Cole Anthony displays New York toughness in Magic’s stunner over Knicks


New York Knicks basketball under Tom Thibodeau is all about toughness and resiliency. But it was Cole Anthony, an Archbishop Molloy High School product, who displayed those traits to rally a young Orlando Magic team against them.

Anthony scored a season-high 29 points and grabbed a career-high 16 rebounds for his first career double-double to help the Magic stun his hometown Knicks, 110-104, Sunday night in the Garden.

Anthony grew up in New York, where his father, Greg Anthony, played his first four seasons in the NBA.

“I was happy to be home. Hostile environment. I came in and I got the dub,” Anthony said after leading the Magic to their first win of the season, exacting revenge of their embarrassing 121-96 beatdown in Orlando at the hands of the Knicks last Friday. “Good times!”

Good times indeed for the Anthony family.

Anthony played an inspired game in front of his family and friends. He gifted his mother, Crystal McCrary, who celebrated her 52nd birthday, with one of the finest performances in his young NBA career.

When he was not busy scoring, Anthony was a daredevil attacking the teeth of the Knicks defense and kept on finding his open teammates. He added eight assists and led the Magic’s comeback from 13 points down in the first half.

The 21-year old Anthony and the 30-year old veteran Terrence Ross dealt the biggest blows that knocked the Knicks out.

Anthony torched the Knicks in the first half with 21 points on 7-of-11 shooting and five threes. Ross caught fire in the fourth quarter, scoring all of his 22 points as the Magic outscored the Knicks, 36-24.

The once-vaunted Knicks’ defense was nowhere to be found with their cold shooting night zapping out their energy.

After making nine of their first 17 three-point attempts, the Knicks missed 27 of their next 31. The shots that buried the Magic in Orlando did not fall in New York. It was the exact opposite of the Knicks’ franchise-record setting 24-of-54 threes two nights ago.

They lived and died with the three-point shot.

“We picked up the ball pressure a little bit understanding who are the [Knicks] shooters, and non-shooters,” said Magic rookie coach Jamahl Mosley. “Our guys did a good job recognizing who was where and we flew around the court. We had multiple efforts making sure we contested shots.”

Julius Randle stuffed the stats sheet with monster numbers (30 points and 16 rebounds). But he only shot 8-for-24 from the field. The Magic baited him to beat them one on one. The ploy worked, which kept the rest of the Knicks’ starting unit out of rhythm.

Evan Fournier missed eight of 11 shots. RJ Barrett misfired a dozen of his 17 attempts.

Their usual gunners — Randle, Barrett, Fournier, Walker, Immanuel Quickley, and Alec Burks — were a combined 8-for-37 from downtown.

Only Derrick Rose waxed hot from the outside, hitting 5-of-8 threes. He had 23 points off the bench as the closer again while Walker watched from the bench down the stretch.

After a season-high 34 assists in Orlando, the Knicks did not move the ball well enough to get rhythm shots. They dished out only 20 assists on 37 field goals. They missed a total of 73 attempts overall that doomed them in their first loss of the season.

The Knicks seemed to have just settled after grabbing a 13-point lead, 47-34, on a 15-0 run. They allowed the Magic to creep back into the game and cut their lead down to five, 57-52, at the half.

“We knew (Magic) would play with intensity but we didn’t play with great urgency. We have to have great intensity. In this league, the players are too good. So, if you allow someone to beat you to loose balls, make hustle plays, you’re playing with fire,” Thibodeau lamented.”

The Knicks paid dearly for their lackadaisical effort losing to the third-youngest team in the league. As a consolation, they avoided a double whammy after surviving another Mitchell Robinson injury scare.

Robinson seemed hurt after colliding with Magic rookie Jalen Suggs for a rebound in the third quarter. After the brief scare, Robinson returned to finish the game. He had 10 points, 10 rebounds, and three blocks, but he fouled out for the first time since January 26, 2020.

Taj Gibson returned from a two-game paternity leave but hardly impacted the game in 12 minutes as Robinson’s backup. The only impact he did was cut down into Toppin’s minutes. Thibodeau abandoned the small-ball lineup, which worked well in their first two games when Robinson was resting.

Toppin was held to only one field goal — a left-handed alley-oop slam and got abused in the paint. The Brooklyn native only played 12 minutes, his lowest playing time in three games. Toppin, the toast of New York in the last two games, missed his next three shots and ended the game with a whimper.

Instead, the other New Yorker from the opposing team stole the thunder with a homecoming party.

Anthony, selected seven picks later after Toppin in the 2020 NBA Draft, showed out with his game made in New York playgrounds.

Aside from his mother’s birthday, Anthony also drew inspiration from Mosley’s pep talk in their film session Sunday morning.

“It’s more about the resilience that you have to have in these games,” Mosley said. “There was a point when we got down 10, then I think it was Cole [Anthony] who referenced the fact that ‘hey, we talked about that this morning. Down 10, we can’t hang our heads. We got to keep fighting back.’ That’s what we’ve talked about this morning.”

Fight back, they did.

The Magic wiped out a Knicks’ nine-point lead in the second half. In the fourth quarter, their defense held Randle and Barrett to an identical but brutal 2-for-7 shooting.

“All of us were disappointed and we have to do better,” Thibodeau said. “When you lose, the most important thing is to learn and to move it forward.”

So, when the Knicks have their film session on Monday, the view of Anthony, the undersized Magic point guard, outrebounding them would be a painful reminder of their lack of fight in this game.

“Cole (Anthony) came back home and played with that toughness, that confidence, that resilience,” Mosley said. “The one thing that stands out most is his ability to rebound the basketball, and he made the right plays.”

When a reporter asked how a 6-foot-2 guard grabbed 16 rebounds against a big and physical team like the Knicks, Anthony contested that he’s 6-foot-3 before answering the question.

“Rebounding is all about effort. It’s about who wants it,” said a feisty Anthony.

In a game they were not supposed to win, Anthony stood tallest and played with a big heart, usually displayed by his hometown Knicks.

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NBA Draft: New York Knicks cast a wide net in point guard search

New York Knicks

It’s going to be an unpredictable NBA Draft Night for the New York Knicks.

New Knicks president Leon Rose and his front office have continued to keep their cards close to their chest.  But the Draft Combine media interviews have provided some clarity that the Knicks are zeroing in on a potential lead guard.

The Knicks, who will be picking at No.8, No.27, and No.38 barring any trades, have interviewed at least seven guards and could be even more.

The consensus top three point guards in the Draft — LaMelo Ball, Killian Hayes, and Tyrese Haliburton — have all confirmed that they have talked to the Knicks prior to the lottery.

Haliburton claimed his vision is what separates him from the top-tier guards in the Draft. The 6-foot-5 skinny guard from Iowa also added that he’s comfortable playing on and off the ball at the backcourt.

“LaMelo is scoring the ball at three levels. I think I’m the best facilitator out of the group and I think Killian defends at a high level,” Haliburton said of their different strengths during his Draft Combine Zoom call.

Ball is unsure if the Knicks would trade up for him.

“That I don’t know.  Maybe, maybe not,” Ball said.

Hayes, meanwhile, is excited at the possibility of playing with fellow Frenchman Frank Ntilikina in New York’s backcourt.

“It would be dope,” Hayes said Monday on a Zoom call. “He’s [Frank] not really a true point guard. He can play the 1 or the 2, so I think it would be a good duo.”

Another French guard Theo Maledon and Stanford’s Tyrell Terry have also interviewed with the Knicks. Curiously, Maledon had his interview only two weeks ago. He’s the only prospect so far that has been confirmed to have discussions with the Knicks in the post-lottery.

RJ Hampton, whose Draft stock considerably dropped after a lackluster stint in New Zealand’s pro league, has also met with the Knicks over Zoom call.

Add Alabama’s Kira Lewis, Jr. to the long list.  Ian Begley of SNY recently reported that the Knicks have been in touch with the quick point guard.

North Carolina’s enigmatic combo guard Cole Anthony, who opted not to join the Draft Combine, has also his share of fans and critics in the organization.  Meanwhile, Duke point guard Tre Jones, who is pegged by Tankathon as the Knicks’ pick at No. 27, revealed during his Draft Combine Zoom call that he has not interviewed with them.

During Rose’s first public appearance as the Knicks team president in June, he mentioned how he views this Draft as a lot more unpredictable compared to the recent years.

“This draft, a couple of guys stand out, and after that, there’s a lot of equality,” Rose said.

Outside the above-mentioned point guards, the Knicks have also interviewed Memphis’ big man Precious Achiuwa, who split his time in Bronx, New York, and New Jersey during his high school. The other lottery prospects that have also been linked to them are Dayton’s explosive big man Obi Toppin, and a trio of defensive stalwarts in Auburn’s Isaac Okoro, and Florida State’s Devin Vassell, and Patrick Williams.

The Knicks are navigating this Draft process under the same degree of prudence and diligence that they have shown during their head coaching search that ultimately led to Tom Thibodeau, the perceived frontrunner from the start.

Ball is the perceived No.1 point guard in the Knicks board as early as May, according to Marc Berman of The New York Post.  And with Ball reportedly withdrawing from the Draft Combine after spilling his talks with the Knicks to the media, expect more smoke to come out of New York.

Whatever the Knicks would choose to do in the Draft — move up, trade down or stand pat — there’s a clear indication that they are doing everything to cover all their bases.


It’s a clever move that has Walter Perrin‘s imprint all over it. The former Utah Jazz executive is bringing in the small market-mentality to New York, finding every slice of information he could grab to get an edge over the bigger market teams.

The Knicks won’t draft everyone whom they have scouted and interviewed. But Perrin likes to keep notes which can be valuable down the road either in free agency or trade. Just like when the Jazz targeted Jordan Clarkson in the February trade deadline. Their Draft notes on him helped them pull the trigger on the trade.

“Towards the tail end of the (NCAA) season and the conference tournament he was struggling a little bit only because he had some off-the-court issues, personal issues, nothing bad. If I remember correctly, one of his family members was going through struggles in terms of illness,” Perrin said last April.

In 2014, five months before the Draft, Clarkson’s father was diagnosed with cancer. It took a hit on his performance and consequently hurt his Draft stock.

“It was affecting his play, and that’s one of the reasons we wanted to bring him in, we wanted to get to know him a little better and find out what was really going on,” Perrin added.

The Jazz wasn’t able to grab him in the Draft, but when they were looking for a key rotational piece this season, their Draft notes came in handy. Perrin’s scouting instincts was right all along as Clarkson proved to be a second-round steal in that Draft class.

That kind of progressive of thinking is a whiff of fresh air in New York which had more misses than hits when it comes to player personnel.

Under normal circumstances, Perrin could have had more workouts arranged for the Knicks by now. But still, he and his scouting department are doing their due dilligence.

It’s going to be a wild NBA Draft. But if the number of pre-Draft interviews are any indication, the Knicks will come prepared.

EXCLUSIVE: Cole Anthony’s high school coach hopes former star ends up at New York Knicks

Cole Anthony, New York Knicks

Archbishop Molloy High School has produced two of the best points guards to come out of New York in two-time NBA champion Kenny Smith and Kenny Anderson.

The traditional New York high school basketball powerhouse hopes that Cole Anthony, the son of former New York Knicks first-round pick Greg Anthony, would be next in line.

Anthony’s rise started in Molloy, where he starred for three years before transferring to Oak Hill Academy for his senior year. He became the first freshman point guard to start in the school history immediately, and he almost led them to the city championship in his sophomore year.

“He’s a leader.  He immediately comes into the room and takes over,” Molloy coach Mike McCleary told Empire Sports Media.

“Even as a freshman, we had a strong seed class, and while he wasn’t the captain of that team, he was still a leader on that team.  By the time he’s a sophomore, he was already the captain of the team,” he added.

While Anthony became the most hyped high school player to have come out of New York in recent years, his stock considerably dropped after the North Carolina Tar Heels experienced their first losing season under Roy Williams in 18 years with him as their lead guard.

Anthony missed significant time due to a knee injury, but he was still able to lead the Tar Heels in scoring with 18.5 points per game.  However, his inconsistent and inefficient shot-making (38% from the field) and playmaking (4 assists against 3.5 turnovers per game) became a cause of concern.

McCleary believes his former star’s struggles in college is just an aberration.

“One of the things that hurt him this year at North Carolina is that they were not as talented as the previous years.  And he was clearly their best player and that left Cole very exposed to try to do too much.  But if he has other weapons on his team, I think he’s more than capable of using those weapons and being very successful as a point guard,” McCleary said.

At 6-3, Anthony has some size concerns, but the NBA Playoffs have shown us that small elite guards (6’0 Kemba Walker, 6’1 Donovan Mitchell, 6’2 Damian Lillard, and 6’4 Jamal Murray) have so much value in the league.

“I definitely think that’s gonna be the challenge for him but he’s a great athlete as they all are in the NBA.  Size is something that hurts him a little bit but he’s very competitive, a smart kid and I think he’ll pay close attention to the scouting reports to be able to use his intelligence, his skills, and athleticism to be an effective defender,” McCleary said.

He even adds that Anthony would be perfect for the modern NBA due to the fact that “the lane is so wide open now because of the three-point threat and that might offer him more opportunities to get to the rim and open up opportunities for his teammates.”

Anthony, who is modeling his game after Russel Westbrook, according to McCleary, has a quick first step and loves to attack the rim. In fact, Anthony averaged 5.8 free throw attempts in college, which McCleary believes could translate well in the pace-and-space NBA.

However, while it has been reported that the Knicks have extensively scouted Anthony, the team is divided on the polarizing prospect.

Some within the organization is not a fan of Anthony and believe his stock dipped because he was hyped and got exposed in college.

“He’s talented, but he doesn’t have a history of winning,” the source told Empire Sports Media.

But there are also Anthony fans within the organization.  Just like Allan Houston, the Knicks’ Special Assistant to the General Manager, who even commented fire emojis to Anthony’s recent beach workout, posted by one of his trainers, Mike Atkinson.


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While Atkinson declined to be interviewed for Anthony’s pre-Draft workout process, he told Empire Sports Media:

“Cole will be a great addition to any organization. I’m confident in that.”

It’s a fact that Anthony hasn’t won a championship in high school and college, but he’s been part of the gold medal team in the 2018 FIBA-U18 Americas, and he was named to the all-tournament team.

During his successful high school run, he’s led Molloy to the Catholic High School Athletic Association finals (though they got upset by the fifth seed team Cardinal Hayes) and semifinals.  In his lone year at Oak Hill, the decorated academy that produced Carmelo Anthony and Kevin Durant, he averaged a triple-double in leading the Warriors to the semifinals of the GEICO High School Nationals. He was named Player of the Year for both his success in basketball and academics, then he collected all the MVP awards in the McDonald’s All-American Game, Jordan Brand Classic, and Nike Hoop Summit and had a Defensive Player of the Year award from Nike’s EYBL.

“He’s a super talent.  I think if you put him in the right situation, he can be extremely successful. I think he could be a leader because of his talent and personality and work ethics,” McCleary said.

Anthony’s talent is undeniable, and his fall in the Draft boards could be a boon for the Knicks who are looking for a lead guard.  The polarizing prospect could still be available by the time they pick at No.8.

If McCleary has his way, he wants his former star to stay home and get drafted by the Knicks.

“I think he’ll fit well wherever he goes because his father who was in the NBA has always preached to him about being a good teammate, not only about being a good player and what it takes and all that stuff because it’s already a given in his case.  But his father has been telling him about being a good basketball player and being a good teammate and to the other people in the team,” McCleary said.

“And I suspect that these are lessons well learned because he responds to his father very well and he has a lot of respect for his father. And I think he’ll be just fine and become a very good lead guard in the next level and hopefully, that’s the case (in New York) so I get to see him more,” he added.

Can Leon Rose turn New York Knicks pick to ‘Lucky 8’?

New York Knicks, Leon Rose

There was no beginner’s luck for New York Knicks team president Leon Rose.

Not even a lucky bracelet with the inscription “We Are One” from their cancer-stricken super fan Antonio Sellers could help Rose break the team’s Draft Lottery curse Thursday night.

Armed with the sixth-best chance to win the Lottery, the Knicks struck out anew and even fell two spots down. They settled with the eight pick, extending their long streak of not moving up in the NBA Draft to 17.

Minnesota grabbed the chance to select at No. 1 with Golden State, Charlotte, Chicago, Cleveland, Atlanta, and Detroit to pick ahead of New York.

With a Draft Class relatively weaker than the previous years and with the absence of personal workouts due to the Covid-19 outbreak, it’s going to be a tricky selection process.

This early, the Timberwolves and the Warriors are hinting that they are not closing their doors on trading their picks.

“We have an open mind as we go through all of this,” Minnesota team president Gersson Rosas per Jon Krawczynski of The Athletic. “We want to do what’s best for this organization. And it means being thorough, being diligent and looking at every option. Draft, trade, free agency, whatever the case may be.”

The Warriors, meanwhile, don’t have any idea yet what to do or what can they get in return for their second pick.

“We don’t really know anything at this point…I have no idea what the value is for that pick… We don’t entirely control the draft but all we have to like is two guys to be happy,” Warriors GM Bob Myers per 97.5 The Game.

This gives the Knicks a chance to move up for LaMelo Ball, the top point guard in their Draft Board. But everything will still depend if they can come up with the package that these teams in win-now mode would be looking for.

There’s also a scenario where they can attach the eight pick in a package for larger trade to get a disgruntled star or a solid veteran that can move the needle. 

Rose has been prudent and calculating with his recent front office moves and coaching hires. It is expected that he will do the same with his first Draft.

Even if they stand pat, they still can get a point guard at eight pick. With Ball and top international prospect Killian Hayes likely to be picked early, the Knicks can settle with the likes of Iowa State’s Tyrese Haliburton, Duke standout, and ex-Knick Greg Anthony’s son Cole Anthony or Kentucky’s Tyrese Maxey.

They can also opt for the next best available talent regardless of position.

Rose will have multiple options, and this is where his assistant GM and lead college scout Walter Perrin’s intel becomes valuable. Perhaps Perrin can find another hidden gem in the mold of a Gordon Hayward (2010 9th pick) or a Donovan Mitchell (2017 13th pick) from the Draft.

Rose may have run out of luck in the Lottery, but the lawyer-agent turned basketball executive knows how to grind and hustle to get what he wants.

Greg Anthony talks how his son, Cole, would fare with the New York Knicks

Cole Anthony, New York Knicks

The New York Knicks have a top-10 selection in October’s NBA Draft; they’ll find out where they pick on Aug. 20, when the NBA Draft lottery takes place. One player who could find himself in the orange and blue next season is UNC point guard Cole Anthony.

SNY’s Ian Begley reported in May that the Knicks have “extensively” scouted Anthony. Cole’s father, Greg, was a point guard for the Knicks from 1991-95.

In an interview with Stefan Bondy of the New York Daily News, Anthony said his son would “embrace” playing in New York City, where he grew up.

“I think he would embrace (the Knicks), I think it would be a really good situation for him,” Greg Anthony said. “He’s going to be fine. He had a rough year last year. A lot of stuff that happened, it shook the system a little bit. But he handled it really well, he dealt with his adversity and he got better. And so, he’s going to be fine. He’s going to be a much better pro than the impact he had in college.

“Would it be awesome if he goes to New York? He’s from there, he’s raised there, he lives there. He would embrace it and love it. But if he’s somewhere else, he’d feel the same way. He’s just about basketball. He just wants to play and be a great player.”

Anthony was a potential top-five NBA draft pick in the early stages of the 2019-20 college basketball season, but a midseason knee injury sidelined him for seven weeks.

His father feels that despite the “horrible” year, Anthony “learned a lot” and is “going to be a great player.”

“He had a horrible year. Probably couldn’t have had a worse year, and he still put up 19 (points per game), 6 (rebounds) and 4 (assists). He didn’t shoot it well, but he didn’t have the opportunities he would’ve liked. He learned a lot, had a great experience there, and where he ends up — I know how he’s wired, he’s going to be a great player. So I’m not really worried concerned.”

Anthony played one season at UNC. Across 22 games, 20 of which were starts, he averaged 18.5 points, 5.7 rebounds, four assists and 1.3 steals per game. Anthony shot 38.0 percent from the field and 34.8 percent from beyond the arc.

The Knicks have two first-round draft selections and their own second rounder (38) in the 2020 NBA Draft after going 21-45 this season.

New York Knicks conduct video interview with Killian Hayes

New York Knicks, Killian Hayes

According to Killian Hayes’ agent, Yann Balikouzou, the point guard had a video interview with the New York Knicks.

Ian Begley of SNY notes that Hayes has talked with “dozens” of teams, including ones outside the NBA lottery, and that he doesn’t plan to meet with the Cleveland Cavaliers, who have the second-best odds to win the lottery.

Balikouzou said on the Envergure podcast last month that Hayes had talked to dozens of teams. Some of those teams did not have a lottery pick, which is an indication that teams are at least considering trading up in the draft for a player like Hayes.

While Hayes interviewed with the Knicks, Balikouzou said his client hasn’t spoken to every lottery team. Balikouzou said Hayes would likely speak with Minnesota and Golden State but didn’t plan to do an interview with Cleveland.

“It’s not a secret, they probably won’t draft a guard,” Balikouzou, of ISE, said in the interview, which was conducted in French and translated. “….The chances they’d draft a guard are really thin.”

Hayes played for the Ratiopharm Ulm in the EuroCup last season. He averaged 12.8 points, 6.2 assists, and 1.5 steals per game while shooting 45.5 percent from the field and 39.0 percent from beyond the arc. The two seasons prior Hayes played for Cholet in the LNB Pro A.

The Knicks have the sixth-best odds to win the lottery. They also have the Los Angeles Clippers’ first-round draft selection, which came in a midseason trade that sent Marcus Morris to the West Coast, and their own second-round selection (38).

New York currently has point guards Frank Ntilikina and Dennis Smith Jr. entering the final seasons of their rookie deals, and they have a team option on Elfrid Payton for the 2020-21 NBA season ($8 million).

Hayes is one of many guards who have been linked to the Knicks for this year’s NBA Draft. Others include LaMelo Ball, Cole Anthony, and R.J. Hampton.

New York Knicks: Spacing On The Offensive End Must Be Addressed By Any Means Necessary

New York Knicks, Kevin Knox

The New York Knicks need shooting and spacing by any means necessary. The additional spacing on the offensive end starts with a point-guard with mid-range and three-point shooting ability.

There are prospects in free agency and in the draft that may help the New York Knicks. Fred Van Vleet would be an excellent floor spacing point-guard signing due to his dangerous ability to hit the three-pointer and the mid-range jumper. Explosive and sharpshooting Cole Anthony would be a great draft pick if the Knicks fall in the draft to 9th or 10th pick.

With a lineup of Elfrid Payton, RJ Barrett, Reggie Bullock, Julius Randle, and Mitchell Robinson/Taj Gibson, there’s just not enough spacing. The power-forward position and the point -guard position must be able to consistently shoot and make the three-pointer in order to keep defenses honest in today’s NBA. Steve Mills obviously was stuck in a different era of basketball and it showed in his offseason signings. He made poor signings in the previous era as well. Overall, Mills was spine-chillingly horrendous at his job as a Knick president.

There is an opportunity for Kevin Knox during the pandemic to work on his game both offensively and defensively. Kevin Knox has a chance to thrust himself into the starting lineup as a well-needed stretch four for the Knicks at 6’9″ and a 7’0″ wingspan. Randle hasn’t solidified his spot with his forceful and low basketball IQ play on offense. Knox must continue working on strengthening his body along with his conditioning. A drastic improvement defensively from a young Knox is enough to catapult him into the starting lineup over Julius Randle at this point. Offensively, Knox will come around. Opportunity and a point-guard will give Knox rhythm on offense to go along with his naturally smooth shooting ability, however, defensively is where Knox can turn his game and young career around.

Cole Anthony could be the everyday point guard for the New York Knicks

Cole Anthony, New York Knicks

The New York Knicks need a point guard.  They’ve been trying out several point guards over the years but can’t seem the find the right one.

Elfrid Payton took over the Knicks point guard duties mid-way through the season and did a fine job.  He was by far the best point guard on the team, Frank Ntilikina next then Dennis Smith Jr.

The Knicks need a true point guard but one that can also score.  The team wants more of a pass first guard instead of scorer.  But they need a solid dose of both.

Upper west side native Cole Anthony grew up liking the Knicks.  Son of former Knick, Greg Anthony, is projected to be a top 10 pick in this upcoming draft.  Anthony think “it be pretty cool” to be a Knick.

Anthony played his college ball at North Carolina.  He averaged 18.5 points, 5.7 rebounds, and 4.3 assists last season.  His play is more aggressive and attacking rather than pass first.  He also shot 34.8 percent from beyond the arc.  The Knicks can certainly use his scoring and work on the passing.

If the Knicks want an everyday one guard to pair with RJ Barrett at the two guard, Anthony is a viable option.  But the Knicks allegedly want a pass first guard so Anthony might not be in the mix.

It really all depends on where the Knicks land in the lottery.  They could be in the top four where the chances of landing Lamelo Ball go up.  However if they’re outside the top four, Anthony is now in play.

Anthony could be a good option for the Knicks.  He has the ability to score and attack which is what the Knicks need in a starting point guard.  Being aggressive and attacking the rim in the NBA will draw defenders to him then allow him to distribute the ball to his teammates.  The passing will be come.

As much as the Knicks need a facilitator, they need a point guard that can score.  Anthony would be a good pick for the New York Knicks if they want an everyday point guard.

The New York Knicks need a lot more than just a point guard this draft

New York Knicks, LaMelo Ball

The New York Knicks are in the market for an everyday point guard.  Not only do they need a point guard but they need a lot more pieces as well.

ESPNs Jonathan Givnoy’s latest mock draft as LaMelo Ball, Australia, going fourth to the Knicks.  Ball would become the Knicks backup point guard as Elfrid Payton would most likely remain the starter.  Him going to New York would be the best case scenario for his family as they love the limelight.  Ball is on the Knicks radar along with other point guards, depending on their draft position.

While a everyday point guard is the high on the Knicks list, there are reports that they would want a 3-point shooter as well.  They would use the first-round from the Clippers, in the Marcus Morris trade, to obtain that.

The Knicks 3-point shooting took a massive hit in the Morris trade.  Morris was shooting 43.9% from beyond the arc, the highest on the team.  After the trade, Daymean Dotson now has the highest percentage with 35.8% and he barely gets time anymore.  Followed by Wayne Ellington, 34.6%, who also had a dip in minutes since the season began.

While a 3-point shooter and point guard are a must, there are other areas the Knicks need help with.  Well, it’s everywhere mainly.

The only position where the Knicks are relatively settled at is center.  Mitchell Robinson continues to improve but he’ll continue to benefit from a veteran players presence.  His biggest improvement, thus far, has been controlling his fouling.

The Knicks can use an upgrade at small-forward.  As he continues to grow and develop, RJ Barrett will most likely take over but for now it’s a question mark.  Kevin Knox was the hope for that position however he’s greatly under-performed.  The lack of minutes for the Knicks youth doesn’t help his cause either.

The New York Knicks need help everywhere.  For them to take the next step in their rebuild, they’ll need to start with a point guard and hit home runs in all other areas of concern.

Is it too early to start talking about the draft for the New York Knicks?

New York Knicks

The New York Knicks are 11 games into the 2019-20 NBA season and it’s good as over.  The Knicks are 2-9 and on the verge of moving on from Head Coach David Fizdale.

Not even 20 games in and Knicks fan are finding this season laughable and hard to watch.  Some of that falls on the coach for the inability to get his players up for games and develop offensive and defensive schemes.  More can fall on the players for being unable to execute.  Either way you look at it, it’s bad.

Therefore, since the season is lost, the Knicks can start to look towards the upcoming NBA draft.  Yes, it is way-too early to do so but what else is there to talk about.  There’s only so many things to talk about when it comes to this squad.  They repeat themselves almost every game with their play.

For next year’s draft, the Knicks need a point guard with their first pick.  It’s going to be a high pick so they have to hit a home-run.

The Knicks have several power forwards so that should be off the board.  Unless, James Wiseman’s there when they pick.  The Knicks still do not have a ‘true’ point guard running the offense.

RJ Barrett and Frank Ntilikina have been splitting the point guard duties and with Dennis Smith Jr. back, that’ll split into thirds.  Just wait until Elfrid Payton comes back too.

But the Knicks need a point guard that will run the offense day-in and day-out.  No more flip-flopping because the Knicks point guard carousel is such a headache.

The point guards the Knicks need to look at are Cole Anthony, Cassius Stanley and Nico Mannion.  Any of these three ‘true’ point guards would be exciting to pair with RJ Barrett.  Barrett can’t be running the point off-and-on, he’s too valuable.

Cole Anthony, UNC, has the ability to run the offense, shoot the deep ball and get his teammates involved.  He is must-see TV when he’s on and the early favorite for player of the year.  Him and Barrett could be a lethal back-court for years.  Some fans have even started the ‘tank foe Cole Anthony’ bandwagon.

Cassius Stanley, out of Duke, is 6-foot-6 guard with the ability to stretch the floor. He’s very athletic and provides elite dunks in transition.  Smith Jr. was suppose to be that guy for the Knicks but he’s under-performing.

Nico Mannion, Arizona, is shooting 52% from the field and creates his own shot with ease.  Besides, the ability to score he does an excellent job at distributing the ball to his teammates.  Knicks all of the above.

All three players should be high on the Knicks big board.  The Knicks need a ‘true’ point guard to pair with Barrett for the future.  One of these three players would be another effort of trying to turn around the organization.