By: Monte Perez
The New York Knicks have the 4th pick in this year’s 2015 NBA Draft. There are a ton of rumors circulation on social media and talk radio stating, that the Knicks are looking to trade their draft pick. There is an old saying, “Those who don’t learn from their past are doomed to repeat it.” When I look around the league, the elite teams have always built through the draft:
Golden State Warriors: Stephen Curry, Draymond Green. Klay Thomspon and Harrison Barnes
San Antonio Spurs: Tim Duncan, Tony Parker and Manu Ginóbili
Chicago Bulls: Derek Rose, Jimmy Butler and Joakim Noah
LA Clippers: Blake Griffin and DeAndre Jordan
Cleveland Cavaliers: LeBron James, Kyrie Irving and Tristan Thompson
Here is a list of the New York Knicks Draft Picks over the past 15 years.
2000 Lavor Postell United States SG St. John’s
2001 Michael Wright United States PF Arizona
2001 Eric Chenowith United States C Kansas
2002 Nenê Brazil PF/C Vasco da Gama (Brazil)
2002 Miloš Vujanić Serbia and Montenegro PG KK Partizan (Serbia)
2003 Michael Sweetney United States PF Georgetown
2003 Maciej Lampe Poland F/C Real Madrid (Spain)
2003 Slavko Vraneš Serbia and Montenegro C Budućnost Podgorica (Montenegro)
2004 Trevor Ariza United States SF UCLA
2005 Channing Frye United States PF/C Arizona
2005 David Lee United States PF/C Florida
2005 Dijon Thompson United States SG/SF UCLA
2006 Renaldo Balkman United States SF/PF South Carolina
2006 Mardy Collins United States PG/SG Temple
2007 Wilson Chandler United States SF DePaul
2008 Danilo Gallinari Italy SF Olimpia Milano (Italy)
2009 Jordan Hill United States PF Arizona
2010 Andy Rautins Canada SG Syracuse
2010 Landry Fields United States SG Stanford
2011 Iman Shumpert United States SG/PG Georgia Tech
2012 Kostas Papanikolaou Greece PF Olympiacos (Greece)
2013 Tim Hardaway, Jr. United States G University of Michigan
2014 Cleanthony Early United States SF Wichita State University
2014 Thanasis Antetokounmpo
Madison Square Garden used to be known as the “Mecca of Basketball.” But, that Mecca has been torn down, demolished and destroyed into rubble. Since the year 2000 the Knicks:
• Missed the playoffs 11 times
• Had a stretch where they didn’t make the playoffs 8 out of 9 years
• Missed the post-season the last two years
• They won 1 playoff series
• Never made it to the Eastern Conference Finals
• Lost more than 50 games during the season 6 times
• Had a record of 17-65 in 2014-15. The Warriors won 16 games in two months during their NBA Championship run in two months.
New York Knicks owner James Dolan is like the last man standing at the bar. He doesn’t care about tomorrow, or the future, he just wants instant gratification and goes home with any woman who wants him. The Knicks never have a long term plan. It is always about winning now! But here is the problem… The Knicks have never won under Dolan. He keeps doing the same thing over and over again and expecting the same results. That is not only the definition of insanity but the definition of total incompetence. The Knicks traded away players like Zach Randolph, Jamal Crawford and David Lee.
It’s okay to lose, The Clippers lost for years, The Cavs lost for years… but when you build through the draft you have long term success. This is been the worst run team in the History of the NBA. 15 years of losing, 15 years of failure, 15 years of trading away draft picks or drafting the wrong players. Even a broken clock is right twice a day. One would think that just by luck the Knicks would draft a franchise player but they haven’t. Look at that list of drafted players? It’s the epitome of role players and guys who are now playing in a beer league somewhere. Even the Minnesota Timberwolves drafted Kevin Garnett and Kevin Love.
If available with the number 4 pick the Knicks should draft Duke Forward Justise Winslow. He is 6’4/6’5 long and very athletic. I compare him to a poor man’s Jimmy Butler of Chicago. The NBA has become a guard//wing league. At one point in the NBA Finals LeBron James was playing center. Winslow will never average 25 points per game, but he will be a consistent defender, score 15-18 points, grab 7-9 rebounds and dish out 3-5 assists per game. He can be a legitimate number 2 or 3 option for 10-12 years.
Phil Jackson will be 70 years old on September 17 of this year. He better have a long term plan and not trade away the future for some aging veteran passed his prime. This is what the Knicks have done for years. So once again Phil… “Those who don’t learn from the past are doomed to repeat it.” Hopefully for Knicks fans, this is not the case. They deserve better!
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