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Old 06-04-2015, 04:26 PM   #46 (permalink)
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Mudiay scheduled to work out for Knicks

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Point guard Emmanuel Mudiay will have an individual workout with the New York Knicks before the NBA draft, SMU coach Larry Brown said.

The Knicks will pick fourth and have scouted Mudiay extensively.

Mudiay will also work out for the Minnesota Timberwolves, Los Angeles Lakers and Philadelphia 76ers, Brown said.

The Timberwolves have the top pick in the 2015 NBA draft. The Lakers pick second, followed by the Sixers.

It’s common for teams with high first-round picks to work out multiple players in the weeks leading up to the draft. So it's presumptive to assume that any team that works Mudiay out will have a strong interest in him. But the opportunity to watch Mudiay play in person is important, since he spent the past season playing in China -- a world away from most NBA scouts.

“I think anybody that watches him play and works him out and gets to meet him is going to feel pretty good about him,” Brown said by telephone on Wednesday.

Mudiay has been in regular contact with Brown in recent weeks. Mudiay originally committed to play college basketball for Brown at SMU but later decided to play this season in the Chinese Basketball Association.

The 6-foot-5, 200-pound powerhouse guard is perhaps the biggest unknown of the top prospects in the draft.

Mudiay’s size, speed and quickness lead many scouts to believe that he will be able to get to the rim frequently in the NBA. Some scouts also think he can develop into a strong off- and on-ball defender.

Brown thinks Mudiay would have helped SMU compete for the national title if he decided to play for the Mustangs this season.

“I truly believe Emmanuel has a chance to be one of the great young point guards in the NBA, and I don’t just say that lightly because I have a tremendous amount of respect for the guys who are playing that position,” said Brown, who had an acrimonious run as Knicks coach in 2005-06. “… I think the way Knicks fans respect the game and appreciate good basketball the way they do, they’d love a player like Emmanuel.”

Brown downplays the notion that an elite point guard like Mudiay wouldn’t fit well in Phil Jackson’s triangle offense.

“I’ve watched Phil coach, and he’s tailored the triangle based on his personnel,” Brown said. “When Michael [Jordan] played, the triangle didn’t look like it did when Shaq [O’Neal] and Kobe [Bryant] played. I think there are so many ways in the triangle that you can utilize Emmanuel. You don’t get 11 rings without being able to adjust to your personnel.”

Brown believes Mudiay can help the Knicks get points in transition and slow down opposing guards. New York struggled in both areas during its 17-win campaign last season.

“I don’t think people are putting enough emphasis on how important it is to have a point guard who can defend,” Brown said.

For more on how scouts and analysts see Mudiay fitting with the Knicks, click here.

According to reports, the Knicks are also scheduled to work out Duke guard Quinn Cook and Colorado State big man J.J. Avila. SNY.tv first reported Mudiay’s workouts.
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Knicks to work out Justise Winslow on Monday

Knicks to work out Mudiay on Tuesday

Knicks to work out Cauley-Stein on June 16
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I think they would be stupid to pass on Mudiay.

I could see the guy being a top point guard in this league if he learns how to shoot at an average clip.
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At this point I'm expecting a workout. Seems like they're linked to everyone.
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Mudiay’s bonding session with Fisher gets him thinking Knicks
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Will Justise Winslow's versatility make him a star in the NBA?

How a lifetime of competitive fire molded Justise Winslow into Knicks option

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Knicks open to trading their draft pick: Knicks general manager Steve Mills, who was interviewed alongside Jackson, said the team has fielded calls from “a lot of teams” about trading the No. 4 overall pick in next week's draft. Jackson said the team is “exploring all our possibilities.”

ESPN’s Chad Ford reported that the Knicks have considered trading the pick if Jahlil Okafor, Karl-Anthony Towns and D’Angelo Russell are off of the board.

Jackson said the Knicks will likely take a wing or a guard in the draft and try to fill their deficiencies in the front court through free agency.

“We’re going to have to search out some big men,” he said.
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Hey, hi! I'm new here, I'm a big Knicks fan!

I agree with the fact that Phil Jackson did a very good job until now, but I wouldn't call it great. Why? Two reasons: he couldn't get rid of Jose Calderon, and he should have waited before putting poor unexperienced Derek Fisher on the bench. I understand he needs someone who undestands the Triangle offense as a coach, but in his place, I would have tried to recruit a college coach, because I think the spirit of the Triangle is close to the team spirit found in most top NCAA teams. The Bulls got Hoiberg, for instance, and I think he could have learned and taught that offense.
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The Fisher hire is fine probably paying him too much but whatever, wish they gave him a better staff though.
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He's going to improve anyway. I guess the most important element is the players "buying" the Triangle offense, which was not really obvious last season, given the contract status of most of them.
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