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2002 NBA Draft: New York Knicks Could Have Drafted Amare Stoudemire

Published by on May 27, 2009
Article Source: Bleacher Report - NBA


In the 2002 NBA Draft, the New York Knicks selected Nene with the seventh pick, while the Phoenix Suns took Amare Stoudemire with the ninth pick. 

Nene turned out to become one of the better players the Knicks drafted in the first round, but he did not play one game for the franchise.

His draft rights were traded along with Marcus Camby to the Denver Nuggets for Antonio McDyess and the draft rights to Frank Williams. Acquiring McDyess was risky because he suffered a severe knee injury that forced him to miss 72 games during the 2001-02 season. However, in a three-year span before the injury, McDyess averaged 20.4 points and 10.6 rebounds in 67 games per se...

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