Last week, the New York Knicks signed Andy Rautins, officially putting him on the roster for his rookie year. Meanwhile, the two other rookies the Knicks picked up through the draft remained unsigned. Those two rookies are Landry Fields, the forward out of Stanford, and Jerome Jordan, the center out of Tulsa.
These three were all taken in the second round of the 2010 NBA Draft. Picks that late are always hit or miss; most fade into obscurity, others become solid roll players, and very few become the go-to guys on their teams (think Michael Redd and Gilbert Arenas).
When it comes down to it, you just don't know what you're getting with a second round pick until the season is underway (sometimes it takes a few years for the pick to either pay off or bite you in the ass).
There is not much the basketball watching world knows about these three, so it seems that perhaps a closer look is needed to get know these players.
Rautins is a professional, and not just because he signed a contract. While Wesley Johnson may have been the star at Syracuse last year, Andy was the team leader. He averaged about 12 points and 5 assists per game on 44 percent shooting from the field.
Rautins had a less than impressive summer league run, shooting only about 27 percent from beyond three-point land and averaging 5.8 points per game. Things have gotten better since then though. Andy plays for the Canadian national team under coach, and father, Leo Rautins. He has been tearing up in international scrimmages against China and France, while the team prepares for the FIBA World Championships in Turkey.
Rautins is a capable ball handler and passer, but his most dangerous weapon is his ability to shoot the long ball with deadly accuracy. In his final year as an Orangeman, he shot just over 40 percent from the deep. Shooters is what D'Antoni needs. Rautins will make teams pay if they give him open looks (although shooting under pressure is not a problem either).
Note: hopefully Rautins looses the faux-hawk, he looks like a complete Devendorf (funny name; sounds like it could be an insult. no offense to either of those two goofy looking people, I am sure they are wonderful and well mannered human beings).
Fields was not expected to be taken in the draft, but the Knicks snatched him up with the 39th overall pick. It came as a huge surprise that the Knicks would take him, especially with the hometown phenomenon, Lance Stevenson, still available (looks like the the Knicks made the right choice).
Landry was one of the top players at the 2010 Las Vegas Summer League, posting an impressive 15.6 points per game and 4.8 assists per game (earning him the seventh spot on the NBA's Rookie Ladder).
Fields is a natural scorer. In his senior year at Stanford, he lead the Pac-10 in scoring with 22 points per game. He also has good instincts when it comes to finding the ball. He takes smart shots, which is a nice change from the the Knicks of yesteryear. The Knicks would be wise to sign this man, soon.
Posting and Toasting are reporting that, according to www.novosti.rs (which I gather is a Serbian news site), Jerome Jordan is to sign with the Serbian team KK Hemofarm. With the departure of Jerome Jordan, that leave 14 players who will be suiting up in blue and orange this coming season (Although Landry Fields is still yet to be signed).
Thoughts on who could be filling the roll?
Also, While Mozgov will technically be a rookie, I chose not to write a section for him. Partly because he played professionally in Russian, but mostly because I know nothing about him.