Darius Johnson-Odom is a 6’ 2” sharp shooting, lefty guard out of Marquette University. Johnson-Odom is built well, weighing in at 212 pounds, and possessing a sizeable 6’ 6” wingspan. Despite the lefty’s underwhelming stature, he impressed at the NBA draft combine, recording a max vertical of 41.5” (the highest noted at the event). Darius also showed off his imposing strength benching 185 lbs 17 times, a very impressive feat, especially considering his size.
William Buford spent four years at Ohio State. He played an intrinsic role in Ohio State’s success and looks to continue finding success – this time, at the NBA level. Buford’s game revolves around hitting shots, as he doesn’t possess the physical tools or athletic ability to create his own shot, which severely limit his ceiling. Kevin Pelton ran a fantastic study, which assigned Burford to be the most similar to a collegiate, Jason Kapono. Buford needs to get his shot back on track, but he has the mechanics for it to succeed. With a silky jumper, Buford will be a succesfful NBA player.
The Knicks, sitting at pick 48th in the draft, have plenty more lucrative options than the 48th pick would garner in most years.
There are plenty of directions they could go with this pick; they could stash away a foreigner (Tomas Satoransky); use it to trade up; or, the more likely, use it to get immediate help.