Knicks draft recap

Posted: June 26, 2009 in Knicks

Get that shot outta here!!!!

Get that shot outta here!!!!

So, the dust has settled and I’ve had a little time to digest what the Knicks did in their draft and overall, I’m very happy with what went on.
Donnie Walsh and Mike D’Antoni have a system and a plan, something Isiah Thomas never had (he’s got to be the worst NBA executive of all time but then again, I’m biased). The Knicks really wanted a point guard, and tried to trade up to grab either Ricky Rubio or Stephen Curry but couldn’t quite get a deal done.
Curry nearly got to them at No. 8, but he was picked at No. 7 by the Golden State Warriors. After I got over the disappointment of not getting Curry, I read more and more about Jordan Hill, the guy they ended up taking with the eighth pick. There’s a lot to like here, a 6-10 power forward with a 7-1 wingspan. He averaged 18 points and 11 boards a game at Arizona last year, and he could fill the Amare Stoudemire-role in D’Antoni’s high octane offense.
The Knicks acquired the Lakers’ first-round pick (No. 29) earlier in the day for $3 million, and used it to get a shooter in Florida State’s Toney Douglas.
New York also made a trade last night, sending Quentin Richardson to Memphis for C/F Darko Milicic. Darko will always have the misfortune of being the No. 2 pick in the 2003 draft, a certain misstep by Pistons GM Joe Dumars. Milicic was picked directly after LeBron James and before Carmelo Anthony, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh. It didn’t help that his early development was stifled by Larry Brown, who never wanted Milicic to begin with, so he rotted on the bench on some great Pistons teams.
While he’ll most likely never live up to his No. 2 pick, he can do some things to help the Knicks, namely block shots. The Knicks had absolutely no shot-blocking presence last year, so the additions of Milicic and Hill will likely help in that regard.
And with news that Rubio wants no part of the Timberwolves (who picked him at No. 5 and Jonny Flynn at No. 6, both point guards), it’s been reported the Knicks are trying to swing a deal for the Spanish youngster.
If the Knicks can somehow land Rubio without having to surrender Hill, this could be a very productive draft. As it is, I’m still happy with it.

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