Offseason thoughts

I was going to call this the 2018 NBA draft thoughts but I wanted to say this first;

THE KNICKS ARE NOT GETTING KAWHI LEONARD OR LEBRON JAMES.

The Knicks don’t have enough cap space, and without trading Porzingis they have no assets to trade for them. Those guys wouldn’t have any reason to come here without Porzingis (and barely any reason to come even if he is here). So let’s stop all this talk right now.

OK, rant over. On to the draft. I’m not a draft expert, I hardly watch any college ball, but I did call for Porzingis months before the draft, so lets see if I can make another good prediction this year.

Trae Young – The guy can score. The Knicks need scoring. The Knicks also need literally everything, so taking a guy based on one need isn’t the way to go about this. From the little footage I’ve seen I have a feeling Young is going to get creamed on defense. I’m thinking Isaiah Thomas. Can put up a ton of points but is almost unplayable due to not being able to guard anyone. I’d take a pass on Young.

Michael Porter Jr. – There’s a chance that his injuries could scare people off. I know the Knicks have had terrible luck with injury prone players, but if Porter Jr. falls to #9 I’d grab him. His upside is too hard to pass up. He’s been all over the place in mock drafts, but he’s trending upward just days before the draft so I’d make a NetBet that he’s not available at 9.

Mikal Bridges – He’s a two way player. The Knicks have maybe two of those on the roster if you squint just right. Can’t get enough of guys like that. If he’s available the Knicks should thank the basketball gods and jump on that.

Collin Sexton – I’m torn on this one. Drafting a PG the year after drafting Ntilikina seems weird, but maybe they can play together. Sexton can play defense to that would be a nice young defensive backcourt. As I’m writing this I’m talking myself into it.

Wendell Carter Jr. – I wouldn’t be a fan of this pick. Doesn’t seem terribly athletic. Might have trouble scoring. Probably couldn’t keep up with quicker power forwards. The Knicks need a stud and I feel like Wendell’s ceiling is solid rotation player.

It’s such a crap shoot at #9 who knows. I’m sure a couple of these guys will be really good and a couple will be complete busts. I just hope the Knicks make the right pick.

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 March Madness Draft Preview

 March Madness Draft Preview

By Wyatt Krehbiel

As the NCAA tournament approaches many top NBA prospects will be in action providing NBA fans a good look. This is a good opportunity for fans whose teams are in tank mode to see potential prospects in action.

I recently got Twitter for the first time and one thing I have noticed is the apparent desperation among Knicks fans to reach the top of the lottery. Fortunately that may not be necessary to get a franchise cornerstone in this draft.

This was one of the best drafts at the top in recent memory, and the ascension of Oklahoma’s Trae Young just makes it better. Collin Sexton has been compared to last years fifth overall pick De’Aaron Fox. In this years draft many mock drafts have Sexton falling out of the top ten.

It also helps that the Knicks major deficiencies, defense, three point shooting, and the small forward position all can be addressed around the ninth pick. The back end of the top ten seems to be the optimal spot for a team seeking a three and D wing.

This season has been a career year for Villanova Junior Mikal Bridges. Up to this year he had been a defensive stud for the one seed Wildcats. Now he has been an offensive weapon as well. He averaged 18 points a game for a very good team, and is a good three point shooter. He has spent the most time in college of the top prospects which could help ease the transition to the NBA. His scoring ability, and three point shot are nice, but his ability to defend multiple positions, and shut down an opponents best player is his biggest draw.

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