2013 NBA Draft Profiles: Dario Saric

2013 NBA Draft Profiles: Dario Saric

Today’s featured draft profile will be on European phenom, Dario Saric. The 19-year-old forward is believed by many to be the best international player available in this year’s draft, and his uncanny passing ability in combination with his size has led to his fans labeling him as “The European Magic Johnson”. While I wouldn’t go that far, it isn’t hard to look at Saric and notice the immense potential he possesses when he’s on the court. After winning the gold medal with Croatia in the 2012 FIBA Europe Under-18 Championship, where Saric was unanimously voted tournament MVP by averaging 25.6 points per game (1st) and 10.1 rebounds per game (2nd), he was pegged as a lottery pick by many scouts, but his stock has begun to sink due to his sub-par performances this year with his new club, and there is a possibility he makes it into the late 1st round.

Birthday: 4/8/94 -Projected NBA Position(s): Small Forward/Power Forward – Class: International – Ht: 6-10 – Wt: 225 – Team: Cibona Zagreb – Hometown: Sibenik, Croatia

2012-13 Per Game Averages: 7.7 Points – 2.1 Assists – 6.1 Rebounds – 36.8 FG% – 30.3 3P% – 50.0 FT%

Saric's Pre-Draft Info

Because Saric is currently playing for a European club, he was not able to participate in the Pre-Draft Combine. His height, weight, and wingspan are the only official measurements available.

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2013 NBA Draft Profiles: Glen Rice Jr.

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Whether it’s Stephen Curry, Carmelo Anthony, Ray Allen, even Steve Novak, it doesn’t matter. Any shooter that ignites a fire is a joy to watch. In some cases, a hot shooter is more exciting than a monster dunk. Shots that are hit at a high clip will make you ask for more and more. Glen Rice Jr, much like his father, is a perfect example of a shooter with those traits that were previously listed.  More

2013 NBA Draft Profiles: Reggie Bullock

2013 NBA Draft Profiles: Reggie Bullock

Today’s featured draft profile will be on University of North Carolina swingman, Reggie Bullock. I love hard-working, 100% effort guys, and if you were to study Bullock’s game as I’ve been doing over the past few days, you’d see just that. Bullock leaves it on the court every night and finds ways besides scoring to contribute to the win. A scrappy defender and dependable 3-point shooter, I’d go as far to say that Bullock reminds me of another former Tarheel: Danny Green.

Birthday: 3/16/91 – Projected NBA Position(s): Shooting Guard/Small Forward – Class: Junior – Ht: 6-7 – Wt: 200 – Hometown: Kinston, NC

2012-13 Per Game Averages: 13.9 Points – 2.9 Assists – 6.5 Rebounds – 48.3 FG% – 43.6 3P% – 76.7 FT%

Bullock's Pre-Draft Info

Bullock’s Pre-Draft Combine Results

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2013 NBA Draft Profiles: Tony Mitchell

2013 NBA Draft Profiles: Tony Mitchell

Today’s featured draft profile will be on the University of North Texas wing, Tony Mitchell. A player with the ability to operate at small forward or power forward, Mitchell is an outstanding athlete, possessing all the physical tools to make an impact at the pro-level. Viewed as a potential lottery pick after his standout freshman year at North Texas, a disappointing sophomore campaign marred with character concerns caused his stock to dive, as many scouts are now placing Mitchell in the 20′s of the first round. The Knicks may be looking at a bargain should Mitchell slide to #24.

Birthday: 4/7/92 – Projected NBA Position(s): Small Forward/Power Forward – Class: Sophomore – Ht: 6-9 – Wt: 236 – Hometown: Dallas, TX

2012-13 Per Game Averages: 13.0 Points – 0.8 Assists – 8.5 Rebounds – 44.0 FG% – 30.0 3P% – 67.5 FT%

Mitchell's Combine Results

Mitchell’s Pre-Draft Combine Results

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2013 NBA Draft Profiles: Jeff Withey

2013 NBA Draft Profiles: Jeff Withey

The Knicks, as strange as it sounds, have the 24th pick in this year’s NBA Draft (I know, I’m still recouping from typing that).  In this post, I’m going to touch on my favorite player in this year’s 2013 NBA draft class, Jeff Withey, the incredibly dominant center from Kansas.

Withey played four seasons at Kansas; his first two seasons were playing behind Cole Aldrich and Marcus and Markieff Morris, so he didn’t get lots of playing time until his junior year, where he started getting all of the significant minutes from Kansas coach, Bill Self.  This year, his senior year, was his best year, as that is displayed in the lion’s share of college players. Kansas fell short in the Final Four, because Trey Burke decided to go off in the latter moments of the fourth quarter, and in overtime.

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What’s This We Hear About Iman Shumpert Playing Point Guard?

What’s This We Hear About Iman Shumpert Playing Point Guard?

As the focus around New York Knicks basketball is quickly shifting from a disappointing 2013 to “now what?” in 2014, let us take a breather from the Knick-less NBA Conference Finals to discuss our promising young friend, Iman Shumpert, and his future. Late last week, ESPN New York’s Jared Zwerling tweeted that the team could be using Shumpert at point guard some next season, and he’ll be working to improve his skills there this summer.

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With one or both of Pablo Prigioni and Jason Kidd possibly walking away from New York before next year, the Knicks definitely have a need at the point guard position behind Raymond Felton. After watching Shumpert used almost exclusively as a wing in 2013, Zwerling’s tweets came as a bit of a shock. But the news isn’t completely out of nowhere. More

2013 NBA Draft Profiles: Tony Snell

2013 NBA Draft Profiles: Tony Snell

Today’s featured draft profile will be on the University of New Mexico’s mellow sharpshooter, Tony Snell. Nicknamed the “Silent Assassin” by the Lobos faithful, Snell prefers to let his game do the talking, enforcing that reputation with his impressive showing last season against George Mason where he ignited for 27 points on only 12 shots; including the game winning 3-pointer with 01.2 left in the game. What did Snell do after? Get right back on defense.

Birthday: 11/10/91 – Projected NBA Position(s): Shooting Guard/Small Forward - Class: Junior - Ht: 6-7 - Wt: 198 - Hometown: Riverside, CA

2012-13 Per Game Averages: 12.5 Points – 2.9 Assists – 2.6 Rebounds – 42.2 FG% – 39.0 3P% – 84.3 FT%

Snell's Pre-Draft Combine Results

Snell’s Pre-Draft Combine Results

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2013 NBA Draft Profiles: Tim Hardaway Jr.

2013 NBA Draft Profiles: Tim Hardaway Jr.

Today’s featured profile will be on Michigan shooting guard, Tim Hardaway Jr. Yes, THAT Hardaway. The son of the UTEP alum, who gave the Knicks fits in the 90′s, as a member of the Miami Heat, with his scoring ability and signature crossover, has declared for the draft after a strong Junior year. One of my top 5 players at the shooting guard position in this year’s draft, Hardaway has matured from a wiry spot-up shooter at Miami Palmetto Senior High School into one of the most polished and NBA-ready prospects available.

Birthday: 3/16/92 – Projected NBA Position: Shooting Guard – Class: Junior – Ht: 6-6 – Wt: 200 – Hometown: Miami, FL

2012-13 Per Game Averages: 14.5 Points – 2.4 Assists – 4.7 Rebounds – 43.7 FG% – 37.4 3P% – 69.4 FT%

Tim Hardaway Jr.'s Pre-Draft Combine Results

Hardaway Jr.’s Pre-Draft Combine Results

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2013 NBA Draft Profiles: Shane Larkin

2013 NBA Draft Profiles: Shane Larkin

Today’s featured draft profile is on University of Miami standout, Shane Larkin. Anyone who follows me on Twitter knows two things: I love point guards, and I’ve been sold on Larkin since the Hurricane’s 27-point flogging of Duke, a contest in which Larkin shined with 18 points, 10 rebounds, and 5 assists. The sophomore guard was expected to return to Miami after the Canes won the ACC regular season and tournament championships, but decided to take his shot at the NBA early.

Birthday: 10/2/92 – Projected NBA Position: Point Guard – Class: Sophomore – Ht: 5-11 – Wt: 171 – Hometown: Orlando, FL

2012-13 Per Game Averages: 14.5 Points – 4.6 Assists – 3.8 Rebounds – 47.9 FG% – 40.6 3P% – 77.7 FT%

Larkin's Pre-Draft Combine Results

Larkin’s Pre-Draft Combine Results

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Knicks Salary Cap Situation and How it Impacts Offseason Moves

Guest post written by Tony Lombardo (@TweetKnick)

This is a hopefully brief look at the Knicks salary situation going into this offseason and what kinds of moves they can and can not make to improve the team. First, let’s look at the players already on the roster for next year:

Player Salary Salary Type Years Remaining
Amar’e Stoudemire $21,679,893 Guaranteed Contract 2
Carmelo Anthony $21,490,000 Guaranteed Contract 1 + 1 year player option
Tyson Chandler $14,100,538 Guaranteed Contract 2
Raymond Felton $4,180,000 Guaranteed Contract 2 + 1 year player option
Steve Novak $3,750,001 Guaranteed Contract 3
Marcus Camby $3,383,773 Guaranteed Contract 2
Jason Kidd $3,090,000 Guaranteed Contract 2
Iman Shumpert $1,797,600 Guaranteed Contract 2 + 1 year team option
First Round Draft Pick $997,300 Guaranteed Contract 3 + 1 year team option
Total $74,469,105 Guaranteed Contracts

The Knicks have $74,469,105 committed to eight players plus their first round draft pick on guaranteed contracts for next year. Barring trade or retirement, these are numbers we can lock in. We’ll get to how trades or retirements could impact the team in a bit. First, let’s look at other relevant salary numbers for the off-season. More