Archive for May 21st, 2009

Thursday, May 21st, 2009
Knicks Rumors & News

Leading up to the draft i will be discussing some of the recent Knicks draft blunders. This one occured during the 2006 NBA Draft.

The Knicks select Renaldo Balkman at pick 20

The Phoenix Suns select Rajon Rondo at pick 21 (Traded to Celtics during the draft)

This had to be one of the worst draft blunders in recent Knicks draft history. Renaldo Balkman was not even listed in the draft media guide and was traded to the Denver Nuggets last July. His tenure with the Knicks lasted just two seasons as he averaged 4.2 points in 15 minutes. The reason he was drafted so high was because Isiah Thomas (ex-President of Team Operations) liked his athleticism and hustle play on both ends of the floor. Balkman, had a strong showing at the Orlando pre draft camp which helped his stock to rise. However, besides running the floor well he did possess any other intangibles. He lacked a perimeter shot and played power forward in college which would not translate well in the NBA.

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