New York Knicks select Channing Frye eighth overall
Indiana Pacers select Danny Granger at 17th overal
The New York Knicks had three first round picks in the 2005 NBA Draft. But their first round pick, Channing Frye, turned out to be the worst one.
He did enjoy a productive rookie season averaging 12.3 points and 5.8 in rebounds in 24.2 minutes per game. However, the next season his points, rebounds, blocks and FG% per game all decreased.
The main reason for the sophomore slump was the career season from C Eddy Curry who averaged 19.5 points and seven rebounds a game.
Frye’s tenure lasted just two seasons with the Knicks as he was traded to the Portland Trailblazers for PF Zach Randolph.
On the other hand, Danny Granger was one of the best picks in the 2005 NBA Draft.
The 6′9″ wing player has shown his versatility with the ability to defend, pass and shoot. He has evolved into one of the top offensive threats in the game. The 08-09 Most Improved Player averaged 25.8 points per game, which was good for fifth in the NBA.
Granger made 182 three-point shots which was fourth in the league. He became the first player in league history to increase his scoring average by at least five points in three consecutive seasons. The New Orleans native also averaged five rebounds, one and a half blocks, and one steal per game. His wingspan and leaping ability has made him one of the best shot blockers at his position.
Granger was also named to his first All-Star team this season and will be participating in Team USA summer camp.