By Andrew Feingold on June 25th, 2010 5:57 PM
“Donnie Walsh said he sees Rautins, who spent much of his pre-draft workout with the Knicks at the point, as a combo guard, and described Fields as “super athletic.”
I did not expect New York to draft Andy Rautins or Landry Fields. However, the draft strategy changed when Armon Johnson, Terrico White and Darington Hobson all were selected in the second round right before the Knicks. I see the plan now was draft to combo guard that can shoot and an athletic wing player that scan score.
I thought the Knicks were going to spend one pick or size and the other on a guard. Hassan Whiteside slipped all the way to the second round I would have liked the Knicks to land him. Unlike last year the Knicks did not purchase a first rounder.
Also it was a bit of head scratcher when the Knicks passed up on Lance Stephenson and Jarvis Varnado who ironically were the next two picks after the Knicks. Jerome Jordan, Gani Lawlal, Willie Warren, Derrick Caracter and Solomon Alabi were also available.
Analysis by Chad Ford of ESPN:
“The Knicks had a pretty weird draft.
I can understand taking Rautins somewhat. Knicks coach Mike D’Antoni loves shooters and Rautins is the J.J Redick of the draft.
But drafting Fields is puzzling. Yes, he’s a great athlete who was one of the best scorers in the Pac 10 last year. But he was not ranked in our top 100 and I couldn’t find another scout who had him in the top 60.
Maybe the Knicks know something that we don’t, but with so much talent left on the board, it feels as though New York may regret its decisions eventually.”
My take: Mike D’Atoni likes shooters and the team needs to add range off the bench. Rautins shot 40% from three for Syracuse last season and is a member of the Canadian national team. He finished second all-time with 282 three pointers in school history. Redick was a much shooter and defender coming of college.
His father Leo, was a member of the Knicks training camp in 1987. He is the first Canadian drafted since Toronto’s Denham Brown was chosen by Seattle in 2006. Andy worked out earlier this month for the Knicks and must have impressed him with his shooting and other abilities. He may take advantage of a perfect situation he is stepping into. Walsh needs to add shooters if they sign LeBron James.
My take: Fields had the second highest vertical at the draft combine with 39 inches. He was selected first team All-Pac 10 after leading the league in scoring at 22 points per game (eighth in the nation) and pulled down 8.8 rebounds. He also worked out for the Knicks and they must have liked his size (6’7″) and versatility.