New York Knicks 2006 Draft Preview
(Sports Network) – The troubled New York Knicks have huge salary cap problems
and players who are going to be very difficult to trade in the offseason. They
traded their first-round pick to Chicago, which got the second-overall pick
in the lottery with it, but do have two selections (20th and 29th) that they
acquired in separate deals with Toronto and San Antonio.
New York needs a new attitude and a different look. This team is simply made
up of names. Steve Francis, Stephon Marbury and Jalen Rose all make a lot of
money and all have question marks regarding their character. Rose has one year
left on his contract, while Francis and Marbury have multiple years remaining.
Center Eddy Curry averaged 13.6 points and 6.0 rebounds during his first year
with the Knicks, who finished in last place in the Atlantic Division with a
dismal 23-59 record. Guard Jamal Crawford netted 14.3 per contest, while
forward Channing Frye contributed 12.3 points and 5.8 boards in 65 games
during his rookie campaign.
Guard Nate Robinson, who averaged 9.3 points in his rookie season, and
Quentin Richardson add some depth to the disgruntled Knicks.
Head coach and team president Isiah Thomas, who replaced Larry Brown as
the team’s general, will try to add players who can compete for playing
time immediately. Thomas will not worry about what position they play, as the
Knicks need help now.
Thomas will most likely try to move either Francis or Marbury and would not
mind finding new homes for some of his other players. The Knicks current
roster is a bad mix with no chemistry.
Bottom line, this franchise is a mess.
Key Player(s): Jamal Crawford (Guard), Eddy Curry (Center), Steve Francis
(Guard), Channing Frye (Forward), Jerome James (Center), Stephon Marbury
(Guard), Nate Robinson (Guard), Quentin Richardson (Guard), Jalen Rose
(Forward/Guard), Malik Rose (Forward),
Team Needs: A new attitude, scoring forward and players who think team first.
Draft picks: 1st round (20th overall), 1st round (29th overall).