At last night’s draft, with the 38th and 39th picks, the Knicks chose, respectively, Andy Rautins of Syracuse and Landry Fields of Stanford. News also broke this morning that we tentatively bought the Milwaukee Buck’s 44th draft pick, Jerome Jordan. I say tentatively not because we were unsure about him, but ‘cuz Milwaukee actually got the pick from the Golden State Warriors in a trade that won’t officially be finalized until Corey Maggette (the key component of the trade) has his physical. Just procedural mumbo-jumbo, so we can pretty much assume it’ll happen. Unfortunately for him, probably most Knick fans have bad flashbacks when they hear about us obtaining a 7-foot center named Jerome J.
Now remember, since these guys are all second rounders, none of ‘em are guaranteed to be around once the season starts. In fact, one could justifiably argue that at this point they’re equally important for the extra $1.5 million in cap space they provide us right now. And of course we won’t know if/how much we need ‘em until we see who, if anyone, we can get in free agency. Obviously, if we still somehow manage to luck out and get a LeBron-and-Bosh combo, we’ll be in more of a win-right-away mode and will try to fill out the roster with vets who’ll take the minimum. If instead we say re-sign David Lee and maybe snag the 23-year-old Rudy Gay, we’d be far more likely to give these draft picks a chance to mature and prove themselves.
Anyway, here are videos of the first two guys from the Knicks page on NBA.com after they’d worked out for the team (pre-draft). Nuthin’ too insightful is said, but it’ll give you a tiny, superficial taste of who they are. First up, Andy Rautins, son of former NBA player Leo Rautins:
Next we’ve got Landry Fields, who was a bit of a surprise pick (and lustily booed by the Garden Faithful at the draft). However, here’s an intriguing bit o’ info: He has a 39-inch vertical leap, the second-highest vertical measured by the Knicks in their workouts. Not bad, eh? As they say, ya can’t teach athleticism. Believe me, ‘cuz I’ve tried to learn it and failed miserably. Heeere’s Landry:
Lastly, but not leastly, unfortunately we don’t have any videos of this decade’s Knick’s backup center Jerome J., version 2.0 (hopefully the Jordanian model is far superior to the old glitchy Jamesian version). However, here’s a picture, courtesy of Yardbarker.com: