06/25/2009 9:35 PM ET
Knicks' Hill hears mixed reaction
Newcomer learns how vocal New York fans can be
By Adam Zagoria / SNY.tv
Jordan Hill heard a mix of boos and cheers from fans after being selected No. 8 by the Knicks. (AP)

NEW YORK -- It only took Jordan Hill a few seconds Thursday night to learn how vocal New York fans can be.

But Hill could be traded from the Knicks before he gets accustomed to his new surroundings.

"That type of crowd, if they don't get who they want, they will give a couple of boos," said the 6-foot-10, 232-pound Hill, who averaged 18.3 points and 11 rebounds and set the single-season record for blocks last year at Arizona. "But there was some that wanted me to go there, wanted me to come to the Knicks. I feel appreciated. But it's just how you feel. I'm just going out and trying to play basketball. I'm just happy I'm on the team.

After Davidson guard Stephen Curry, a favorite of many Knicks fans, was chosen at No. 7 by the Golden State Warriors, New York selected Hill at No. 8.

As he walked through the WaMu Theater at Madison Square Garden, Hill heard a mix of boos and cheers, with one fan yelling, "You're the next Marcus Camby. We love you."

Others were less kind.

"You [stink]," one person yelled.

"I've been through that in Indiana ," Knicks GM Donnie Walsh said, according to the Daily News. "They booed Chuck Person. They booed Reggie Miller. I can go on and on."

"Our scouts have him rated as the second best player in the draft," Knicks coach Mike D'Antoni said, according to the News. "I don't want to get ahead of myself but I think he can be a really good player. He's long. He can really run the floor. He's got range and he can block shots."

Hill could soon be packaged to get another player.

ESPN analyst Stephen A. Smith wrote on his Twitter account that he wouldn't be surprised to see the Knicks trade Hill and guard Nate Robinson to Golden State for the 6-3 Curry, who led Division 1 in scoring last year at 28.6 points per game and was a high priority for Knicks' brass.

Lang Whitaker of SLAM Magazine reported that the Knicks could send Hill and Robinson to Minnesota in exchange for Spanish point guard Ricky Rubio, the No. 5 pick.

After taking Ty Lawson of North Carolina at No. 18, Minnesota had drafted three point guards and seemed certain to trade at least one of them. They did: shipping Lawson to Denver.

If Hill remains with the Knicks, he could be a replacement for power forward David Lee if the latter leaves via free agency.

D'Antoni compares him to Phoenix big man Amar'e Stoudemire, himself the subject of trade rumors.

"He definitely compared me to Amar'e," said Hill. "Athleticism is the same as when Amar'e came in. Amar'e just worked hard and look at where he's at now, so they see the same thing in me.

"I know D'Antoni is definitely going to get that out of me and develop me into the player I need to be."

Hill added that he's looking forward to playing with Knicks point guard Chris Duhon, assuming the Knicks don't trade for a Rubio or a Curry.

"With a guard like Chris Duhon, which is a pass first guard, that's a good look for me, so just got to see how it is," Hill said.

Adam Zagoria is a regular contributor to SNY.tv. Read his blog at ZagsBlog.com
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