Remember in my last article when I said the Knicks had a chance to redeem themselves in a shallow draft by taking a guy with real upside?
Well, they didn't do that. Not even close.
The Knicks instead used the eighth overall pick on Jordan Hill, a guy who lead the Pac-10 in rebounding.
That's what the Knicks want you to hear, but too bad that's not the whole story.
They wanted Stephen Curry. They NEEDED Stephen Curry.
Although some people were clamouring for Brandon Jennings (me included), the Knicks brass wanted the "sure shot" shooting guard from Davidson. However, so did the Warriors (or Suns, according to rumors), who selected him with the seventh pick.
When the Warriors selected Curry, I thought to myself "Great! This means the Warriors are a team with just SG and SF's! Don Nelson: The Offensive Genius!"
I mean honestly, why does a team that has no point guard and no center draft a shooting guard?! WHY?!
It turns out that the Warriors are planning on dealing him to the Suns in exchange for Amare, since the Suns have decided that their time has passed.
That left the Knicks in an awkward position: They apparently didn't like what they saw in DeRozen or Jennings, so they went the usual "safe" route and took Hill. Here's my thoughts on Hill:
1). The second the dude was drafted, the Knicks fans started booing. Us Knicks fans—we're a lot of things, but we can spot talent—we know the goods, and this kid ain't the goods.
Hill also seemed upset by the boos which he received on draft night. How is he going to handle a horrible game in MSG, which is definitely going to happen?
2). All of his highlights on ESPN were against Oregon and break-away dunks. So the guy is in an awful conference and the only highlights we get from him are his break-away dunks on Arizona State? Weak sauce, my friends.
3). I'm always nervous about players drafted that attended Arizona. I don't know why, but these players always come off as soft. The only exception seems to be Gilbert Arenas. If you're going to tell me that Sean Elliot or Richard Jefferson don't/didn't play soft, just please save your arguments.
4). The guy has no upside. None. It's not even as if he's young and raw; He just has zero offensive game.
So essentially we drafted a guy that can rebound pretty well and keep his own on defense at the eight slot. Beautiful.
Thins I like about Hill:
1). He can run. He likes the up-tempo style that D'Antoni runs.
2). He has nice hair.
3). His rebounding.
Maybe I'm just the usual, overly-cautious Knicks fan—the one that pans every pick until he turns out to be the next Charles Oakley or John Starks.
This pick just stinks to me. With Brandon Jennings on the board (after Duhon's downfall the second half of the year) and David Lee a great fit with D'Antoni and nearly any other coaches system, couldn't we have just resigned Lee and drafted Jennings?
Is that too much to ask?
We have a proven commodity in Lee. He's a double-double just waiting to happen. Jennings showed improvement in his offensive game in Italy, and he fits the system PERFECTLY.
No, it couldn't have happened. Why? Because this is the Knicks. This has shown me that no matter who is in charge, the Knicks will always spend and draft...like the Knicks.
(Excuse the rant. I had to throw some feelings off my chest.)