The Knicks have given some idea of the type of player they want. Team president Steve Mills has said he wants a wing player and new head coach David Fisdale wants tough and long defenders. A small forward seems to be the first choice but much depends on the fluid nature of the draft and who is available. There is also an open question whether the Knicks are happy with point guard Frank Ntilikina, who they selected with the No. 8 pick in last year’s draft. Regardless, the Knicks are poised to add a talented player to star big man Kristaps Porzingis.
Here’s a look at some potential picks for the Knicks.
Mikal Bridges, Villanova
Bridges has a lot going for him. He is likely among the most NBA ready players available. He’s also shown the ability to score and is a great defender. Although he’s 6-foot-7, he measured out with a 7-foot-2 wingspan. Bridges has everything the Knicks want to compliment Porzingis. He’s also a winner, having won two national titles while at Villanova.
Bridges is not the perfect prospect. He didn’t produce a great deal his first two seasons at Villanova and may not have the high upside other prospects do. But he gives the Knicks what they are looking for and is likely to produce right away.
Trae Young, Oklahoma
Collin Sexton, Alabama
If the Knicks decide to take a point guard, either Sexton or Young would be a nice choice. Both players are dynamic options. In his only season at Oklahoma, Young was the first in NCAA history to lead the country in both scoring and assists. Young faltered a bit down the stretch and is small in stature. He is one of the more polarizing players in the draft.
Sexton is lightning quick and is a quality defender. He lacks the shooting ability of Young but flashed a great ability to score late for Alabama.
Other potential picks for the Knicks are Duke’s Wendell Carter Jr., Michigan State’s Miles Bridges, Kentucky’s Shai Gilgeous-Alexander and Texas A&M’s Robert Williams.