Ah, draft night.
The night when sucking for an entire year finally pays off as a 19-year-old savior walks onto the stage, dons your team’s hat, shares an awkward moment with the commissioner and gets ready to do battle for the next 82 games.
While we all have pipe dreams of our team finding the next phenom, the wishful thinking that the general manager we have berated through our televisions for years finally shows us that he was playing the slow game and has it all figured out is sometimes just that -- wishful thinking.
Here are some of the Knicks’ biggest busts.
Frèdèric Weis, 1999 -- Round 1, Pick 15
Channing Frye, 2005 -- Round 1, Pick 8
Frye is a bit of a conundrum in terms of being a bust. He was a stud at the University of Arizona with lots of Pac-12 awards and a trip to the Elite Eight appearance to boot in his senior year. When he got to the Knicks, he seemed to have a bright career ahead of him. Frye was named All-Rookie and seemed like he wasn’t going to slow down. However, after his second year in the Big Apple, he was on his way out the door and headed to Portland. He bounced around the league for a time but never truly lived up to the hype his 7-foot frame carried. He was talented offensively but was never much of a rebounder. Despite this, Frye was able to win a ring with the Cavaliers in 2016 when he shot nearly 60% from the floor over 17 games.
Jerrod Mustaf, 1990 -- Round 1, Pick 17
Mustaf’s name is littered throughout the University of Maryland record book. His performances from 30 years ago still hold up against some of the best, so it makes sense that the Knicks wanted him with their first pick in the 1990 draft. However, Mustaf’s game never translated to the next level. He played 62 games for the Knicks his rookie year and was then dealt to Phoenix, along with Trent Tucker, for the services of Xavier McDaniel. Sixty-two games is the most Mustaf would ever play in a season, as he saw his time dwindle. After three years with the Suns, Mustaf was out of the league.