Since the second that the New York Knicks were eliminated from the playoffs this season, TOK has been all over the draft coverage. In case you missed out on the last bunch of Throwback Thursdays, here’s what you missed.
The 2009 NBA Draft was supposed to be picture perfect for the Knicks. Needing a floor general in a deep point guard draft, it should’ve been easy to get the guy they needed in order to lure in LeBron James and the rest of the ridiculously talented class of 2010 free agents. The prime target was Steph Curry, but when he was taken just one spot prior to New York’s eight pick, it sent the organization in to a downward spiral. With some of today’s brightest, young point guards like Brandon Jennings, Jrue Holiday, Ty Lawson, Jeff Teague, and Darren Collison still on the board, the Knicks strayed away from a team need and took the “best available”, a barely dominant college power forward named Jordan Hill. He would last only 24 games in a Knicks uniform, playing just over 10 minutes per night.
This preceding video tells it all. Most of his highlights are from the University of Arizona or the Summer League. I don’t fault the Knicks for giving up on Hill too early. They had to make the T-Mac deal with Houston in order to position themselves for two max contracts (By the way, I would LOVE to see T-Mac get a ring tonight). Still, it shows a lot that he has been on three teams in just four seasons. I always thought that Hill’s Twitter name (@JordanChill43), was pretty catchy, but unfortunately his demeanor on the floor is just as cool as his nickname.