Knick fans still have nightmares. Rewind to the 2009 NBA draft. The Golden State Warriors have the seventh pick, and the Knicks hold the eighth. Stephen Curry, the leading scorer in the NCAA was still on the board, and New York fans were holding their collective breath. The major need was a point guard, and Curry looked to be a perfect fit. As David Stern walked up to announce the pick, tensions were high. With new coach Mike D’Antoni in place, all they needed was a PG that could shoot and run an uptempo offense. Curry seemed to fit the bill.
David Stern took the mic. “With the seventh pick in the 2009 NBA draft, the Golden State Warriors select Stephen Curry from Davidson College”. The Boos rained down across the arena as New York opted to choose Jordan Hill out of Arizona University. Stephen Curry is now a rising star in the NBA, and has drawn comparisons to Steve Nash. Hill on the other hand, has been a non-factor other than the occasional dunk.
Fast forward to the present, and the Knicks find themselves in a similar situation. Jimmer Fredette, the leading scorer in the nation, is in the draft. Unlike Curry, Fredette is not being giving the respect that most prolific scorers receive. People have said that he lacks the quickness to be successful in the league. To me, the “experts” are not giving him the credit he deserves. Fredette, much like Curry, is an insane shooter. In a recent work out for the Knicks, Fredette was said to hit 19-25 three pointers. He also has a killer scoring sense about him. He seems to be a guy who is not afraid of taking the last second shot. You should expect absolute Nil on the defensive side of the ball. However, the guy knows how to get buckets. If he falls to 17, there is no question that he is wearing a Knicks jersey next season.