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Renaldo Balkman will go down as one of the worst picks for the Knicks in the past 10 years. When he was first selected, fans had a delayed response.
The reason? No one knew who he was.
After the shock quickly set in, fans were swift to respond with a smattering of boos. Critics would joke that Isiah may have meant to call Rolando Blackman—a former player and All-Star.
If only that were true.
Of course, there was the controversy surrounding Isiah Thomas's statements—I know, shocking, right?—that the Suns were prepared to draft him. The Suns front office would respond with a resounding no, claiming he wasn't even on their radar.
They weren't the only ones.
The NBA's official draft guide didn't even have him listed in the top 300 prospects—only 60 picks exist in the draft, so do the math.
Aside from being a terrible player, the Knicks—or Isiah Thomas in particular—decided to pass up on Rajon Rondo who went one pick behind Balkman. Rondo has since blossomed into one of the best point guards in the league. While Rajon was the most egregious overlook, there were several other far more talented players passed up on in order to reach for someone that would have likely gone undrafted.
"Taz" would go on to average 4.2 points per game and 3.8 rebounds per game in his two seasons with the Knicks before being traded to the Denver Nuggets.
Renaldo was asked at one point if he believed the Knicks regretted trading him. He would respond by saying, "They already do."
Bold words for a bench warmer.
Renaldo's position has devolved from "energy guy" off the bench to sideline cheerleader on the Denver Nuggets.