Mindaugas Kuzminskas

The first asset on the list has used his short time in New York to become a fan favorite. Mindaugas Kuzminskas is a 27-year-old rookie out of Lithuania. Every time that Kuzminskas brings his boyish young looks and sweet shooting stroke on to the court, the Garden faithful fill the arena with chants of “Kooz.”

 

In 33 games this season, Kuzminskas is shooting 45 percent from the floor. He is also knocking down 38.7 percent from behind the three-point arch. He is averaging 5.5 points, 1.5 rebounds, and 0.8 assists in only 12.0 minutes per game. His per 36 minutes stats are even more impressive. With more playing time, he would be averaging 16.5 points, 4.5 rebounds, 2.6 assists and 1.5 steals per game.

The one downfall is Kuzminskas’ age. Being a 27-year-old rookie provides a lower ceiling then another rookie may have. This is one reason that New York may not receive as high of a return as they may want.

Best Case: 1st round draft pick

Worst Case: Tony Allen

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