Jun 23, 2022; Brooklyn, NY, USA; Ousmane Dieng (New Zealand Breakers) shakes hands with NBA commissioner Adam Silver after being selected as the number eleven overall pick by the New York Knicks in the first round of the 2022 NBA Draft at Barclays Center. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

Few teams in the league were as busy as the New York Knicks during the 2022 NBA Draft. But New York’s activity created more questions than it answered.

The Knicks selected Ousmane Dieng with the 11th pick of the draft but quickly dealt his draft rights to the Oklahoma City Thunder. That created a series of moves that took a long time to sort out.

Tim Bontemps of ESPN summed things up as best as he could.

Stephen A. Smith, who had previously joined fellow Knicks fan Spike Lee in an on-air prayer right before the selection of Dieng and all of the ensuing madness, was not happy. And in typical Stephen A. fashion, he made his displeasure known.

Others in the NBA world joined him in ripping apart the Knicks.



The Knicks did finally land a player, drafting Trevor Keels from Duke No. 42 overall. Keels’ decision to enter the draft drew a mixed reaction and getting selected in the mid-second round won’t do anything to quiet the critics.

In reality, the nature of drafts is that it takes a few years for accurate grades to be made. Occasionally, players will be clear hits or busts immediately. But far more often than not, it takes time and patience. That is especially true when future picks are involved. New York’s front office hasn’t done much to earn the benefit of the doubt since James Dolan took over, but most of the worst moves were made with different general managers. So, if you’re looking for the positive, it’s right there.

When all the dust settles, Draft Day 2022 may not be remembered negatively among Knicks fans. But it will be one of the most confusing days in the franchise’s history — and think of the ground that covers.

[Tim Bontemps]

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