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Instead of: Drafting Kostas Papanikolaou out of Greece
To be frank, the Knicks' pick of Kostas Papanikolaou at the 2012 Draft was nothing short of a waste.
The draft class was a pretty deep one, and as a result, there were plenty of players left on the board who could have helped the Knicks out in the upcoming season, but instead, they went with a player who won't join the team until 2013 at the earliest.
As it turns out, Papanikolaou won't be joining the team at all, as he was used as a throw-in in the trade that brought Raymond Felton back to New York.
The trade probably would have gone through whether Papanikolaou was included or not, so the Knicks would have been better advised to draft someone who could contribute to the team right away.
Right now, the Knicks are in need of a backup power forward, and, almost ironically, Drew Gordon of New Mexico—who was still available when the Knicks picked—would be a perfect fit.
Gordon is a fantastic rebounder and a solid defender who would have brought some added youth to a Knicks' bench that features the aging Marcus Camby and Kurt Thomas behind Amar'e Stoudemire.
The Knicks will be able to get by with Camby and Thomas, but it would definitely be a nice luxury to have Gordon on the back end of the roster, too.