With Patrick Ewing, Jr. the Legacy Continues

Rodge CorreaSenior Analyst IAugust 29, 2008

In a surprising turn of events the New York Knicks landed Patrick Ewing, Jr. in exchange for the draft rights of Frederic Weis. The French center is currently playing for a Spanish club but is more known for being posterized by Vince Carter in arguably the best dunk ever.

Ewing Jr. was selected by the Sacramento Kings in the second round of the 2008 NBA draft at the 43rd pick. He obviously isn't expected to have the same impact as his famous father, however his athleticism and explosive defense may be something the Knicks need coming off the bench.

"Coming to the Knicks, and hopefully being able to contribute, means a lot to me," Ewing Jr. said in a statement. "It has always been my dream to play for this team. My goal is to show the coaches that I can play and do all that I can to help the team win some games."

The younger Ewing, just like his father, played in Georgetown. There he averaged 6.1 points and 4.2 rebounds in his final year, winning the Big East Sixth Man of the Year award. He is now 24 years old.

Ewing Sr. led the Hoyas to three final fours and one national championship in 1984. He currently leads the Knicks in almost every single category, including steals.

Here's what Ewing, an assistant coach with the Orlando Magic, had to say about his son being traded to the Knicks:

"I am very happy my son will follow in my footsteps. Hopefully he will have a long and productive career in New York. I am proud of him and wish him nothing but success."