First of all, lets just remember that the Knicks didn’t even have a pick until the emancipation of Knicks fans from Raymond Felton. Thank you Phil.
With pick 34, the Knicks selected Cleanthony Early. Early was the best player on a team that went undefeated in the regular season, granted in the MVC. But there have been enough players in the NBA that played against weaker competition and still made a good name for themselves (Steph Curry, Gordon Hayward). Getting a player that can play on both ends of the court, has been compared to Clifford Robinson, and was predicted to go in the first round at pick 34 is a legit win for the Knicks. Plus, this:
Clyde will work wonders if he’s handed the name “Cleanthony Early”
— Kevin McElroy (@knickerbacker) June 27, 2014
At 51, the Knicks took the Greek Freak’s older brother, Thanasis Antetokounmpo. A few things to like about this pick:
- Thanasis is already an energetic and athletic defender. Those three adjectives were not used once to describe last year’s Knicks. The Knicks gave up on Trevor Ariza too early, but getting a less polished version of Ariza right off the bat would be probably the best case scenario here. Side-note, I know it’s been mentioned many, many times, but Isiah was actually good at the NBA draft. The real problem was that he would always trade his picks away before the draft even occurred.
- The potential for the daily unintentional comedy between Thanasis and JR Smith just made my head explode. I am currently cleaning my own brain matter off of a keyboard.
- The more times I hear the name Delaware 87ers, the bigger the grin on my face gets. Just a ridiculous team name.
- Maybe the Greek Freak brothers have dreamed about playing together for years and New York would be the perfect stage for them down the road. At least that is what I’ll tell myself when the Knicks go 30-52 next season.
- I just wanted an excuse to post some Greek Freak Gifs.
With the Knicks last pick (acquired from Indiana), Phil Jackson decided to troll the fanbase and draft a French center. I know nothing about Louis Labeyrie other than the last time the Knicks drafted a center from France, it ended very poorly.
Can’t end on that note, so here is a quick reminder of how fun this season is going to be.
Can’t wait to hear Walt Clyde Frazier pronounce “Cleanthony” and “Thanasis Antetokounmpo” all season long, lmaooo!
— Nelson (@Origi_Nel) June 27, 2014