Since the New York Knicks’ selection of Patrick Ewing in 1985–an opportunity revealed to the world by one swift rip of a standard business envelope–the NBA Draft for New York has been a shoulder shrug at best (Hubert Davis) and a nightmare at worst (Michael Sweetney!).
Over the past 30 years, New York has net nothing but scallywags, journeymen, castoffs, David Lee, and your friendly neighborhood role players. These last five years haven’t been much better, although hope springs eternal–pending the reconstructed knee joints of one Iman Shumpert.
In a reflective exercise, let’s turn the clock back to the year 2008 and examine the year-by-year selections made by a once ballyhooed front office.
Our story picks up from here: Donnie Walsh had just assumed power, Mike D’Antoni was still heralded as an offensive savant and the Knicks were looking with glee at the free agent class of 2010.