New York Knicks — Ron Artest (1999)
Who They Picked Instead: Frederic Weis
The Knicks have had a couple of notable draft gaffes in recent history. Some may point to their selection of Kevin Knox over Shai Gilgeous-Alexander and Michael Porter Jr. as one of their top blunders. Though Knox was clearly not an ideal pick, it wasn’t immediately obvious the selection wasn’t going to pan out. Ron Artest (now known as Metta World Peace) was the obvious choice for the Knicks in 1999. Artest was a hometown kid and grew up a Knicks fan. He told his agent he wanted to be drafted by the Knicks, and even wore the team’s gear under his suit while attending the draft. The Knicks took French center Frederic Weis (Artest alleges it was because he missed a workout with the team) who never played a single minute in the NBA.
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