44th pick: Jerome Jordan
(Acquired in trade with Milwaukee – pending league approval)
[Scouting Reports: Draft Express, NBA Draft.Net, HoopsAnalyst]
Well here is the big man that Knick fans were hoping for on draft night. For second round centers, Jordan isn’t a bad option. Statistically he stacks up reasonably well against other centers picked near him like Dexter Pittman and Solomon Alabi. He has legitimate size for an NBA center (7-1, 235 lbs) and in college did fairly well with regards to scoring, rebounding, and blocking shots. On the other hand he has some weaknesses, including inferior strength, a lack of intensity, and learning the game late in life. However there isn’t a second round center without a laundry list of flaws. His ability to knock down the mid-range jumper and run the floor should make him D’Antoni friendly.