Knicks Add Another Second-Round Pick
By MARK VIERA
Published: June 25, 2010
A day after slumbering through the N.B.A. draft without a first-round pick, the Knicks on Friday introduced their two second-round selections in a conference call and made a small ripple by announcing they had purchased another second-round pick.
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The Knicks are expected to acquire Jerome Jordan, a 7-foot center from Tulsa who was selected by the Milwaukee Bucks with the 44th pick, according to a league official who spoke on the condition of anonymity.
The Bucks cannot trade Jordan until Corey Maggette, whom they acquired Tuesday from the Golden State Warriors, passes his physical.
Jordan would provide the Knicks with size in the lane. He averaged 15.4 points, 9.1 rebounds and 2.3 blocks last season and is the only Conference USA player with more than 800 rebounds and 300 blocks.
Meanwhile, Andy Rautins of Syracuse said it felt surreal to be drafted by the Knicks and to get a chance to play in Madison Square Garden. A dangerous 3-point shooter, Rautins said he hoped to take pressure off double teams with his scoring ability from the perimeter.
He is known more as a scorer than a distributer, but he said he felt comfortable playing point guard, a position where the Knicks are looking for help.
“I think in the general public, my ability to make plays is very underrated,” Rautins said. “My ability to get in the lane, find guys in transition, I think that goes unnoticed a lot.”
Landry Fields, who averaged 22 points and 8.8 rebounds at Stanford last season, is an athletic 6-foot-7 swingman with a versatile game. Fields’s 39-inch vertical leap was second highest among the players the Knicks worked out before the draft.
Fields said his basketball intelligence and his ability to fill multiple roles would make him valuable. He did not receive much publicity as a draft prospect, which he attributed to playing on the West Coast.
The Knicks saw promise in his potential. “Fields, I think, is a super athlete-type guy,” Donnie Walsh, the Knicks’ president, said. “His game is ahead of him. If you look at his stats, he had tremendous stats.”