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.
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.