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The historic franchise continues his crossing of the desert in the last years, as they can’t seem to get back on the right track no matter how. How is such an iconic team not able to attract some of the World’s biggest stars to play in the Mecca of basketball? There are numerous reasons behind the Knicks failures, but one clearly stands out. Their weak drafting ability.
Let’s take a trip down memory lane and carefully analyze the options the Knicks took during all these years.
The 2019 Draft was top heavy, or in other words, the first three picks were undoubtedly much better than the rest of the draft. Even though RJ Barrett has the potential to become a very good player, he’s not adapting very well to the NBA game. For now, Zion Williamson and Ja Morant seem head and shoulders above the former Duke player. However, the Knicks made the obvious choice here.
This was a deep draft, but it’s not necessarily where things started to go wrong. Kevin Knox was an intriguing prospect, a player who could play the Small Forward position or even Power Forward with the ability to shoot. They passed on Shai Gilgeous-Alexander though, Knox’s former teammate, who is proving that he could be a top 10 guard in the league for the next few years. You got to give credit where credit it’s due also. Mitchell Robinson at 36th was a very good second-round pick.
BREAKING: Knicks Select Kevin Knox with 9th overall pick! More:https://t.co/TreBIjUJ8l— The Knicks Wall (@TheKnicksWall) June 22, 2018
Things start to get tricky now. With the 8th pick they went on to choose the Frenchman Frank Ntilikina. He has 5.9 Points per game in his career, and even though he’s a very good defender, he’s clearly a bust as a lottery pick. Donovan Mitchell (!), Zach Collins, Luke Kennard, Bam Adebayo and the list goes on and on, are some of the players they’ve passed to acquire the French international.
Headed to the Big Apple.— ESPN (@espn) June 23, 2017
The Knicks select Frank Ntilikina with the No. 8 overall draft pick. pic.twitter.com/wG7eIXaUPl
This was probably one of the best picks in the Knicks history. But to see how the problems run much deeper than the quality of the players, Porzingis, after proving everyone wrong and becoming one of the best big man in the league, suffered a severe injury. Reports about a possible contract extension and the unwillingness of the Knicks to present him such an offer started to mount. A few months later, Porzingis was traded to the Dallas Mavericks in a very lopsided deal. They lost their best player and received no real value. Even though Kristaps was an excellent pick, they still passed on players like Myles Turner and Devin Booker.
Knicks draft Kristaps Porzingis No. 4 overall http://t.co/pnJE4YgAlr— Rotoworld Basketball (@Rotoworld_BK) June 26, 2015
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