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25. New York Knicks - Ryan Dunn, Virginia

Now Ryan Dunn is a Thibodeau pick. The 6-foot-8 forward by way of Virginia is an absolute menace on the defensive end. When looking up a Dunn scouting report, it typically begins with his defense. As a sophomore, the athletic forward averaged 6.9 rebounds, 1.3 steals, and 2.3 blocks per contest.

The Cavaliers' ball-hawking ability will immediately translate from the collegiate landscape to the NBA a la Matisse Thybulle. Dunn's feet seem to always be moving and he possesses an otherworldly ability to anticipate passing lanes and shot attempts.

Although he stands at just 6-foot-8, Dunn is a lethal help defender. He's a deterrent on the interior, constantly blocking shots and forcing erratic looks. Like a star linebacker, Dunn is terrific from sideline to sideline. There were many times when Dunn wasn't the nearest help defender but he positioned himself to make the play or cut off a driving line.

The key to unlocking Dunn is his 3-point shooting. Through two seasons at Virginia, the 21-year-old forward only knocked down 12 of 51 attempts from deep. Dunn's shot doesn't necessarily look clunky, but there is wasted movement in his motion. He starts with a wide base before narrowing his feet upon release. And, his release is long, he tends to bring the ball down to his waist as soon as he catches.

Dunn is well aware of his offensive limitations. Upon the catch, he looks to do two things: pass, or not so often, shoot. His best offensive skill is his off-ball movement. Like on defense, the sophomore forward always seems to be moving and finding space. A great athlete who stands 6-foot-8, Dunn is an extremely good and powerful finisher.