With the No. 17 pick in the SB Nation 2011 NBA Mock Draft, Posting And Toasting, our New York Knicks blog, takes Kenneth Faried, a big man out of Morehead State. P&T's Seth Rosenthal explains the pick.
Based on what I've heard, I think the real Knicks would probably take Klay Thompson here, and that'd be fine by me. If I was in charge, though, I'd find it hard to pass on the one guy who has an elite skill (rebounding) that fits a major area of Knick need (rebounding).
I worry about that rebounding not translating from a small collegiate conference to professional competition, but then I look at Faried's hair, imagine him and Renaldo Balkman building a fort in the locker room and calling it "Club Dreads", and my worries evaporate. The Knicks need a garbage man, and Faried seems as good a candidate as any to fill that role.
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