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New York Knicks: Top 5 NBA Draft Mistakes

Knicks Top 5 Draft Mistakes

Looking back over the past 15 years, the Knicks have made some good and some bad draft picks. I look at the bad ones and rank the 5 worst draft decisions they have made since the year 2000 and who they should have picked instead.

5. NBA Draft 2005

The Knicks took Channing Frye with the #8 pick in this draft. Frye has had a respectable career and has become a great model of the stretch four in the modern game. He recently won a title with the Cavs.

Honorable Mention: Andrew Bynum, Monta Ellis, Gerald Green, Nate Robinson

Draft Steal: Marcin Gortat #57 pick

The Knicks should have picked Danny Granger in this draft, who went #17. Granger has one All-Star appearance and won the most improved player in 2009.

He has career averages of 17 points and 5 rebounds per game. In 2009 he averaged a career high 26 points per game. While Frye has had a good career, he only spent two seasons with the Knicks, where Granger spent nine with the Pacers, who drafted him.

4. NBA Draft 2009

New York took Jordan Hill #8 overall this year. Hill only played 24 games with the team before being traded for a washed-up Tracy McGrady. He has career averages of 8 points and 6 rebounds per game.

Honorable Mention: Jrue Holiday, Jeff Teague, Brandon Jennings

Draft Steal: Patty Mills #55 and Danny Green #46 (Spurs magic maybe?)

New York should have picked the player that went right after Hill at #9, DeMar DeRozan. He has made two All-Star appearances and become one of the best shooting guards in the league.

DeRozan has career averages of 18 points, 4 rebounds, and 2.6 assists per game. He also has averaged 22 points and 5 rebounds per game in his playoff career. There is no comparison to the level of play brought by DeRozan over Hill and DeRozan is obviously the better pick.

3. NBA Draft 2003

The Knicks took Michael Sweetney at #9. Sweetney battled weight problems during his career, only appearing in 233 games. He played just two seasons for the team and averaged 6.5 points and 4.5 rebounds per game over his career.

Honorable Mention: Mo Williams, Zaza Pachulia, Josh Howard

Draft Steal: Boris Diaw #21

The Knicks should have picked David West, who went #18. West is a two-time All-Star and the Pelicans all-time leading scorer. He has career averages of 15 points and 7 rebounds per game while having played almost 900 career games.

He averaged 21 points and 9 rebounds per game in his best season. West has had a substantially better career that Sweetney, playing over three times the amount of games and having much better scoring and rebounding averages.

2. NBA Draft 2006

New York took Renaldo Balkman with the 20th pick in the 2006 draft. Balkman only played 221 games in the NBA with averages of just 4 points and 3.5 rebounds per game playing the forward position. He only played two seasons with the Knicks.

Honorable Mention: Rajon Rondo, Kyle Lowry

Draft Steal: Paul Millsap #47

The team should have taken Paul Millsap, who was a late second-round pick. Millsap has had a much better career than Balkman while playing the same position. He has been a three-time All-Star and made the All-Defensive second team once.

Millsap has career averages of 14 points and 7.5 rebounds per game. He has also played many more games than Balkman and would have been a much better pick.


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1. NBA Draft 2002

The Knicks took Nene with the 7th pick in this draft. Nene has had a solid career, playing for several teams. He has career averages of 12 points and 6.5 rebounds per game, but he has no All-Star or All-NBA appearances.

Honorable Mention: Caron Butler

Draft Steal: Carlos Boozer #35

New York should have picked Amar’e Stoudemire, who went #9. Nicknamed STAT, he became a six-time All-Star, made the NBA first team in 2007, and was a four-time member of the NBA second team. STAT averaged about 19 points and 8 rebounds over his career with about the same averages in the playoffs. He plays the same position as Nene, and has obviously had a much better career.

Stoudemire should have been taken over Nene so the team could have had many more years of him in his prime.