From The Four Point Play, enjoy fellas. Feel free to criticize and disagree with what I said, just don't be overly critical and be all "This sh*t was terrible, I'm going to kill you while you're sleeping tonight, author guy," considering it's my first all (mostly) cerebral "article" (I'm not entire sure whether to call it an article, post, collection of thoughts...oh well).
Honorable mention: Russell Westbrook - Point Guard/Shooting Guard - UCLA
Dude is a beast, I wouldn't mind if the Knicks drafted him. That is all.
10. OJ Mayo - Point Guard/Shooting Guard - USC
Many will be shocked to find such a talented and hyped prospect so low on this list. I was never on the OJ Mayo bandwagon and always thought he would he would be a Marbury/Francis-esque player in the league (not a good thing really). This is actually the closest I have ever been to supporting an OJ Mayo to the Knicks movement ever. Pretty much, I gotta put him here because if the Knicks actually do draft him, I'll feel like a jackass for being against it the whole time. But come on! His name is OJ Mayo, which translated from slang into English is Orange Juice Mayonnaise. If the Knicks do take him, he'll walk into practice the first day and introduce himself saying, "Hi everyone, I'm OJ Mayo," and Jerome James will eat him thinking it was a giant hybrid of orange juice and mayonnaise, which ironically is his thirst quencher during games. What then? We just wasted our first round pick. Thanks a lot, Donnie Walsh, you're doing a fantastic job so far.
9. Davon Jefferson - Small Forward - USC
At first glance, this fella may appear to be a clone of our very own Wilson Chandler. A 6'8, young small forward whose not incredibly polished, but has great athleticism and potential. But such terrific qualities are the reason that he would be a good fit for us. With D'Antoni as our coach, athleticism is a must and he has a much better jumpshot than most of our players, so he's a guy we can kick it out to with confidence. With him, we can run the offense featuring two small forwards who have the ability to do well at other positions, a la any combination of Shawn Marion, Raja Bell, Boris Diaw, James Jones, and Grant Hill.
8. Jason Thompson - Power Forward/Center - Rider
Thompson is another guy who can fit in well with the style that the Knicks may be running in this upcoming season. He is an athletic big who can run the floor well and defend both power forwards and centers. Can hit the midrange J pretty well for a big, which is a must for D'Antoni ball, and he played 4 years of college ball, so he is experienced, but he is only 21 years old which is as old as some freshmen at the moment (see: Jefferson, Davon). He's not the best post player, but if he was our starting big next to Lee, it wouldn't be necessary because Lee can dominate the post, and Thompson can take care of the area outside the paint on offense.
7. DeAndre Jordan - Center - Texas A&M
At the start of the season, I thought Jordan would be the best player in this draft after Derrick Rose. Yes, I bought into the hype. However, I'm not totally off his bandwagon. With our young roster, a project big like him wouldn't be a totally bad idea at this point. He compliments Lee's skills very well, being a legit seven footer, a beast on defense, and can run the floor with the best of them. He seems like a guy who can really do especially well in our system, a la Amare Stoudemire.
6. Donte Green - Small Forward - Syracuse
This will be a good pick depending on whether we decide to go with a somewhat more traditional lineup or all-out small ball. If we choose the latter, Green is perfect for the situation. A starting front-court of Chandler, Green, and Lee at center is a team that is the definition of run and gun. Green's combination of athleticism and outside shot is hard to ignore, and his defense is underrated. While he isn't a guy who if we draft will be "the guy" for our team, he will be somebody who can be a part of a great and exciting lineup.
5. DJ Augustin - Point Guard - Texas
The first point guard mentioned here, so you may assume that I believe that the Knicks need a point guard more than other positions. But that debate is up in the air. I just think that DJ has the chance to be the point guard of the future for the team. He's one of the few pure point guards in this class outside of Derrick Rose, and he has that floor general quality. Yeah, he's a little bit on the short side and he's not the best athlete, but he can drive to the basket very well and his jumpshot is not bad. Also, he kinda looks like Deron Williams, one of the best point guards in the NBA. So maybe this is god's way of telling us that DJ Augustin will be one of the best point guards in the NBA soon.
4. Anthony Randolph - Small Forward/Power Forward - LSU
Take everything I said about Donte Green, multiply it by 1.5 and throw in some better defense. But take away a few points because I've had enough of people with last name Randolph on the Knicks.
3. Joe Alexander - Small Forward/Power Forward - West Virginia
Take everything I said about Donte Green, multiply it by 1.75, take away a few inches of height, throw some mad power forward skillz on that grill, caucasianize that shiznit, and bam! You have the third best prospect likely available at the 6 spot.
2. Danilo Gallinari - Small Forward - Italy
Now, I like to consider myself as an NBA redneck (as much as it pains me to say this). I do not like a lotta foreign players in the NBA (even though I myself am an immigrant), or at least during the draft because I don't want the Knicks to take 'em. This may be due to bad experiences I have had with foreign players as a Knick fan (Wikipedize the 2003 NBA Draft, I don't want to discuss it), but this may all change with Gallinari. His ability is undeniable, D'Antoni has a habit of working very well with international players, and he can fit into any system the Knicks want to run very well.
1. Jerryd Bayless - Point Guard/Shooting Guard - Arizona
This guy is a beast. Don't give me that bull about we don't know if he is a point guard or a shooting guard, he is a flat-out stud. The fact that he has the skills to play both positions for our team is promising, and the way he can run the floor is perfect for D'Antoni and the other group of players who fit into D'Antoni ball. He's athletic, but can also hit the jumper well, and he is not bad on defense (definitely better than most of our current guards on D). Just a straight-up beast, and perfect guy to help rebuild the Knicks.