Re-draft of the 2015 NBA Draft for the Knicks: Kristaps Porzingis
Knicks pick: 1st Round, Pick 4
Actual player selected: Kristaps Porzingis
I think this one is pretty obvious. Phil Jackson might have screwed around his entire time as the Knicks’ president, but he stuck gold picking Kristaps Porzingis. We know about the boos and how Knicks fans despise him now for the trade request, but he was a slam-dunk pick.
Outside of Devin Booker at pick 13, the rest of the 2015 lottery was extremely underwhelming. Phil considered taking Emmanuel Mudiay (7th pick) and Frank Kaminsky (9th pick), but he shocked the world with Kristaps Porzingis, who has turned into one of the league’s rising stars.
I know Porzingis is a sticky and sensitive topic for Knicks fans, but he was a phenomenal player with many flaws. His offensive skill set is unprecedented, and his shot-blocking is elite. However, he was weak and frail. He wore down in the second half of every season, and his knees will give room for caution for years to come after his tragic ACL injury.
If anyone was running the Knicks not named Steve Mills or Phil Jackson, maybe Porzingis never leaves the Knicks. However, he is gone after giving the Knicks three exciting seasons. He is far from a savior, but he is a phenomenal talent who deserved to be picked this high.