Knicks draft Rautins, Fields in second

Updated: June 25, 2010, 1:55 AM ET
By Chris Sheridan | ESPN.com

GREENBUGH, N.Y. -- One is a heck of a shooter. The other is quite the leaper.

And the New York Knicks, still with their eye on a bigger prize, hope both Andy Rautins and Landry Fields will be fetching doughnuts for LeBron James at the start of the 2010-11 season.

The Knicks failed to buy into the first round of the NBA draft Thursday night and were left with the two selections they began the day with: Nos. 38 and 39.

"It would be great to come out with one good player, to be honest with you," coach Mike D'Antoni said beforehand. "If we hit two, it's a home run."

Despite a need for size on a team with only five players under contract beyond July 1, the Knicks instead went first for a shooter, Rautins, a member of the Canadian national team who shot .407 on 3-pointers for Syracuse last season.

The 6-foot-4 guard did almost nothing but shoot 3s at Syracuse, taking 282 of his 360 career attempts from beyond the arc. In the 2010 NCAA tournament, he went 12-for-24 in Syracuse's three games and scored 24 points against Gonzaga in the second round.

Rautins father, Leo, was a member of the Knicks in training camp in 1987 and appeared in three exhibition games for New York.

Fields was selected first team All-Pac 10 after leading the league in scoring at 22.0 points per game while grabbing 8.8 rebounds. He also led the team in steals (51), blocks (25) and minutes per game (36.3), and he registered a vertical leap of 39 inches when the Knicks worked him out. Only Corey Fortson of Arkansas registered a higher vertical leap (40 inches).

Chris Sheridan covers the NBA for ESPN.com.

SPONSORED HEADLINES

EDITORS' PICKS

  • The Captain's Best Mates
    Derek Jeter has had a number great teammates. We ranked the 20 best.
  • Astro-cious!
    After another putrid performance, the Yankees face a 'Stros sweep.
  • Rex's Mulligan
    After the Sanchize disaster, the Jets have done things very differently with Geno.
  • Rose Rests
    The New York crowd wanted to see Derrick Rose, who was a last-minute scratch.
  • California Creaming
    No need to adjust your monitors. The Mets put up an eight-spot in Oakland.

ALSO SEE

MORE NBA HEADLINES