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    Default Andy Rautins a Knick

    Andy Rautins of Syracuse and the son of Canada Basketball head coach Leo Rautins was drafted #38th overall.

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    A definite homecoming. A nice beginning to his story.
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    Definitely underrated. Jon Givony of Draftexpress was convinced he would go undrafted. Granted the Knicks don't always make the best decisions, but anyone who can shoot like that deserves to be drafted IMO.

    But the title is misleading; he isn't a Knick yet, unless he makes the team or signs a GUARANTEED contract.
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    No disrespect to Mr. Givony at DX, but Euroleague Adventures called Rautins to the Knicks:

    Slam and Freaknick's Super Cool Draft Predictor Game


    Rautins is surely a talent. Since I'm a Syracuse student I got to see him play for three years (one injury-shortened season) and he's got what it takes to make a roster and and even make an impact given the right situation. For instance, could he have a similar impact as Sasha Vujacic if he were on the Lakers? Absolutely. He just nededs to find that fit be it on the Knicks or elsewhere.

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    I hope this means Rautins will play well in the World Championships this year. He hasn't exactly been on fire in his past National Team outings, His shooting will be very valuable to the team.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ajaxballer View Post
    I hope this means Rautins will play well in the World Championships this year. He hasn't exactly been on fire in his past National Team outings, His shooting will be very valuable to the team.
    As has been mentioned in another thread, what are your feelings about Canada starting training so late? I mean your first preparation game is in August vs. China...

    BTW, Ajaxballer, haven't seen you posting for a long time, whats up man
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    I think the Canadian National team is still not being handled well but there may be problems with funding and what not when trying to put together exhibition games. I believe basketball is the #1 or 2 sport among youth in Canada right now which is why you see a lot of Canadian high school and college players getting buzz now but in terms money flowing to the program I think basketball is still not seen as a priority here.

    I am also frustrated that I cannot find any info on a training camp roster or list of invites for the National Team, I am curious if Bonner and Maglorie are participating.

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    Rautins:

    "I've always said I'm a little bit like Steve Nash and Dan Majerle," Rautins said by telephone yesterday. "Steve for the way he sees the floor and his passing ability and his vision, and Dan for the way he shoots the ball and his ability to grind it out on defense."
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    I actually think that the fact that he was drafted is pretty hard to swallow considering the quality of players who went undrafted.

    Art Parakhouski
    Matt Bouldin
    Mikhail Torrance
    Jon Scheyer
    Charles Garcia
    Manny Harris
    Sylven Landesberg
    Marqus Blakely
    Omar Samhan
    Ben Uzoh
    Jeremy Wise

    just to name a few......

    I could literaly filled tow pages of name of undrafted player that are just better than Rautins in all aspects of the game.
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    Could it be because of the Glen Grunwald connection?

    Anyway congrats to Andy. I'm happy for him and his old man.

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    Andy Rautins has been signed by the New York Knicks. Terms of the deal were not disclosed at this moment.
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    Guys, i,ve heard that Andy has lithuanian roots, is it true?

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    Quote Originally Posted by vaslover View Post
    Guys, i,ve heard that Andy has lithuanian roots, is it true?
    Yes, that's totally true.
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    Quote Originally Posted by rikhardur View Post
    Thanks Rik. Interesting story.

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    Quote Originally Posted by vaslover View Post
    Guys, i,ve heard that Andy has lithuanian roots, is it true?
    I know that this is a bit off topic,but there was one Canadian with Lithuanian roots to play in his motherland - Jonas Karpis for Statyba Vilnius in 1989 season.Do not remember much about him apart that he was tallish (~2.07) ,blonde and intelligent fighter.I think he was struggling in the last USSR championship a bit too much because statyba was fighting relegation(dead in the last place) and he was expected to do just a bit too much.But nice memories of him anyhow - for all i know he could have been as well as the very first and the very last foreigner to play in USSR championship of any team sport - but i am speculating on this.

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    Quote Originally Posted by auris1 View Post
    I know that this is a bit off topic,but there was one Canadian with Lithuanian roots to play in his motherland - Jonas Karpis for Statyba Vilnius in 1989 season.Do not remember much about him apart that he was tallish (~2.07) ,blonde and intelligent fighter.I think he was struggling in the last USSR championship a bit too much because statyba was fighting relegation(dead in the last place) and he was expected to do just a bit too much.But nice memories of him anyhow - for all i know he could have been as well as the very first and the very last foreigner to play in USSR championship of any team sport - but i am speculating on this.
    Interesting story. Btw, it is not secret that in Canada is very large ukranian diaspora (as i heard,something about 1,5 millions), so maybe do you know, is there a diaspora of lithuanians in Canada?

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    Quote Originally Posted by vaslover View Post
    Interesting story. Btw, it is not secret that in Canada is very large ukranian diaspora (as i heard,something about 1,5 millions), so maybe do you know, is there a diaspora of lithuanians in Canada?
    you better ask Hepcat - i don't really know his story but from what i gather he is of Lithuanian decent born/living ? in Canada and he is old timer too - i think he can spare few minutes for you if you ask him nicely

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    hows andy doing?

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    Rautins is in the training camp roster for the Oklahoma City Thunder.
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