Initial Draft Thoughts

The 2009 NBA Draft is over and I’m okay with where the Knicks stand. After missing out on Ricky Rubio and Stephen Curry, the Knicks did as well as they possibly could’ve with the cards they were dealt. With their top guard targets gone at pick # 8, New York clearly brought in the best player available-Arizona’s Jordan Hill.

Acquiring Hill and trading Quentin Richardson for Darko Milicic will help give the Knicks much needed size and skill in their frontcourt. If the Knicks are able to retain David Lee and get any contributions from Eddy Curry (two very big ifs), they should be more competitive on both ends of the court.

Toney Douglas (FSU), the Knicks second draft choice, should be able to contribute in limited minutes as a scoring guard. After all, Mike D’Antoni has proven he can turn good point guards into MVPs (Steve Nash), and average ones into solid floor leaders (Chris Duhon). 

Just because the draft is over doesn’t mean the offseason’s buzz will fade away. Expect many trade rumors involving Ricky Rubio and the Knicks, as well as a variety of sign-and-trade proposals involving both David Lee and Nate Robinson.

With Donnie Walsh running the show, I trust that the Knicks are headed in the right direction. Despite watching my favorite draft targets slip away, I’m still confident that New York is far better off now then they were several hours ago.

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  1. itswatyoucrave says:

    Something tells me that Jordan Hill will be a very effective player in the years to come for the New York Knicks. He's shown that he can hit the outside jumper (P.Bank would claim it as "Kurt Thomas" range) and that falls right into D'Antoni's offense. He should also be able to spread out the other teams defense and provide "some" low-post presence at the other end of the court(something New Yorkers haven't seen since Camby).

    My predictions for J.Hill in the upcoming 2009-1010 season: 12 PPG, 8 REB, < 1 BLK. Don't be surprised if he averages more than 12PPG, in 05-06 the Knicks first-round draft pick Channing Frye- also from the U of A- averaged 12.3PPG under Larry Brown, a number that has declined ever since he left the Knicks for the 'blazers. This season, J.Hill will learn under D'Antoni so we can expect greater offensive numbers compared to C.Frye.

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