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The New York Knicks go International to help fill out the roster. Phil Jackson has been busy during free agency, even made time to make a trade. But this is something the Knicks have rarely tapped into. The only time I can remember the Knicks drafting a foreign born player, it did not work out at all (1999 1st round pick-15th selection). Knick fans can recall one Frederic Weis of France(?) The same guy Vince Carter dunked over in the Olympics. Yes, that guy! He never suited up or set foot on an NBA court (thanks Vince, lol). So this is new for NY but seems long overdue.
Let’s meet the prospects:
6’9″ Lithuanian small forward Mindaugas Kuzminskas is an interesting player (26 years old). Scouting report on him is he has a sneaky handle, very good spot up shooter, ability to score around the basket and good in the transition. Must improve his rebounding & defense.
6’11” Center Guillermo “Willy” Hernangomez (2015 2nd round pick purchased from Philadelphia) from Spain, a true post player. He’s only 22 years old. Scouting report on him is he’s an above average rebounder already, not athletic but moves well for his size and good footwork. He must improve as a pick-and-role defender, must get stronger and develop a go-to-move. But he has the foundation to be a solid pro. He’s still growing as a player with plenty of room to improve.
Time will tell about these two prospects but I’m one Knicks’ fan and Jackson is thinking outside the box and trying to tap into all possible resources. In Phil I Trust!