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2011 NBA Mock Draft, Knicks: Charles Jenkins, PG/SG, Hofstra

In what would certainly be a feel good story for the New York Knicks, Tom Ziller in his latest SB Nation NBA Mock Draft has the 'Bockers taking Hofstra guard Charles Jenkins at No. 17. And while it would be nice to see the Knicks add a local kid to their roster, Jenkins is not a player the Knicks need, and quite frankly, he'd be a bigtime reach at 17, where there will likely be a bevy of more realistic players for the Knicks to take.

Firstly, looking at Jenkins, the Knicks already have Chauncey Billups and Toney Douglas at the point guard position. Like Douglas, Jenkins is undersized as a shooting guard and isn't noted as a pure point guard. Jenkins led Hofstra with over 22 points-per-game, but clearly had to be ball-dominant at Hofstra and averaged under five assist per contest. With the Knicks, Jenkins would have to be more of a point guard in order to really make an impact; the Knicks already have Douglas, who provides energy and offense off the bench. The Knicks could use a backup point guard to spell Chauncey Billups, but could Jenkins be that guy? We saw in the playoffs that Douglas wasn't.

Based on Ziller's mock, players the Knicks would be passing up that would make a lot of sense are power forward Kenneth Faried (who we earlier said would be a great choice for the Knicks if available), Texas swingman Jordan Hamilton, or even Georgia Tech point guard Iman Shumpert, if the Knicks want to add a backup true point guard.

I will still hold in my belief that the best player for the Knicks at No. 17, if available is Florida State's Chris Singleton. Ziller has him going earlier, but other mocks have him very much in the Knicks' range.