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SI’s Chris Mannix takes look at NBA Draft’s most undervalued

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Some interesting thoughts here from Chris Mannix of Sports Illustrated and the NBC Sports Network, talking about the guys he thinks are most undervalued in this draft.

I can see Bucknell’s Mike Muscala, who might be more of a stretch four in the NBA but has skills and polish. He likes Ricky Ledo and so do a lot of scouts, to me his is a Lance Stephenson type — could be great or could just bust.

We will agree to disagree about Shabazz Muhammad. The guy certainly can score but I have questions about the diversity of his game and there are questions about his attitude. We shall see.

PBT Extra bold prediction previews: Knicks will be better. Slightly.

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I like the Knicks’ offseason moves. Well, not blowing the meeting with LaMarcus Aldridge before it ever started — you say the right things and take him to a nice dinner because that is the kind of elite player you need to try to land. Take the meeting.

However, bringing in Robin Lopez and Arron Afflalo were smart pickups, and I like the Kristaps Porzingis draft pick more than many (although we need a couple of years to see how good he will really be). Combine that with a healthy Carmelo Anthony and…

The Knicks suck less. They aren’t good, but they aren’t embarrassing. And that is step one, as I discuss with Jenna Corrado in this latest PBT Extra.

Matt Barnes says he went to house because his son looked distressed

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So far, the only substantive accounts of the Matt Barnes-Derek Fisher altercation have come from anonymous sources.

The Knicks coach has deflected questions.

But Barnes is giving his account, at least of the lead-up.

Ramona Shelburne of ESPN:

It’s completely understandable that Barnes would act to ensure his children’s welfare.

And let’s say everything he said is true. It still leaves important questions unanswered.

Did Barnes – as he reportedly texted a friend he did – beat up Fisher and spit on his estranged wife, Gloria Govan? If so, why did Barnes deem that necessary to protect kids?