May 5 2012
So, I don’t exactly know how this happened, but I think most of the Knicks twittersphere/blogosphere was operating under the assumption that the Knicks did not have any draft picks this season. However, after doing some searching around the web, I figured out that the Knicks actually have a second round pick this season. In the Carmelo Anthony trade, the Knicks did send two second round picks to the Nuggets, but those were both picks acquired from Golden State in the David Lee trade. In the sign and trade for Amar’e Stoudemire, the Knicks gave their 2012 second round pick, top 55 protected, to the Suns. What that means is that if the Knicks were to reach the Eastern Conference Finals this season, they would have given the pick to Phoenix. However, down 3-0 to Miami in the first round, that is not going to happen. So the Knicks will in fact keep their second round selection in this year’s draft. I will fact check this, but I’m quite certain that this means the Knicks will pick between picks 42-50 in the second round.
This is actually great news for Knick fans. As J.R Smith, Baron Davis and Steve Novak are set to depart, the Knicks are going to need young players to help fill the void. In this very deep draft. New York can get a good player with their second round pick. In fact, the Knicks have had some success recently with second round picks, drafting both Landry Fields and Josh Harrellson. With many quality players in this year’s draft, the Knicks will have the opportunity to fill one of their seemingly never ending needs.[twitter-follow screen_name='tarmosino' show_screen_name='no']