Danilo was not the fan favorite from the start. As usual, when David Stern stepped to the podium to announce the Knicks pick, the fans in Madison Square Garden were going crazy. And, as usual, when Stern announced the pick, the fans booed.
The Knicks, with new head coach Mike D’Antoni, were trying to build a running team like the Suns and thus, D’Antoni needed a big man that could run and shoot from deep.
Danilo didn’t do much his rookie season due to injury and he only managed to play in 28 games, averaging a measly six points. It is therefore understandable that such high expectations were placed on him during the 2009-2010 season.
Danilo has impressed many in his sophomore season. He has increased his scoring output to around 15 points per game and more than doubled his minutes played nightly.
We know the Knicks are a bad team, but with 2010 free agency looming around the corner, at least the Knicks now have a formidable threat to accompany any big name free agent they sign.