From where I sit, behind this computer, the Knicks two picks and one acquisition in the second round on Thursday were a bit underwhelming and highlighted the futility of this cap space and nothing strategy. Walsh, looking frustrated and worn, made it clear that in order to stand a chance against the aggression of Miami and Chicago, he felt constrained not to move up into the first round to get a player more likely to improve the team than the projected second rounders. He needed to maintain his precious cap space as the only legitimate draw to a franchise player ready to win now. Understanding the restrictions, D'Antoni simply hoped the second round would bring him at least one good player for his 2010-11 rotation.
D'Antoni may have gotten his wish simply because the Knicks don't have enough players on the roster who are better than their picks.
The Knicks' picks have received mixed reaction although much of it is negative. Posting and Toasting contacted a Syracuse Orange website and received the best breakdown of Rautin's development I have read to date. Check it out here and be prepared to root for the youngster.
Wes Johnson was the star, Andy Rautins was the MVP.
Andy leaves Syracuse as one of the most beloved players in school history. He doesn't have Carmelo's title or Gerry McNamara's penchant for the dramatic, but we literally watched Andy Rautins grow up from a talented boy with one skill into a complete basketball player.
How will it all translate in the NBA? I'm not sure. Despite his improved skills in various areas, Andy's greatest value does remain his shooting ability, though it would be unwise to discount his ability to move the ball and distribute. A lot of folks are saying the Knicks were dumb for wasting a high pick on a guy they could have gotten as a free agent but I think that's giving too much credence to the mock draft idiots and not enough credence to the team workouts that Andy performed extremely well in.
Still, as much as you should root for a kid like this to succeed, the truth is that the Knicks are failing by making decisions that don't put them in the best position to contend for a Championship anytime soon. The problem has been painfully obvious from the start -- it would not be enough to simply deconstruct the team in order to make it a real alternative for the services of LeBron James and a friend. LeBron and others have made it clear that they want to enter a winning situation. Walsh, stuck on his scorched-Garden approach to the cap space strategy, has failed epically to build a team which anyone besides a blind and desperately deluded Knicks fan would consider a contender for a championship.
He gave away talent at it's lowest value when value could have been enhanced and he sold out youth for a remote chance at LeBron and Wade. (Realizing the diminished probability of getting LeBron, Walsh supporters then claimed he was setting up for Anthony who just signed an extension with the Nuggets).
So, repeat after me: Chandler, Gallinari, Rautin, Fields, Curry, Douglas, Walker, Jordan.
Now, repeat after yourself: Chandler, Gallinari, Rautin, Fields, Curry, Douglas, Walker, Jordan.
Nice guys. Think playoffs, like Lebron. Now shake your head violently for a better image.
Not everyone sees that lineup or the draft as a disaster. Knicks fans try to stay optimistic -- just look at how ludicrously positive some of us were about the arrival of Tracey McGrady and Darko Milicic. This is what they are saying across the blogosphere about the draft picks.
This year I was underwhelmed. Missed the guy he wanted by one pick again. Didn’t get a first rounder (even though just one was sold.) -- Dan L, Knicksfanblog
really liked the picks. Fields is a quality player who knows how to score, and Rautins reminds me a lot of JJ Redick, which isn’t bad value for the second round. Now, we’re all just crossing my fingers that LeBron will come… lol. So what do we think Plan B is? -- SJK, Knickerblogger.Net
I'm hopeful about the picks, but don't you think that the Redick comparison is a little too optimistic? Rautins shot about 3-4% worse than Redick in his prime years (and significantly lower FT%), which doesn't sound too bad. And Rautins is actually considerably better with assists and rebounds. But let's talk about volume. Redick scored *more than twice* the amount of PPG.
Rautins: 12 PPG
Redick: almost 27 PPG Kikuchiyo, Commenter, Knickerblogger.Net
yeah, I've come around on Rautins. the pick doesn’t bother me. i like what he brings to the table, even if it really is just shooting, and getting him with our 2nd is fine. what are we going to do, trade down from 38 to 48 just to get max value? too risky if we really liked him. it’s the landry fields thing that kills me, he absolutely would not have been drafted. i get that he was a beast at stanford, but he definitely could have been had as a free agent after the draft. although i am excited to see how clyde mangles his name during summer league, so there’s that. -- latrell chokewell, Posting and Toasting
so I rooted for and liked Rautins in college, but I was never convinced he was NBA ready. maybe because so many other hot commodities looked so promising that he was overlooked. plus as good as he was for them he was no johnny flynn. He has skills but idk, I just can't seem to get excited by him II. Weird cause he seems to be the type of player I'd love to have on this team. -- Lord Smackington, Posting and Toasting
My draft grade is a C. I’m normally one of the greatest Walsh supporters in the world but last time still has me scratching my head. Rautins is okay, but you could have purchased 44 or later for him, and the Fields pick to me doesn’t make much sense from multiple viewpoints. First of all, he wasn’t in any scouts top 100. Moving on, the Knicks already have a lot of small forwards, why draft another? And lastly, if the Knicks liked him, chances are he wasn’t going to get drafted so trade down or sign him after the draft. It seems like the Knicks wasted a pick there. -- Miles A. Mills, TheKnicksBlog
They get a D-
And that’s being generous.
If it was another team and the knicks were drafting behind them, we’d be laughing at them. --Bbrody1, TheKnicksBlog
you guys are sooooooooo fula shit.If it were KAHN that made this draft,you woulda given him a big F --bob go Knicks, The KnicksBlog
Jordan lightens the pain, I give them a D. No Jordan is a straight F -- Magik_Trick, TheKnicksBlog
Dude, You need a life! It don’t take a rocket scientist to know when you clean house that it is going to take time to rebuild. You made a lot of great management points, but you ought to know that MANAGEMENT IS A PROCESS! You and the rest of these win tomorrow wish list got to be real! If we don’t get LBJ and Bosh, life goes on dude. I am definitely excited about the rebuilding process. -- PickNY, Knicksblog
I can't hate. Who doesn't want some rookie to break the glass at the Garden so we can all pound 8 dollar beers while they bring in a new rim?
The problem is that the Knicks had only 2 late second round picks and a roster with only 4 players on it. Of course you want to draft a player who will improve but at the same token - you need guys who are ready now. You MUST fill the roster with inexpensive, basketball smart and NBA ready rookies who can add depth and compliment the preordained superstars you plan to add in free agency.
The players Donnie Walsh drafted can add value to the Knicks team NOW both offensively and more importantly, defensively -- NYSportsGuy, NYSportsSpace