With the Knicks picking fourth, Coach Phil Jackson is seriously looking for the best defensive man who can help his team win in the upcoming NBA season. There are rumors circulating about Russel or Mudiay being favored by the Knicks, but lately, Cauley-Stein has been in the news. Is he really a great option for the Knicks? Can Jackson’s team trust him?
The 21-year-old Cauley-Stein is one of the most unique big men in the collegiate basketball. His 7-feet-and-241 pound-frame and his agility and movement skills set him apart from the other big men in the draft; thus, making him a good option for the Knicks who are looking for a big defensive man.
The Kentucky Wildcats power forward has proven himself on the defensive end. It is well-known across the league that he is an extraordinary rim protector, which the Knicks are greatly in need of. He has also shown that he can typically guard all five positions, something that you don’t expect to see out of a 7-foot center, but Willie is not your usual center.
Cauley-Stein took 30 shots beyond 11 feet this past season and knocked down 41% of those shots. That is something that should be considered as far as his offensive talents are concern. On the other hand, we know that he is an excellent transition player on offense. He has the speed to beat defenders down court, and he finishes well at the rim when he can dunk.
Yes, we can say that Cauley-Stein is still raw, but he could develop into a very solid NBA player under the right coaching staff. Just give him chance and time to improve and he’ll be good to go.
At this point, many sources are saying that the Knicks are mulling over Mudiay, Cauley-Stein, Kristaps Porzingis, and Justise Winslow. All have their pros and cons, but with three weeks left before the Draft, the rumors will still continue to buzz around.
Well, despite those rumors, it seems that Phil Jackson and the Knicks are really weighing their options. This time, they have to get this pick definitely right or else another failure is yet to come. For sure, Knicks fans are looking forward to their team’s overall draft pick.
Who do you think it’s going to be?