2. Nate Wolters, PG, South Dakota State
Mar 21, 2013; Auburn Hills, MI, USA; South Dakota State Jackrabbits guard Nate Wolters (3) moves the ball on Michigan Wolverines guard Trey Burke (3) in the second half during the second round of the 2013 NCAA tournament at The Palace. Michigan won 71-56. Mandatory Credit: Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports
I like Wolters just a little bit better than Canaan because of the fact that he is more of a playmaker, something the Knicks don’t have on their roster at the moment.
He’s not athletic as most guards in the draft, nor is he as flashy, but Wolters is as solid of a guard as any in the draft.
Wolters is a great ball-handler, a good shooting and a very creative guard who just makes things happen. He may not have the highest ceiling in the world due to his lack of athleticism, but Steve Nash had a lack of athleticism coming into the NBA as well.
The 6’5″ guard can score from every angle on the floor, but he also has excellent vision and passing instincts, which makes him the ideal backup right now for the Knicks. In addition, his size could allow him to lay off the ball at times and allow Woodson to run a two point guard set.
If anything, Wolters is a very safe pick.
1. Tony Mitchell, SF/ PF, North Texas
I rank Mitchell No. 1 thanks to his upside.
He would have been a first-rounder a year ago had he come out and has Top 10 talent.
If the Knicks bring back Smith, it makes athletic frontcourt help an even more glaring need. Mitchell might be the best athlete in this draft and comes at a discount after a mediocre sophomore season.
He’s an excellent rebounder and shot-blocker and arguably the top pound-for-pound athlete in this draft, given his size, 7’3” wingspan and ability to play above the rim.
Even if his skill set never comes around, Mitchell might be worth it this late based on the athleticism he can inject up front.
However if he ever realizes his potential, the Knicks will have a future star on their hands.
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