March 23, 2013; San Jose, CA, USA; California Golden Bears guard Allen Crabbe (23) reacts after the third round of the NCAA basketball tournament against the Syracuse Orange at HP Pavilion. Syracuse defeated California 66-60. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

2013 NBA Draft: Why the Knicks should select Allen Crabbe


Allen Crabbe

Allen Crabbe, California

When looking at the New York Knicks depth chart you see that they have a lot of problems heading into the 2013 NBA Draft.

They don’t have sufficient bigs to partner with Tyson Chandler, they don’t have a solid backup point guard to help Raymond Felton but their most desperate need is a solid wing to partner with Iman Shumpert.

J.R. Smith may not be returning to the Knicks after opting out of his deal and even though the Knicks can use their early bird rights to snap up Smith to a long-term deal worth a little bit more than $5 million, there is still some doubt surrounding his return to the Big Apple.

The Knicks should look to get a scoring wing in the NBA draft and the perfect player to fill that role is the SG/SF out of California, Allen Crabbe.

Crabbe had great junior year in California averaging 18.4 ppg, 6.1 rpg, 2.6 apg, while shooting 45.9 percent from the field, and 34.8 percent from behind the arc. Crabbe is a great scorer and possesses great speed and shoots quite consistently.

The Pac-12 Player of the Year has the potential to be as good as Rip Hamilton during his prime.

The one thing that Crabbe will have to understand is that every team in the NBA has a pure scorer and he will not be seen as the number one scoring option in his rookie season.

Crabbe would be great for the Knicks coming off the bench as he would be able to space the floor because of how deadly of a perimeter scorer he is. Crabbe would likely be part of the Knicks’ second unit and would be paired up perfectly with JR Smith (if re-signed), Pablo Prigioni (if re-signed), Amar’e Stoudemire, and Kenyon Martin (if re-signed).

He would provide a scoring spark off the bench, which was something that the Knicks needed during the playoff series against the Pacers. Crabbe’s scoring ability combined with Smith, Shumpert, Felton, and Stoudemire’s talent, it would take some of the load off Carmelo Anthony, who has suggested that he needs help in the scoring department.

While many people think that the Knicks need help in the big man department, or help for Felton, there is adequate help available through free agency at reasonable prices, which the Knicks can afford, and who are useful bench players.

But taking Crabbe in the draft would be a great and underrated pickup for the Knicks team that needs the scoring talent.

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  • Naveen Maliakkal

    At 24, I’d swing for the fences and take Tony Mitchell. So few of these backend picks become quality rotation players that you might as well go for a guy who could be a Josh Smith (hopefully coached up so his shot selection is better and turnovers are lower).