Well, the draft is in a few days, we have that to look forward to as Knicks fans. Reports coming from around the league have us offering Wilson Chandler to Washington in an effort to move up in the draft. I’m not sure how I feel about that given Chandler’s development in 1.1 NBA seasons (if you recall during Chandler’s rookie year, he played only at the tail end of a 23-win season). I like Wilson Chandler, he’s athletic, can shoot, has moves, can block shots…
You can say this about moving Chandler: they must feel pretty certain about Danilo Gallinari recovering fully if they’re going to move away a potential legit starting small forward (Chandler) for one that had back surgery and sat out most of the season (Gallinari).
I see a pattern developing in New York. If you are a knick rookie, you sit. That’s kind of odd if you think about it, considering our record over the past few years. You’d think the rookies would get the burn to develop our youth.
I wonder how close to moving up in this draft Walsh and company are? Could they make it to five or even 3 or 2? We’ve got Chandler and Lee, and not much else to entice ball clubs with. Nate? Will people trade away their picks for the rights to resign a prolific scorer who is terribly undersized and sometimes makes the wrong decisions with the ball?
If Nate was ever going to be a true point guard, we wouldn’t have had to get Duhon, and we wouldn’t still be looking at taking another point guard with our lottery pick this year. Keep Nate only if you want to build with the shortest two guard in recent NBA history. Nate should have been watching Muggsy Bouges tapes instead of Steve Nash tapes if he wanted to improve his point guard skills.
Speaking of Nash, I can see the possibility of him coming to New York at some point during the 2009-2010 season. He lives in Manhattan in the off-season and basically epitomizes what D’Antoni wants in a point guard, so if the Suns sniff his intentions to leave Steve Kerr’s hot mess behind, they may try to get something back for him before his 2010 free agency status kicks in (of course we don’t know how much value we will have left to offer by then since we’re trying to trade our current players for a pick in this week’s draft).
T-minus a few days and counting until our beloved Knicks pick 8th in the NBA draft.
T-Mac as a knick? I can’t see it happening, but never say never.