The Knicks have had no shortage of terrible moves in the last fifteen years, giving up numerous draft picks in terrible deals. The Knicks can’t change who they picked now, but it’s always fun to see who the Knicks could have selected with their first round draft picks. Let’s take a look.

2009: Demar Derozan

Original Pick: Jordan Hill

Contrary to popular belief, the Knicks did not actually have a chance to draft Steph Curry, who went 7th overall, with the 8th overall pick in the 2009 NBA draft.

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Instead, the Knicks drafted Jordan Hill, a player who played for one year with the Knicks before he was traded to the Rockets. The Knicks could have instead drafted Demar Derozan, a two time all-star who has averaged more than 20 points per game in his last three seasons with the Raptors.

2010: Paul George

Original Pick: None, traded to Suns

The Knicks traded away their 2010 first round draft pick in an ill-fated deal for Stephon Marbury.

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The 2010 first round pick would have been the 10th overall pick, at which point the Knicks could have selected either Paul George or Gordon Hayward. Since entering the league, Paul George has been a top 10 NBA player who proved it by averaging 27.3 points per game in 2016.  The Knicks still wish they had the opportunity to draft the Pacers star.

2011: Jimmy Butler

Original Pick: Iman Shumpert

With the 17th pick in the 2011 NBA draft, the Knicks selected Iman Shumpert, a mediocre player who was traded to the Cavaliers in exchange for little compensation.

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In his four seasons with the Knicks, Shumpert never averaged more than 10 points per game.  If the Knicks had drafted Jimmy Butler instead, they would have received a player who has averaged more than 20 points per game for the last two seasons.

2012: Draymond Green

Original Pick: None, traded to Rockets

The Knicks traded away their 2012 first round pick to the Rockets in order to clear up some cap space to sign Amare Stoudemire.

If the Knicks had kept their original pick, they would have had an opportunity to draft Draymond Green, a player who was the heart and soul of an unbelievable 72-9 Warriors team in 2016.

2013: Tim Hardaway Jr.

Original Pick: Tim Hardaway

The 2013 NBA draft was bad at the bottom of the first round. The Knicks selected Tim Hardaway Jr. with the 24th overall pick, and there was nobody better who they could have chosen instead.

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Hardaway was productive in his two seasons with the Knicks, averaging more than 10 points per game in both of them. Hardaway has since been traded to the Atlanta Hawks for the draft rights to Jerian Grant.

2014: Zach Lavine

Original Pick: None, pick traded to Rockets

The Knicks traded away their 2014 first round pick to Denver as a part of the Carmelo Anthony trade. That pick turned into the 12th overall pick in the draft, which could have been used on Zach LaVine, the athletic dunk contest freak.

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LaVine hasn’t yet proved he can be a star in this league, but he’s averaged double digit points in his first two NBA seasons, a great sign for a young developing player.

2015:  Kristaps Porzingis

Original Pick: Kristaps Porzingis

There was a ton of negativity associated with this pick. Knicks fans and Stephen A. Smith refused to believe that drafting a foreign player could ever be a good idea, especially one as skinny as Kristaps Porzingis. Porzingis quickly proved the doubters wrong by turning in one of the best rookie seasons in the NBA last year that featured some wild putback dunks, awesome blocks, and 14.3 points per game.

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