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Reese confirms Giants will pick best available player

General Manager Jerry Reese said, again, that the Giants will pick the best available player on the board.

“Best player available. The draft stands alone,” he said.

The Giants have the No. 12 pick in the draft and seven picks overall. Whomever they pick at No. 12, Reese expects them to make an immediate impact.

“You pick a guy at 12 and expect him to make a contribution right away,” he said.

The team expects to get at least two or three starters from their first few picks.

Reese said that free agency doesn’t have a lot of effect on the draft. He also said he’s more willing to take risks on players with the later picks in the draft.

“You try to take the cleanest guy possible in the first few [rounds],” the GM said.

John Fennelly, Lead Writer

This year more than ever you’ll see the “BPA” in effect. First off, Reese does not have a lot of wiggle room in this draft to experiment, so he’s under orders to take a players that have the best chance to contribute right away.

Based on his reaction to a question regarding who will play LT if Will Beatty can’t, you could tell by the hesitation in Reese’s voice, they’re looking to draft a player on the OL and probably early.

His answer was “the kid from New Orleans (Charles Brown)”, who’s played “a lot of football.” Brown was signed to a one-year deal, so Reese is not looking at him as a long-term solution. He also hedged a bit when asked about the center position, even naming Chris Snee as a possibility. I can’t see that coming to pass.

As for TE, Reese did not tip his hand when asked about North Carolina’s Eric Ebron saying he has players on the current roster that can make plays, too.

In general, Reese stuck to his standard canned answer to most questions: “We’re keeping all of our options open.”





476 comments
Romesh Gunaratnam
Romesh Gunaratnam

The Knicks don’t have a first- or second-round pick in 2016 (but they do have Andrea Bargnani and his perpetually injured calf.)

MBryan Tucker
MBryan Tucker

This is a diabolical plan by MJ and Jackson to destroy my Team forever! Dolan fire Jackson.. where are the Billboard people???

Tony Cuevas
Tony Cuevas

The fans didn't understand that Jackson wants to throw away another season and get the #1 draft pick for next year.

Manny Rodriguez
Manny Rodriguez

Why didn't they wait till their next pick? He would have still been on the board!

Robert Figueroa
Robert Figueroa

I would like to see the basketball credentials for everyone that does not like this pick. What makes them such great evaluators of talent. Phil has been doing this successfully for years. I will take his evaluation of a player over these so called Knicks fans any day. Can we please let Phil put a team on the floor before we go writing off next season. Don't forget that he can still add thru free agency.

cadillakos
cadillakos

Your analysis of foreign players is not accurate.  There were plenty of really good foreign players that have been all-stars and/or helped bring championships to their cities -  Hakeem Olajuwan, Marc Gasol, Drazen Petrovic, Vlade Divac, Manu Ginobli, Sabonis, Mutombo, Divac...The list is actually quite long if you take the time to look into it.

Jared Gass
Jared Gass

Alright, I respectfully disagree with you on the Milicic comment. This guy could end up being more Dirk Nowitzki and if so it's a great pick. He's over 7 feet tall and apparently pretty good from the outside. As I said, time will tell if the pick pans out but I feel like people are down on the pick simply because he's a European player. Same things were said about Dirk Nowitzki years ago, soft, worried about his defense, etc. just saying let's give a reasonable chance before declaring it's a terrible pick.

David Markowitz
David Markowitz

This could turn out to be the best pick in the draft...so many negative fans...its disgusting

Major Pain 0303
Major Pain 0303

Ok this is my take and take it for what its worth. As with Jordan in the 90's there's a gentleman a pretty good player by the name of Lebron James playing in Cleveland. He's about to assemble a team that will most likely be the favorite to win the title for the next 4 years minimum. There's a boat load of teams out west that are light years ahead of the Knicks in terms of talent. If Okafor or Russell would have fell in their laps they had no choice but to take either one but it didn't work out that way. So stuck at 4 they took a kid who can in a few years possibly be an all star and be a franchise building piece. I know this is tough to hear but winning a championship takes a few years of building and planning. I know Melo doesn't want to hear that and that's fine but he's getting paid a lot of money he'll be just fine. If they took Winslow or Mudiay at 4 they both may have helped them go from a 8 seed to a 6 seed in which the we are toilet fodder for the Cavs or Bulls and no closer to being a contender in the next 4 years. If Melo wants out of town and he can swing a deal that makes sense id be down with that as long as it brings good young talent in return. If not win as many games as u can and be a fun team that people would want to see but in no way will i kill Phil for looking to think of this teams future. The NBA Isn't going to fold in 4 years. I'm 38 I can wait a few more.

Cristian Arroyo
Cristian Arroyo

Porzingis is a terrible pick we could've picked Mudiay or Winslow but Phil decided to screw us over and pick him when he has the biggest bust potential in the Draft

Max Meyer
Max Meyer

So I take it you just got out of a coma and haven't watched the last 15+ years of Knicks basketball? To tank the season and then pick a dude whose ceiling might be Darko Milicic is the most Knicks thing ever. You can't be fatalistic when you are already dead.

dodgers55
dodgers55

People say Porzingis is only 19, and not NBA ready. But the same people would have loved the Knicks to have picked Towns or Okafor, both of whom are 19. Why are they assumed to be NBA ready? Many of those same people said it was a mistake to pick Kaminsky at #4. But Kaminsky substantially outplayed both Towns and Okafor in the NCAA Final Four. There is neither logic nor consistency in such comments. They are the product of hype, not analysis based on facts or observation. I like the pick, and also the trade for Grant. Now let's see what free agency brings. And how it works out next season. Then we can evaluate.

cj1786
cj1786

@Major Pain 0303 Thats exactly it, because hes a white big man from Europe, everyone just wants to compare him to other white big men from Europe like Bargnani because they are uninformed and don't know any better. 

cj1786
cj1786

@dodgers55 Its because people are uninformed and have a bias against white European players they have never seen play.  And you are pretty much 100% correct in your assessment of 19 year old kids.  Most (especially big men) are not impact players the first few years.  Thats just he byproduct of the one and done system where players generally enter the league younger.  Rookies just dont have the impact they did 20 years ago. 

Major Pain 0303
Major Pain 0303

Btw look at his video. He's a fluid and skilled athlete for his size. Guys who are 7'1" shouldn't move so well. We've seen Andrea he's slow and is no where near the athlete this kid is. I'm ok with it I am. Im realistic I know there a risk. But I'd rather shoot for the moon than aim for my bedroom ceiling.

cj1786
cj1786

One other thing I keep seeing popping up is how the drafting of Porzingis contradicts the signing of Camelo to a long term max deal.  And while on the surface it does seem that way, I think people are forgetting how the increase in salary cap next season effects Carmelo's deal.  When the cap increases the max contracts increase with it.  So on the final 3 years of his deal, Melo isn't going to be a max player any longer.  Once the pay scale resets based on the new cap, Melo will be paid like a 2nd tier star player which is what he will be. 

 So if you are to suggest Phil shouldn't have signed Melo, what should he have done with the money and cap space instead?  You can't really say save it and spend it on FA's next year, because when the cap goes up and max deals increase, players of Carmelo's caliber will cost at least as much as his current deal if not more.  Carmelo is overpaid now but Phil has locked in the final three years at more reasonable price. 

Kenneth Martin
Kenneth Martin

Jackson destroyed my Knicks, now he's trying to destroy their future.

Reggie Mendoza
Reggie Mendoza

I never understood the fascination with foreign players for every dirk or Manu you get 20 darko. I understand international play has improved tremendously but I believe the ncaa is superior than these foreign leagues. So many national talents and we go to Latvia no offense but I much rather root for a kid in the ncaa I least I watched him play and can better gauge his opposition

Mārtiņš Lūsis
Mārtiņš Lūsis

NCAA has much lower level of competition than Euroleague. It's not even close. Most NCAA players who come to play in Europe, don't produce well during the first years. The system is very different, it's more of a team play, not 1 on 1, but the playing level in Euroleague is actually good enough. Several of the top Euroleague teams even have a chance at beating the lower end NBA teams.

Reggie Mendoza
Reggie Mendoza

That's the first thing I thought of the only difference is that we see him get outplayed in the nba

towlie22
towlie22

I disagree with most of the people here. I like this pick, why, because it means this was a purely basketball decision. Jim Dolan had nothing to do with this. It wasn't about who would play best with Carmelo, it was about in the long term who's the best player. Maybe they can trade Melo now. 

beers22
beers22

@towlie22 I hope you're right that it's a sign of how they will build this team.  I just think Mudiay offered a better floor and needed less development to go along with considerable upside.

towlie22
towlie22

@beers22 @towlie22 I would have been cool with Mudiay as well, but if he was so good why did he last to 7. If the knicks took Cauly Stein I would have lost it.If they took the Croation guard most of the fans base would have rebelled, yet Mudiay wasn't until after those two. I also like Winslow, but he wasn't taken til 10. So I'm just saying Phil went with who he thought the best b-ball player was. You think Dolan would have allowed another gm to  made that move, no way. Those who are in love with Melo are upset about this move, I'm not, so it was fine with me. 

cj1786
cj1786

@towlie22 @beers22 Yea thats what no one has pointed out, the two guys most people seem to have wanted (Mudiay & Winslow) weren't picked right away.  People act like we passed and two future HOFers yet those guy weren't picked until 2 and 5 picks after the Knicks.  Like you said, Knicks fans would have gone even more nuts if they had taken Cauley-Stein or Hezonja, and both those guys were chosen by other teams over Mudiay and Winslow as well.

Mārtiņš Lūsis
Mārtiņš Lūsis

@towlie22 @beers22 I read an interview with Mudiay's coach in China. He said that Mudiay has a high ceiling, but is lacking basic fundamentals. He had never worked out individually before he went to China so he's still raw. And teaching fundamentals in my opinion is harder than adding some bulk to the body. That's why he fell to no. 7 pick IMO. 

beers22
beers22

No it wasn't a shock that the lakers took russell. There were quite a few reports suggesting it was a good possibility and it was pretty likely the top 3 would be the top 3 anyway.  It was more surprising the 6ers didn't take mudiay after russell went two.  Everyone pretty much knew it would come down to porzingis, mudiay, and winslow.  I would have preferred the upside and higher floor of mudiay.  Porzingis, despite the upside, is too much of a risk for a team picking 4th that desperately needed to get this right.  Bad pick IMO.

DA Cole
DA Cole

Cauley-stein was the pick. The Knicks were lucky he was available, I can't believe they didn't take him. What a Bone Head move. This once proud organization can't get out of its own way.

metsfan91
metsfan91

Really you were surprised Stein was available????? He was going to be available no matter what. Top 3 picks in the draft were always Towns, Okafor, and Russell.

justin m
justin m

This is a complete laughing stock franchise. Did you see the MAGIC  board room after the Knicks pick . they were all laughing and high fiving each other....

justin m
justin m

I will meet everyone on center span of the Brooklyn Bridge. This isn't really happening. I remember 15 years ago when they took Fredric Weis and I was like WTF...!!!!  Well I have that very same feeling again.

NYBrando
NYBrando

im done w yall. this is going to be a tough season to watch. i b steady watching mudiay and d russ and oak and dekker tear the league up. and WCS. #deadass

bennyhill
bennyhill

Nice  move by the Zen, and only cost us THJR?  Good Ridance

jojo2218
jojo2218

well atleast we finally have them young players that can come of bench and play and run with any one intead of old vets

jojo2218
jojo2218

there might be hope for knicks

M&M; Consultants
M&M; Consultants

Great move Phil. They are not done looks like they are looking for a shooting guard

jojo2218
jojo2218

why would any freee agent come here . they all prob saying dam they didnt even get a guy that can help me ill go to lakers lol

Keino Thomas
Keino Thomas

Trade is happening.... So we get a lead guard who can play d shoot and pass the ball... And we traded a guy who I think needed a fresh start and still kept our forth pick...