Phil Jackson Prefers Towns to Okafor

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I do too. Towns can actually

I do too. Towns can actually anchor a defense, while Okafor only plays 1/2 of the game well.

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Earlier in the year, Jackson

Earlier in the year, Jackson had raved about D'Angelo Russell. He later said they'd target a big and target defense (basically, Towns). Is he throwing up smoke screens? If they wanted to trade the pick it's a good idea to get everyone thinking they could pick most anybody so that other teams wouldn't be sure if the player that team wanted would fall to them (causing that team to trade up). For all we know, he might want Mudiay at 4th. I'll be interested to see if Jackson is shooting from the hip or being manipulative.

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I think the problem here is

I think the problem here is that the Knicks have already played their hand out, and most people know what they are going to do. The Knicks already have 3 PG's under contract for next year, two of which have only been in the league for a couple of years combined. They also are trying to implement the Triange which is notorious for having PG's who play more off the ball. I think you can rule Mudiay out of the equation unless they really fall back, and I think Russle would be a bad pick as well when you consider how easy it is to snag a good PG in the NBA these days. Add into the mix the fact that the Knicks have Zero size on their roster, and there is no way the Knicks don't draft either Towns/Okafor with their pick if they are available.

If the Knicks somehow end up at #4 or #5, and Russle/Towns/Okafor are off the table, then I think that is a different story. I could see them making a trade, but that's only if they don't believe in any of the prospects available. Personally I think anyone in the top 8 could be a good have for the Knicks

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Knicks do not

have 3 PGs under contract. They have Calderon, and Galloway on a partial-guarantee (that they are sure to exercise), that's 2.

And you think it's easy to snag good PGs in the NBA these days? I don't know, none are available this off season.... and I can't think of the last time one was, personally I think teams hoard the good ones even more than centers.

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I'm surprised to see a

I'm surprised to see a comment on this when this past year we saw Brandon Knight, Reggie Jackson, Isaiah Thomas, Goran Dragic, MCW, DJ Augustine, and Rajon Rondo all switch teams. Also, if I'm not mistaken, the Knicks have Shane Larkin, who is still on his rookie contract.

And their most certainly are good PG's on the market. Lawson is known to be on the block and most likely isn't going to be a Nugget for much longer. Also with the emergence of Jackson, I would assume Jennings could be had as well.

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Considering their fex amount

Considering their fex amount of picks in the next years ncluding second round and all (usually rebuilding teams find a way to have a late first rounder and one or two second rounder), I think it would be stupid to trade their pick. Even if it's Russel or Mudiay,what player could they get in exchange? Don't think it would be worth it to have a solid starter,instead of,maybe,a future star.

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Phil would probably value

Phil would probably value defence more than scoring in a young big IMO so I can see him possibly favouring Towns over Okafor.

Of course until we have the lottery we don't know who will be picking where, the Knicks could be between 1 and 5 I think.

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I would guess . . .

Almost every GM does. I don't think Okafor is going to truly be as terrible on defense as people think, but Towns can be a really good all-around talent who fits with any team. Okafor may need a team to rebuild its offense to fit his style of play and he is not versatile defensively at all. Plus, Towns is just a more physical, intense, focused player on the court and having a good motor is really important for big men. Okafor's motor is quite weak. Okafor could be a great player, but Towns is both a safer pick due to his versatile skills on both ends of the floor and stronger motor.

I think Okafor ends up being kinda similar to healthy Brook Lopez, but Towns could be even more special. Both are great players.

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The Knicks preferences would

The Knicks preferences would be 1. Towns 2. Russell 3. Trade Down and target Cauley Stein,

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