There are all kinds of rumors swirling about the New York Knicks in the runup to Thursday’s NBA Draft. The Knicks have three picks between 19 and 32, and this draft is exceptionally deep. Who do they like?
Well, we haven’t heard anything about team president Leon Rose’s preferences, but a clue may have dropped regarding the wish list of head coach Tom Thibodeau. Marc Berman of The Post mentioned on Tuesday that Thibs has developed some strong feelings for West Virginia guard Miles “Deuce” McBride:
According to one league source, Knicks coach Tom Thibodeau was pushing for West Virginia sophomore point guard Miles McBride, who has been projected in some mocks as an early second-round or late first-round pick. It’s unclear at which slot Thibodeau would prefer to select McBride — No. 19 or 21 in the first round, or No. 32 early in the second round — but the 20-year-old impressed him in his Knicks workout.
If true, this would be a big deal. Thibs is the reigning NBA Coach of the Year and a longtime Rose confidant, so he almost certainly has sway with the president. Last year, Rose supposedly took the temperature of his entire brain trust before finally going with William Wesley’s idea to choose Immanuel Quickley with the 25th pick. That certainly worked out well for the Knicks. Perhaps this time, Rose will heed Thibs’ advice.
Personally, I think McBride would be an excellent choice, even at 19. He’s a perfect Thibs guard, hard-nosed and not afraid to shoot. Our own Matt Miranda just did a profile on Deuce, so take a look if you haven’t already.