With The 24th Pick, The Knicks Select...

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SI.com -- Rudy Gobert, PF/C, France


SI.com picks...Rudy Gobert (7'2", 238 lbs, 20 years old). Power Forward/Center, Cholet (France).

KnicksNow: Gobert is a polarizing prospect. Some see that he set Chicago pre-draft combine records for both standing reach (9-7) and wingspan (7-8½ ) and envision a rim protector capable of anchoring an NBA defense down the road. DraftExpress, for instance, has him going 10th overall to Portland.

Others worry about his athleticism and how his body will translate to the NBA. Gobert's task will be convincing teams that he's a better big man prospect than guys like Dieng, Kelly Olynyk (Gonzaga), Jeff Withey (Kansas), Lucas Nogueira (Brazil) and others that seem to be clumped together in the late first round. 

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