By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
The New York Knicks drafted Danilo Gallinari as the sixth overall pick in the 2008 NBA Draft. Gallinari is the first foreign player of the draft so far.
Gallinari already has several years of professional playing experience overseas. He began playing in 2004 with Casalpusterlengo.
He was then acquired by Armani Jeans Milano in 2005. Milano then sent Gallinari to Edimes Pavia, where he competed in the 2005-06 season.
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Despite playing half the season after being sidelined with an injury, he averaged 14.3 points, 3.4 rebounds, 2.0 steals, and 0.8 assists in 17 games. He was nominated as the Best Italian player of the Italian League Second Division Championship.
Gallinari then played the 2006-07 season with Olimpia Milano. He was named the league’s best player after averaging 10.9 points, four rebounds, 1.7 steals, and 1.0 assists in 34 games.
He also averages 11.5 points, 3.7 rebounds, 2.1 steals, and 0.9 assists per game in eight playoff games.
Then, during the 2007-08 season, he averaged 14.9 points, 4.2 rebounds, 1.7 assists, and 1.5 steals per game in 11 games. In his final game, he had 27 points against Maccabi Tel Aviv.
The Knicks finished last in the Atlantic Division with a 23-59 record. They were 43 games behind the Division-leading Boston Celtics, who went 66-16.
New York averaged 96.9 points per game. The Knicks hope that Gallinari will help the team improve on that this season.
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Gallinari is slated to be a power forward for the team. The team had David Lee and Malik Rose play power forward for the team this past season.
David Lee was the team’s sixth-leading scorer this past season. He averaged 10.8 points per game.
Gallinari is the team’s highest draft pick since the fifth overall pick in the 1986 Draft. Kenny Walker was drafted with that selection.
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