New Knicks: Step In The Right Direction

Vinny YeagerCorrespondent IJune 26, 2009

NEW YORK - JUNE 25:  NBA Commissioner David Stern poses for a photograph with the eighth overall draft pick by the New York Knicks,  Jordan Hill during the 2009 NBA Draft at the Wamu Theatre at Madison Square Garden June 25, 2009 in New York City. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)

Even on the night of the draft, there were still plenty of questions swirling around about who the New York Knicks were going to select.

After Ricky Rubio and Stephen Curry, the two main targets the Knicks were looking at, fell off the board, New York took the best player available, Arizona power forward, Jordan Hill.

Although there was a mixed reaction from the Knick faithful at the draft, the choice to pick Hill is a solid one. He is a very athletic big man, who can run up and down the court. With that being said, Mike D'Antoni's system seems perfect for Hill to play and succeed in.

Hill has reminded some people in the NBA of Amare Stoudemire, who was outstanding when D'Antoni was the coach of the Phoenix Suns.

Yet, the best part of the Knick's drafting Hill is that he plays some of his best basketball on the defensive end of the court. New York desperately needs help in the interior, and Hill's presence will make the Knicks a better team defensively.

The drafting of Hill may cause concern for current Knick, David Lee, who may be on his way out the door. Although it seems that Hill would be a perfect compliment to Lee, having both on the team might not work.

Lee may also be on his way out because the Knicks traded away veteran Quentin Richardson to Memphis for big man, Darko Milicic.

This trade may seem bitter sweet for the Knicks because Richardson was the vocal leader for the Knicks on the court, and also in the locker room. Yet, it seemed like after the Knicks acquired Al Harrington last season, his playing time went down and he just wasn't a good fit on the team.

The arrival of Milicic may solve the Knicks' problems for having a true center on the team.

Although Milicic can go down as the one of the biggest busts in NBA draft history, he is still 7'0" and that is exactly what the Knicks need. The combination of Milicic and Hill can be very productive in the low post on the offensive end, as well as on the defensive side.

The Knicks also acquired the 29th pick in the first round from the Los Angeles Lakers. With this pick, New York got Florida State guard Toney Douglas. Although he was drafted by the Lakers, his rights were traded away and he is now a member of the Knicks.

Douglas, who always seemed over shadowed in the ACC by North Carolina point guard Ty Lawson, can score in many different ways and can work well in the Knicks' system. He may be the perfect back up for current Knick point guard, Chris Duhon, who is always looking to pass first, while Douglas changes that up and is a big time scoring threat.

Draft night for the New York Knicks went very well and Donnie Walsh, team president of the Knicks, is heading his team in the right direction.


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