Episode 298: The Episode Before Our Draft Preview

Marc, Jay and the Doc talk about the finals, ex Knicks that are still in the finals, some draft talk, lots of listener questions and more

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Draft Preview # 2.1: Prospect Evaluation

Written by Ian Ellis (iellis2018@yahoo.com)

‘Sup folks, today we look at the most important part of the draft, the players (duh). Let’s see who the heck these people are, their strengths & weaknesses and how they would fit in with our Knicks. In this 4 part series, there are four tiers I will place all the players in: the hopefuls, the most likely, the trade downs and the buy-a-picks.  

The Hopefuls

These are the players that will most likely be picked before the Knicks are up at four, but due to a draft day slide, they might be available. Also, no, I’m not gonna look at Karl Anthony Towns. There is no way he’s still available at four.

Jahlil Okafor:

DURHAM, NC - DECEMBER 15:  Jahlil Okafor #15 of the Duke Blue Devils reacts after a basket against the Elon Phoenix during their game at Cameron Indoor Stadium on December 15, 2014 in Durham, North Carolina.  (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)

NBA Player Comparison: Al Jefferson

Highlights: HERE

We start off with Jahlil Okafor, the post scoring dynamo from Duke. Jahlil came out Chicago’s Whitney Young High School as Illinois’s Mr. basketball and ESPN’s Top Recruit in there ESPN 100 for 2014, and along with buddy Tyus Jones, signed with Duke University. While at Duke, he did not disappoint. Starting off by winning the co – MVP in both the McDonald’s All American game and Jordan Brand Classic, Okafor averaged 17.3 points on 66% shooting, along with 8.5 rebounds and 1.4 blocks in his freshman year at Duke, that culminated in leading his team to a National Championship. In addition to that hardware, he was a Consensus first-team All-American, won the USBWA National Freshman of the year award, won the ACC player of the year award and won the Pete Newell Big Man of the year award (yeah, that’s a lot). When you think of his game, it all revolves around his post game. He has one of the most sophisticated post games that we’ve seen in awhile, enough to be compared to Tim Duncan’s. He will immediately be able score once he enters the league. In addition to that, he is also a very good passer out of the post, so finding open shooters wouldn’t be a problem with him (Amaré Stoudemire should take some notes…). Once we look past these strengths, there are some real weaknesses to his game. First, there is the defense. He is not a rim protector, which can be seen by his measly 4.6 block percentage, which is similar to Nikola Vucevic and Spencer Hawes. In addition, he is a terrible pick & roll defender, so especially with the fact this is the most run play in the NBA, teams could really attack him (trust me, you don’t wanna see a Calderon, Okafor pick & roll defense). But, there is also a disclaimer: Jahlil played on a very shallow Duke team, with his only backup being Marshall Plumlee. So, it was best for Okafor to not be aggressive on defense and get fouls, because they needed him to score to win. Am I saying Okafor is suddenly a good defender, no way, just merely that he’s probably not as bad as advertised. His other big weakness is his shooting. He shot an abysmal 51% from the line, and doesn’t really have a jump shot meaning he won’t be able to spread out defenses. You can see that I compared him to Al Jefferson, but really think that’s his floor: a consistent 20 & 10 guy who can score in the post, with below average defense. A better comparison might be Tim Duncan, but comparing Okafor’s defense to Duncan’s is insulting. Now how would he get to and fit with the Knicks? Well, assuming Towns goes first, maybe L.A decides that they prefer one of the guards in D’angelo Russell or Emmanuel Mudiay. Philly then picks the other guard, because they already have Joel Embiid and Nerlens Noel (or the guy Marc can’t pronounce). Then there he is and Knicks get him at four. While this may seem crazy, some NBA executives think that this will happen. With the Knicks, he would be the primary focus of the offense in the paint, and be a consistent 16 and 7 starting his rookie season. This would allow Carmelo to play more outside. This would also mean that Phil would have to bring in one more defensive minded frontcourt player, because Carmelo + Okafor could = atrocious defense. All in all, Jahlil Okafor has the potential to become a franchise big man for the next decade or so. Continue reading

Draft Preview # 1: Where are the Knicks?

Written by Ian Ellis (iellis2018@yahoo.com)

Hello all this is the first part of a multiple part series of highlighting all things NBA draft, and especially the Knicks Draft. Today, I’m just going to outline the basics of the draft and what does this mean for the Knicks.

When’s the draft? June 25th

Where’s the draft? Barclays Center

When’s it on? 8:30 ESPN

Where do the Knicks pick and what’s the draft order?

#1 Minnesota Timberwolves
#2 Los Angeles Lakers
#3 Philadelphia 76ers
#4 New York Knicks
#5 Orlando Magic
#6 Sacramento Kings
#7 Denver Nuggets
#8 Detroit Pistons
#9 Charlotte Hornets
#10 Miami Heat
#11 Indiana Pacers
#12 Utah Jazz
#13 Phoenix Suns
#14 Oklahoma City Thunder
#15 Atlanta Hawks
#16 Boston Celtics
#17 Milwaukee Bucks
#18 Houston Rockets
#19 Washington Wizards
#20 Toronto Raptors
#21 Dallas Mavericks
#22 Chicago Bulls
#23 Portland Trail Blazers
#24 Cleveland Cavaliers
#25 Memphis Grizzlies
#26 San Antonio Spurs
#27 Los Angeles Lakers
#28 Boston Celtics
#29 Brooklyn Nets
#30 Golden State Warriors

Alright, cool, but what does this mean?
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Episode 297: New Stats Guy

Marc, Jay and new stats guy talk about the finals, the upcoming draft, potential trades and free agency signings, things the NBA needs to fix, and more

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Episode 296: The Draft Lottery

Do I even have to write show notes?  We talk about the draft lottery, how JR sobered up and is now playing well, we talk to the ESPN Insider editor and Derrick Rose, and answer approximately 732 questions.

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Episode 295: Insider

Marc and Jay talk about the conference semifinals, talk to Melo about his brand building, talk to the head of Insider about their upcoming articles, talk to Derrick Rose about his game winning shot and answer lots of questions

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Episode 294: One Day Late

Marc and Jay talk about the end of the first round of the playoffs and answer all 700 listener questions

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Episode 293 – Talking Playoffs

Marc and Jay talk about each round of the very not exciting first round of the playoffs, cover the almost nonexistent Knicks news for the week and still manage to have an insanely long show.

Episode 292: Lightning Round

We are joined by the great Robert Silverman @bobsaietta where we talk about fan appreciation night, Bargnani, temp jobs, free agency, the draft, Carmelo Anthony’s comments during a recent interview, Greg Monroe, clown school, and answer the most questions we’ve ever received on the show

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Episode 291: Emergency Episode

Marc and Jay do an emergency episode to talk about the Knicks for some reason blowing their chance at a guaranteed top 4 pick.  We do the show while the Orlando game is on and get very angry as it ends.  We also check in with Derrick rose and answer listener questions.  Unlike most episodes, we get a little too angry and there is foul language in this episode.

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