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  • Mikal Bridges

    12 25.53%
  • Miles Bridges

    11 23.40%
  • Collin Sexton/Trae Young

    8 17.02%
  • Kevin Knox

    6 12.77%
  • Wendell Carter

    7 14.89%
  • Zhaire Smith

    3 6.38%
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    With the 9th and 36th pick...

    Now that we know the draft order, we can use this as the official draft thread until draft day.

    The players most likely in play are Mikal Bridges, Miles Bridges, Collin Sexton/Trae Young, Kevin Knox, Zhaire Smith, and Wendell Carter. This is under the assumption that Porter doesn't fall.


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    IT’S OFFICIAL: KNICKS PICK 9TH, NOW WHAT?

    DESPITE STAYING AT THE PROJECTED NINTH SPOT IN THE DRAFT, THE KNICKS WILL HAVE THE TOUGH DECISION TO SELECT TALENT FOR THEIR TEAM—WHAT ARE THE STRENGTHS AND WEAKNESSES OF SOME PROSPECTS?

    New York Knicks fans had, literally, a 1.7 percent glimmer of hope that we could somehow come away with the no. 1 pick in the 2018 NBA Draft. For a brief second, imagine having to choose between Luka Doncic and DeAndre Ayton.

    In reality, the New York Knicks own the no. 9 pick in the 2018 NBA Draft. Don’t let hype misguide the excitement of a top 10 pick. If Scott Perry isn’t worried about finding impactful talent, you shouldn’t be either. In a recent interview, he said he’s “confident we will be able to find a prospect who can help our team regardless of where we pick, as well as our scouting staff’s ability to maximize our draft position.” Steve Mills, team president, echoed this sentiment as well, by saying that the Knicks will be drafting the best player available—“we need talent, we need athletic players and the position will determine who we pick, but in an ideal world, we’d like to get a wing player.”

    The last time that the Knicks selected ninth overall was 2003 with the selection of Michael Sweetney—and we do not need to get into that.

    That said, let’s look at our options for the 2018 NBA Draft.

    MIKAL BRIDGES — SG/SF (22 YEARS OLD, JUNIOR, VILLANOVA, 6’7”, 210 LBS, 7’1” WINGSPAN)
    What’s most intriguing about Mikal is his defensive versatility. The NBA is much different now than it was even five years ago. Teams are much “switchier” and coaches have begun to demand that players can guard multiple positions, just look at Frank Ntilikina, for example. A “tweener” used to be a negative connotation—a player who didn’t fit a position perfectly. Now, however, teams need players that have the ability and aptitude to defend multiple positions.

    Where does Mikal Bridges fit into the equation? Fizdale could slide Mikal into the small forward position instantly and have a long, athletic team capable of guarding potentially anybody. In addition to his defense, Mikal would arrive to the NBA with a steady, mechanically-sound shooting motion and the ability to make big shots. Bridges made 51.4 percent of his field-goal attempts on 11.9 shots a game and 43.5 percent of his three-point attempts on 6.0 attempts per game (via Basketball-Reference). Facing stiffer competition and a longer three-point arc, those numbers should drop but will jumpstart the Knicks’ often lethargic offense.

    Although Mikal doesn’t quite possess the upside of Miles Bridges or Kevin Knox, his maturity, NCAA-winning pedigree, shooting, and defensive versatility are all tools that any team could use. He would make for a great fit on the 2018–19 New York Knicks roster, assuming he’s available at nine.

    MILES BRIDGES — SF/PF (20 YEARS OLD, SOPHOMORE, MICHIGAN STATE, 6’7”, 230 LBS, 7’0” WINGSPAN)
    At this time last year, Miles Bridges was an esteemed prospect. Promising, young, and a hyper-athletic freshman from Michigan State, who opted to return for his sophomore year. This year, he put up nearly identical numbers—17.1 points, 7.0 rebounds, and 2.7 assists per game—in a significantly more pronounced role. So naturally, it makes sense that he’s regarded as a worse prospect this year. Truth be told, Miles is a stud. He has his flaws and isn’t as polished as Mikal, but improvements are evident in his game and not necessarily reflected in his numbers.

    The addition of Miles Bridges to the Knicks roster would immediately change the perception of the Knicks. Remember how Tim Hardaway Jr. played small forward last season and would get bullied by bigger, actual small forwards? Miles is one of those Small Forwards who would bully Tim. Bridges excels in fast break opportunties and taking advantage of slower, smaller players. He will cut backdoor and slam it home. He will make those extra effort plays, snatching offensive rebounds from mid-air. He will jump out of the gym and become much better with NBA offseason programs.

    Adding Miles could change New York’s identity. What he lacks in defensive versatility, Bridges makes up for in offensive versatility. He’ll bully small forwards or he’ll blow by power forwards. Next to Kristaps Porzingis, ideally at the 5, Miles makes an excellent long-term fit. In the meantime, Miles needs to refine his shot-creation and playmaking skills.

    KEVIN KNOX — SF (18 YEARS OLD, FRESHMAN, KENTUCKY, 6’9”, 206 LBS, 7’0” WINGSPAN)
    The appeal to Knox is that he’s a raw, promising project. Physically, Knox has so much room to grow in terms of strength and even height. He’s still so young, and because of that, he lacks offensive and defensive strengths. Unlike Mikal and Miles, Knox would not have an immediate impact and teams across the league know that.

    If the Knicks choose to go in this direction, fans have to face the music that the Knicks will not be competitive for several years. With KP out for most likely the entire 2018 season, Frank in his sophomore season, Mudiay still figuring himself out, Timmy trying to solidify himself has a go-to option, and a new head coach, selecting Kevin Knox would illustrate to fans that the front office views this Knicks roster as a complete project, which is pretty true anyway.

    Kentucky has a record of playing home to great one-and-done players. Knox has all the tools to become a star in the NBA, it’s just a matter of being in the right position for him to grow and develop as that player. I’m not quite sure New York with all their impatient fans and ruthless media is the best place for Knox to do that.

    COLLIN SEXTON — PG (19 YEARS OLD, FRESHMAN, ALABAMA, 6’2”, 184 LBS, 6’7” WINGSPAN)
    Is Collin Sexton really Eric Bledsoe? The evidence suggests no, and it’s pretty compelling. That said, their play styles are eerily similar, though I do believe that Sexton has more defensive potential. Sexton is a lead guard, not a point guard, let’s get that straight. He’s a scorer, a slasher, an aggressor, and eventually, the no. 1 option on a team.

    Sexton has all the tools to become a great player in the NBA. He plays with great ferocity and loves to play through contact. He’s creative with the ball and drives into the lane. Averaging 7.6 free-throw attempts per game, that’s more than anybody on the ’17–’18 Knicks roster.

    Collin Sexton is a good fit for the Knicks. If Scott Perry and Co. decide to go with best player available, and that happens to be Sexton, it wouldn’t be a bad pick. Though, with Ntilikina, Mudiay, Burke, Lee, Hardaway, and Ron Baker on the roster for next season, is a guard—a lead guard at that—really needed? Is that the best use of a draft pick for a team that has severe needs in other positions? I don’t think so. Sexton would be a fine pick, but it may not be the savviest one.

    TRAE YOUNG — PG (19 YEARS OLD, FRESHMAN, OKLAHOMA, 6’2”, 180 LBS, 6’4” WINGSPAN)
    Can Trae Young score? Yes. Can Trae Young create offense for himself? Yes. Can Trae Young create offense for everyone else? Yes. Can Trae Young penetrate and get to the foul line? Yes. Can Trae Young play defense? Not really.

    Passing on Trae Young at no. 9 would just feel wrong. It would feel as if we’re passing up on supreme talent because it may not be the best fit. I’m not going anywhere near comparisons because that would be a waste of time. That said, the tape on Trae Young is clear—he can flat out score and create for others. With Ntilikina, Mudiay, Burke, and the other guards on the team, it’d be hard to imagine how the playing time would be split up amongst the young bloods. Trae is the type of player that should come into the NBA and have a strong role model or mentor to train with him to show him the ropes. That said, Trae should be given the freedom to grow from plentiful playing time. He just wouldn’t get that in New York unless there was some sort of shake up, such as a trade or release.

    If Steve Mills and Scott Perry are serious about taking best player available and Trae Young is still available, you have to believe they’ll be taking him regardless of need and fit. Nonetheless, the Knicks will be a bit shrouded in draft mystery at the tough ninth spot. Perhaps their dream prospect will be passed over and available at no. 9. But we’ll have to wait until June 21st.
    https://theknickswall.com/knicks-hav...es-trae-young/

    If you guys are looking for possibly the new DX, here you go:

    https://www.thestepien.com

    It's definitely insightful and even at times gives new takes besides the ones you always hear. There have been several players this year that they had ranked higher only for those guys to be eventually ranked higher on sites like ESPN (Jaren Jackson, Jontay Porter, Zhaire Smith, and Chandler Hutchison come to mind). They aren't insiders, so the info is completely based on data and scouting without influence from the league. Cole Zwicker is probably the best of the bunch.
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    NBA mock draft: New teams for top prospects
    By Jonathan Givony
    ESPN Insider

    The Phoenix Suns have won the NBA draft lottery.

    Who will they take, and where will the rest of the top prospects land?

    Our mock draft differs in two crucial ways from our recently updated top 100 prospect rankings. It uses the NBA's official draft order, and it's adjusted for NBA team needs accordingly. It also attempts to project which players will end up declaring and keeping their names in the draft.

    Editor's note: This mock draft, published immediately after the lottery results, will continue to update with the latest information and analysis throughout Tuesday night and into the draft combine on Wednesday.

    1. Phoenix Suns

    Deandre Ayton
    Arizona
    Age: 19.8
    C

    Height: 7-foot | Weight: 243 pounds


    Ayton was beginning to answer some of the questions scouts have had about him since high school with a string of dominant performances down the stretch, before finishing the college season on a poor note in an early NCAA tournament exit.

    Physically, he's one of the most gifted prospects we've seen in the draft in the past few years, and he has an impressive skill level, to boot.

    Phoenix, the worst defensive team in the NBA, will be right to question Ayton's impact on that end of the floor, but his sheer productivity and overall talent level makes it difficult to not slot him at the top of this class.

    Starting salary: $8,095,680

    2. Sacramento Kings

    Luka Doncic
    Real Madrid
    Age: 19.1
    PG

    Height: 6-8 | Weight: 228


    Doncic hit a bit of a wall after playing 18 straight months without a break. He still found a way to help Real Madrid qualify for the EuroLeague Final Four, and will attempt to re-establish his candidacy as the potential No. 1 pick in the draft with a strong showing in Belgrade later this week.

    He's an electric transition player with elite instincts on both ends, especially creating out of the pick-and-roll.

    Starting salary: $7,243,440

    3. Atlanta Hawks

    Marvin Bagley III
    Duke
    Age: 19.1
    PF/C

    Height: 6-11 | Weight: 234


    While Bagley has some positional concerns defensively, his athleticism, motor, rebounding, finishing ability and overall productivity will be very attractive here.

    He has terrific scoring instincts and likely brings better shot-making potential than he showed in college with more spacing around him at the NBA level.

    Starting salary: $6,504,600

    4. Memphis Grizzlies

    Jaren Jackson Jr.
    Michigan State
    Age: 18.6
    PF/C

    Height: 6-11 | Weight: 240


    The youngest projected first-rounder, Jackson might have the highest ceiling in terms of his ability to affect the game on both ends of the floor. He has enviable physical tools, including a 7-foot-4 wingspan and tremendous mobility.

    Jackson's ability to space the floor (40 percent from 3 and 80 percent from the line), block shots (5.7 per 40 minutes), switch on every screen and, increasingly, put the ball on the floor from the perimeter makes him an ideal fit for the modern NBA.

    Starting salary: $5,864,640

    5. Dallas Mavericks

    Mohamed Bamba
    Texas
    Age: 19.9
    C

    Height: 7-foot | Weight: 207


    Bamba's rare combination of length, shot-blocking instincts and offensive promise gives him one of the highest ceilings of any prospect in this draft.

    He brings a ton of defensive potential, including the versatility to step out onto smaller players, though he also can float at times and doesn't always look engaged on the floor.

    Starting salary: $5,310,720

    6. Orlando Magic

    Trae Young
    Oklahoma
    Age: 19.6
    PG

    Height: 6-2 | Weight: 176


    Young is a deadly pull-up shooter with deep range who loves transition quick hitters. He would add a much-needed scoring punch to Orlando's backcourt.

    While his physical profile for a PG is underwhelming and he struggles to finish in traffic against top athletes, he's an excellent passer who should look even better at the NBA level.

    Starting salary: $4,823,520

    7. Chicago Bulls

    Wendell Carter Jr.
    Duke
    Age: 19.0
    C

    Height: 6-10 | Weight: 263


    Small forward is a definite position of need, but Robin Lopez and Bobby Portis are entering the final year of their contracts, so it also makes sense to think about drafting a big man who complements Lauri Markkanen on both ends of the floor.

    Carter's feel and versatility are promising in a number of ways. He is a physically mature big man with a 263-pound frame and 7-foot-3 wingspan, which will allow him to play center in the NBA with ease.

    Carter is a polished player with excellent hands and touch around the basket, and he has demonstrated a nice blend of passing, shot-blocking and perimeter shooting, despite being overshadowed at times by fellow likely lottery pick Bagley at Duke.

    Starting salary: $4,403,280

    8. Cleveland Cavaliers (via Nets)

    Michael Porter Jr.
    Missouri
    Age: 19.8
    SF/PF

    Height: 6-10 | Weight: 214


    Porter came into the 2017-18 season with hopes of making a run at being the No. 1 pick in the draft. He wasn't able to build his case, however, because of a back injury. Porter's size, shot-creation skill and scoring instincts will nevertheless make him a coveted prospect in June. He is a playmaker on both ends of the floor and is just starting to figure out how to put his talent to full use.

    Starting salary: $4,033,800

    9. New York Knicks

    Collin Sexton
    Alabama
    Age: 19.3
    PG

    Height: 6-2 | Weight: 183


    Frank Ntilikina has had some nice rookie moments, but the Knicks are finding out that the long-armed, 6-5 guard seems better suited playing alongside a more dominant ball handler and shot creator who can take some of the scoring responsibilities off Ntilikina's shoulders.

    Enter Sexton, with his tremendous aggressiveness driving the lane, taking off-the-dribble jumpers and putting defensive pressure on opposing guards. NBA teams have some concerns about Sexton's decision-making and reckless style of play. Fiercely competitive, Sexton has shown enough flashes in the right areas to be comfortably projected as a starting-caliber point guard, with plenty of upside.

    Starting salary: $3,708,120

    10. Philadelphia 76ers (via Lakers)

    Mikal Bridges
    Villanova
    Age: 21.6
    SF

    Height: 6-7 | Weight: 200


    The 76ers have gotten great production out of JJ Redick and Marco Belinelli, but with both players approaching free agency -- and their mid-30s -- it makes sense to think about drafting a wing who can complement their building blocks of Joel Embiid, Ben Simmons and Markelle Fultz.

    Bridges is an easy player to slot on almost any NBA roster, thanks to his multipositional defensive versatility, 3-point shooting and role-player potential. He isn't as gifted a shot creator as you'd like from a top-10 pick, but on this roster, he won't need to be.

    Starting salary: $3,522,480

    11. Charlotte Hornets

    Miles Bridges
    Michigan State
    Age: 20.1
    SF/PF

    Height: 6-6 | Weight: 226


    Charlotte continues to search for long-term solutions at both forward positions and will likely look to add athleticism to what has become a fairly disappointing roster.

    Bridges is a freakish athlete who struggled at times to make the full-time transition to small forward, but he has potential as a two-way wing who can guard all over the floor and give you enough shooting, ballhandling and passing to get by at one of the most important positions in today's NBA.

    Starting salary: $3,346,560

    12. LA Clippers (via Pistons)

    Shai Gilgeous-Alexander
    Kentucky
    Age: 19.8
    PG/SG

    Height: 6-6 | Weight: 171


    The Clippers could be looking at point guard as a position in need of supplementing, and the size, length and versatility of Gilgeous-Alexander could be attractive here considering the type of lineup flexibility he brings.

    The fact that he is 6-6 (with a 7-foot wingspan), instinctual defensively and unselfish makes him easy to slot in alongside virtually any type of player. His offense has made significant strides as the season has moved on, helping him surprisingly emerge as arguably Kentucky's best long-term prospect.

    Starting salary: $3,179,280

    13. LA Clippers

    Lonnie Walker IV
    Miami
    Age: 19.4
    SG

    Height: 6-4 | Weight: 206


    Walker didn't have a consistent or efficient freshman season, but his talent, combined with the lack of depth at his position, is keeping his name in the lottery conversation. His youth, strong frame, 6-10½ wingspan and ability to shoot with his feet set or off the dribble make him a candidate to rise during the pre-draft process as teams search for upside and diamonds in the rough.

    The Clippers' wing rotation is a major work in progress and could certainly use some more shooting, length and perimeter-defensive prowess.

    Starting salary: $3,020,280

    14. Denver Nuggets

    Robert Williams
    Texas A&M
    Age: 20.5
    PF/C

    Height: 6-10 | Weight: 237


    Williams reminded everyone why he was such a highly touted prospect entering the season with an impressive run to finish the year, helping Texas A&M reach the Sweet 16.

    Despite playing out of position all season, he has shown that his game is tailor-made for the NBA as a rim-running, pick-and-roll-finishing, shot-blocker/offensive rebounder in the Clint Capela mold. The Nuggets could use a big man like Williams to pair with defensively challenged Nikola Jokic. Both are centers, but Jokic and Williams complement each other quite well on both ends of the floor.

    Starting salary: $2,869,320
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    NBA Mock Draft 2018: Luka Doncic Leads the Pack After Lottery Results

    JONATHAN WASSERMAN

    With the lottery complete and the order set, the 2018 NBA draft just became clearer and easier to project.

    At No. 1 overall, the Phoenix Suns likely will choose between one of the NCAA's star big men and Europe's prized guard from Slovenia, who'll be participating in the start of Euroleague's Final Four later in the week.

    Representatives from all 30 teams will now head to Chicago to scout and interview eligible prospects at the NBA combine later this week.

    1. Phoenix Suns: Luka Doncic (Slovenia, PG/SG, 1999)

    The odds held up for the Phoenix Suns, who'll likely be choosing between Luka Doncic and Deandre Ayton at No. 1.

    While both players have strong cases, it's difficult to look past the fact that Phoenix just hired Igor Kokoskov as its new head coach. Last summer, Kokoskov led Doncic and Slovenia to a gold medal at EuroBasket.

    The Suns ranked last in defensive efficiency this past season, and though they weren't any better offensively, adding a weak rim protector like Ayton would be unsettling. Phoenix could also look to max out a defensive ace like restricted free agent Clint Capela this offseason.

    As much as the Suns need a center, they need a playmaker equally as much. The 6'8" Doncic, who is arguably the top passer in the draft, has the potential to make his teammates better. Meanwhile, Ayton's Wildcats underachieved and got bounced by Buffalo in Arizona's first NCAA tournament game.

    No coach knows how to use Doncic better than Kokoskov. The timing of his hire, plus Phoenix's hole next to Devin Booker, makes Doncic our early favorite to go No. 1.

    2. Sacramento Kings: Deandre Ayton (Arizona, C, Freshman)

    The Sacramento Kings won't have much to think about at No. 2. They'll take whoever is left between Doncic and Ayton.

    And given their need for a scoring big man, it's possible they prefer Ayton to begin with.

    He'd be a textbook fit up front, where Sacramento has leaned on Skal Labissiere and Williey Cauley-Stein in recent years. One of the most impressive athletes to enter the draft, Ayton is also highly skilled with post moves and shooting range out to the arc.

    Defense remains his biggest concern, but if the Kings believe he'll be a 20-point, 10-rebound machine, they won't overthink this decision. Ayton has the chance to be one of the most gifted offensive centers in the league and Sacramento's franchise anchor for years to come.

    3. Atlanta Hawks: Marvin Bagley III (Duke, PF/C, Freshman)

    Instead of overthinking at No. 3, the Atlanta Hawks take Marvin Bagley III as the best prospect available.

    Jaren Jackson Jr. or Mohamed Bamba may also draw looks from the Hawks, but they could view those two as overly raw and questionable fits on a team that doesn't offer him much support.

    After Bagley averaged 21.0 points and 11.1 rebounds while shooting 64.7 percent inside the arc and 39.7 percent from three, he'll come off as the safer pick, but he also has All-Star upside to unlock. He and John Collins could make for one of the bounciest frontcourt pairings in the league.

    4. Memphis Grizzlies: Jaren Jackson Jr. (Michigan State, PF/C, Freshman)

    The Memphis Grizzlies may be disappointed after falling outside of the top three, but Jaren Jackson Jr. should still work for them. He'd fit alongside Marc Gasol for his ability to stretch the floor and guard the perimeter.

    Realistically, he represents Gasol's long-term replacement in the middle.

    Jackson is fresh off a season in which he blocked 5.5 shots per 40 minutes and established the reputation for being one of the most promising young defenders to enter the NBA in years.

    Still 18 years old with three-point range and an efficient low-post game, Jackson also has plenty of offensive potential and room and time to improve his skill level.

    Memphis will also look at Mohamed Bamba, but Jackson's superior versatility makes the decision easier. He's also more than a year younger than Bamba.

    5. Dallas Mavericks: Mohamed Bamba (Texas, C, Freshman)

    The Dallas Mavericks dropped in the lottery, but they can still add a valuable cornerstone in Mohamed Bamba, who'll make it easier to part ways with Nerlens Noel.

    Bamba gives Dallas a defensive anchor and a finishing weapon around the hoop. He could win the Mavericks over in workouts when he shows off more skill and touch than he was able to demonstrate at Texas.

    His spectacular 7'9" wingspan, unique mobility and flashes of post play and shooting hint at a one-of-a-kind player.

    6. Orlando Magic: Trae Young (Oklahoma, PG, Freshman)

    After passing on Dennis Smith Jr. last year, the Orlando Magic won't let another point guard slip past them. They'll grab their floor general of the future in Trae Young, who'll give them a much-needed playmaker in the backcourt.

    They should value his ball-screen offense (76th percentile), isolation game (85 percentile) and shot-making (118 threes).

    Orlando is already dealing with a frontcourt logjam with Aaron Gordon (restricted free agent), Jonathan Isaac and Nikola Vucevic. And though the Magic could use Michael Porter Jr.'s scoring ability, adding him would create an even clunkier frontcourt.

    There isn't an enormous difference between Young and the remaining prospects. With that in mind, the Magic will fill the biggest need on their roster with one of the draft's most exciting shooters and passers.

    7. Chicago Bulls: Mikal Bridges (Villanova, SF, Junior)

    Assuming the Chicago Bulls are invested in Kris Dunn at point guard, they'll likely favor wings or centers at No. 7.

    Wendell Carter Jr. will earn consideration, but the rarity of two-way wings like Mikal Bridges—plus his signs of expanding offense—give him the edge.

    Bridges' 43.5 percent three-point shooting from this past season and defensive versatility suggest he's the ideal fit between scoring specialist Zach LaVine and stretch 4 Lauri Markkanen.

    8.Cleveland Cavaliers (via Nets): Michael Porter Jr. (Missouri, SF/PF, Freshman)

    The Cavaliers look to buy low on Michael Porter Jr., who'll slip after playing just 53 total minutes as a freshman thanks to a back injury on opening night.

    He makes sense for Cleveland, both in terms of insurance in case LeBron James leaves as a free agent and for his immediate shot-making ability, assuming the Cavaliers aren't keen on bringing back Rodney Hood.

    A mismatch scorer at 6'10", Porter separates himself from other forwards with size, three-point range and the ability to shoot off the dribble or face up and attack.

    9. New York Knicks: Miles Bridges (Michigan State, SF/PF, Sophomore)

    At No. 9, there isn't a notable gap between remaining prospects like Michigan State's Miles Bridges, Alabama's Collin Sexton, Duke's Wendell Carter Jr. and Miami's Lonnie Walker IV. In this tier, Bridges stands out as the most likely target based on his strengths and the New York Knicks' needs.

    He'd add explosiveness, which also hints at upside. Assuming the Knicks don't bring Michael Beasley back, Bridges could also move to his best-suited position at the 4 (he played the 3 at Michigan State). And given his shot-making (2.1 threes per game), athleticism and ability to guard the perimeter, he'd be a strong complement to Enes Kanter (if he remains with the Knicks) or Kristaps Porzingis.

    Sexton will likely create debate within New York's front office, but questions over his ability to run an offense (3.6 assists to 2.8 turnovers) and shooting ability (he shot only 33.6 percent from three-point range this past season) could rule him out, especially after Trey Burke's promising breakout. Bridges is the low-risk, potentially high-reward play for a Knicks team that lacks talent at both forward positions.

    10. Philadelphia 76ers (via Lakers): Lonnie Walker IV (Miami, SG, Freshman)

    The Philadelphia 76ers could reach on Lonnie Walker IV with JJ Redick and Marco Belinelli entering unrestricted free agency.

    Throughout the predraft process, Walker should win back support he lost from teams when he was up and down in a spotlight role this past season. Walker is one of the most explosive guards in the class, and his shooting stroke appears far more convincing than his 34.6 percent three-point mark suggests.

    Duke's Wendell Carter Jr. remains on the board, but with Dario Saric and Joel Embiid locked in up front, the Sixers may not want to draft a backup in the lottery. Compared to Miami, Philadelphia should be a more suitable setting for Walker to play to his strengths as a shot-maker and line-drive attacker.

    And in time, he should show the potential to improve as a shot-creator and ball-screen playmaker.

    No. 11. Charlotte Hornets: Wendell Carter Jr. (Duke, PF/C, Freshman)

    Carter could go as high as No. 6, but if the Bulls and Kings opt for wing or forward scorers, he could slip to the Hornets. He should be interchangeable between the 4 and 5, particularly if his jumper starts working early. Ideally, he would eventually replace Dwight Howard and give the Hornets another post option, rebounder and rim protector, but he could also step outside and stretch the floor.

    No. 12. Los Angeles Clippers (via Pistons): Collin Sexton (Alabama, PG/SG, Freshman)

    The Clippers can add their next point guard and another scorer to their backcourt in Sexton. Athletic and highly intense, he puts pressure on opponents at both ends by attacking the rim and competing defensively. Sexton will need to work on his floor game and jumper after averaging only 3.6 assists and 2.8 turnovers and shooting 33.8 percent from three. But once his confidence starts pumping, he's the type of player capable of taking over a game.

    No. 13. Los Angeles Clippers: Robert Williams (Texas A&M, C, Sophomore)

    Signs are pointing to the end of DeAndre Jordan's time in L.A. That makes Robert Williams an intriguing replacement and immediate plug-and-play option for his identical strengths as an explosive leaper, lob target, rim protector and rebounder. Williams will attempt to follow in Jordan's footsteps as a center who can impact games around the basket with his tools and athleticism despite lacking much skill.

    No. 14. Denver Nuggets: Kevin Knox II (Kentucky, SF, Freshman)

    Already set with cornerstone guards in Jamal Murray and Gary Harris to go with a glut of bigs, the Nuggets' only need is on the wing. This could be a trade-down (or out) spot for Denver, but the Nuggets could also lean toward Knox, a 6'9" forward who's still 18 years old and led Kentucky in scoring. He'll need time to develop, but between his mismatch tools, athleticism and shot-making skills, there is obvious long-term offensive upside to unlock.
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    Michael Porter going one pick before us would be tragic. And I don't think the Cavs would let him slip either if he fell to 8.

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    Quote Originally Posted by PC View Post
    Michael Porter going one pick before us would be tragic. And I don't think the Cavs would let him slip either if he fell to 8.
    NO WAY do the Bulls pass on Porter imo. They're looking for a versatile wing who'll eventually play some small 4 along side of Lauri M. Long, athletic, can dribble, shoot, and finish. Together, they would form an interesting front court duo.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bivory View Post
    NO WAY do the Bulls pass on Porter imo. They're looking for a versatile wing who'll eventually play some small 4 along side of Lauri M. Long, athletic, can dribble, shoot, and finish. Together, they would form an interesting front court duo.
    For what it's worth, the local Chicago media seems to think it's between Mikal Bridges and Wendell Carter. Also, apparently Paxson has a Phil Jackson love for older proven players.

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    Quote Originally Posted by smood999 View Post
    For what it's worth, the local Chicago media seems to think it's between Mikal Bridges and Wendell Carter. Also, apparently Paxson has a Phil Jackson love for older proven players.
    That's because no one expects Porter to still be on the block. Anyone who would take Mikal over Porter, unless his back is still broken, needs their head checked...

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    Quote Originally Posted by PC View Post
    Michael Porter going one pick before us would be tragic. And I don't think the Cavs would let him slip either if he fell to 8.
    I agree. The only hope is that Porter somewhat controls his destination due to his injury. He can choose not to work out and withhold medical information to get to a destination of his choice. Obviously times are different and teams have ways of finding out whatever they need to, but we can hope that he angles to land with the Knicks if not taken high. DSJ reportedly did something similar last year, to land with the Mavs, and he was healthy for a season.

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    The Knicks should just select either Miles Bridges or Knox and if Porter available select him... Please do not complicate this more than it needs to be. The Knicks need a player with a mix of athleticism and potential... The Knicks time frame to compete is a ways away... I would not pick Mikal

    You have selected Frank with the 8th pick just last season, to go along with Trey Burke and Mudiay, let the coaching staff and this summer figure things out in terms of the point guard position.

    I'm almost sure the Knicks will go wing because of what the front office has already said this off season and Horny last season saying the Knicks should look for a wing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by smood999 View Post
    I agree. The only hope is that Porter somewhat controls his destination due to his injury. He can choose not to work out and withhold medical information to get to a destination of his choice. Obviously times are different and teams have ways of finding out whatever they need to, but we can hope that he angles to land with the Knicks if not taken high. DSJ reportedly did something similar last year, to land with the Mavs, and he was healthy for a season.
    The only problem with that is if he was thinking about doing something like that, I think the Knicks would be one of the last destinations with the media notion of the Knicks dysfunction. I would say he would prefer to go to the Bulls if anything.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bivory View Post
    That's because no one expects Porter to still be on the block. Anyone who would take Mikal over Porter, unless his back is still broken, needs their head checked...
    No, it's even if Porter is there. The people that cover the Bulls seem to think Paxson would lean Mikal or Carter. It's still early, but that's what it is right now...

    When it comes to draft rumors, I personally trust local media and ESPN.

    I agree with you though.
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    the ninth slot like past years will be difficult for sure:

    that said I'd be ok with a Miles, Mikal, Sexton

    I think Sexton is very intriguing for the Knicks, I like almost everything about his game. I'm a Trey fan but the thought of having a Sexton/Frank back court really excites me.

    That said you can't move everyone but I'd love a trade and I wish we would know if Sexton would drop to the Clips picks and we can trade down.

    If Sexton is the guy then Trey would need to be traded, include him with our Bulls pick and we could see possibly a Clips pick that could net us Knox.

    Right now that would be my dream scenario to walk out of this draft with Sexton/Knox

    Or if Sexton slips you can actually have a Mikal/Miles and Sexton


    the one thing I do know is the Knicks can't keep our roster as is and I'm hoping that some team see some value in them.

    Trey had some really great games and put up some nice numbers so you just don't know if a team like the Clips may be interested and get an early 2nd rounder.

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    Quote Originally Posted by knickerbockerny View Post
    The only problem with that is if he was thinking about doing something like that, I think the Knicks would be one of the last destinations with the media notion of the Knicks dysfunction. I would say he would prefer to go to the Bulls if anything.
    I think the perception of the Knicks have changed since Jackson was fired. Mills and Perry also seem well connected and Fizdale seems to have players on his side as well.

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    Man listen even if Porter is available when the Knicks pick, My guy is Miles Bridges... I have been saying from day one I think he will sneak into the top 5 after workouts and interviews... that dude is a stud and a future all star. He is relentless at the wind position and fits perfectly next to KP eventually when we move KP to center in today's game. He fits the mold of Jaylen Brown

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