In an effort to win immediately, the New York Knicks and Brooklyn Nets have given up a lot in recent years, including a ton of draft picks.

As it turns out, the two Big Apple teams have missed out on some great players in the draft because of that, while their moves largely blew up in their faces and resulted in little sustained success. Over the last 10 seasons, the New York franchises have made the playoffs a combined seven times and won just three series, never advancing past the second round.

Courtesy of the New York Daily News' Stefan Bondy, here's a look at a potential starting five that could be created from the draft picks the Nets and Knicks have traded away over the last decade.

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(If you're a Nets or Knicks fan, we advise you stop reading here.)

Obviously, there's no guarantee that the franchises would've picked any of those players, each of whom has gone on to be an all-star aside from Gordon Hayward (and he has led the Utah Jazz in scoring for the last three seasons, so he's doing just fine). However, it does serve as a reminder of all the young talent the Knicks and Nets have missed out on in favor of putting together “win now” teams with aging stars.

Damian Lillard

But surely one of the teams got something good out of these trades, right?


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