With just days before the 2013 NBA Draft, New York Knicks general manager Glen Grunwald is faced with a tough decision on what to do with the No. 24 overall pick.
The common opinion is that the Knicks need to target a young point guard, which makes a lot of sense since currently Raymond Felton is the Knicks only lead guard on the roster.
Names like South Dakota State’s Nate Wolters, Murray State’s Isaiah Canaan could be options as they will both be on the board when he Knicks select.
There’s also the need for another big man as the Knicks were crushed on the boards against the Indiana Pacers.
But the Knicks may go another route altogether.
With Carmelo Anthony likely to continue to play the power forward position, the Knicks have a glaring hole at the 3 and according to the New York Post’s Marc Berman, if the right swingman becomes available, the Knicks will not hesitate to snatch him up.
“They are looking for help on the perimeter,’’ said one person briefed on the Knicks’ draft strategy. “A small forward would be nice. They lost to Indiana and got outrebounded, but Tyson Chandler wasn’t right. They feel they can get a big man in free agency.’’
Berman notes that the swingmen on their radar are Michigan’s Tim Hardaway Jr., California shooting guard Allen Crabbe, North Carolina’s Reggie Bullock and New Mexico’s Tony Snell.
However if the Knicks do look at a swingman, it will have to be a guy that can shoot the ball, but also defend.
With that being said, Crabbe isn’t known for his defense and likely wouldn’t be a favorite of Knicks head coach Mike Woodson.
The most likely option of the crop of swingmen could be UNC’s Bullock, who may be the most NBA-ready of the bunch.
Hardaway is going to be a catch and shoot guy his whole career and while I do like Snell, if this is the route the Knicks are going to go, Bullock is the guy who would fit in the most.
With the draft inching ever so closer, there are plenty of questions about which route the Knicks will take.
For a team that feels that they are a championship caliber team, they have a lot of holes to fill.
With that being said, there is only one certainty come draft night and that is the fact that Grunwald can’t miss with this pick.
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