We have come to the last pick in the 1993 Usenet draft. That pick belongs to the New Youk Knicks. They are the 3rd team without a first round pick. They traded it for Charles Smith. The Knicks pick 30th in the Usenet draft, in the NBA draft, they will not have a pick at all. The Knicks were to be represented by: Leo James
, However Leo was blessed with the birth of new daughter and was not available to do the pick. I myself would like to publicly thank Leo for taking the time out of what must have been a very busy time to e-mail me and let me know with enough time to find someone to replace him. Thanks Leo! So because of this, the Knicks will be represented by: Dylan Wilbanks . Dylan stood backup in last years draft but did not get a chance to pick. He also missed taking over the Lakers GM this year (he was away from e-mail). So with the 30th and last pick in the Usenet draft, the Knicks select: Sam Crawford, PG, 5-8, New Mexico St. ======================================================================== TEAM SUMMARY: What the Knicks have done in two year under Riley is merely turn from being one of the most internally explosive teams in the league (and a sure bet to choke in the playoffs) to something resembling the great 1980s Lakers teams, New York style: agressive defense combined with heads-up offensive play. It took someone with the savvy of Riley to make Da Knicks channel their aggressions into the East's second best record. The question at this point (Thursday) is: will they choke again? And if they do, what is the missing piece now? CENTER: Patrick Ewing plays so much that you wonder who his backup is. Ewing is probably within a season or two of virtually locking up a bust in Springfield, and with his presence on the court, the Knicks always look to stop the ball on the outside, because the inside is secure with him in the lane. Ewing has 3-5 more years of above average play left, so it is approching the time for the front office to start looking at centers. Herb Williams, obviously, is not the man, but he has played well, at least in those two minutes when Ewing gets a rest. FORWARDS: The law firm of Mason, Smith, Blackmon and Oakley has played well in the front, but there are definite reasons to revamp the set. Anthony Mason was picked up out of the now-defunct Tulsa Zone, and he hasn't looked back. He has played less as a forward and more as a "monster" up front, playing brutal defense with some good shooting. Smith was picked up in the Clippers-Magic mega-trade that gave Orlando their #1 pick this year. He's played mainly a backup role, as has Rolando Blackmon, who used to be one of the two saving graces of those pitiful Mavs. It's upseting to see them play less than half-time when they were both great offensive contributors to their former teams. Charles Oakley has been through a lot with the Knicks, and though he stepped up his defense, at times it seems he's playing for the 1990 out-of-control Knicks and not the sleek, new 1993 Knicks. GUARDS: Five years ago, John Starks was bagging groceries at a Tulsa Safeway and was playing for Oklahoma Junior College. Five years later, Safeway is now called Homeland, OJC doesn't play basketball, and John Starks is shutting down Mr. Basketball in the Eastern Conference Finals. He's tough on D and can hit the long distance jumper, and with the coverage in the media he could be the Knicks SG for a while to come. Doc Rivers provides leadership in the backcourt, although his legs are starting to slow and his shooting waning from long range. Greg Anthony is young and has a ways to go, although he has raised his level of play somewhat during the playoffs. "With the 7,000,000th pick of the 1993 draft, DA New Yawk Knicks select:" Sam Crawford, PG, New Mexico State WHO ELSE I THOUGHT ABOUT: I figure that the Knicks need another guard for the rotation, so I considered Adonis Jordan, Chuck Evans, Dale Brown, Parrish Casebier, Antoine Stoudmire, and probably even my kid brother. (He's 6', physical, no-nosense, but with out an outside shot.) I also thought about forwards, including Josh Grant (if not the bum knee, I would have taken him). I think it's almost time to pick centers, but I couldn't find one who'd really fit the Knicks' specs. WHO DA KNICKS WILL TAKE: Well, it's a very late pick, and I figure they'll take who's left and do what they can. Adonis Jordan is a definite possibility, and if Dale Brown is here at #53 they'd be boneheads not to take them. However, I think that a lot of this depends on the outcome of the playoffs. If the Knicks get bounced by Chicago, look for a trade that will get them a mid-level pick. I can't see them trading for #1, but there is an outside chance, especially if the Magic are willing to kick in a guard (eg. Anthony Bowie). ============================================================================ Draft Summary: 1. Orlando GM: Tom@Orlando Pick: Chris Webber, PF, 6-10. University of Michigan 2. Philadelphia GM: Dave Meeks Pick: Shawn Bradley, C, 7-7. BYU 3. Golden State GM's: Mike Moore Terry Wong Pick: Jamal Mashburn, SF, 6-8. Kentucky 4. Dallas GM: Curtis Hill Pick: Anfernee Hardaway, SG, 6-7, Memphis State 5. Minnesota GM's: Kevin Hansen Toni Morgan Pick: Calbert Cheaney, SF, 6-7. Indiana 6. Washington GM's: The Crossjammer Jim Nagle Pick: J.R. Rider, SG, 6-5, UNLV 7. Sacramento GM: TODD FURESZ Pick: Rodney Rogers, PF, 6-7, Wake Forest 8. Milwaukee GM's: Brian Saunders Morgan Edwards Pick: Malcolm Mackey, PF, 6-11, Georgia Tech 9. Denver GM's: John Exby Rick Grubin Pick: Ervin Johnson, PF, 6-11, New Orleans 10. Detroit (from Miami in John Sally trade) GM: Rob Skrobola Pick: Alan Houston, SG, 6-6, Tennessee 11. Detroit GM: Rob Skrobola Pick: Acie Earl, C, 6-10, Iowa 12. L.A. Lakers GM: Cliff Slaughterbeck Pick: Bobby Hurley, PG, 6-0, Duke 13. L.A. Clippers GM: Cliff Slaughterbeck Pick: Vin Baker, SF, 6-10, Hartford 14. Indiana GM: Doug Mraz Pick: Scott Burrell, SG, 6-7, UCONN 15. Atlanta GM: Kevin Metz Pick: Terry Dehere, SG, 6-4, Seton Hall 16. New Jersey GM: A. Borges Sugiyama Pick: Douglas Edwards, PF, 6-9, Florida State 17. Charlotte GM: Bren Bailey Pick: Chris Mills, SF, 6-6, Arizona 18. Utah GM: Michael Wendt Pick: George Lynch, SF, 6-7, North Carolina 19. Boston GM: Orin Day Pick: Greg Graham, SG, 6-4, Indiana 20. Charlotte (from San Antonio for J.R. Reid) GM: Bren Bailey Pick: Lindsey Hunter, PG, 6-2, Jackson State 21. Portland GM: Mike Northam Pick: Luther Wright, C, 7-2, Seton Hall 22. Cleveland GM's: W. Scott Klingensmith Brian Young Pick: Joe Harvell, SF, 6-7, Mississippi 23. Seattle GM: Christopher Beck Pick: Rodney Dobard, PF, 6-9, Florida State 24. Houston GM: Brian West Pick: Thomas Hill, SG, 6-5, Duke 25. Chicago GM: Christopher Gattuso Pick: Rex Walters, SG, 6-3, Kansas 26. Orlando (from NY in Mark Jackson, Stanley Roberts trade) GM Tom@Orlando Pick: Sam Cassel, SG, 6-3, Florida State 27. Phoenix GM: Jason M Shachat Pick: James Robinson, SG, 6-2, Alabama 28. Miami GM: Rob Clough Pick: Gheorge Muresan, C, 7-7, Romania 29. San Antonio GM: Shane L. Bell Pick: Nick Van Exel, PG, 6-1, Cincinnati 30. New York GM: Dylan Wilbanks Pick: Sam Crawford, PG, 5-8, New Mexico St.