Ultimate Upside Comparison: Steve Nash
Safe Upside Comparison: Mike Bibby
Projection: Top 10
Age: 19 (9/19/1998)
Height, Weight, Wingspan: 6’1.75″, 178 pounds, 6’3″
Slash Line: .422/.360/.861
Season Averages: 35.4 MPG, 27.4 PPG, 8.7 APG, 3.9 RPG, 1.7 SPG, 3.7 3PM
The New York Knicks have three point guards on the roster: Trey Burke, Emmanuel Mudiay, and Frank Ntilikina. Thus, one could easily justify the argument that the Knicks don’t need to trade up for a point guard—no matter how talented they are.
Trae Young has the potential to be an All-NBA mainstay, however, and the Knicks are perfectly equipped to build around a player of his caliber.
Young has been consistently compared to Golden State Warriors superstar Stephen Curry. There are rational reasons for that comparison, as Young can hit shots from far distances that no other player but Curry consistently does.
The Oklahoma Sooners star patterns his game after Steve Nash, however, which means he’ll likely attempt to be more of a facilitator than a scorer.
That fits the Knicks perfectly, as Ntilikina projects to be more of a 2-guard who can facilitate on occasion. He and Young would work wonderfully off of one another on offense, as well as provide an ideal balance of ball-hawking and on-ball specialty on defense.
Young has the best court vision in this draft class, as well as arguably the best shot, which makes him a prospect whom the Knicks should trade up for.
The question is: Will the New York Knicks make a move for one of these five prospects at the 2018 NBA Draft?