good first step that allows him to beat defenders to the basket. With proper coaching, those tools could also make him a very capable defender.
Depending on how he handles his transition into a much smaller role than he had in college, Brooks has the potential to become a solid NBA scorer who gets his points off catch-and-shoot situations, as well as by using his dribble-hesitation moves to create his own opportunities.
In a Mike D'Antoni offense, where players are encouraged to shoot early and often, Brooks could be an excellent fit if he learns to defer to his teammates and improves his decision making.
Expect Knicks management to consider Brooks very seriously if he is still on the board when No. 17 rolls around.