The New York Knicks have a lot of ammunition heading into the 2018 NBA draft.
It’s never too early to look ahead at the 2918 NBA draft.
FanSided’s New York Knicks site, Daily Knicks has released a mock draft and has the Knickerbockers using the 16th overall pick on Villanova guard/forward Mikal Bridges.
Here’s a portion of what Daily Knicks wrote about Bridges.
The Knicks are in the midst of rebuilding the franchise brick-by-brick, focusing primarily on the defensive end of the floor. That makes Bridges the obvious choice, as he’s widely regarded as one of the best on-ball and team defenders in the country.
That reputation has stayed with him throughout his three-year career, thus lending credence to the belief that the Villanova star’s success will translate to the NBA.
Offensively, Bridges is a lights-out three-point shooter who’s better without the ball, but is improving his effectiveness with it. After shooting 29.9 percent from distance as a freshman, he converted at a clip of 39.3 percent as a sophomore, and is above 50 percent as a junior.
Bridges would be an ideal pick for the Knicks, because it would give them the flexibility to move Tim Hardaway Jr. to shooting guard.
Here are some highlights of Bridges.
With the Knicks second round pick (31st overall), via the Chicago Bulls, Daily Knicks has New York going with UCLA point guard Aaron Holiday.
Going with a point guard makes sense, since both Ramon Sessions and Jarrett Jack are not long-term answers and New York needs a back-up plan in case Frank Ntilikina doesn’t work out. It also give them some much-needed depth at the position.