Goat of the Week: The New York Knickerbockers
Another year, another draft, another mistake.
In one of the worst draft classes in recent memory, the Knicks dropped yet another goose egg.
Jordan Hill is a nice complimentary player. He was projected to go higher than he did. But he is too skinny and not a dominant defensive presence. The Knicks already have David Lee, who is and will be a better player in every aspect of his game. This pick leaves the door open for Lee to bolt. Without picking a point guard, the Knicks will need to retain Nate Robinson who did not fit in their plans for their future at his projected price.
The Knicks needed a pick that would not take years to blossom but a pick who would help the team now. A pick that would fix an obvious flaw in the Knicks like defense or provide dynamic guard play or a competent POINT GUARD who is the key to the head coach's system.
The Knicks could have traded up for a guy like Hasheem Thabeet giving the team instant shot blocking. They could have traded for the No. 5 pick with Washington who were dying to trade that pick. Through that pick they would've gotten their man Stephen Curry and their point guard.
They also could have kept their pick and taken Brandon Jennings who has a great upside as a point guard or Gerald Henderson who projects great for the pro game.
Donnie Walsh needs to be serious about trying to trade for Ricky Rubio because Jordan Hill will not help this team make the playoffs.
This team needs to do something to lure LeBron, Dwyane or Bosh to MSG come July 2010.
They didn't do anything Thursday during the draft to entice those guys.
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