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Knicks Made Mistake Picking Hill

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)
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Sam Raphael ChadwickContributor IMarch 8, 2010

In Junes 2009 NBA draft the New York Knicks picked up Jordan Hill, a 6ft 10" Power Forward from the University of Arizona. What they really neaded thought was an actual Point Guard who could run the team better then Chris Duhon and one that might help convince Lebron James to go to New York in the summer.

The 2009 Draft was guard heavy, and the Knicks had the 8th pick to pick one up, Brandon Jenning was still availible, Ty Lawson, Jrue Holiday, Darren Collison and Eric Maynor are just some of those that were also on the board when New York picked but still they decided to pick a PF.

Then after playing for New York for 24 games Jordan Hill was traded to Houston, Arizona, in part of the Tracy McGrady trade, luckily for him he now gets to play alongside ex-college team mate Chase Buddinger, a rookie who has been playing well for the Rockets all season, and along side guys who like him love to hustle and go after every rebound, guys like Luis Scola and Chuck Hayes.

Playing with New York, Jordan received very few minutes, I posted a complain to the Knicks a few months ago on www.behindtheback.webeden.co.uk saying that this kid had potential and should play more than about 10 minutes per game, he continued to play along those lines for all 24 games averaging 10.5 minutes.

Last night however in a 107 - 110 overtime loss to the Detroit Pistons Jordon played a career high 23 minutes (the majority of which being in the overtime period), he also scored a career high 12 points on 5 of 9 shooting and grabbed 8 total rebounds (another career high).

What I am saying furthers my point that was made in my compaint to the Knicks months ago, Jordan Hill deserved to be played, he deserves more minutes that the Knicks were giving him and hopefully being back in Arizona will give him the spark that he needs to prove that he was not a waste of a draft pick and hopefully suprise a few people.

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