New York Knicks Draft Watch: Robert Sacre

Mar 15, 2012; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Gonzaga Bulldogs center Robert Sacre (0) drives against West Virginia Mountaineers forward Dominique Rutledge in the second round of the 2012 NCAA men

With the 2012 NBA draft about a month away, today I will begin a daily look at players the Knicks have worked out, looking at not only who the Knicks could select with the No. 48 pick, but also how that potential pick could fit into the New York lineup.

First off in the series is a look at Gonzaga center Robert Sacre.

Sacre is a guy I liked a lot in college. He’s a true seven-footer and could fill the need as a backup center to Tyson Chandler.

He’s not a great offensive player, but he’s functional, averaging 11.6 points and 6.3 rebounds per game in his final season at Gonzaga, while shooting 51 percent from the floor.

What he is though is a big body that can play on the defensive end of the floor and spell Chandler. We all saw how much a different team the Knicks were when Chandler wasn’t on the floor, so adding a capable backup for the 2013 season needs to be one of many priorities for general manager Glen Grunwald.

Sacre isn’t an explosive athlete, but he’s long and can rebound and block shots.

Offensively, he’s raw, but can score in the paint effectively.

Depending on which way the Knicks want to go with the No. 48 pick, Sacre could be available if they are searching for a big man.


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