With the third pick in the CelticsBlog community mock draft, the Philadelphia 76ers select...D'Angelo Russell!
D'Angelo Russell can help revitalize Philly's lackluster offense with his ability to move the ball and score. Now with one point guard off the board, the New York Knicks will pick.
It was a year for the record books with the New York Knicks as they had one of the worst teams in the franchises long history. Carmelo Anthony endured a injury plagued year, which ultimately kept him out after All Star break. The Knicks also said goodbye to JR Smith and Iman Shumpert, who they traded to the Cleveland Cavaliers for three bench players and a second round pick. The end to the season was a successful failure. While the Knicks were incapable of winning more than 17 games this year, they somehow won two of the last three, one of which was a victory over the Atlanta Hawks. Knicks fan grew irate because these wins booted them from having the best chance at winning the lottery. Only the Knicks would win when they're supposed to lose.
The tragic ending to the 2015 Knicks tale was the lottery, which was supposed to be the day the franchise would either win the first or second pick. Well they didn't win the top two, nor the third. The unfortunate Knicks came out with the fourth pick and a disappointed Steve Mills.
While the Knicks would have liked to get their hands on Okafor or Towns, the fourth pick is a nice consolation prize, and there are still plenty of future stars to pick from.
This team has a vacant spot ready to be filled at every position (besides SF). Most mocks have the Knicks going with Emmanuel Mudiay, the prospect that played a year in China. His flashy play style would fit nicely with the New York vibe. But Mudiay's style may interfere with Carmelo's. The Knicks have also shown interest in Justise Winslow.
A potential underdog for this pick is Kristaps Porzingis, the Latvian, three point shooting, big man. He would be a solid last line of defense in case Melo somehow screws up. He would also space the floor nicely for Melo to do his thing.
Phil Jackson has expressed interest in trading this pick, but assuming they keep it, they can land a future star that can help bring the Knicks back to success.
What would you do? Would you keep the pick? Who would you select?