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Iman Shumpert was a pleasant surprise for the Knicks this past season.
What the Knicks have done with their draft picks once they've arrived in the league can be legitimately questioned. The team's selections in the last five NBA drafts have been impressive.
Consider this list of picks:
2007 draft, first round, 23rd selection: Wilson Chandler
2008 draft, first round, sixth selection: Danilo Gallinari
2009 draft, first round, eighth selection: Jordan Hill
2010 draft, second round, 38th selection: Andy Rautins
2010 draft, second round, 39th selection: Landry Fields
2011 draft, first round, 17th selecion: Iman Shumpert.
There are two skilled NBA starters on that list in Chandler and Gallinari. Shumpert seems likely to start if he recovers from his knee injury. Jordan Hill took some time, but he's playing quite well off the bench in Los Angeles, and Landry Fields hasn't been great, but he was also a mid-second-round pick. Expectations should never have been too high in the first place.
Only Andy Rautins, another second-round pick, has been a real disappointment. That type of track record and a deep pool of talent would seem logical to suggest that if the Knicks can get a first-round pick they'll get a decent player out of it.