Friday , Jun , 24 , 2005 C.Y. Ellis

New York Knicks 2005 Draft Preview

(Sports Network) – New York needs to get someone who can make an immediate
impact with the eighth overall pick in this year’s draft. The Knicks, who
finished 33-49 and did not qualify for the playoffs this past season, also
have the last pick of the first round (No. 30).

The Knicks are set in the backcourt, as they have Stephon Marbury and Jamal
Crawford. Marbury led the team in scoring (21.7 ppg) and assists (8.1 apg),
while Crawford averaged 17.7 points and 4.3 helpers.

Tim Thomas and Mike Sweetney anchor the frontline. Sweetney can score down
low and is a solid rebounder, while Thomas can play both forward spots.
New York is still responsible for the big contracts of Anfernee Hardaway
and Allan Houston. The two guards played a total of 57 games last
season (Hardaway-37, Houston-20).

New York’s president of basketball operations Isiah Thomas would love to be
able to select a frontcourt player who can add some energy and athleticism to
the roster. Syracuse’s Hakim Warrick or Connecticut’s Charlie Villanueva
could be attractive to the Knicks. Arizona center Channing Frye
may also be enticing for the Knicks, as he would give an athletic player to
fill the middle.

However, Isiah Thomas will probably work the phones all night to see if he can
move up in the draft or even trade his pick for a veteran that is proven. New
York would love to get rid of some of its big contracts, and it would be a
surprise if the Knicks weren’t involved in some rumored deals.

Key Player(s): Jamal Crawford (Guard), Anfernee Hardaway (Guard), Allan
Houston (Guard), Stephon Marbury (Guard), Malik Rose (Forward), Mike Sweetney
(Forward), Tim Thomas (Forward).

Team Needs: A center, more all-around help in the frontcourt.

Draft picks: 1st round (8th overall), 1st round (30th overall), 2nd round
(54th overall).