New York did not have much of a chance to wow its fans heading into draft night. As a result of the three-team trade that brought Tracy McGrady to the Knicks in 2010, New York’s first-round pick in the 2012 draft belonged to the Houston Rockets.
Armed with the 48th overall pick and no trade bait, the Knicks settled on little-known European talent Kostas Papanikolaou midway through the second round. Papanikolaou last played for Olympiakos in addition to the Greek National team.
It’s safe to say that many Knicks fans were not expecting NBA deputy commissioner Adam Silver to announce Papanikolaou’s name with the 48th selection. After four hours of patient waiting, the Knicks’ decision was met with the exasperated cries and gestures of dumbfounded New York fans.
While Papanikolaou is not a terrible selection for the Knicks, he is not an immediate solution to any of the team’s pressing needs. That is why the New York deserves a low grade for their efforts in the 2012 NBA draft.