Why the New York Knicks Will Draft Willie Cauley-Stein

So the New York Knicks can’t even tank right, but that doesn’t change how President Phil Jackson views basketball or his priorities in this year’s draft. If Jackson does what he says, the Knicks will be taking Kentucky center Willie Cauley-Stein with the fourth overall pick and they’ll be pretty happy about it.

No Love, No Irving, No Problem For Cavs LeBron James

Down 0-1 at home, the Atlanta Hawks had their chance to hit back in the Eastern Conference Finals. The offensive threat from Kevin Love had been eliminated in the first round of the playoffs by a separated shoulder and when Kyrie Irving sat out Game Two of the ECF with knee tendinitis, two of the Cavs top three scorers in the regular season were missing. Unfortunately, the Cavaliers missing offense proved to be no problem as the Hawks haven’t been able to get anything going themselves. LeBron James is proving to be unguardable, Tristan Thompson is dominating the glass and Cleveland is winning with stifling defense.

Denver Nuggets Shopping Kenneth Faried At The Draft?

While Denver Nuggets President Josh Kroenke steadfastly refuses to offer specific names when talking about plans to aggressively retool the roster prior to opening night of the next NBA season, it’s realistic to expect point guard Ty Lawson or forward Kenneth Faried or both to be part of trade discussions prior to the June 25 draft. Expect Toronto Raptors GM Masai Ujiri to be a serious contender for Faried.

Five Defensive NBA Free Agents Every Team Should Target

It will be very tough to pry any of the First or Second All-Defensive Team free agents away from their current teams by trying to offer them more money or better terms, their current GMs will ensure that tactic doesn’t work. However, there is a list of pending free agents that were also recognized for their defensive prowess that could be poachable such as the Spurs Danny Green, the Hawks DeMarre Carroll and Paul Millsap, the Bucks Kris Middleton and the Rockets Patrick Beverley.