Lavor Postell vs. Michael Redd? New York Knicks Draft History

Hot Stove New YorkSenior Writer IMay 28, 2009

24 Jan 1999:  Lavor Postell # 25 of the St John''s Red Storm in action during the game against the Duke Blue Devils at the Madison Square Garden in New York, New York. The Blue Devils defeated the Red Storm 92-88. Mandatory Credit: David Leeds  /Allsport

2000 NBA Draft:

Knicks select Lavor Postell at at 39

Milwaukee Bucs select Michael Redd at 43

It is hard to blame the Knicks for not selecting Redd, because so many other teams passed him up. He turned out to be one of the best second-round picks this decade.

The Knicks chose Donnell Harvey in the first round who was traded with John Wallace to the Dallas Mavericks for Erick Strickland and Pete Mickael. Yet another tade that did not work out for GM Scott Layden.

Lavor Postell played four seasons at St. Johns averaging a career-high 14.3 points in his senior season. He also led the team in rebounding (6.9) and performed well at the Chiacgo predraft campm which caused his draft stock to rise. He was named All-Big East second team and finished 15th all-time in school history in points scored.

Postell played three seasons for the Knicks, and appeared in just 61 games. He averaged 3.2 points in 7.3 minutes per game in his career. The 6′6″ Georgia native was buried on the bench backing up Allan Houston and Latrell Sprewell. He also suffered a knee injury which required arthroscopic surgery.

As a freshman, Redd led the Big Ten in scoring with 21.9 points per game. His 658 points set an Ohio State and Big Ten freshman record. A season later, he helped lead the Buckeyes reach the the Final Four.  As a junior he was voted the Big Ten player of the year.

While he possessed traits of a prolific scorer, scouts were scared off by his questionable athleticism, defensive skills and lack of quickness. However, his catch and shoot ability and unlimited range have made him a consistent scorer in the NBA. His quick release and shooting touch is one of the purest in the league.

Redd has averaged 20.5 points in nine seasons for the Bucks. The 6′6″ shooting guard was named to his first All Star team during the 2003-2004 season. He was also a member of the USA Baketball team that won the Gold Medal in Beijing in 2008.


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