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New York Knicks and Josh Selby Perfect Free Agent Match

May 30th, 2013 at 8:00 AM
By Matt Agne

Coming out of Kansas, Josh Selby was a hot prospect for Knicks fans everywhere. The 6'3", 195 pound combo guard was full of intrigue as he became a full time point guard. Going into the 2011 NBA Draft the New York Knicks were seriously considering selecting Selby and were forced to decide whether to use the 17th pick, trade for a late first-round pick or a second-rounder with the hope that Selby would still be available. Now the Knicks have another chance to get Selby, this time as a free agent. is he the perfect combination of skill, need and cost for the Knicks?

'Elite 24 training / Josh Selby' photo (c) 2009, Kevin Couliau - license: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/

Josh Selby was selected 49th overall in the second round of the 2011 NBA Draft by the Memphis Grizzlies. He played for the Grizzlies from 2011-13. However, in 2012 the Grizzlies assigned Selby to the Reno Bighorns. Selby earned co-MVP honors with Damian Lillard in the 2012 NBA Summer League.

In 2013, Selby was traded in a package with Marreese Speights, Wayne Ellington and a future first-round draft pick to the Cleveland Cavaliers in exchange for Jon Leuer. However, he never played for the Cavaliers and was instead assigned to the Canton Charge of the Development League. On March 3, Selby was waived by the Cavaliers. On March 7, he was acquired by the Maine Red Claws.

The Knicks were so intrigued by Selby they had him in for two pre-draft tryouts. However, they weren't only under pressure by fans to draft Selby. Their superstar forward from Baltimore was also hoping Selby would end up in New York.

Back then, Frank Isola of the New York Daily News reported Carmelo Anthony wanted the Knicks to select Selby 17th overall.

Anthony has made it clear to the Knicks that he'd love for the club to draft one of his Baltimore pals, Josh Selby, a 6-3 combo guard out of Kansas.

Selby played just one season for the Jayhawks. Coming out of high school, he was rated by some scouting services as the second-best player behind Duke's Kyrie Irving, who is expected to be the top pick Thursday.

As it turned out, the Knicks wisely selected Iman Shumpert out of Georgia Tech and fans complained knowing Selby, Chris Singleton, Nolan Smith and Kenneth Faried were still available. Fans were even more shocked as Selby went undrafted in the first round.

New York would surely make a trade and snag Selby at the top of the second round right? Not exactly. Actually the Knicks did purchase the 45th pick from the New Orleans Hornets for cash considerations reportedly between $700,000 and $750,000. However, that selection was center Josh Harrellson out of Kentucky. Selby fell to the 49th pick and started his career in Memphis.

'Selby' photo (c) 2009, Tim Green - license: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/

Now it seems the Knicks have a second chance to bring Selby to New York. They are in the market for a young, athletic backup point guard who will play for the minimum. Selby fits the bill.

Not only would he be a cheap signing but he's already friends with Anthony and has improved since entering the NBA. Selby has developed as a point guard and has become a good passer. He is skilled at penetrating the paint and has good court vision and ability to find his teammates.

Selby's a fairly solid defender and he can finish at the rim. He can run a half-court system but thrives in the fast break. He's basically a poor man's Jerryd Bayless. Bayless made $3,000,000 this season for the Memphis Grizzlies and has a player option for $3,135,000 for next season. The Knicks could certainly do worse than picking up a young player of Bayless' skill set who is already friends with the teams superstar.

For the money Selby would command, the skills he possesses and the need the Knicks have they appear to be a perfect match. It will be interesting to see if Glen Grunwald tries to bring Selby in. He'd certainly be worth a camp invite. Selby is easily more skilled than Chris Smith. Selby could both give the Knicks a reason to drop Smith and give them a young point guard to backup a veteran crew.

Tags: Basketball, Carmelo Anthony, Chris Smith, Georgia Tech, Glen Grunwald, Iman Shumpert, Jerryd Bayless, Josh Harrellson, Josh Selby, Kansas, Kentucky, Memphis Grizzlies, NBA, New York, New York Knicks

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