NBA Draft 2012, New York Knicks: Kostas Papanikolaou 'Wants To Play In The NBA'

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NBA Draft: The New York Knicks' Rousing History With International Picks

The Knicks' selection of Kostas Papanikolaou in Thursday's NBA Draft is the team's most recent foray into international basketball on draft night. Here's a history.

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2012 NBA Draft: New York Knicks Select Kostas Papanikolaou 48th Overall

The New York Knicks had to wait more than four hours and watch 47 players come off the board in Thursday's 2012 NBA draft before they got to make a selection. With that selection, a second-rounder that was 48th overall, the Knicks selected Kostas Papanikolaou, a forward from Olympiacos (Greece).

Papanikolaou is a 6-foot-8, 225-pound forward.

NBA.com says:

"If he wants to find a place for himself in the NBA will need to work on his outside shot (find consistency and some off dribble ability) and figure out the defensive concerns around him. Some athletic improvement is possible. With some strides and the proper development, we can see Papanikolaou in the rotation of a NBA franchise in the future."

Here is more on Papanikolaou from NBA.com:

Strengths:
- Solid athleticism with good explosiveness and quickness
- Strong leaper and a solid rebounder
- Great hustle and aggressiveness
- Lefty, can score inside and outside
- Can play both the 2 and the 3
- Works very well off the ball

Weaknesses:
- Lateral quickness needs improvement
- Needs more consistency from long range
- Hasn't shown much ability to create shot off the dribble

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Knicks 2012 NBA Draft Update: Knicks To Work Out Jordan Taylor And Others On Tuesday

With the New York Knicks owning only the 48th overall selection in the upcoming 2012 NBA Draft, pickings are slim. On Tuesday, the Knicks are scheduled to hold workouts for six players as they try to find another diamond in the rough, a la recent successful second round picks like Landry Fields and Josh Harrellson. The six players the Knicks will officially work out tomorrow are:

-Larry Anderson, G, Long Beach State
-Casper Ware, PG, Long Beach State
-Mike Glover, PF, Iona
-Drew Gordon, PF, New Mexico
-Adam Sollazzo, G, East Tennessee State
-Jordan Taylor, G, Wisconsin

Most intriguing out of the group are probably Wisconson’s Jordan Taylor and Long Beach State’s Casper Ware. Both are seniors (as are all six the Knicks will work out), and are coming off solid seasons. Ware helped Long Beach State to a 25-9 record including a 15-1 mark in the Big West. Despite being just 5-foot-10, Ware led the team with 17.4 points per game, though did need a lot of shots to do so.

Taylor is coming off a four-year career at Wisconsin playing for Bo Ryan. Ryan’s players have generally not translated well to the NBA, especially on the offensive end. Wisconsin runs a very rigid offensive system under Ryan, but all of his players are good defenders, Taylor included. He led the Badgers in scoring (14.1) and dishing (4.1 assists).

Additionally, Glover is a local kid who became a star in the Metro Atlantic Athletic conference for Tim Cluess’ Iona Gaels in 2011-12. Glover nearly averaged a 20-10 and shot 64 percent from the field, and plays well above his 6-foot-5 frame (similar to DeJuan Blair in that right). It took him a while to get eligible, as he had a failed stint at Seton Hall after being recruited by Bobby Gonzalez. He’ll be 25 by the time the NBA season kicks off.

Shumpert Hoping For January Return
Iman Shumpert spoke to the media this past weekend, noting that he’s targeting January for a full return from the torn ACl and meniscus in his left knee suffered in the Knicks’ first round loss to the Miami Heat (remember when the Knicks were in the playoffs?). The Knicks are incredibly thin at guard and need Shumpert back healthy as soon as possible. A January return seems a bit early for an injury of this magnitude, so it’s more realistic to hope the second year guard is back by March or so.

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