Jordan Hill- The 6'10ft Arizona monster that has potenial that reaches the sky. Averaging 18 points, 11 rebounds and almost two blocks a game, and Knicks fans were upset at this pick?
At first I questioned this pick as well, but I thought about and figured out the top five reasons the Knicks picked Jordan Hill.
Even though Jordan was a junior, he had shown signs of great improvement every year in college. When given an increase of minutes from 14 mins per game to 29 mins per game from his freshmen year to sophmore year he had increase his points per game (4.7 to 13.2) rebounds per game (4.1 to 7.9) and blocks(0.9 to 1.6)
Hill had blossomed in Arizona offense in his junior year, which is similar to D'Antoni's offense. Hill proved that he is a big man that can run the court constantly and is a perfect piece for a pick and roll offense. He proved this in college and he hasn't even fully blossomed yet for the NBA.
I thought at this pick, the Knicks should have picked Terrence Williams, but Hill has more potential while Williams has already blosem.
I'm not saying Williams isn't going to have a great time in New Jersey, but Hill does have more potential.
Walsh thinks of him as the next A'mare. You know, the one in Phoenix.
Jordan Hill is a brusier.
He tries to get every rebound. The Knicks only really had one consistent rebounder, David Lee ( who is a restricted free agent but I will talk about this at another point).
They did trade for the one and only Darko Milicic, looking for a big man to grab rebounds. With Hill getting rebounds, the Knicks will be able to start the fast break.
Talking about the fast break, he runs extremely well for a man his size. He was built for D'Antoni's offense, as well as David Lee was ( but Hill is even better at running the floor).
If the Knicks set up their half court offense, Hill should fourish like Lee did with the pick and roll.
His numbers will flourish and should actually do better than Lee in this offense( Hill has been playing this way the whole time while in Arizona, Lee was a small forward in Florida).
One last thing Hill gives the Knicks is a dominating force in the paint on the defenseive end. He will be the Knicks best shot blocker next year, if he is healthy.
Will Lee resign? Will he leave? I think whatever the answer is, the Knicks prepared for the worst. Hill is a more athletic Lee. He can do what Lee did and more.
Yes, Lee lead the NBA in double doubles( not Howard) but Lee was a defense liability at times, and oftened got too tired and missed plenty of open lay ups.
I am a Lee fan, but Hill posses a better role in defense, just as good rebounding, and displays nearly the same hustle and intensity.
By picking Hill, it allows the Knicks to pick up a quality player without resign Lee.
This allows the Knicks a chance to sign bid free agents not only in 2010, but this year. Which brings me to my next point.
I have two throw up in the air reasons, but this makes sense. By picking Hill, and not resigning Lee. The Knicks will have a quality big man next year ( also Al HArrington and Darko) and a ton of young players with potenial.
But not resigning Lee saves them money. The Knicks will have plenty of money by 2010 for one or two superstars( actually the Darko trade gave them around sven or eight million more that they didn't have because Darko is a free agent 2010).
By not signing Lee, this allows the Knicks to save money and still have enough for one or two quality free agent signings this year.
2009 has a lot of big names, Ben Gordon, Hedo Turkgolu, Ron Artest, Andre Miller, Allen Iverson. Theres plenty of players. And with the money they get from Marburys contract,(21 million) and the money they could save if they don't resign Lee (more if the don't resign Nate Robinson) they could sign quality players.
In my opinion, if they can, they WILL need to sign at least one of these players. I suggest Ben Gordon as a definate need.
To go with Gordon perphaps pick Miller( if they don't resign Nate) or if they have the money Ron Artest. If Artest went to New York, his jersey will be the most sold Knick jersey.
But they need free agents now in order to show the superstars of 2010 that they will have help if they come.
2009 free agents will persuade 2010 free agents on deciding where they will go.
Another throw up, but in seriousness this is a legit reason. He has a great smile for the camera. Hasn't gotten into any trouble and many people haven't seen him play.
The Knicks are hoping that when their fans see him play that he will become a household name, of coarse if he succedes.
You can see the Knicks giving out dreadlocks Wigs to fans during games to wear, like with Anderson Varejo Afro Wigs in Cleveland. He is a great young kid, and in a recession a chance for more money is allows wanted.