Four-hours into the 2012 NBA Draft, the Knicks’ name was finally called. With the 48th overall pick, the New York Knicks selected Kostas Papanikolaou.
This was a head-scratching pick for many Knicks fans, as Scott Machado and Darius Johnson-Odom were both still on the board. Machado and Johnson-Odom both filled immediate needs in back-up point guard and shooting guard, but the Knicks’ greek scout had his way.
Darius Johnson-Odom is a 6’ 2” sharp shooting, lefty guard out of Marquette University. Johnson-Odom is built well, weighing in at 212 pounds, and possessing a sizeable 6’ 6” wingspan. Despite the lefty’s underwhelming stature, he impressed at the NBA draft combine, recording a max vertical of 41.5” (the highest noted at the event). Darius also showed off his imposing strength benching 185 lbs 17 times, a very impressive feat, especially considering his size.
The 2012 NBA Draft is today. For the first time in a long time, the New York Knicks do not have a first-round pick and just one second-round pick. As always, there are picks available in the late first-round and scattered throughout the second round, but as the Knicks have already used up their allotted $3 million for transactions, they are in a tough spot.