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Recap of Knicks Draft Selections

by Michael Schepp | Posted on Wednesday, July 2nd, 2014
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Last week, prior to the 2014 NBA Draft, the New York Knicks acquired two second round draft picks from the Dallas Mavericks in the trade that sent over Tyson Chandler and Raymond Felton. The picks were 34th and 51st overall.

With the picks, the Knicks selected Cleanthony Early from Wichita State and Thanasis Antetokounmpo from Athens, Greece and the Delaware 87ers from the D-League.

Early is a 6’8, 219 pound New York native. He averaged 16.4 points and 5.9 rebounds per game. His collegiate career started off at Sullivan County Community College, a Division III program. Early has come a long way and is just another guard option for the Knicks roster.

Antetokounmpo is the older brother of the “Greek Freak” who plays on the Milwaukee Bucks.  He weighs in at 215 pounds and is 6’7. While averaging 12 points per game, his athletic ability can be a real asset the Knicks who can use him next year with the second group. This pick is very underrated.

Louis Labeyrie was also selected by the Knicks when they gave Indiana cash considerations for the 57th pick overall. He is 6’10, 200 pounds from France, while only being 22 years old.

From having absolutely no picks in this very deep draft, the Knicks ended up getting some valuable players. These players may not be stars, but can defiantly contribute off the bench and create a spark.

If Carmelo Anthony leaves, at least we still have a Cleanthony on the roster.

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