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2/5/2019  4:39 PM    LAST EDITED: 2/5/2019  4:39 PM
Cartman718 wrote:
StarksEwing1 wrote:
NYKBocker wrote:If we end up with Zion or RJ Barrett I will be a happy man. I don't think I want Ja Morant.
those are my top choices. With the new draft rules it doesnt make it essential we wind up dead last but im so scared we will somehow get bumped back to 5 which tends to happen to us

If we don't get the overall #1, I believe we should trade the pick with whoever's #3 or #4 and get an extra first round pick in 2020 in return like Hawks got from Mavs.


I would do that. Unfortunately, there's no Luka or Trae in that range to create that sort of a market...yet. This is the time of year where stocks rise and fall like crazy.
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2/5/2019  5:22 PM    LAST EDITED: 2/5/2019  5:22 PM
Cartman718 wrote:
GodSaveTheKnicks wrote:
BigDaddyG wrote:
smackeddog wrote:Not getting my hopes up for Zion, so I think we should turn our attention to who we'd draft at the 2-5 spot.

In the unlikely event we landed Kyrie and Durant, our lineup would be:

C- (Maybe DeAndre Jordan if he signed for whatever's left) Mitch/Kornet
PF- KD/ maybe Vonleh (if he's cheap)
SF- Knox
SG- Frank/Dennis Jr
PG- Kyrie

So for me, Sg would make a lot of sense, so maybe Barrett wouldn't be too bad. Would Ja Morant be good next to Irving? Dennis Smith Jr?


We go best player available, regardless of position, if the rumors are true. We need a good spot up shooter and defender next to Kyrie. Morant is probably not the best fit in this draft, but who says we can't flip him for more assets? Everything is on the table now.

Yup. Don't overthink it and take the best player.

Imagine if Dallas didn't trade for Luka because they knew DSJ needs the ball in his hands.

or that Don Nelson shouldn't have drafted Steph Curry because Monta Ellis (in his very youthful prime) was already on the squad as PG.

Not to mention the draft takes place before free agency begins. Drafting for fit is bad but drafting for fit next to players you might sign later in the summer is even worse.

Now the joy of my world is in Zion How beautiful if nothing more Than to wait at Zion's door I've never been in love like this before Now let me pray to keep you from The perils that will surely come
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2/5/2019  10:38 PM
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2/5/2019  11:03 PM
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2/6/2019  9:31 AM    LAST EDITED: 2/6/2019  11:27 AM
I watched the Duke BC game last night (back and forth with Knicks). Admittedly, I am not a college hoops expert but some takeaways

Zion didn't lose many if any rebounds; he had a nose for the ball and if it was in his vicinity he seemed to lose [edit -- oops, win] every time. Played very confident and poised (for the most part; there were a few instances where he was clearly targeting highlight reel stuff)

I don't know his exact measurables but he is big in the lower body and clearly has a very strong core.

Some concerns (more because I can't help myself from trying to see both sides than that these are huge issues [which i dont think they are]). (1) He's not rock hard. Clearly powerful but definitely a layer of fat in there too. Would like to know the back story on that. There's clearly opportunity for improvement, and the issue is what is he doing via self-motivation to get there. (2) He's left handed (I didn't know that before). Again there may be an opportunity there too, as it's a different look, but we should also consider that especially with a college schedule (e.g., not seeing teams/players repeatedly) this gives him a slight advantage that may not translate as much to the pros, as teams and players get used to that. (3) man-child fears. Sometimes you have Shaq or Barkley, other times you get Robert Traylor.


off topic from Zion: Ky Bowman can play. Fast, strong for his size, under control etc. Major issue is his size, but whoever gets past him being 6'1" (who knows if he's truly that) might find themselves a player

Martin: Hezonja will be in the NBA next year.
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2/6/2019  9:47 AM
Chandler wrote:I watched the Duke BC game last night (back and forth with Knicks). Admittedly, I am not a college hoops expert but some takeaways

Zion didn't lose many if any rebounds; he had a nose for the ball and if it was in his vicinity he seemed to lose every time. Played very confident and poised (for the most part; there were a few instances where he was clearly targeting highlight reel stuff)

I don't know his exact measurables but he is big in the lower body and clearly has a very strong core.

Some concerns (more because I can't help myself from trying to see both sides than that these are huge issues [which i dont think they are]). (1) He's not rock hard. Clearly powerful but definitely a layer of fat in there too. Would like to know the back story on that. There's clearly opportunity for improvement, and the issue is what is he doing via self-motivation to get there. (2) He's left handed (I didn't know that before). Again there may be an opportunity there too, as it's a different look, but we should also consider that especially with a college schedule (e.g., not seeing teams/players repeatedly) this gives him a slight advantage that may not translate as much to the pros, as teams and players get used to that. (3) man-child fears. Sometimes you have Shaq or Barkley, other times you get Robert Traylor.


off topic from Zion: Ky Bowman can play. Fast, strong for his size, under control etc. Major issue is his size, but whoever gets past him being 6'1" (who knows if he's truly that) might find themselves a player

what did u think of barrett?

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2/6/2019  10:14 AM
VCoug wrote:
Nalod wrote:Picks have risk. Few are sure fire stars. Magic and LEbron were rare. Jordan was not expected to be a goat.
Zion is not a finished product. He’ll have to calm down and pace himself. No different. Zion will bet stronger too. NOt a finished product.
Can’t peg him as “the next....”

You're saying nothing here. No one coming out of the draft is a finished product especially now that most players don't stay in college for 4 years.

Your correct, Im saying you can't compare Zion because he is not finished but he is being compared.

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2/6/2019  11:28 AM
Marv wrote:
Chandler wrote:I watched the Duke BC game last night (back and forth with Knicks). Admittedly, I am not a college hoops expert but some takeaways

Zion didn't lose many if any rebounds; he had a nose for the ball and if it was in his vicinity he seemed to lose every time. Played very confident and poised (for the most part; there were a few instances where he was clearly targeting highlight reel stuff)

I don't know his exact measurables but he is big in the lower body and clearly has a very strong core.

Some concerns (more because I can't help myself from trying to see both sides than that these are huge issues [which i dont think they are]). (1) He's not rock hard. Clearly powerful but definitely a layer of fat in there too. Would like to know the back story on that. There's clearly opportunity for improvement, and the issue is what is he doing via self-motivation to get there. (2) He's left handed (I didn't know that before). Again there may be an opportunity there too, as it's a different look, but we should also consider that especially with a college schedule (e.g., not seeing teams/players repeatedly) this gives him a slight advantage that may not translate as much to the pros, as teams and players get used to that. (3) man-child fears. Sometimes you have Shaq or Barkley, other times you get Robert Traylor.


off topic from Zion: Ky Bowman can play. Fast, strong for his size, under control etc. Major issue is his size, but whoever gets past him being 6'1" (who knows if he's truly that) might find themselves a player

what did u think of barrett?

he and is it Cam(?), looked the part of NBA players, but honestly the two who stood out by a lot IMO was Zion and Ky for BC

Martin: Hezonja will be in the NBA next year.
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2/6/2019  11:29 AM
Nalod wrote:
VCoug wrote:
Nalod wrote:Picks have risk. Few are sure fire stars. Magic and LEbron were rare. Jordan was not expected to be a goat.
Zion is not a finished product. He’ll have to calm down and pace himself. No different. Zion will bet stronger too. NOt a finished product.
Can’t peg him as “the next....”

You're saying nothing here. No one coming out of the draft is a finished product especially now that most players don't stay in college for 4 years.

Your correct, Im saying you can't compare Zion because he is not finished but he is being compared.

He’s a generational talent, the last time the Knicks were great was with a generational talent in Ewing.

The scary part, zion isn’t a finished product yet not even close. We would be so lucky to get Zion and put him in a position to play with future hof players like Durant and kyrie.

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2/6/2019  3:42 PM
https://sports.yahoo.com/can-zion-williamson-live-lebron-level-hype-nba-scouts-break-duke-phenoms-game-234152148.html
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2/6/2019  4:41 PM
How many of us will need to be sedated on the 14th May?
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2/7/2019  10:03 AM
https://watchstadium.com/news/defending-zion-williamson-12-players-describe-facing-dukes-freshman-star-02-05-2019/
Now the joy of my world is in Zion How beautiful if nothing more Than to wait at Zion's door I've never been in love like this before Now let me pray to keep you from The perils that will surely come
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2/9/2019  10:48 PM
Nixluva is posting triangle screen grabs, even when nobody asks - Fishmike. LOL So are we going to reference that thread like the bible now? "The thread of Wroten Page 14 post 9" - EnySpree
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2/10/2019  11:13 AM
Cartman718 wrote:

Lol, I was just coming here to post this. Dude is so ****ing good.

Now the joy of my world is in Zion How beautiful if nothing more Than to wait at Zion's door I've never been in love like this before Now let me pray to keep you from The perils that will surely come
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2/10/2019  7:15 PM    LAST EDITED: 2/10/2019  7:16 PM
Chandler wrote:I watched the Duke BC game last night (back and forth with Knicks). Admittedly, I am not a college hoops expert but some takeaways

Zion didn't lose many if any rebounds; he had a nose for the ball and if it was in his vicinity he seemed to lose [edit -- oops, win] every time. Played very confident and poised (for the most part; there were a few instances where he was clearly targeting highlight reel stuff)

I don't know his exact measurables but he is big in the lower body and clearly has a very strong core.

Some concerns (more because I can't help myself from trying to see both sides than that these are huge issues [which i dont think they are]). (1) He's not rock hard. Clearly powerful but definitely a layer of fat in there too. Would like to know the back story on that. There's clearly opportunity for improvement, and the issue is what is he doing via self-motivation to get there. (2) He's left handed (I didn't know that before). Again there may be an opportunity there too, as it's a different look, but we should also consider that especially with a college schedule (e.g., not seeing teams/players repeatedly) this gives him a slight advantage that may not translate as much to the pros, as teams and players get used to that. (3) man-child fears. Sometimes you have Shaq or Barkley, other times you get Robert Traylor.


off topic from Zion: Ky Bowman can play. Fast, strong for his size, under control etc. Major issue is his size, but whoever gets past him being 6'1" (who knows if he's truly that) might find themselves a player

I guess the main upside with Zion would eventually be the Phoenix version of Barkley. The downside would be if he ever gets unmotivated and lets the weight creep up on him and he becomes a shorter version of the Cleveland Shawn Kemp. The likely middle ground is probably some version of Blake Griffin (or a more athletic Draymond Green) and the question is does that move the needle for your franchise? Is he a guy who would just put up nice numbers or is he a franchise altering player?

I've never been good at projecting college talent so I don't have a clue what the Knicks should do? Maybe go the Danny Ainge route and trade down and acquire extra assets? I don't know. I just don't see a "build your franchise around him" talent when I watched Zion play. He'll make some remarkable plays but would he win big for you?

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2/10/2019  8:06 PM
Welpee wrote:
Chandler wrote:I watched the Duke BC game last night (back and forth with Knicks). Admittedly, I am not a college hoops expert but some takeaways

Zion didn't lose many if any rebounds; he had a nose for the ball and if it was in his vicinity he seemed to lose [edit -- oops, win] every time. Played very confident and poised (for the most part; there were a few instances where he was clearly targeting highlight reel stuff)

I don't know his exact measurables but he is big in the lower body and clearly has a very strong core.

Some concerns (more because I can't help myself from trying to see both sides than that these are huge issues [which i dont think they are]). (1) He's not rock hard. Clearly powerful but definitely a layer of fat in there too. Would like to know the back story on that. There's clearly opportunity for improvement, and the issue is what is he doing via self-motivation to get there. (2) He's left handed (I didn't know that before). Again there may be an opportunity there too, as it's a different look, but we should also consider that especially with a college schedule (e.g., not seeing teams/players repeatedly) this gives him a slight advantage that may not translate as much to the pros, as teams and players get used to that. (3) man-child fears. Sometimes you have Shaq or Barkley, other times you get Robert Traylor.


off topic from Zion: Ky Bowman can play. Fast, strong for his size, under control etc. Major issue is his size, but whoever gets past him being 6'1" (who knows if he's truly that) might find themselves a player

I guess the main upside with Zion would eventually be the Phoenix version of Barkley. The downside would be if he ever gets unmotivated and lets the weight creep up on him and he becomes a shorter version of the Cleveland Shawn Kemp. The likely middle ground is probably some version of Blake Griffin (or a more athletic Draymond Green) and the question is does that move the needle for your franchise? Is he a guy who would just put up nice numbers or is he a franchise altering player?

I've never been good at projecting college talent so I don't have a clue what the Knicks should do? Maybe go the Danny Ainge route and trade down and acquire extra assets? I don't know. I just don't see a "build your franchise around him" talent when I watched Zion play. He'll make some remarkable plays but would he win big for you?

Barkley was better in Philly, he just had a better team in Phoenix. Blake is not a bad comparison because like Zion, he was a man amongst boys in college. Zion is a generational athlete and you do not want to be the team that passed on him. This draft is not very deep and after 3, it's a crap shoot so no way am I trading down especially if we land in the top 3.

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2/10/2019  8:57 PM
Uptown wrote:
Welpee wrote:
Chandler wrote:I watched the Duke BC game last night (back and forth with Knicks). Admittedly, I am not a college hoops expert but some takeaways

Zion didn't lose many if any rebounds; he had a nose for the ball and if it was in his vicinity he seemed to lose [edit -- oops, win] every time. Played very confident and poised (for the most part; there were a few instances where he was clearly targeting highlight reel stuff)

I don't know his exact measurables but he is big in the lower body and clearly has a very strong core.

Some concerns (more because I can't help myself from trying to see both sides than that these are huge issues [which i dont think they are]). (1) He's not rock hard. Clearly powerful but definitely a layer of fat in there too. Would like to know the back story on that. There's clearly opportunity for improvement, and the issue is what is he doing via self-motivation to get there. (2) He's left handed (I didn't know that before). Again there may be an opportunity there too, as it's a different look, but we should also consider that especially with a college schedule (e.g., not seeing teams/players repeatedly) this gives him a slight advantage that may not translate as much to the pros, as teams and players get used to that. (3) man-child fears. Sometimes you have Shaq or Barkley, other times you get Robert Traylor.


off topic from Zion: Ky Bowman can play. Fast, strong for his size, under control etc. Major issue is his size, but whoever gets past him being 6'1" (who knows if he's truly that) might find themselves a player

I guess the main upside with Zion would eventually be the Phoenix version of Barkley. The downside would be if he ever gets unmotivated and lets the weight creep up on him and he becomes a shorter version of the Cleveland Shawn Kemp. The likely middle ground is probably some version of Blake Griffin (or a more athletic Draymond Green) and the question is does that move the needle for your franchise? Is he a guy who would just put up nice numbers or is he a franchise altering player?

I've never been good at projecting college talent so I don't have a clue what the Knicks should do? Maybe go the Danny Ainge route and trade down and acquire extra assets? I don't know. I just don't see a "build your franchise around him" talent when I watched Zion play. He'll make some remarkable plays but would he win big for you?

Barkley was better in Philly, he just had a better team in Phoenix. Blake is not a bad comparison because like Zion, he was a man amongst boys in college. Zion is a generational athlete and you do not want to be the team that passed on him. This draft is not very deep and after 3, it's a crap shoot so no way am I trading down especially if we land in the top 3.

Yeah, this isn't 2017 where there was a debate on 1 and the top prospects all had major questions marks. Zion is far and away better than everyone else in this draft; trading out of 1 for anything less than a haul of picks or Anthony Davis is a fireable offense and I don't think there's a realistic trade package that I would accept.

Now the joy of my world is in Zion How beautiful if nothing more Than to wait at Zion's door I've never been in love like this before Now let me pray to keep you from The perils that will surely come
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2/10/2019  9:55 PM
VCoug wrote:
Uptown wrote:
Welpee wrote:
Chandler wrote:I watched the Duke BC game last night (back and forth with Knicks). Admittedly, I am not a college hoops expert but some takeaways

Zion didn't lose many if any rebounds; he had a nose for the ball and if it was in his vicinity he seemed to lose [edit -- oops, win] every time. Played very confident and poised (for the most part; there were a few instances where he was clearly targeting highlight reel stuff)

I don't know his exact measurables but he is big in the lower body and clearly has a very strong core.

Some concerns (more because I can't help myself from trying to see both sides than that these are huge issues [which i dont think they are]). (1) He's not rock hard. Clearly powerful but definitely a layer of fat in there too. Would like to know the back story on that. There's clearly opportunity for improvement, and the issue is what is he doing via self-motivation to get there. (2) He's left handed (I didn't know that before). Again there may be an opportunity there too, as it's a different look, but we should also consider that especially with a college schedule (e.g., not seeing teams/players repeatedly) this gives him a slight advantage that may not translate as much to the pros, as teams and players get used to that. (3) man-child fears. Sometimes you have Shaq or Barkley, other times you get Robert Traylor.


off topic from Zion: Ky Bowman can play. Fast, strong for his size, under control etc. Major issue is his size, but whoever gets past him being 6'1" (who knows if he's truly that) might find themselves a player

I guess the main upside with Zion would eventually be the Phoenix version of Barkley. The downside would be if he ever gets unmotivated and lets the weight creep up on him and he becomes a shorter version of the Cleveland Shawn Kemp. The likely middle ground is probably some version of Blake Griffin (or a more athletic Draymond Green) and the question is does that move the needle for your franchise? Is he a guy who would just put up nice numbers or is he a franchise altering player?

I've never been good at projecting college talent so I don't have a clue what the Knicks should do? Maybe go the Danny Ainge route and trade down and acquire extra assets? I don't know. I just don't see a "build your franchise around him" talent when I watched Zion play. He'll make some remarkable plays but would he win big for you?

Barkley was better in Philly, he just had a better team in Phoenix. Blake is not a bad comparison because like Zion, he was a man amongst boys in college. Zion is a generational athlete and you do not want to be the team that passed on him. This draft is not very deep and after 3, it's a crap shoot so no way am I trading down especially if we land in the top 3.

Yeah, this isn't 2017 where there was a debate on 1 and the top prospects all had major questions marks. Zion is far and away better than everyone else in this draft; trading out of 1 for anything less than a haul of picks or Anthony Davis is a fireable offense and I don't think there's a realistic trade package that I would accept.

Here's the question, Andrew Wiggins was clearly the top player when he came out. Doesn't mean he's a franchise player. Being the clear #1 player in a draft doesn't make you a player a team should build around. Is Zion a player you build around? Do you really see Zion being on AD's level coming out of college in terms of their NBA potential? I just don't know.
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2/10/2019  10:29 PM
Welpee wrote:
VCoug wrote:
Uptown wrote:
Welpee wrote:
Chandler wrote:I watched the Duke BC game last night (back and forth with Knicks). Admittedly, I am not a college hoops expert but some takeaways

Zion didn't lose many if any rebounds; he had a nose for the ball and if it was in his vicinity he seemed to lose [edit -- oops, win] every time. Played very confident and poised (for the most part; there were a few instances where he was clearly targeting highlight reel stuff)

I don't know his exact measurables but he is big in the lower body and clearly has a very strong core.

Some concerns (more because I can't help myself from trying to see both sides than that these are huge issues [which i dont think they are]). (1) He's not rock hard. Clearly powerful but definitely a layer of fat in there too. Would like to know the back story on that. There's clearly opportunity for improvement, and the issue is what is he doing via self-motivation to get there. (2) He's left handed (I didn't know that before). Again there may be an opportunity there too, as it's a different look, but we should also consider that especially with a college schedule (e.g., not seeing teams/players repeatedly) this gives him a slight advantage that may not translate as much to the pros, as teams and players get used to that. (3) man-child fears. Sometimes you have Shaq or Barkley, other times you get Robert Traylor.


off topic from Zion: Ky Bowman can play. Fast, strong for his size, under control etc. Major issue is his size, but whoever gets past him being 6'1" (who knows if he's truly that) might find themselves a player

I guess the main upside with Zion would eventually be the Phoenix version of Barkley. The downside would be if he ever gets unmotivated and lets the weight creep up on him and he becomes a shorter version of the Cleveland Shawn Kemp. The likely middle ground is probably some version of Blake Griffin (or a more athletic Draymond Green) and the question is does that move the needle for your franchise? Is he a guy who would just put up nice numbers or is he a franchise altering player?

I've never been good at projecting college talent so I don't have a clue what the Knicks should do? Maybe go the Danny Ainge route and trade down and acquire extra assets? I don't know. I just don't see a "build your franchise around him" talent when I watched Zion play. He'll make some remarkable plays but would he win big for you?

Barkley was better in Philly, he just had a better team in Phoenix. Blake is not a bad comparison because like Zion, he was a man amongst boys in college. Zion is a generational athlete and you do not want to be the team that passed on him. This draft is not very deep and after 3, it's a crap shoot so no way am I trading down especially if we land in the top 3.

Yeah, this isn't 2017 where there was a debate on 1 and the top prospects all had major questions marks. Zion is far and away better than everyone else in this draft; trading out of 1 for anything less than a haul of picks or Anthony Davis is a fireable offense and I don't think there's a realistic trade package that I would accept.

Here's the question, Andrew Wiggins was clearly the top player when he came out. Doesn't mean he's a franchise player. Being the clear #1 player in a draft doesn't make you a player a team should build around. Is Zion a player you build around? Do you really see Zion being on AD's level coming out of college in terms of their NBA potential? I just don't know.

I don't think Wiggins was the clearcut #1 that year and he definitely wouldn't have gone first if Embiid had been healthy.

I absolutely believe Zion is a player to build around. He's going to be a dominant scorer and rebounder with good to great handles, passing ability, and help defense in the NBA. He's absolutely the best prospect since AD and I have no doubts about his ability to succeed in the pros.

Now the joy of my world is in Zion How beautiful if nothing more Than to wait at Zion's door I've never been in love like this before Now let me pray to keep you from The perils that will surely come
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2/10/2019  10:32 PM
VCoug wrote:
Welpee wrote:
VCoug wrote:
Uptown wrote:
Welpee wrote:
Chandler wrote:I watched the Duke BC game last night (back and forth with Knicks). Admittedly, I am not a college hoops expert but some takeaways

Zion didn't lose many if any rebounds; he had a nose for the ball and if it was in his vicinity he seemed to lose [edit -- oops, win] every time. Played very confident and poised (for the most part; there were a few instances where he was clearly targeting highlight reel stuff)

I don't know his exact measurables but he is big in the lower body and clearly has a very strong core.

Some concerns (more because I can't help myself from trying to see both sides than that these are huge issues [which i dont think they are]). (1) He's not rock hard. Clearly powerful but definitely a layer of fat in there too. Would like to know the back story on that. There's clearly opportunity for improvement, and the issue is what is he doing via self-motivation to get there. (2) He's left handed (I didn't know that before). Again there may be an opportunity there too, as it's a different look, but we should also consider that especially with a college schedule (e.g., not seeing teams/players repeatedly) this gives him a slight advantage that may not translate as much to the pros, as teams and players get used to that. (3) man-child fears. Sometimes you have Shaq or Barkley, other times you get Robert Traylor.


off topic from Zion: Ky Bowman can play. Fast, strong for his size, under control etc. Major issue is his size, but whoever gets past him being 6'1" (who knows if he's truly that) might find themselves a player

I guess the main upside with Zion would eventually be the Phoenix version of Barkley. The downside would be if he ever gets unmotivated and lets the weight creep up on him and he becomes a shorter version of the Cleveland Shawn Kemp. The likely middle ground is probably some version of Blake Griffin (or a more athletic Draymond Green) and the question is does that move the needle for your franchise? Is he a guy who would just put up nice numbers or is he a franchise altering player?

I've never been good at projecting college talent so I don't have a clue what the Knicks should do? Maybe go the Danny Ainge route and trade down and acquire extra assets? I don't know. I just don't see a "build your franchise around him" talent when I watched Zion play. He'll make some remarkable plays but would he win big for you?

Barkley was better in Philly, he just had a better team in Phoenix. Blake is not a bad comparison because like Zion, he was a man amongst boys in college. Zion is a generational athlete and you do not want to be the team that passed on him. This draft is not very deep and after 3, it's a crap shoot so no way am I trading down especially if we land in the top 3.

Yeah, this isn't 2017 where there was a debate on 1 and the top prospects all had major questions marks. Zion is far and away better than everyone else in this draft; trading out of 1 for anything less than a haul of picks or Anthony Davis is a fireable offense and I don't think there's a realistic trade package that I would accept.

Here's the question, Andrew Wiggins was clearly the top player when he came out. Doesn't mean he's a franchise player. Being the clear #1 player in a draft doesn't make you a player a team should build around. Is Zion a player you build around? Do you really see Zion being on AD's level coming out of college in terms of their NBA potential? I just don't know.

I don't think Wiggins was the clearcut #1 that year and he definitely wouldn't have gone first if Embiid had been healthy.

I absolutely believe Zion is a player to build around. He's going to be a dominant scorer and rebounder with good to great handles, passing ability, and help defense in the NBA. He's absolutely the best prospect since AD and I have no doubts about his ability to succeed in the pros.

I hope you're right because I think the fix will be in for the Knicks to get that first pick.
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