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Why the New York Knicks should draft UNC’s Cole Anthony

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Finn Menz new author
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17th November, 2019
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Cole Anthony, son of former New York Knick Greg Anthony, shows all the signs that he is destined to be a star in the NBA.

Anthony had arguably the most impressive debut for a freshman in the history of the ACC, breaking records for the ACC and North Carolina University, when he put up impressive numbers of 34 points, 11 rebounds and five assists against Notre Dame, being the first player to put up a 30, 10 and 5 stat line in the last twenty seasons.

Cole also set a record for the most points ever in a UNC debut, surpassing superstars such as Michael Jordan, James Worthy and Vince Carter, and he’s only 18 years old.

Anthony’s skills suggest that he is destined to become a star in the league, and will no doubt be a top pick in the upcoming 2020 NBA Draft.

Cole Anthony has so far proven to thrive in a great basketball program, as he has helped the Tar Heels to a 3-0 start to their season.

So what NBA team could use a talent like Cole Anthony? The New York Knicks.

The Knicks have built a reputation for being a poorly run franchise and the “laughing stock” of the NBA for quite some time now.

New York have been hungry for playoff games at the world famous Madison Square Garden, which has been absent from playoff action since the 2012-13 season, when the Knicks were lead by Carmelo Anthony to a 54-28 record and the number two seed in the Eastern Conference, before being eliminated by the Indiana Pacers in the second round in six games.

Since then, the Knicks have had five coaches in six seasons, and have rumoured to have been “laying the groundwork for the firing of head coach David Fizdale”, and have had a dismal record of 163-329 up until the beginning of the 2019-20 season, where they have started a poor 3-10, sitting rock bottom in the Eastern Conference.

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Anthony has the ceiling of being a star in the NBA, has shown talent against college competition and would fulfil a much-needed upgrade at the point-guard position.

Dennis Smith Jr has had a poor start to the Knicks’ campaign, and may end up being a G-League candidate. Elfrid Payton is only contracted for this season, and could be used as a trade chip after December 15 to the trade deadline, where he may be flipped to a contending team.

This would leave the Knicks with Frank Ntilikina, a great defensive guard who still seems to not have the complete confidence from the Knicks coaching staff, but certainly from Knicks fans, as chants of “We want Frank” can be heard around The Garden this season.

LaMelo Ball of the Illawara Hawks is also a fantastic player and top prospect who has recently shot-up in draft boards, but there are still questions about his shooting, and the potential distractions that scouts have discussed around that come along with Ball, his father LaVar, a man who is well known for speaking his mind.

The Knicks may be concerned about this, and the fact that the scouts are learning the skill level of the NBL, which is why Cole may be the option for the Knicks as he has proven so far to be a talented player among his college competitors.

Cole Anthony would have to be selected with New York’s top draft selection in order for him to become a Knick, who is currently being projected as the number one point-guard in the 2020 draft class.

New York would be filling the need for a franchise star, while getting a player who is lightning quick with a high basketball IQ and great handles, this would no doubt be a great pick for the Knicks.