Analysis of Zander’s Analysis
Zander was on the money on his analysis of Gerald Wilkins, Kenny Walker, Trent Tucker, and Johnny Newman.
Gerald Wilkins — Donique Wilkins’ younger brother — was a steal of a 2nd round pick. “Needs elephant tranquilizer if he gets out of control” — pure Zander Hollander; funny, and accurate! This was the writing you had been waiting for.
Ugghhh. Kenny Walker ended up being a big disappointment as the #6 overall pick in the draft for the Knicks out of Kentucky. Zander was on the money here: “rotten shooter…. didn’t make fans forget Bernard King.. or Ken Bannister.” Walker was never the “other” star the Knicks needed next to Ewing to go all the way. The very next year, with the same #6 overall pick, the Chicago Bulls would pick Scottie Pippen.
Johnny Newman was a steal of a 2nd round pick; Trent Tucker was a good defender and outside sharpshooter but was never able to consistently drive to the basket; a disappointment as the #5 overall pick in the draft — the Knicks were expecting an all star two-way guard. “Hit 11 from 11 from the field against Boston” — a record not matched until Mitchell Robinson last week!!!
Trent Tucker never became the two-way guard the Knicks hoped he’d be when they drafted him with the #6 overall pick. He could defend, and he could shoot from the outside — but he never drove to the basket! But who knew “off-season routine of less basketball and more tennis put him in the doghouse”??!. Zander Hollander knew. Funny.
For the rest of Trent Tucker’s bio, see the Next page.