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.
Klay Thompson, son of former NBA player Mychal Thompson, is one of the best shooters in the 2011 draft, if not the best. The junior, out of Washington State University, stands at 6 foot 7 inches and mans the shooting guard position. Thompson’s stock has been steadily rising since the combine, where his measurements showed him capable of playing the 3 at the NBA level.