The Knicks were not very active last night in the 2010 NBA Draft. They didn’t select a player until the 38th pick and 39th pick. They made their two picks, and went home, with both the management of the Knicks, along with fans knowing they’ll be looking to improve their roster the most on July 1st.
With the 38th pick, the Knicks took Syracuse shooting guard, Andy Rautins. With the next pick, they selected a forward from Stanford who led the Pac 10 in scoring last season, Landry Fields.
Rautins is a fantastic shooter. He was a 44% shooter from the field, as well as 41% from 3-point land., but what else can he do at the professional level? He doesn’t play great defense, and isn’t always smart with the ball (he averaged 2.8 turnovers per game in 32 minutes a game). While I like Rautins, I’m not sure how great he’ll fit in. It of course, all depends what the Knicks do on July 1st.
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The boos were aplenty when the selection of Landry Fields was announced at the Garden last night. While he isn’t a flashy name, what do you expect from a middle of the 2nd round pick? Fields contended for the Pac 10 player of the year as well as the leading scorer (22 ppg). Fields will need some time, and if given a chance, could be okay for the Knicks. Much like Rautins, determining a role for Fields will be decided after the free agency period is over and it is determined what players the Knicks add.
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