Why in the world does a team that has 4 SF's draft another SF???? I am just dumbfounded at this team. All this talk of bringing in a new team president and GM, and a new head coach. I'm not going to go on the negative already, but my mind is still searching for answers at what I've just seen. To me, the average Knicks fan of the past 20+ years, I would look at this team and say to myself, the most important things this team can use are defensive presence in the middle, and a PG of the future, if and when Marbury leaves following the season. Never in my wildest dreams, would I think that a team that is stacked at the SG and SF spot, pick up a guy whose main position would be a SF, and maybe a SG. Again, I ask....why?
I'm trying to be open minded, but it is extremely difficult. Maybe there are trades coming that I can't see yet. Maybe there will be a lineup change. Curry playing Center, Randolph or Lee at PF, Gallinari plays SF, Richardson slides down to the SG, and Jamal or Nate start at PG following this season. Please keep in mind, that this team is thinking about the future, so I am thinking of the state of this team following this season.
I thought that Wilson Chandler was a solid pickup at SF last season, so why draft another guy the very next year at the same spot? For the past 3 years this team has drafted a SF. What is that? My only conclusion is that he will either play a lot of SG in the future (since they say he's a good shooter), or that Mike D'antoni won't have a conventional lineup, and will put multiple forwards on the floor at a time, similar to Grant Hill and Boris Diaw did.
If I'm grading this draft, I give this team a D. Not because Gallaneri won't turn out to be a good player, but because the competition at SG and SF is good, but there is no competition at PG or at C (the two areas this team needs to address). All in all, I would have preferred to see Jerryd Bayless, OJ Mayo (since he was traded anyway). I would have even liked to see them trade for the Blazers two picks where they could have gotten two good players like Robin Lopez, Roy Hibbert, Javelle Mcgee, the list goes on and on.
So I'm done blabbering on about another Knicks preseason goof, and I'll just say this. I hope Mike leads this team that plays little to no defense to a 500 or better record next year.