There’s no shame in being the least talented player in the NBA. It’d be like poking fun at a co-worker because he had a one night stand with the “ugliest” model featured in last year’s SI Swimsuit issue. Becoming a professional basketball player is more than a dream come true for the few who’ve cracked the fraternity. It’s serious recognition for putting in enough hours of hard work to fill a mountain, displaying top notch discipline since middle school, and, to be honest, being blessed with the luck of a lottery winner.
New York Knicks rookie Andy Rautins probably couldn’t keep a game of one on one competitive with 95% of the league; it’s difficult to think of a single player he could beat off the top of my head. Seriously, not a single one comes to mind. Rautins was a solid, hard working player at Syracuse, but to see him get drafted was a slight shock. Rautins finished his rookie year with just 24 minutes of action. He scored eight points and turned the ball over seven times. He’s really, really old for a rookie (24) and even in a system most suited to showcase the one skill he excels in (shooting) Rautins couldn’t find the floor. At his age players don’t usually make giant leaps of improvement.
Other than the Knicks should expect next to nothing from Andy next season—the last year of his rookie contract, and probable curtains on a brief career—there’s such little to say about the guy. The necessary combination of heart and hard work only gets you so far at this level. He can’t play defense or make plays off the dribble, and even though he displayed some wonderful shooting touch in college, there’s a reason Klay Thompson’s name keeps popping up in online mock drafts. Rautins isn’t anybody’s solution.