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Dante Who? Quick Views On Recruits Working Out For Knicks Today

Today the Knicks are having workouts with Dante Cunningham, Toney Douglas, Tywon McKee and Leo Lyons.  Here are some quick highlights so that you can get an idea of what the Knicks brass is looking at and looking for.

Dante Cunningham

Cunningham, at 6’8″, 230lbs is an undersized power forward with an intriguing mid-range game. He average 16.1 ppg in his senior year on 52.5% shooting. He hit and shot no tres. He is ranked 14th among PFs by Draft Express. Is this a replacement for David Lee? I hope not.

Toney Douglas

Florida State’s Douglas, a projected 2d round pick, is ranked as the 13th best PG in the draft by Draft Express, but hsi strength is his shooting especially off the pick and roll. He average 21.5 ppg on 48.9% shooting from deuce-land and 38.5% from the tre mark. He is said to be an excellent finisher, but he is definitely not the point guard the Knicks need. Shooting guard, maybe.

Leo Lyons

Leo Lyons at 6’9″ 225 is a power forward out of Mizzu who is projected to go in the second round. The tape sows that he has an array of offensive skills, but the word is that his defense is suspect adn he is foul prone. Looking at these quick highlights, I would also be concerned about his energy level as he seems to lumber along in his own highlights. His averages were 14.4ppg, 6.1 rpg with no blocks. He shot 49.% from the field, 35.7% from the three point line and 74% from the freebie semi-circle.

I could not find a quick hit of highlights on Tywain McKee, the Coppin State senior guard who averaged 18.4ppg, 4.1apg, 3 turnovers per game, and 2.8 steals per game. He shot 36% from the arc. I also did not find any profiles on his strength and weaknesses.

Here a little extra treat: video of Jrue Holiday’s pre-draft workout with the Sacramento Kings. He is scheduled to work out tomorrow. I hope to do a full-blown report on him before the week is out.

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Fanatics Pre-Draft Scouting Report: Jonny Flynn

Famatics Pre-Draft Scouting Report: DeMar Derozan

Fanatics Pre-Draft Scouting Report: Brandon Jennings

Fanatics Pre-Draft Scouting Report: Stephen Curry

Fanatics Pre-Draft Scouting Report: Tywon Lawson

June 9, 2009 - Posted by | NBA Draft | , ,


  1. LGM Knicks,

    Thanks for the sneek peek with these relative unknowns.

    Since the Knicks have a draft pick in the 2nd round from Denver, will you be covering a crop, if any, of sleepers in the draft that might be were the Knicks draft in the 2nd round?

    Comment by orangeandblue1 | June 9, 2009 | Reply

  2. From Newsday on Stephen Curry workout.

    Stephen Curry was leaving the gym Wednesday here at the MSG Training Center with the exhausted nets singed and the Knicks salivating after his predraft workout. Mike D’Antoni approached the Davidson star just before he reached the exit.

    “We can’t draft you,” D’Antoni said.

    A perplexed Curry, who has made it clear the Knicks would be his preferred destination, offered a quizzical, “Why?”

    “Because,” D’Antoni continued, ” Allan Houston said he doesn’t want to be the second-best shooter in Knicks history.”

    As I said before, I doubt that Curry will be available at 8. If I am one of the other GMs, I would not allow that to happen.

    Comment by igmknicks | June 11, 2009 | Reply

  3. According to Alan Hahn, Jrue Holiday was not happy with his workout, especially with Curry in the house: “Stupid turnovers, little things like that,” he said.

    Comment by igmknicks | June 11, 2009 | Reply

    • Says alot about Curry,…

      Mea Culpa LGM, He, Curry, will take a challenge while my initial preference B Jennings, and Spanish sensation R. Rubio sit it out.

      I’d be ok with Curry especially over Rubio but does being a good passer make one a good point. This draft has a point whose played it throughout his career and whose physicall stature compares well to All Star CP3 and Playoff Star Aaron Brooks.

      IMHO if the Knicks want a true Point they should seriously consider Flynn, more lenght and explosiveness than Lawson, doesn’t have the low trajectory or flat footed release on his J, is battle tested and may seriously surprise.

      I’d take Flynn over Holiday as well since although Holiday is reported to have played point in High school he did not do so in college and workouts can only account for so much, remember how the Knicks fell in love with the Frog Weisse after some great workouts.

      Flynn or Curry is ok by me.

      Comment by orangeandblue1 | June 11, 2009 | Reply

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    Comment by great times | July 1, 2011 | Reply

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