In addition to needing frontcourt depth, which I looked at by taking a look at Cincinnati’s Yancy Gates and Gonzaga’s Robert Sacre, the Knicks also need to address point guard depth in the offseason as well.
If things go well and the Knicks get the Bird right’s of Jeremy Lin, they will be in a position to potentially also add a veteran guard to back up Lin as well.
However if they don’t and are forced to use their MLE to keep Lin in the Big Apple, general manager Glen Grunwald could be forced to address point guard depth via June’s draft.
On the surface that could be a problem, considering they would have a guy in Lin that started only 25 games and a rookie as his backup. If that’s the route they have to go, there are some talented point guards to take a look at, one of which being Philadelphia native and former Syracuse product Scoop Jardine.
Jardine is likely viewed as an NBA backup after averaging 8.3 points and 4.7 assists for the Orange as a senior. But with the No. 48 pick, that is essentially what the Knicks are looking to add and that’s depth.
He’s a guy that sees the floor pretty well and is a pretty good decision maker, but he isn’t viewed as a great athlete and doesn’t have great end-to-end speed.
But Jardine is a crafty player who finds a way to make plays.
As a shooter, Jardine made 53 percent of his 2-point attempts and 38 percent of his attempts from behind the arc. I look at something like that more than his per game averages as Syracuse was a very deep team and on any other team Jardine likely would have put up better overall numbers.
The Knicks worked out Jardine, but I find it very interesting that he doesn’t even crack ESPN’s Chad Ford’s Top 100 prospects, which could lead me to believe that he could go undrafted and someone the Knicks could sign afterwards.
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