The New York Knicks lost the coin toss with the Minneosta Timberwolves Tuesday afternoon, and now have the highest probability of picking at number seven, should they not reach the lottery. So I decided to take a look at the top 7 players picked at number 7 since 2007:
7. Emmanuel Mudiay
was selected by the Denver Nuggets with the 7th overall pick of the 2015 NBA Draft. Mudiay was met with high anticipation by Denver fans, but did not thrive right out of the gate.
Denver is a young team with potential, but it is thought by many that he can not flourish as a player in this system. Through two seasons, Emmanuel has averaged (12) points and just under five assists (4.8) as a Nugget.
6. Bismack Biyombo
was a part of three-team draft day deal, and ended up on the Charlotte Bobcats who took Sacramento’s number seven pick. Biyombo’s true potential is still undetermined, but he made noise in the playoffs last season.
Through 20 games with the Toronto Raptors, he averaged (6.2) points and (9.4) rebounds, including (1.4) blocks per game. His playoff performance earned him a 4-year/$72-millon deal with the Orlando Magic in the 2016 off season.
Now with the Orlando Magic, Biyombo is set to develop his talent, and only time will tell how great he truly is.
5. Greg Monroe
was chosen with the seventh pick of the 2010 NBA Draft by the Detroit Pistons. From the jump, Monroe was an off the glass and offensive threat, averaging (9.4) points and (7.5) rebounds his rookie season.
However, the Detroit Pistons lack of success during his five-tenure drove him to sign with the Milwaukee Bucks in the 2015 free agency season. From his first season, Monroe’s minutes and role have changed for the team, and he sparks the offense in the second unit.
Regardless, he is always contributing, and averaged (11.7) points, (6.6) rebounds, and (1.1) steals per game.
4. Julius Randle
was the number seven pick of the 2014 NBA Draft, picked by the Los Angeles Lakers. Though he faced immediate injury, Randle has made one of the best comebacks in recent years. It may be early, but he is looked at as a future member of better days in Los Angeles.
Through two seasons (he played one game in his rookie year), Randle is averaging (12.3) points, (9.4) rebounds, and has tallied (52) career double-doubles.
3. Harrison Barnes
was selected with the number seven pick of the 2012 NBA Draft by the Golden State Warriors. The only number seven pick of the last five to be an NBA champion, Barnes has formed into a great role player.
In 2014, when the Warriors won the title, he averaged (10.6) points and (5.2) rebounds, while shooting (44%) from the field in 21 games.
Now, transitioned to the Dallas Mavericks, Barnes has been given reigns to run an offense and has made a case for the Most Improved Player award.
2. Eric Gordon
was drafted by the Los Angeles Clippers with the seventh pick of the 2008 NBA Draft. In his rookie season, Gordon was on fire, averaging (16.1) points on (46%) shooting. Though he arguably had one of his best seasons with the in LA, he was a part of the Chris Paul to Clippers deal, and ended up in New Orleans.
With the Hornets/Pelicans, Gordon played well, but dealt with injury in multiple seasons. Once he cleared free agency, he chose to sign with a team facing a championship run, the Houston Rockets. Now, Gordon is going head to head with teammate Lou Williams for the Sixth Man of the Year award.
On the season, the shooting guard is averaging (16.2) points off the bench, and has made (246) three-pointers.
1. Stephen Curry
is undoubtedly the best player to be chosen at number seven, since 2007. Picked by the Golden State Warriors, the timeline of the NBA changed, and a dynasty was born.
Immediately, the Warriors knew they had something special. As a rookie, Curry stuffed the stat sheet with: (17.5) points, (5.9) assists, (1.9) steals, and shot (44%) from the three. In 2014, after winning the MVP award, he brought the NBA title back to the franchise for the first time in 40 years!
The following season Curry became the first and only unanimous MVP recipient in the history of the league. Now, he and the Warriors are on a mission to stop the Cleveland Cavaliers from a title repeat.
the Knicks aren’t set to pick at number seven, but should they find themselves there, a quality player will still be on the board. De’Aaron Fox is a name and player that Knicks fans have fallen in love with, and a number of mock drafts have him available at number seven (or lower).
Dennis Smith Jr is another quality point guard, and may as well be available when the Knicks get on the clock.In a perfect world, Malik Monk is still available when New York gets their pick (whether it be 7 or 1) and they take him.
Adding a stretch three to grow alongside Porzingis, is just what this franchise needs if they’re looking to rebuild. As a Knicks fan, I definitely want to see us at number one but hey, maybe seven isn’t so bad either.
All stats and information provided by ESPN and NBA.com.