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    Now that NY trades for Mudiay, the Knicks are going to be looking for a true SF wing in this draft. Mudiay, Knits, Burke, Dotson and Timmy is a huge improvement over the guards this team has employed the last 2 decades...

    Porter or Ducic or Bagley or bust!

    NY has a golden opportunity now to sneak into top 5 worst records....

    Adding a top 7 lottery pick is gonna be huge for this roster.

    This way, NY can boast a solid young Corp to tre 2019 free agent class PLUS the Knicks will have a lottery pick next year which could be used in a trade next summer.

    Say we have KP, Knits, Lottery pick this year, we sign Kanter, have Timmy and Mudiay/Burke... sign a free agent and either draft another lottery stud or trade that for a more established all-star caliber player.

    This, My friends, is how NYK get back to competing for Conf titles.

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    Now the Knicks and their fans should be dreaming of another top-five pick who could turn out to be Arizona's Deandre Ayton, Duke's Marvin Bagley III, Oklahoma's Trae Young, Texas' Mohamed Bamba or maybe even European star Luka Dončić. This draft figures to be dominated by big men and scoring wings near the top, with Missouri's Michael Porter, Villanova's Mikal Bridges, Kentucky's Kevin Knox and Michigan State's Miles Bridges also likely to be lottery picks.

    "Well, they should be [dreaming of a top-five pick] because this is a tragic injury for the Zinger; you hope he's going to recover 100 percent," ESPN's Fran Fraschilla said. "But right now the key way the Knicks can make any progress for the long term is to try to get as high a draft pick as possible in a year where there's potentially six or seven future All-Stars in this draft."

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    Originally Posted by mafra
    Now the Knicks and their fans should be dreaming of another top-five pick who could turn out to be Arizona's Deandre Ayton, Duke's Marvin Bagley III, Oklahoma's Trae Young, Texas' Mohamed Bamba or maybe even European star Luka Dončić. This draft figures to be dominated by big men and scoring wings near the top, with Missouri's Michael Porter, Villanova's Mikal Bridges, Kentucky's Kevin Knox and Michigan State's Miles Bridges also likely to be lottery picks.

    "Well, they should be [dreaming of a top-five pick] because this is a tragic injury for the Zinger; you hope he's going to recover 100 percent," ESPN's Fran Fraschilla said. "But right now the key way the Knicks can make any progress for the long term is to try to get as high a draft pick as possible in a year where there's potentially six or seven future All-Stars in this draft."

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    I don't think it's as clear cut anymore hence NBADraft.net has Ayton #1 and Trae #3(he wasn't in the top 30 to start the season I don't believe). I'm not saying Bagley isn't a deserved consensus #1 but the gap has closed immensely.

    There are 6 prospects who IMO have stud status written all over them and we may not have a chance at none of them

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    Any of these guys not one and done college freshman? After seeing some of these guys, Nits, Okafor, Russell, Lonzo maybe the Knicks should consider guys that are more NBA ready like DM, Kuzma, Dunn.

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    “Some NBA executives have observed the Knicks have a well-stocked scouting department under the new regime, but not enough developmental coaches. One NBA assistant recently pointed to Ntilikina’s modest development this season as perhaps a cause.”

    (Article in Post talking about bringing back Pablo to be a coach/mentor to our 3 young PGs).

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    Originally Posted by mafra
    “Some NBA executives have observed the Knicks have a well-stocked scouting department under the new regime, but not enough developmental coaches. One NBA assistant recently pointed to Ntilikina’s modest development this season as perhaps a cause.”

    (Article in Post talking about bringing back Pablo to be a coach/mentor to our 3 young PGs).
    Prigioni mentoring Ntilikina seems like a good fit. He’d convince Frank to always pass and never shoot again unless it is a wide open 3.

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    https://nypost.com/2018/02/15/mikal-vs-miles-bridges-two-draft-options-if-knicks-tank-fails/


    The Knicks’ final 23 games after the All-Star break are only a series of “Bridges’’ to their next date of import: the May 15 draft lottery.

    Pun intended.

    If the lottery were held now, the Knicks would hold the ninth-best odds with a 23-36 record and a league-high eight-game losing streak entering the break.

    If they stay at No. 9 after the pingpong balls dance, that would put them in position to draft either of two small forwards – 6-7 junior Mikal Bridges of Villanova or 6-6 sophomore Miles Bridges of Michigan State.

    The Knicks are focused most on that position, which was left thin following Carmelo Anthony’s departure.

    They have a plethora of point guards, shooting guards and centers, and Kristaps Porzingis could man power forward for the next 10 years. Lance Thomas is the lone true “3’’ on the roster.


    Seth Greenberg, former Virginia Tech coach and ESPN’s college-basketball guru the past six years, told The Post he’s a big fan of Mikal, 21, and prefers him over Miles, 19.

    A gushing Greenberg places Mikal, who is averaging 16.5 points on 48 percent shooting, as a definite top-10 pick. The top small forward in the draft should be 6-foot-10 Michael Porter, who had what was expected to be season-ending back surgery, but there have been reports he could still try to play again late in the season for Missouri.

    The Knicks would have to bust the odds to get into the top 3 (6.1 percent) and be in contention for Porter.

    “He has a chance to be really special,’’ Greenberg said of Mikal. “He’s 6-8. He can defend anyone. He can shoot it. He’s fundamentally sound. He’s got a real high basketball IQ. He’s got a toughness about him — a redshirt freshman with the size, length, defensively skilled and maturity.

    “Just a really good feel for the game and maturity and from a winning program. He’s so fundamentally sound it’s incredible.”

    The Knicks will zoom into developmental mode after this weekend’s break. Knicks coach Jeff Hornacek hinted it’s time to play the young players. One imminent change, the coach said, will be reducing minutes of veteran starter Jarrett Jack and rolling with the three young lottery-pick point guards in Frank Ntilikina, Emmanuel Mudiay and Trey Burke, a DNP in the Washington choke Wednesday.

    In the same vein, expect rookie second-rounder Damyean Dotson’s minutes to climb as Courtney Lee’s shrink.

    That means the Knicks could sink in the standings and improve their lottery standing to better than No. 9. However, the teams in the Knicks’ neighborhood, too, are content to tank at this point — except the Nets, whose pick belongs to the Cavaliers.

    Mikal and Miles Bridges, no relation, should be in the Knicks’ range as Greenberg sees a lot of strong power forwards and centers going ahead of them — Marvin Bagley, Jaren Jackson Jr., DeAndre Ayton and Mohamed Bamba – and point guards Trae Young and Collin Sexton.

    NBAdraft.net has Mikal and Miles going 11-12 respectively.

    Miles, who plays for Michigan State and averages 17.3 points on 48 percent from the field, also could be a good fit, especially with Knicks president Steve Mills and GM Scott Perry emphasizing a need for athleticism.

    Some have compared Miles to Draymond Green, but that’s mostly because Green played at Michigan State, too. Bridges is considered more of an athlete, similar to the Suns’ Josh Jackson.

    “Not only can he really shoot the ball, but he’s a freakish athlete who can run the floor,’’ said Greenberg, a Long Island native. “He could be a better rebounder. He doesn’t have the feel for the game like Mikal or Draymond. He’s dynamic but not as good a perimeter defender.

    “He’s having a good year, not a great year,’’ Greenberg added. “His team is so good. That’s the problem. He’s not asked to do too much.”

    Another small forward in the late lottery range is Kentucky’s 6-foot-9 freshman Kevin Knox.

    “He’s big-time shooter,” Greenberg said of Knox. “He needs to get tougher and put the ball on the floor better. He can shoot and post-up some — a poor man’s Klay Thompson.’’

    The Knicks would have to get luck to be in position to draft Porter or Luka Doncic, a 6-foot-6 European star who could play point guard or on the wing in the NBA. Greenberg hasn’t seen Doncic live but his brother, Brad Greenberg, who coaches in Israel, predicted he’s the No. 1 pick.

    Seth believes Porter would be No. 1 if not for his back woes.

    “The kid’s real talented,’’ Greenberg said. “He’s got some Jayson Tatum in him — very good passer, good size. The back is an issue. That is a concern. He’s also thin-framed. At worst he’s Brandon Ingram and best he’s Tatum and is definitely a 3. He’ll be all about the physical.’’
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    LOS ANGELES — Charles Barkley won’t kick the Knicks when they’re down.

    The legendary TNT mouthpiece believes “you people in New York’’ need more patience with Kristaps Porzingis as well as with the club’s future, saying the franchise is building something sturdy.

    Barkley even thinks Porzingis’ catastrophic ACL tear that jeopardizes next season, too, could benefit the franchise “in the long run,” despite admitting the incident was “really sad.’’

    “He was on the right track to being a helluva player,’’ Barkley said at TNT’s temporary set next to Staples Center during All-Star weekend festivities Thursday night. “It’s really unfortunate. They had done a good job. I like the (Frank) Ntilikina guy. (Tim) Hardaway Jr. was playing well. I still love the (Enes) Kanter deal.

    “The Knicks are going to get better. The problem with you people in New York is you all have zero patience. If you keep drafting and adding players, sooner or later, you’re going to have a good team. But they never have patience in New York.’’

    “It will probably be good for the Knicks in the long run,’’ Barkley said. “Because you’re all in a position of getting ping-pong balls. Hypothetically, if you did make the playoffs this year and you’re eighth seed, you’re going to lose in the first round. Now you’re going to get another lottery pick. I don’t understand why everyone is so impatient. I think the Knicks are building toward a future.”

    Barkley still has faith in the 22-year-old Porzingis despite his durability issues. He was supposed to make his All-Star Game debut Sunday but he’s now laid up on crutches.

    In early December, Porzingis leveled off after an MVP-like start but that has caused Barkley no alarm. The surgery will prevent him from working on parts of his game this offseason and limit his ability to bulk up as he focuses on his knee and quad.

    Porzingis finished the season playing 48 games. He’s missed 60 games in his first three seasons.

    “When a guy’s 22, I don’t think you’re going to notice he had an ACL in a couple of years,’’ Barkley said. “The way you can work on these guys today and him being so young. … If he was 35, I’d be concerned. I got more hope for him than [DeMarcus] Cousins. That injury (Achilles tear) Boogie got is devastating. I don’t mean to be morbid but I think he’d rather tear an ACL than an Achilles.’’

    Barkley still has faith in the 22-year-old Porzingis despite his durability issues. He was supposed to make his All-Star Game debut Sunday but he’s now laid up on crutches.

    In early December, Porzingis leveled off after an MVP-like start but that has caused Barkley no alarm. The surgery will prevent him from working on parts of his game this offseason and limit his ability to bulk up as he focuses on his knee and quad.

    Porzingis finished the season playing 48 games. He’s missed 60 games in his first three seasons.

    “When a guy’s 22, I don’t think you’re going to notice he had an ACL in a couple of years,’’ Barkley said. “The way you can work on these guys today and him being so young. … If he was 35, I’d be concerned. I got more hope for him than [DeMarcus] Cousins. That injury (Achilles tear) Boogie got is devastating. I don’t mean to be morbid but I think he’d rather tear an ACL than an Achilles.’’

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    I think it’s becoming clearer by the day that NYK will finish 9th. I doubt CHA or LAK will catch us... both are 4 back.

    Knicks have 38 losses. Chicago has 41, Nets have 42, and both ORL and ATL have 43.

    On the Western front, Mavs, Suns, MEM and SAC all are 5 or 6 wins behind NY.


    With 20 games remaining.... it might prove to be too difficult to catch all these 42-44 loss squads.

    Now, certainly, all it takes a 3 game win streak by 1 of those 8 teams.... coinciding with a losing streak by us. But I don’t see us tanking the final 20 (going 4-16 or something).

    On top of that, even if we do lose the majority of our remaining games... the aforementioned pathetic 8 will lose just as much.

    The good news is we should be locked in to 9... without risk of fallling in the 10-14 range.

    There’s also hope we can catch a team or 2.... 7th would be golden, for we could scoop up the last remaining lottery stud.

    And, even at 9, we still have a potential ping pong miracle.

    And, even at 9, we have a good chance landing that SF kid from Villanover (Mikal Bridges).

    For more on him,
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    “If athletic wing players are the future of the NBA, the Knicks may be on the verge of becoming a modern contender.

    In Basketball Insiders' latest 2018 NBA mock draft , the Knicks selected Villanova superstar Mikal Bridges with the No. 9 overall pick.

    In a December piece on Bridges' ascension to one of the sport's best prospects, SB Nation called him an "advanced stats monster" and one of the best perimeter defenders in college basketball.

    How good are we talking?

    If you accept that BPM is perhaps the best all-in-one metric to evaluate an individual's contributions in college basketball, then Bridges is currently in the midst of a historic season.

    That's the list of players who have posted a BPM over 16.0 while scoring at least 100 points in a season since 2010-11. Two of those players (Karl-Anthony Towns and Anthony Davis) went No. 1 overall in the NBA draft and another (Victor Oladipo) went with the second pick. Everyone but Sindarius Thornwell was a first-round pick, and he was taken in the second round.

    Bridges, to that point, was having a better season than all of those ex-college stars.

    Doc Rivers to be next Knicks head coach?

    Heading into play on Feb. 28, Bridges was averaging 17.2 points. 5.3 rebounds and 2.1 assists per game for a title-contending Wildcats team.

    If Bridges arrived to the Knicks, the shooting guard-small forward combo could be paired with Kristaps Porzingis to form a devastating small-ball scoring lineup with the ability to run the floor.

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    Scouts rave about this kid... gym rate, loves the game, highly cerebral. Knits-Bridges-KP compliment each other for a nice troika.

    Anyway, the point is, thankfully for the long term health of this team, NY has positioned itself into the top 9.

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    Originally Posted by tiger0330
    Despite his gaudy numbers you have to have doubts about the kid. One thing I'm certain of he's not going number 1.
    Cracks in Trae's armor according to ESPN Insider. Would the Knicks pick him if he's there when they pick?

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    Continuing the concerning trend we've seen over the past six weeks or so, Young again struggled to play efficient or winning basketball, committing eight turnovers, shooting just 2-for-11 from beyond the arc and displaying apathetic defense in an embarrassing blowout loss to 18-12 Baylor.
    Young has unquestionably hit a wall physically since mid-January, with Oklahoma going just 3-10 in that stretch, and NBA scouts are openly questioning how well his frail body type can hold up over the course of an 82-game season. Part of that is undoubtedly due to how bad his supporting cast is, and it was jarring to see how little help they provided him early on, blowing wide-open layups and 3-pointers, being unable to make simple catches and getting pummeled all game inside the paint by a much more physical Baylor squad. Young actually started the game well (though he wasn't rewarded for it on the stat sheet), but he quickly appeared disheartened by his lack of help and the way the game evolved. He went into chucker mode, continually hoisting up ill-advised pull-up jumpers that simply haven't been falling. He's now shooting just 41-for-130 (31.5 percent) from beyond the arc in his past 13 games, with a 1.27 assist-to-turnover ratio.
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    Even in a down game, it wasn't hard to see what makes Young an intriguing NBA prospect. His ballhandling skills and court vision are elite, and combined with his impeccable footwork and tremendous ability to change speeds, he can get to almost wherever he wants on the floor. The issue he has run into in Big 12 play (besides his cold shooting) is that he's struggling to finish around the basket effectively. He also isn't drawing fouls at anywhere near the rate he did earlier in the season, partially due to the physical toll this takes on his body.
    There's a school of thought among NBA scouts that Young might be packing it in to a certain extent at this point in the season, content with what he has already shown and not looking to use too much energy at the risk of getting injured. This is especially noticeable on the defensive end, where Young looked to expend absolutely no energy whatsoever all game, barely getting into a stance once, dying on every screen, never putting a body on an opponent and simply looking like it wasn't in his job description to put effort into actually getting a stop. NBA scouts seem to have resigned themselves to the fact that Young is going to be somewhat of a sieve early in his career, but there are real concerns about whether he can become adequate in this area at some point.
    What does all this mean for his draft stock? It's not entirely clear. There remains an open debate among scouts as to whom they prefer between Young and [Only registered and activated users can see links. ], but it would be surprising to see either fall very far outside the top 10, given that there isn't much behind them that appears to be all that inspiring. It will be interesting to see what kind of energy Young can muster for the Big 12 and NCAA Tournaments, when he should be better rested after a little bit of a break.
    NBA teams are still enamored with Young's talent, but the past six weeks have definitely revealed some cracks in his scouting report that have caused them to re-examine their evaluations.

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    If I’m NYK, I have to see what compliments and fits our current roster. The kid from Villanova is the ideal fit (for us if we are picking in the later part of the top 10).

    Given the choice.... I would take him over Young.

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    Originally Posted by mafra
    Carter, Sexton, Knox, and my personal favorite Mikal Bridges, should all be available at 9...

    I think it’ll be like last year, when we had our choice of Monk, Mitchell, DSJ and Knits. We will have a block of prospects worthy of lottery selection... it’s just a matter of picking the right guy.

    But, if we can get Sexton or Mikal Bridges at 9 then we found a gem.


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    Hype may push him up the board... his strengths right now is his incredible defense and his work ethic / b-ball intelligence.

    This guy fits perfectly with Knits and KP and should be our target outside the top-5 studs.

    Or, maybe we trade next year’s first to jump up and grab somebody else and simply sign KL next summer.

    If we want to attract KL or KI or KT next summer, we need KP plus another elite talent.

    If we land a top 5 pick and place that with KP, and Knits, that might make the roster more attractive to potential 2019 free agents.

    I also think 1 lottery stud and 1 major feee agent is all NY needs to get on right track. Ergo, I would pacakage 9th pick and 2019
    1st to jump up into top 5.

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