The Knicks are focusing on selecting a wing or a big man with the No. 9 pick in the NBA Draft on June 21, and are unlikely to take a point guard even if Oklahoma's Trae Young or Alabama's Collin Sexton fall, a league source told SNY.tv.
The latest ESPN.com mock draft has the Knicks taking Sexton at No. 9.
"I'd be shocked if they took a guard at 9," the league source told SNY.tv. "I'd be shocked." The Knicks have a glut of point guards in Trey Burke, Emmanuel Mudiay, and Frank Ntilikina, all of whom worked out at the team's Tarrytown facility earlier this week.
The wing-starved Knicks are more likely to to select a wing or a four man. There is a chance Duke's Wendell Carter Jr., or Missouri's Michael Porter Jr. could fall to the Knicks at 9, but that doesn't appear likely. The 6-10 Carter Jr. is projected at No. 7 to the Bulls and the 6-10 Porter Jr. is projected to go to the Cavs at 8, per ESPN.
"Everybody wants Carter and Porter to fall," the source said. "[The Knicks] are looking for a wing, a four, a five, they're not taking a guard. They're not taking a guard."
The Knicks have long been linked to Villanova wing Mikal Bridges, whom Knicks owner Jim Dolan, President Steve Mills, and GM Scott Perry all scouted when the Wildcats won the Big East Tournament at Madison Square Garden in March. Bridges had his Pro Day on Wednesday.
ESPN currently has Bridges going No. 10 to the Sixers, meaning he would stay local in Philadelphia. Villanova coach Jay Wright believes Bridges has exactly what it takes to handle the expectation of playing in New York City on and off the court.
"I really do. It's not just mental toughness. It's an intelligence and humility. He understands what it's all about," Wright told The Post's Marc Berman. "He's played for two national championship teams here, and during his tenure there was a lot of expectation and attention. I think he's used to it, very comfortable in that positions. He doesn't get caught up in it, either. He understands responsibility, but won't get caught up that it's New York."
Michigan State's coaches also feel their Bridges, Miles, would be a great fit on the wing in the Big Apple.
"I hope they have a big interest, I'd like to see him go there, personally," Michigan State associate head coach Dwayne Stephens told SNY.tv this week.
"I think with the new people in the front office, it seems like they're going to go in a different direction or take a different approach. When the Knicks are good, the NBA is good, you know?"
Knicks head coach David Fizdale and Ntilikina are flying to Boston Wednesday and are expected to be at Game 5 of the Cavs-Celtics, per a league source. After returning from France, Ntilikina met Fizdale for the first time earlier this week and the Knicks had half a dozen players working out in Tarrytown. The idea behind attending the game is to show Ntilikina what it is to play "in the Eastern Conference Finals," the source said. ... Former NCAA champion and defensive wing Theo Pinson of North Carolina is expected to work out for the Knicks June 12, per a league source. Pinson has worked out for Boston and Minnesota, with Houston on Thursday.