Trae Young could be what the New York Knicks need.
Wih the 2017-18 NBA season wrapping up as the New York Knicks get ready to miss the playoffs for the fifth straight season, we can only look forward to the 2018 NBA Draft.
One prospect that’s intrigued everyone is Oklahoma star Trae Young.
The Knicks thought they were set at the point guard position after drafting Frank Ntilikina last summer, but he looks like he’s a better fit in the two spot.
The good news for the Knicks, who will likely be picking ninth overall, is that Young is expected to be drafted between the seventh and 10th spots.
Young is being mentioned as the next Steph Curry and it would be great if the Knicks could land him after missing out on Curry almost a decade ago. So far though, NBA scouts are split on whether or not he’s going to be an impact player at the next level, according to the NY Daily News.
So then, I have to ask, would Young be a good fit for the Knicks?
Jonathan Wasserman of Bleacher Report believes Young would be great for the Knicks.
The New York Knicks need a spark. Trae Young would step in as the immediate starting point guard, likely alongside Frank Ntilikina, who we’re finding out may be better suited to play the 2 as a secondary playmaker.
Even with a healthy Kristaps Porzingis, the Knicks could use an additional shot-creator. Whether or not you believe Young’s volume scoring will carry over to the NBA, the Knicks should value his ability to make things happen off the dribble.
They rank No. 29 in the league in drives per game and points off drives, and their 0.78 points per possession off pick-and-rolls is tied for the fourth-fewest. Young would give the Knicks a new, needed dimension of scoring and playmaking from the backcourt.
Ntilikina would help ease some of the concerns over Young’s defense given his defensive upside and versatility to guard ball-handlers and wings.
Wasserman made some great points, but Max Kellerman of ESPN doesn’t believe that Young is ready for the NBA.
Kellerman stated that he believes Young would benefit from another year in college and the fact that he would start right away in the NBA would have a negative impact on him. He doesn’t believe Young is ready to be an NBA point guard.
On the other hand, Stephen A. Smith believes Young would be great with the Knicks if they do in fact end up hiring Mark Jackson as their next head coach.
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