New York Knicks 10 Worst Transactions of the Last 10 Years
The Knicks' last decade is one of the worst for any team in the history of sports.
The reason? (Hint: Look to the left)
The Isiah Thomas era will not be soon be forgotten.
Now, someone has to perform the daunting task of breaking down the misery that is the New York Knicks.
This list represents the 10 worst moments out of all of Thomas' terrible player personnel decisions.
For all Knicks fans who loathe their days of losing and embarrassment, this list is certainly for you.
10. Trading Nene Hilario, Marcus Camby, and Mark Jackson to the Denver Nuggets
Not only was this one of the worst trades in Knicks history—it was one of the worst trades in NBA history.
Nene Hilario, Marcus Camby, and Mark Jackson were traded to the Denver Nuggets for Antonio McDyess, Frank Williams, and a second-round pick.
That pick turned out to be Maciej Lampe, the 14-time All-Star and winner of five MVP awards.
No, not really...he's now out of the NBA.
I don't even need to explain the trade in detail.
Williams and McDyess both lasted less than two years with the Knicks.
Camby and Nene became the front court that would make the Nuggets a consistent playoff contender in the West.
9. Drafting Michael Sweetney. Who?
The fact that I can't find a picture for Sweetney says a lot.
On top of that, he was drop dead horrible and taken ahead of David West, Travis Outlaw, and Josh Howard.
This makes the Knicks look particularly bad right here.
8. Drafting Channing Frye and Trading Him Too Soon
Frye is showing he is a very talented player.
Just...not with the Knicks.
Frye wasn't terrible with the Knicks, but they put too much emphasis on making him into a traditional under-the-basket center.
They didn't let him do what he is good at—three-pointers.
Phoenix figured that out this season, and he is now among the league leaders in three-point shooting percentage.
Also, the fact that Andrew Bynum was drafted two picks later certainly doesn't help.
7. Jordan Hill: Bust
The name says it all.
Hill only lasted half of his rookie season with the Knicks.
Then, he was traded to the Houston Rockets as part of the Tracy McGrady deal.
What we learned from drafting him is if Knicks fans don't like a player from the moment they draft him—he's probably not going to last long.
Note to Donnie Walsh, you probably should have drafted Brandon Jennings.
6. Steve Francis: Another Poor Decision
The player that single-handedly ruined the Knicks.
Actually, single-handedly isn't completely true because Stephon Marbury and Isiah Thomas helped a lot.
Throw in James Dolan as well.
Still, hearing the name Steve Francis at a Knicks game is like hearing Milton Bradley at Wrigley Field.
The Steve Francis era was the low point of Thomas' life.
This could have contributed to his decision making, because I don't think there's a rational reason to give up any up-and-coming power forwards in the league for Francis.
5. Zach Randolph: Too Much Trouble
Randolph ranks right up there with Francis in getting the most boos from Knicks fans.
Randolph is incredibly talented and a dominant scorer and rebounder, but his off-the-court issues and interesting personality kept him from reaching superstardom, especially with the Knicks.
The only positive in acquiring Randolph was that the Knicks were able to get rid of Steve Francis in that trade. Although it was also the deal that sent Channing Frye to Portland.
Randolph just never mixed well in New York, and lasted just a year and a half.
4. Anything Having To Do with Stephon Marbury
At least he was good at selling shoes...
3. Donnell Harvey over DeShawn Stevenson with 22nd pick in 2000
This wasn't truly awful, but then again, Harvey didn't do much of anything for the Knicks.
Stevenson would have done a lot more, and getting taken one pick after Harvey doesn't help the Knicks' cause.
2. The 2006 Draft
Renaldo Balkman was booed the second David Stern announced his name. And he was booed until the Knicks traded him to the Nuggets.
The move is still being booed amongst Knicks fans.
Balkman was taken one spot ahead of Rajon Rondo, who would have been a nice upgrade at point guard over "he who shall not be named."
Mardy Collins also wasn't very productive, and he was taken 13 spots over Daniel Gibson.
Imagine if the Knicks had taken Rondo and Gibson.
Oh wait, Isiah Thomas making a sensible move?
Sorry I even mentioned it...
1. The Eddy Curry Saga
Eddy Curry can do no good.
His statistics, much like his stomach, are bloated.
If you try to convince any Knicks fan Eddy Curry was good because he averaged 19.5 ppg in 2006-07, they'll say, "Look at his rebounds."
When you're 6'11'', and you're a starting center in the NBA—your career high for rebounds per game should not be seven.
Forget the fact that he was unproductive and frequently had weight problems.
To get him, the Knicks gave up Tim Thomas and two first-round picks in 2006 and 2007.
The picks became the second-and ninth-overall picks, respectively.
Basically, the Knicks could have had LaMarcus Aldridge and Joakim Noah, rather than Renaldo Balkman and Wilson Chandler, though Chandler is very good.
To top it all off, the Knicks have paid him about $35 million in total.
And somehow, he's still on the team.
That was Painful
These are just a few of the terrible moves made by the Knicks in the last decade.
There are probably many others.
Feel free to comment with your worst Knicks move.