Who the New York Knicks decide to target with the No. 24 overall pick in the 2013 NBA Draft is still unknown, but chances are that they will look to add a point guard or big man to their rotation.
If one of a handful of guards the Knicks are considering are off the board by then, expect them to seriously consider adding more size.
One guy that is likely to be available when they select is Louisville center Gorgui Dieng.
The Knicks seem intrigued by the possibility of adding Dieng during the draft and will work him out prior to the draft.
The Knicks need to upgrade their frontcourt in a big way and Dieng may be the best center on the board that late in the draft. The problem is he might not make it past the Nets as they are in the market for a defensive-minded backup behind Brook Lopez.
At 6’11”, Dieng anchored the No. 1-ranked defense in the country during his senior year en route to winning the national championship at Louisville. He’s a tremendous shot-blocker, averaging 2.5 blocks per game and his presence alone would help the Knicks on the interior.
In addition, Dieng is a great athlete, as his length and agility allow him to quickly rotate down and protect the rim.
He also average 9.4 rebounds per game, which would help out one of the worst rebounding teams in the NBA.
As for his offense, he has some work to do on his post-game, but Dieng is very good in the pick-and-roll and can finish strong around the rim.
He is a seasoned player who is ready to contribute right away in the NBA in terms of defending and rebounding, two areas the Knicks must improve.
If the Indiana Pacers series showed us anything, it’s that the nicks must get bigger, tougher and more athletic in the paint.
Dieng is a guy who can help them accomplish that.