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What the Knicks might get

Here we are in the land of 'ifs' again. If he turns out to have real basketball skills, if he's available, if the Knicks decide to go this way, if his workout showed some promise, Mike Muscala might well turn out to be the soundest investment for a team like the Knicks in the upcoming draft. With a name practically invented by Madison Avenue, Muscala is one of the few bigs around who can already play back-to-the-basket, sporting a nice hook/jump shot with right AND LEFT hands. He has the potential to become a fan favorite, a marketing phenomenon.

And on top of that, he's strong, has a large wing-span, got that blue-collar image, hustles on defense, has good offensive footwork, hits his free throws and can shoot the three. While there are more athletic choices out there, and maybe some real gap sealers for those weaknesses that need addressing, Muscala may well prove to have the greatest return on an investment.

The sleeper point guard in the draft is undoubtedly Myck Kabongo; the sleeper 2 guard who might also be able to run the point is probably Tony Snell. Both will undoubtedly be available by the time the Knicks draft, as might rebounder/enforcer Jackie Carmichael. But can the Knicks front office make a deal to pick up another choice--perhaps in the 2nd round--or just risk waiting until the draft is over? There might very well be enough similar talent after the first round that Grunwald may choose simply to hang on and see.

It's not too absurd to think that the Knicks should be thinking about the future, what to do AFTER Tyson Chandler's time with the team ends. Muscala could be the annointed center-in-waiting. I don't think any other team would be better able to capitalize on the name Mike Muscala. And Clyde would bliss out.

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