The Top 5 Best and Worst New York Knicks Draft Picks Since 2000

June 21st, 2014 by Jim Cavan Leave a reply »
The New York Knicks have been one of the league's more notorious draft-talent evaluators in recent years—in years when New York hasn’t shortsightedly squandered its pick, that is.

Since 2000, the Knicks made a total of 23 picks—12 in the first round, 11 in the second.

To call it a mixed bag would be a polite understatement.

Indeed, as ESPN New York’s Ian Begley recently noted, New York’s history is rife with draft-day duds:

...In 2002, the Knicks sent their first-round pick to the Nuggets in the Antonio McDyess trade. That pick turned into Nene, one of the top big men in this year’s playoffs.

In 2006, the Knicks’ pick (No. 2) went to the Bulls and turned into LaMarcus Aldridge. In 2007, the Knicks’ pick (No. 9) went to Chicago in a pick swap. The Bulls selected Joakim Noah. The Knicks took Wilson Chandler at No. 23.

In 2010, the Jazz took Gordon Hayward with the No. 9 pick, which was given up by the Knicks in the Stephon Marbury trade. It wasn’t all bad, though. The Knicks’ first-round picks in 2012 (Royce White) and 2004 (Kirk Snyder) haven’t turned ...

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