Sure, Kentucky had five players selected in the first round (HOW DID THEY NOT WIN THE TITLE LAST YEAR????) but Syracuse might have made the biggest splash in the draft last night. It started early with Wesley Johnson getting selected fourth overall by the Minnesota Timberwolves. The pick wasn't a shocker. Johnson was projected by many to wind up in Minnesota but what was shocking was his outfit.
The NBA Draft is known for its horrendous fashion. The uglier and gaudier the better. I didn't watch the whole draft, but I'd be surprised if anyone could top what Wes was wearing. It looks like his top half is going sailing and his bottom half is going golfing. Good thing Minnesota is the land of 1,000 lakes. Did Jonny Flynn say they were going to have a pajama party after the draft? That's right, Johnson gets to team up with his former teammate Jonny Flynn. The two never played together but Johnson was allowed to practice with the team when he was sitting out a year after transferring.
Unfortunately, the Timberwolves are a mess. They drafted like five point guards last year yet they run the triangle offense - an offense that doesn't need someone like Jonny Flynn. Flynn is an athletic guard who is best in transition. The triangle just needs a guard that can stretch the defense by hitting open shots and make smart plays (like Steve Kerr and Derek Fisher). One of Flynn's weaknesses is his shooting range.
With the eighth pick in the second round, the Knicks selected someone who's weakness is definitely not his shooting range - Andy Rautins. The New York crowd went nuts for the selection since Syracuse is New York's de facto college basketball team.
There might be no better fit for Rautins than the Knicks. Playing in D'Antoni's system he should get plenty of open looks and we know he can knock those down. He'll also be playing in Madison Square Garden which could be intimidating for some but he's played plenty of times before between playing St. John's and playing in the Big East and preseason tournaments. There is one problem though. Through most of his time at Syracuse, Rautins sported a sweet sweet faux-hawk. Due to the haircut, his beady little eyes and skinny frame my friends nicknamed him 'The Rooster' and we'd let out a horrible sounding rooster call every time he'd nail a three. Many voices were lost over the course of his tenure at Syracuse. But now he's joining Danilo Gallinari who's nickname is also 'The Rooster' because 'gallo' is rooster in Italian. The solution is simple. The Knicks should cut the sixth overall pick from the 2008 draft to make room for Rautins. Do you think this is similar to the way Isiah Thomas made decisions when he was with the Knicks?