Klay Thompson

Taking a one-point lead into the second quarter against the league-leading Warriors, the Knicks arguably had one of their best opening?quarters of the entire season.

They kept up with Golden State, trading buckets and maintaining a certain tempo in the early goings. From there, the home team picked up the pace even more. The Knicks' defense was spread too thin, as Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson nearly single-handedly sunk New York. They each knocked down six daggers from deep a piece.

From there on out, things got back to normal for New York. Nevertheless, despite the loss, there were still some takeaways worth making note of, especially as the team continues to explore different players as potential fits for next season's roster. See below for more observations.

Tags: golden state warriors, Klay Thompson, Knicks, Langston Galloway, New York Knicks, stephen curry, warriors, Keith Schlosser
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In the Warriors' defeat of the Knicks on Saturday night, the charge to victory was not entirely led by Stephen Curry. It wasn't led by fellow 2015 NBA All-Star Klay Thompson, either. Instead, it was none other than Draymond Green who stood as the staring attraction en route to victory.

Whereas Curry scored 22 points and hit a couple of daggers towards the end to put the Knicks away for good, Green proved to be the more efficient player throughout. Adding 20 points, he shot 8 of 12 from the field and grabbed a team-high 13 rebounds. This went along with two blocks and three assists.

Such a versatile performance has been par for the course all season long for Green, who was widely considered to be an All-Star candidate if the Western Conference leading Warriors were awarded a third one, a la the Eastern Conference leading Atlanta Hawks. The forward is averaging 11.4 points (on 43% from the field and 34% from deep), 8.3 rebounds, 3.6 assists, 1.6 steals, and 1.4 blocks through 49 contests. Needless to say, he's a true stat-sheet stuffer, and can hurt opposing teams in a number of different ways.

Tags: Carmelo Anthony, draymond green, golden state warriors, Klay Thompson, Knicks, New York Knicks, Phil Jackson, stephen curry, Keith Schlosser
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In an ESPN Insider series projecting the top performers for the 2013-14 NBA season, analyst Bradford Doolittle has New York Knicks guard J.R. Smith as the No. 7-ranked shooting guard in the league.

Smith is the lone Knicks player to crack the guard rankings, and the front court players will be ranked throughout the rest of this week.

The sixth-ranked shooting guard in the 2012-13 season, Smith is listed behind Dwyane Wade, James Harden, Manu Ginobli, Kobe Bryant, Bradley Beal and Louis Williams, who rank first through sixth, respectively.

Tags: Bradley Beal, danny green, Dwyane Wade, j.r. smith, jamal crawford, James Harden, joe johnson, kevin martin, Klay Thompson, Knicks, Kobe Bryant, Louis Williams, Manu Ginobli, Monta Ellis, paul pierce, Sam Spiegelman
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Hoopsworld (several suggestions)

One of the more interesting prospects Boston College point guard Reggie Jackson. There was a chance he would return to the Screaming Eagles for his final season, but he's apparently received some assurance he'll be taken in the first round. New York could take him with the 17th overall selection to bolster its depth at point guard, but there might even be a lottery team willing to take a chance on Jackson before that. Like current Knicks point guard Toney Douglas, Jackson has an enormous wingspan (reportedly seven feet), which obviously is a tremendous defensive advantage in the NBA. But unlike Douglas, Jackson is a traditional point guard who quarterbacks an offense.
Tommy's Take

DraftExpress- Jimmer Fredette, PG 6'2 BYU- Tommy's Take There is simply no question that Jimmer is a pro, and will be a good one. But like most picks he has to find himself in the perfect situation in order to have immediate success. Take James Harden for example. Everyone loved him and it's taken him some time to be a major factor, like he is this playoffs. Jimmer would be very comfortable with Mike D'Antoni, but will the Knicks coach be here long term? Defense is obviously a huge question mark on a team that plenty of holes already on D although Steph Curry disagrees.

Tags: 2011 Prospects, Chris Singleton, jordan williams, kenneth faried, Klay Thompson, Malcolm Lee, Text, Toney Douglas, tyler honeycutt, Willie Reed
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