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Know Your Ironically Named Prospect

If the Knicks were smart (and if they extend Walsh, they're smart enough) they will try to buy one or two second rounders this year.  I think it's particularly smart because although there isn't much in the way of bonafide point guard prospects in this draft, it makes sense to bring in a couple of possible sleepers.

Here's one:

http://www.draftexpress.com/profile/Isaiah-Thomas-5678/

Although they will have to make his contract dependent on changing his name.   All you people who are afraid he's coming back - what if he did?

Anyway, this guy is Nate Robinson short.  But he's not as well regarded as Nate was, because Nate could jump out of the gym.  It makes sense in a way that if you're going to draft a short guy, he should be able to jump high.  But I think that in an actual game, leaping ability doesn't amount to much.  Yes, if you can leap, you can get up and shoot over a taller defender, or dunk.  But honestly, are we really looking for someone that can create his own shot?  I don't think so.  I think we're looking for guys that can pass the ball, provide on court leadership and hit open shots.  Lateral quickness and craftiness is much more important.  Nate won 3 dunk contests and that's about it.  I think this guy could be what we wanted Nate to be - a short, quick effective point guard.

But of course, I haven't seen him play.  So please, those that have, weigh in.  No way this guy is going at 17, but if the Knicks pick up a second rounder, might he be worth a pick?

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