Knicks add 3 forwards via NBA draft, including Bronx native Early

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GREENBURGH, N.Y. (PIX11/AP) — The New York Knicks added three forwards to the team including Cleanthony Early of the Bronx during the NBA draft Wednesday night.

Wichita State forward and Middletown native Cleanthony Early was selected by the Knickerbockers with the 34th pick.

A 6-foot-7 Early averaged 16.4 points and 5.9 rebounds last season as senior, both team highs.

Many consider Early’s selection the steal of the draft because of his success during the NCAA Tournament earlier this March.

The New York Knicks also selected 6-foot-5 small forward Thenasis Antetokounmpo of Greece with the 51st pick in the NBA draft Wednesday night.

Antetokounmpo, the older brother of Milwaukee’s Giannis Antetokounmpo, comes to the Knicks from the D-League’s Delaware Sevens. The 21-year-old averaged 12.0 points and 4.3 rebounds with the Sevens last season.

The two draft choices were acquired as part of a trade Wednesday with the Dallas Mavericks.

Additionally, the Indiana Pacers selected Louis Labeyrie in the second round with the 57th overall pick of the NBA draft Thursday night — and then turned around and sent the 6-foot-10 forward to the New York Knicks for cash.

Labeyrie last played for Paris-Levallois in the French ProA league and averaged 6.1 points and 3.7 rebounds in 24 games.