The New York Knicks don’t have a pick in either round of the 2014 NBA Draft, but that won’t stop Phil Jackson from trying to acquire one.
As of right now, it looks like the Knicks will try to buy a second round pick at the minimum with hopes of being able to purchase one in the first round as well. If New York cannot sway a team with money, then they will look into dealing one of their only assets in young swingman Iman Shumpert.
At the deadline this year, the Knicks reportedly turned down a trade offer from Oklahoma City that would have sent Shumpert to the Thunder in return for one of their two first round draft picks. According to reports, the Knicks and Thunder are re-engaged in talks about the Shumpert-for-pick deal.
It is becoming more and more likely that the Knicks will trade Shumpert as he is in the last year of his rookie contract and will be due for an increase in salary. Jackson has voiced that he wants the ability to have as much cap space as possible heading into the 2015 offseason and will avoid anything to hinder that plan.
Other pick acquisition trades could come on draft night if the Knicks try to blow it up and find a suitor for Tyson Chandler, or have already worked out a sign-and-trade with Chicago behind the scenes with the Knicks receiving the 16th and 19th picks. Again, this is speculation but you never know when dealing with the Knicks.
Let’s assume the Knicks acquire a late first round pick from the Thunder for Shumpert. Obviously we are hoping for it to be the 21st pick rather than the 29th pick, but either spot will have plenty of options to pick from a lot of talent.
One position that will certainly be targeted if they acquire a pick is point guard. Upgrading this position shouldn’t be difficult as Raymond Felton was dreadful last season and made it equally painful to watch. Pablo Prigioni has done a great job coming off the bench and getting spot starts but he cannot be expected to play 40 minutes a night.
That’s where Syracuse product Tyler Ennis comes in.
Ennis is a 6’2″ 180 pound point guard who really excelled in his only year at Syracuse. The freshman phenom helped lead the Orange to a 28-6 record this past season as he averaged 12.9 points per game and 5.5 assists. There is a lot to like about him and some areas of improvement.
Let’s take a look at how he would with the Knicks.