In honor of Thanksgiving lets try to find some humor in this lockout while we eat our turkey, watch our football and hope that the NBA will resume again soon. In sports the word Turkey is not looked at as positively as it is at the Thanksgiving table. Now let’s take a look at some of the worst draft day Turkeys in the past 13 years for the New York Knicks. It would make more sense to do something like 10 years but I had to go back to 13 to find one of the all time worst picks in Knicks history.
Of course I’m talking about selecting Frederic Weis with the 15th overall pick in the 1999 draft. I mean the guy never even came to play in the NBA for the Knicks and that honestly might have been a good thing. Yet still Frederic Weis was able to become infamous for Vince Carters dunk over the 7’2 french center. He was also taken over Queens native and St. John’s alum Ron Artest who seemed like a no brainer pick for the Knicks at the time. Weis is now retired from French basketball due to recurring knee injuries.
The next Turkey is the 9th pick of the 2003 draft Michael Sweetney. Michael Sweetney showed glimpses of being a solid contributor in both of his seasons with the Knicks but never showed his worthiness of a top 10 draft pick. His best season was his second year as he was able to put up 8.4ppg and 5.4rpg while appearing in 77 games. As a graduate from Georgetown the Knicks must have hoped that we would be a game changer like the only other Hoya selected by the Knicks in the lottery era, Patrick Ewing. Sweetney played on the summer league team with the Boston Celtics in 2009 and most recently with the NBDL Erie Bayhawks and in the Puerto Rican BSN league with the Cangrejeros de Santurce both in 2010.
The last of the draft turkeys was in 2006 when the Knicks selected Renaldo Balkman with the 20th overall pick. This pick is no way Balkmans fault as he was not even on most teams radars as a possible 2nd round draft pick. This pick is more an indictment of Isiah Thomas’ general managerial skills than anything. Ronaldo Balkman has been a backup thus far and shows no indications of developing a better all around game to become a starter in the NBA. After the reacquisition of Balkman in the Carmelo Anthony deal he appeared in only 3 games for the Knicks this past regular season. Please feel free to mention some more Knicks turkeys from the past 13 years whether drafted by the Knicks or not and more importantly have a safe and happy holiday weekend.