About 24 hours before the 2014 NBA Draft began, New York Knicks fans were just hoping that new team president Phil Jackson would find a way to add a player to the mix.
When it was all said and done Jackson added three, which no one could have expected at this time on Wednesday.
After drafting forwards Cleanthony Early and Thanasis Antetokounmpo with the No. 34 and 51 picks respectively, Jackson then acquired French big man Louis Labeyrie, who was selected No. 57 overall by the Indiana Pacers.
To make the deal the Knicks sent cash Indiana’s way.
Labeyrie stands 6’10” and last played for Hyeres-Toulon from the French Pro A league. The 22-year old averaged 6.4 points and 3.7 rebounds per game last season.
He is a project and a guy that we won’t see around this year as Jackson was looking for a guy he could stash for a year or two to let develop.
Labeyrie is skinny and needs to add some strength to play in the NBA, but he likes to crash the boards and given the Knicks problems rebounding in the past, it was likely they would target a player who potentially could help on the glass in a couple of years.
Needless to say though I wouldn’t get too excited as Labeyrie is a long way away from even being considered a legitimate NBA prospect.