You could say McCann was also gifted a spot that year, yet he seems to have had a decent career. I remember that video of JV, McCann and a third player out on the town in NY and they stopped at a hot dog stand, where JV was caught on camera munching on a hot dog while McCann abstained from that fatty diet. That was a very illustrative scenario.
Like most are saying, this sad state of affairs is on Jake. You would think he would have learnt a lesson from watching Kassian's career fall apart (before his resurrection).