2014 Draft Picks: Round 2 - Picks 34, 51
TRADE 1: New York Knicks acquire No. 57 pick Louis Labeyrie from Indiana in exchange for cash considerations.
TRADE 2: In a pre-Draft trade, the New York Knicks acquire Jose Calderon, Wayne Ellington, Shane Larkin, Samuel Dalembert, the No. 34 pick (Cleanthony Early) and the No. 51 pick (Thanasis Antetokounmpo) from Dallas in exchange for Tyson Chandler and Raymond Felton.
Areas of Strength
Offensive talent. The Knicks have guys who can put the ball in the basket, especially if they are able to re-sign Carmelo Anthony. J.R. Smith is a volatile scorer, Iman Shumpert has explosiveness and a decent jumper, Tim Hardaway, Jr. can shoot 3s, and Amar’e Stoudemire was back to being a strong scorer inside at the end of the season.
Defense, point-guard play. The Knicks were absolutely lost defensively most of this season, suffering from a lack of communication and cohesion on that end of the floor. Raymond Felton has had his moments over the last two years, but in this league, you need a top-flight point guard to really succeed and bring the needed cohesion on offense.
Two Stats That Matter
380 -- Difference between the Knicks’ free-throw attempts (1,670) and their opponents’ free-throw attempts (2,050), the biggest discrepancy in the league. They were the only team that ranked in the bottom five in FTA rate (FTA/FGA) and opponent free-throw rate.
109.4 -- Points per 100 possessions scored by the Knicks after Andrea Bargnani was lost for the season (fourth in the league), compared to 101.7 (19th) when he was healthy.
The Way To Go
NBA.com's Draft expert, Scott Howard-Cooper, offers up his suggestions:
No picks scheduled, no early test of Phil Jackson’s player-evaluation skills. But he’s still on the clock for a coaching hire, possible trades and free agency.
2013-14 Team Stats (points per 100 possessions, with NBA rank)
Offensive: 105.4 (11th)
Defensive: 106.5 (24th)
G: Shannon Brown
C: Tyson Chandler
G: Raymond Felton
G: Tim Hardaway, Jr.
F: Lamar Odom
G: Pablo Prigioni
G/F: Iman Shumpert
G/F: J.R. Smith
F: Jeremy Tyler
C: Cole Aldrich
F: Carmelo Anthony (early termination option)
F: Andrea Bargnani (early termination option)
F: Kenyon Martin
G: Toure Murry
C: Amar’e Stoudemire (early termination option)
Recent Draft History
2013: Tim Hardaway, Jr. (24)
2012: Kostas Papanikolaou (48)
2011: Iman Shumpert (17)
2010: Andy Rautins (38), Landry Fields (39)
2009: Jordan Hill (8)
-- John Schuhmann