The 2014 NBA Draft is just hours away and more names are popping up as possible selections for the New York Knicks, especially now that they have acquired a pair of second round picks.
Earlier this month, the Knicks had Florida center Patric Young in for a private workout with Phil Jackson, as Young projects to be available when the Knicks will select.
Let’s take a look at how Young fits in with the Knicks.
Why Patric Young is a Good Pick
The Florida product is a beast of a human being. As a shorter center (6’10″), he makes up for his lack of size with his immense strength. His 250 lb. frame leaves him looking like a super hero on the court and allows him to be an elite defender. The best aspect of his game is 100% his on the defensive end of the floor as he was the SEC Defensive Player of the Year in his senior campaign.
Something the Knicks sorely lacked last season was help defense and defending the pick and roll as well. How many times did we see the Knicks looking at each other (particularly Tyson Chandler) as the other team was taking an uncontested dunk? Young brings a high basketball IQ and good quickness to be able to not only hedge on picks, but also he recovers well. His big body and strength will make it difficult for the opposing player to establish good position in the post.
Although rebounding was not Young’s number one strength, he still averaged over six a game and has a 7’2″ wingspan that hopefully will allow him to succeed at the next level.
Either way, Young is a high energy player who is going to give max effort at all times. The Knicks could use an energy guy off the bench who doesn’t need to score to have an impact on the game.
Why Patric Young is Not a Good Pick
On the other end of the floor, Young brings very little to the table offensively. In the post, Young has a very limited arsenal of moves and typically will just try to out-muscle his defender. NBA scouts expected more of a development in his game over his four years at Florida which has caused his draft stock to fall.
With his muscular build, Young has sacrificed flexibility and explosiveness for power. While this helps him defensively, it has contributed to his lack of an offensive game. Young doesn’t have the perimeter skills to play power forward at the next level so he will need to stay strong in order to survive as an NBA center.
I believe Young is an excellent second round pick up for the Knicks. He brings a dimension of the game that the Knicks didn’t have last year: toughness. A high energy player off the bench will improve your team no matter what. I’m not sold on Young’s overall game to make him a first rounder, but he is definitely worth a second round pick now that the Knicks have a couple.
Check out some of Patric Young’s highlights.