We’re about 20 minutes away from the start of the draft. With the first pick, the Clippers are expected to take…Michael Olowakandi. Hey, it is the Clippers. You just never know.
So far the Knicks have not made a move from their No. 8 slot. If they stay there here are the players they’d like to get. Next to the name is the chance that that guy will be there.
1. Ricky Rubio (5%)
2. Steph Curry (25%)
3. Tyreke Evans (50%)
4. Jrue Holiday (85%)
I think a Holiday/Jonny Flynn combo is their backup plan. They’ll hope one of those first three guys drops nad if not they go with one of those two PGs. And unfortunately I think that’s what’s going to happen. The fortunes of Curry and Evans, both of whom were originally supposed to be available at 8, have risen past the Knicks.
I don’t see how Curry drops past Minnesota at 5 and 6. Minny has very little shooting talent after dealing Mike Miller and Randy Foye to Washington. They would love to have a Curry firing up 3s off Al Jefferson double teams. If Curry is available I’d bet my bank account that Minny scoops him up with one of its two picks.
So I see the Knicks having to go with one of their backup plans and taking either Holiday or Flynn. Brandon Jennings, who might have been a possibility a week ago, has slipped out of the top 8.
This is assuming, of course, that Donnie Walsh stays at 8.