Knicks select Michael Sweetney at 9
New Orleans selects David West at 18
The 2003 NBA Draft was very top heavy with the likes of Lebron James, Carmelo Anthony, Chris Bosh and Dwyane Wade chosen in the top five. The Knicks missed out on all these players and selected a player worse than Darko Milicic.
Michael Sweetney excelled in his junior year at Georgetown averaging 22.8 points and 10.4 rebounds. The 6’8″ 260 pounder was the only player in the nation to rank in the top 20 in scoring and rebounding that year. He avearged 3.2 blocks which was ninth in the nation. He was named First Team All-Big East in two straight seasons. However, his tenure with the Knicks lasted just one season as he appeared in 77 games. The DC native ran the court poorly and did not develop a mid-range jumper. His lack of athleticism and bad conditioning did not translate well in the NBA. Because of this Sweetney was one of the pieces traded to the Chiacgo Bulls for C Eddy Curry. Sweetney lasted just seasons with the Bulls and has not played another NBA game since the 2006-2007 season.
In his senior season at Xaiver, David West averaged 20 points and 11.8 rebounds as a first-team All-American. He scored a career high 47 points against Dayton. The New Jersey native could score with his back to the basket and possessed a good mid-range jumper. West has emerged into one of the top power forwards in the Western Conference. The 6’9 240 pound foward has averaged 20.8 points and 8.7 rebounds the past two seasons while being named to the All-Star team both years. The Knicks chose bulk over finesse which was just another mistake the team has made in the first round.
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