Editor's Note- We mention "non-penetrating" passes as "positive plays." This is because as the pass goes away from the basket, the Knicks defense defend can reset and the on ball screen is essentially neutralized.

Through the first 5 games we've been tracking Knicks guards getting over/under on ball screens and the positive/negative results.

Negative plays are shots made, or penetration to the basket that result in baskets by the opponent. Conversely, the positive results would be turnovers, non-penetrating passes (passes away from the basket) and missed shots the Knicks forced defensively.

TS= Times Screened

TOS= Times player got over the screen

TUS= Times player got under the screen

SW- Player switched on screen

PP= % of positive play when over the screen

NP-un/sw= % of negative play when under the screen or switching

Chris Duhon59 (TS) 52 (TOS) 5(TUS) 2(SW) 88%(PP) 71.4% (NP-un) 50% (NP-sw)

Jamal Crawford40 (TS) 4 (TOS) 10(TUS) 26(SW) 100%(PP) 80% (NP-un) 76% (NP-sw)

Nate Robinson42 (TS) 8(TOS) 26(TUS) 8(SW) 75%(PP) 88% (NP-un) 75% (NP-sw)

Confused? Okay allow me to explain. Chris Duhon has been screened 59 times on the ball this year- he has got over the screen 52 times. When he gets over, a "positive play" happened 88% of the time (46 out of 52). When he got under the screen, a negative play happend 71% of the time- (5 out of 7) and he doesn't really switch much and is 50% (1-2).

Got it?

As you can see, when players get over on-ball screens, these 3 in particular, a positive result happens 79.6% of the time. Conversely, when players get lazy and get under screens, it gives the opposing team a tremendous advantage offensively. We'll keep an eye out to see if the group can improve. Nate has to improve on his 21% in getting over screens and he will become a better defender. Also, Crawford can't rely so much on switching.


Mar 22, 2018; Atlanta, GA, USA; Kentucky Wildcats forward Kevin Knox (5) attempts a shot against the Kansas State Wildcats in the semifinals of the South regional of the 2018 NCAA Tournament at Philips Arena. Mandatory Credit: Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports (Dale Zanine)
Mar 22, 2018; Atlanta, GA, USA; Kentucky Wildcats forward Kevin Knox (5) attempts a shot against the Kansas State Wildcats in the semifinals of the South regional of the 2018 NCAA Tournament at Philips Arena. Mandatory Credit: Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports (Dale Zanine)

The Knicks are projected to take Kentucky small forward Kevin Knox in the latest ESPN mock draft, which previously had them taking Alabama point guard Collin Sexton.

Knox recently worked out for the Knicks and impressed the team's brass.

The 6-8 Knox, only 18, is a scoring wing who is among the latest one-and-dones at Kentucky. He averaged 15.5 points, 5.4 rebounds and 1.4 assists per game en route to SEC co-Freshman of the Year honors.

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Mar 3, 2018; Columbia, MO, USA; Missouri Tigers forward Michael Porter Jr. (13) warms up before the game against the Arkansas Razorbacks at Mizzou Arena. Mandatory Credit: Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports (Denny Medley)
Mar 3, 2018; Columbia, MO, USA; Missouri Tigers forward Michael Porter Jr. (13) warms up before the game against the Arkansas Razorbacks at Mizzou Arena. Mandatory Credit: Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports (Denny Medley)

In NY Post's latest NBA mock draft, the Knicks get lucky: talented Missouri F Michael Porter Jr. falls to them at no. 9, where Scott Perry and Steve Mills can't pass up the potential.

Before the collegiate season began, Porter Jr. was expected to be a top pick in this year's draft but the one-and-done star didn't get a chance to shine at Missouri due to a back injury limiting him to a total of just three games...

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Leonard wants out of San Antonio 00:04:51
The Loud Mouths and Michael Rapaport discuss the report of Kawhi Leonard's alleged desire to leave the Spurs and join the Lakers.

With reports swirling that Spurs F Kawhi Leonard wants to play elsewhere next season, the fit with the Knicks sounds enticing. 

For one, the Knicks were interested in going after Leonard when he becomes a free agent in 2019, per The Post's Marc Berman. However, now that Leonard wants to leave San Antonio a season early, they may not be the right fit because of one reason: Kristaps Porzingis

To acquire a player with Leonard's caliber, an even return would need to be in place for the Spurs. That means Porzingis would likely be mentioned in any deal if the Knicks wished to be a contender for Leonard. 

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Dec 12, 2017; Dallas, TX, USA; San Antonio Spurs forward Kawhi Leonard (2) in action during the game against the Dallas Mavericks at the American Airlines Center. The Mavericks defeat the Spurs 95-89. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports (Jerome Miron)
Dec 12, 2017; Dallas, TX, USA; San Antonio Spurs forward Kawhi Leonard (2) in action during the game against the Dallas Mavericks at the American Airlines Center. The Mavericks defeat the Spurs 95-89. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports (Jerome Miron)

Kawhi Leonard wants out of San Antonio, and the disgruntled Spurs forward reportedly has the Knicks on his wish list.

"People close to Leonard" have expressed a desire for him to play for the Knicks, reports Ian Begley of ESPN

Leonard has also been linked to the Lakers and Clippers -- who he has near the top of his list, and the Celtics -- who would be interested in engaging the Spurs if they make Leonard available, reports Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN

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New York Knicks forward Kristaps Porzingis (6) in the first half of an NBA basketball game Thursday, Jan. 25, 2018, in Denver. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski) (David Zalubowski/AP)
New York Knicks forward Kristaps Porzingis (6) in the first half of an NBA basketball game Thursday, Jan. 25, 2018, in Denver. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski) (David Zalubowski/AP)

Knicks fans continue to sift through every vague update they can find on the health of star Kristaps Porzingis. The player himself spoke about his timetable while catching ACB basketball in Spain. 

The answer, as it has been since he tore his ACL against the Bucks in February, is that there is no answer yet. Porzingis doesn't have an exact date that he should be ready.

"I have to be smart. And I have a team that will help me figure that out," Porzingis told a Spanish television station, via Ian Begley of ESPN.

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Michael Porter Jr. (13) Mandatory Credit: Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports (Christopher Hanewinckel)
Michael Porter Jr. (13) Mandatory Credit: Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports (Christopher Hanewinckel)

Knicks Draft target Michael Porter, Jr. has cancelled his second Pro Day -- which was to take place on Friday -- due to a hip injury.

Knicks president Steve Mills and GM Scott Perry had been set to travel to Chicago to meet with the Missouri freshman, a league source told SNY contributor Adam Zagoria last week.

While the injury may scare off some teams, an NBA executive told Zagoria that he doesn't think Porter will fall to the Knicks at No. 9.

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Knicks SG Damyean Dotson loves what he has seen so far from new head coach David Fizdale. 

Fizdale was brought in by GM Scott Perry and team president Steve Mills to change the culture of the team. Though the season hasn't started yet, Dotson can already feel a change. 

"Coach is a great guy," he told The Post's Marc Berman. "He knows what he is talking about. Very detailed and makes sure everyone is on the same page, feedling off each other and together. He's big into making sure we come together, play together and believe in each other. That we produce, play hard and scrappy. All the things that you want a coach to do. He inherited that mindset from [Pat] RIley and [Erik] Spoelstra. He has instilled a great culture in himself and wants to put that into our team."

Tags: Damyean Dotson, Emmanuel Mudiay, Frank Ntilikina
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Kyrie Irving talks free agency 00:00:30
With Kyrie Irving set to become a free agent in 2019, here are five reasons why that could be good news for the New York Knicks.

Maybe seeing All-Star PG Kyrie Irving in a Knicks uniform isn't fantasy after all.

The Celtics superstar said Tuesday that he won't be signing an extension with the team this offseason, which means he will become an unrestricted free agent after the 2018-19 season, per the Daily News' Stefan Bondy. 

"Contractually, financially, it just doesn't make any sense (to sign an extension with the Celtics)," he told reporters on Tuesday...

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Kenrich Williams (34) Mandatory Credit: Ben Queen-USA TODAY Sports (Ben Queen)
Kenrich Williams (34) Mandatory Credit: Ben Queen-USA TODAY Sports (Ben Queen)

Former TCU wing Kenrich Williams will take part in a group workout with the Knicks on Wednesday, a league source told SNY.tv.

The 6-foot-7 Williams averaged 13.2 points, 9.3 rebounds and 3.9 assists last season at TCU, while making 40 percent of his three-pointers.

Williams, 23, is currently projected as the No. 58 pick in the Draft, per ESPN.com, but his stock is rising. The Knicks own the No. 36 pick as well as No. 9.

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Mar 16, 2018; Nashville, TN, USA; Missouri Tigers forward Michael Porter Jr. (13) shoots against the Florida State Seminoles during the first half in the first round of the 2018 NCAA Tournament at Bridgestone Arena. Mandatory Credit: Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports (Christopher Hanewinckel)
Mar 16, 2018; Nashville, TN, USA; Missouri Tigers forward Michael Porter Jr. (13) shoots against the Florida State Seminoles during the first half in the first round of the 2018 NCAA Tournament at Bridgestone Arena. Mandatory Credit: Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports (Christopher Hanewinckel)

Knicks president Steve Mills and GM Scott Perry will travel to Chicago on Friday to meet with Missouri freshman forward Michael Porter Jr., a league source told SNY.tv.

The 6-foot-10 Porter Jr. is expected to meet in Chicago with all of the top teams in the draft lottery, the league source said. He held his Pro Day last Friday in Chicago, and Knicks scouts Walker Russell and Fred Cofield attended, per a league source.

Porter Jr. missed most of his only season at Missouri after having microdiscectomy surgery of the L3-L4 spinal discs in November, but he could turn out to be one of the best pros in this Draft.

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UCLA Bruins guard Aaron Holiday shoots against Southern California Trojans guard Jordan McLaughlin during the first half at Galen Center. (Richard Mackson-USA TODAY Sports)
UCLA Bruins guard Aaron Holiday shoots against Southern California Trojans guard Jordan McLaughlin during the first half at Galen Center. (Richard Mackson-USA TODAY Sports)

The Knicks will host a workout with UCLA point guard Aaron Holiday next Monday, according to SNY contributor Adam Zagoria.

Holiday has dinner Tuesday night with the Clippers in advance of a workout Wednesday, a league source told Zagoria. 

Holiday, who averaged 20.3 points and 5.8 assists as a junior for the Bruins, is the younger brother of New Orleans Pelicans guard Jrue Holiday and Chicago Bulls guard Justin Holiday.

A 6-foot-1, 185-pound guard, Aaron Holiday averaged 10.3 points and 4.0 assists as a freshman and 12.3 points and 4.4 assists as a sophomore.

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LeBron James (23) Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports (Kyle Terada)
LeBron James (23) Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports (Kyle Terada)

With Cavaliers F LeBron James thinking about whether or not to enter free agency yet again this offseason, former NBA All-Star and current TNT analyst, Reggie Miller, believes the Knicks could be a viable option. 

James must notify the Cavs by June 29 that he wants to stay with them next year at a price of $35 million, or take his talents elsewhere for the 2018-19 season. Teams have already been discussed like the 76ers and Lakers as potential destinations for James. 

However, the Knicks remain an option as well. Miller believes New York could land James if they pick up some other pieces in the offseason as well.

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Knicks to pick Walker at No. 9? 00:00:34
SNY takes a look at former University of Miami guard, and one of the top prospects in the 2018 NBA Draft, Lonnie Walker.

The Knicks will host a private workout for Miami guard Lonnie Walker on Wednesday, reports SNY contributor Adam Zagoria.

Walker was named to the ACC All-Freshman team after averaging 11.5 points, 1.9 assists, and shot 41.5 percent from the field last season. 

The Knicks like the potential the 19-year-old has based off his athleticism. His assistant coach at Miami, Chris Caputo, said Walker's skills on and off the court make him worth of a top 10 pick. 

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IMG Post Grad National guard Anfernee Simons shoots a free throw against Vermont Academy during Game 3 Sunday as some of the top high school basketball teams in the country compete at the Hoophall Classic. (David Butler II/USA TODAY Sports)
IMG Post Grad National guard Anfernee Simons shoots a free throw against Vermont Academy during Game 3 Sunday as some of the top high school basketball teams in the country compete at the Hoophall Classic. (David Butler II/USA TODAY Sports)

A former Knicks coach is mentoring a player who could be one of their future guards.

Rick Pitino, the Long Island native who coached the Knicks in the late 1980s, has been helping Anfernee Simons with the NBA Draft process.

The 6-foot-3 Simons is a point guard who was named after former NBA star and new University of Memphis coach Anfernee "Penny" Hardaway. He initially committed to Louisville when Pitino was the coach, but then decommitted after the FBI investigation into college basketball ensnared Louisville last fall, ultimately costing Pitino his job there.

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New York Knicks center Enes Kanter (00) in the first half of an NBA basketball game Thursday, Jan. 25, 2018, in Denver. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski) (David Zalubowski/AP)
New York Knicks center Enes Kanter (00) in the first half of an NBA basketball game Thursday, Jan. 25, 2018, in Denver. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski) (David Zalubowski/AP)

Knicks C Enes Kanter seems to believe LeBron James must play in New York to be the greatest of all time.

"If you want to be the one and only GOAT then you gotta win in New York," Kanter told SNY's Taylor Rooks. "You want to be king of New York that bad, then come and prove it"

Within minutes of the Warriors' NBA Finals-clinching game four win, various NBA players quickly sent out tweets imploring James to join their team. Kanter was one of them.

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Feb 24, 2018; New York, NY, USA; Boston Celtics point guard Kyrie Irving (11) controls the ball against New York Knicks point guard Trey Burke (23) and New York Knicks center Enes Kanter (00) during the fourth quarter at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Feb 24, 2018; New York, NY, USA; Boston Celtics point guard Kyrie Irving (11) controls the ball against New York Knicks point guard Trey Burke (23) and New York Knicks center Enes Kanter (00) during the fourth quarter at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

When Kyrie Irving requested a trade from the Cavaliers last offseason, the Knicks were one of the teams he preferred to be sent to. 

Of course, the Knicks were never a realistic landing spot due to their lack of assets, especially with Danny Ainge and the Celtics in on the bidding. So, he was sent to Boston for Isaiah Thomas, Jae Crowder, Ante Zizic and Brooklyn's 2019 draft pick. 

But Irving's contract is up after next season and the Celtics are genuinely concerned that he might bolt in free agency, according to Chris Mannix of Yahoo Sports. The Knicks are a realistic destination...

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(Adam Zagoria)

GREENBURGH, N.Y. -- Wendell Carter Jr. may not last until the Knicks pick at No. 9 in the NBA Draft on June 21, but the one-and-done forward from Duke wanted to work out for the franchise anyway.

The 6-foot-10 Carter Jr. is projected to go to Orlando at No. 6, per the latest ESPN.com mock draft, but he's well aware of the Knicks' storied history.

"The Garden is a very historic place," he said Friday after his workout with the Knicks. "A lot of different things have happened there. Playing for Duke, Coach K got his 1,000th win [there]. I already have a few memories there so to come here and play in the Garden, that would just be an honor."

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Mar 15, 2018; Nashville, TN, USA; Xavier Musketeers forward Kerem Kanter (11) addresses the media during a press conference the day before the first round of the 2018 NCAA Tournament at Bridgestone Arena. Mandatory Credit: Jim Brown-USA TODAY Sports (Jim Brown)
Mar 15, 2018; Nashville, TN, USA; Xavier Musketeers forward Kerem Kanter (11) addresses the media during a press conference the day before the first round of the 2018 NCAA Tournament at Bridgestone Arena. Mandatory Credit: Jim Brown-USA TODAY Sports (Jim Brown)

Kerem Kanter, brother of Knicks C Enes Kanter, has worked out for the team ahead of the 2018 NBA Draft. Kerem is projected to be a second-round pick if he's drafted.

Kerem, 23, played for Xavier in his senior season after playing his first three years at Green Bay. He averaged 10.9 points and 4.5 rebounds in 16.7 minutes per game. He stands at 6'10" and is a skilled big man, though may not have the defensive prowess or athleticism to make it at the NBA level...

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Cleveland Cavaliers’ LeBron James, left, drives to the basket against New York Knicks' Kristaps Porzingis (6) during the first half of a NBA basketball game at Madison Square Garden in New York, Monday, Nov. 13, 2017. (AP Photo/Andres Kudacki) (Andres Kudacki/AP)
Cleveland Cavaliers’ LeBron James, left, drives to the basket against New York Knicks' Kristaps Porzingis (6) during the first half of a NBA basketball game at Madison Square Garden in New York, Monday, Nov. 13, 2017. (AP Photo/Andres Kudacki) (Andres Kudacki/AP)

In 2010, Knicks fans hoped that the team would sign LeBron James and another star during the infamous free agency. James did sign with other stars, of course, but in Miami, not New York. 

This summer, James is set to be a free agent once more. And, once more, Knicks fans are hoping he might choose to sign with the team. He will sign with the Knicks, if you're inclined to believe ex-Knick Kenyon Martin. Oh, and Paul George too.

"I think LeBron is coming to the Knicks. LeBron and Paul George," Martin said...

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New York Knicks head coach David Fizdale speaks during a news conference, Tuesday, May 8, 2018, in New York. The Knicks hired Fizdale after agreeing to terms with the former Memphis Grizzlies coach last week. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer) (Mary Altaffer/AP)
New York Knicks head coach David Fizdale speaks during a news conference, Tuesday, May 8, 2018, in New York. The Knicks hired Fizdale after agreeing to terms with the former Memphis Grizzlies coach last week. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer) (Mary Altaffer/AP)

Knicks head coach David Fizdale's assistant coaches are set, with the team hiring Keith Smart, Jud Buechler, Pat Sullivan, and Royal Ivey.

Ivey spent the past two seasons working as an assistant for the Thunder. He had received interest from other teams as well, including the 76ers. 

The 36-year-old has ties to Fizdale having played with the Hawks while Fizdale was an assistant under Mike Woodson. He is also a Queens native, playing his high school ball at Cardozo High School. 

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Mikal Bridges on playing in NY 00:00:43
Former Villanova forward Mikal Bridges talks about the prospect of playing with Kristaps Porzingis in New York.

GREENBURGH, N.Y. -- Mikal Bridges has already enjoyed a lot of success at Madison Square Garden.

The 6-foot-7 wing scored 25 points to help lead eventual NCAA champion Villanova to the Big East Tournament championship over Providence in March -- a game that Knicks owner Jim Dolan, President Steve Mills and GM Scott Perry all watched from their courtside seats.

"The Garden's a special place," Bridges said Thursday after working out for the Knicks at their facility. "I love the Garden. I had my best games in college at the Garden this year...The Garden, a lot of great things happen at the Garden. It's beautiful, I love it."

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Mar 25, 2018; Omaha, NE, USA; Duke Blue Devils forward Wendell Carter Jr (34) reacts during the second half against the Kansas Jayhawks in the championship game of the Midwest regional of the 2018 NCAA Tournament at CenturyLink Center. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports (Kyle Terada)
Mar 25, 2018; Omaha, NE, USA; Duke Blue Devils forward Wendell Carter Jr (34) reacts during the second half against the Kansas Jayhawks in the championship game of the Midwest regional of the 2018 NCAA Tournament at CenturyLink Center. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports (Kyle Terada)

The Knicks continue to bring in top prospects ahead of the NBA Draft, with Duke C Wendell Carter Jr. is expected to visit and workout for New York this week, per ESPN's Ian Begley. 

Along with Marvin Bagley III, Carter was a standout in his freshman season at Duke last year. He averaged 13.5 points, 9.1 rebounds, and 2.1 blocks per game. 

Begley reports the Knicks are high on Carter, however, it isn't likely that he will make it down to their No. 9 pick...

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New York Knicks head coach David Fizdale speaks during a news conference, Tuesday, May 8, 2018, in New York. The Knicks hired Fizdale after agreeing to terms with the former Memphis Grizzlies coach last week. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer) (Mary Altaffer/AP)
New York Knicks head coach David Fizdale speaks during a news conference, Tuesday, May 8, 2018, in New York. The Knicks hired Fizdale after agreeing to terms with the former Memphis Grizzlies coach last week. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer) (Mary Altaffer/AP)

Knicks new head coach David Fizdale had many suitors this offseason. He could have taken the head coach position for the Hawks, Suns, Hornets, and Magic if he so desired. 

But the Knicks' tradition was the main selling point for Fizdale, and he is hoping his team can add to that this season. 

Fizdale considers himself a basketball history buff, and when it comes to New York, he knows it all...

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As the Knicks ramp up workouts with potential lottery picks, they will host Miami's Lonnie Walker IV, Kentucky's Kevin Knox, and Texas A&M's Robert Williams in the coming days and weeks.

The 6-foot-4 Walker IV is currently projected to go No. 13 to the Clippers, the 6-10 Williams is predicted to go No. 14 to the Nuggets and the 6-8 Knox is projected at No. 15 to the Wizards, per the latest ESPN.com mock draft.

The Knicks, who pick at No. 9, have already worked out Oklahoma's Trae Young and will also work out Villanova's Mikal Bridges.

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Mikal Bridges to NYK at No. 9? 00:00:34
SNY takes a look at former Villanova forward and one of the top prospects in the NBA Draft, Mikal Bridges.

Villanova SF Mikal Bridges will work out for the Knicks on Thursday as the team continues looking at players it might take at No. 9 in the NBA Draft.

The 6-foot-7 Bridges worked out for the Hornets and the Bulls this week, and he told ESPNChicago.com he will also work out for the Knicks and Sixers.

The Knicks have long been intrigued with Bridges -- a two-way player with a 7-foot-2 wingspan who helped Villanova win its second NCAA championship in three years. He could be a more attractive option to the wing-starved Knicks than a guard such as Trae Youngwho worked out on Tuesday.

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Will Knicks pick Young at 9? 00:00:33
SNY takes a look at one of the top prospects in the NBA Draft, guard Trae Young.

GREENBURGH, N.Y. -- Oklahoma point guard Trae Young, considered by some the second coming of Stephen Curry, had his first private workout with the Knicks on Tuesday and said he would love to play at Madison Square Garden.

It remains unclear if the 6-foot-2 floor general will be around for the Knicks when they pick at No. 9 in the Draft, but he ended up working out for them first.

"I wanted to come here and get a workout in," said Young, who led the nation in scoring at 27.4 points per game and assists at 8.7 per game. "They really wanted me to work out for them. I'm not doing too many workouts but I wanted to do this one."

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(Joe Camporeale)

The Knicks are reportedly close to finalizing a deal to make Royal Ivey an assistant coach on David Fizdale's staff next season, per ESPN's Ian Begley.

Ivey has spent the past two seasons working as an assistant for the Oklahoma City Thunder. He had received interest from other teams as well, including the Philadelphia 76ers. 

The 36-year-old has ties to Fizdale having played with the Hawks while Fizdale was an assistant under Mike Woodson. He is also a Queens native, playing his high school ball at Cardozo High School. 

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Dec 30, 2017; New Orleans, LA, USA; New York Knicks guard Frank Ntilikina (11) brings the ball up court in the first quarter against New Orleans Pelicans at Smoothie King Center. Mandatory Credit: Stephen Lew-USA TODAY Sports (Stephen Lew)
Dec 30, 2017; New Orleans, LA, USA; New York Knicks guard Frank Ntilikina (11) brings the ball up court in the first quarter against New Orleans Pelicans at Smoothie King Center. Mandatory Credit: Stephen Lew-USA TODAY Sports (Stephen Lew)

Knicks G Frank Ntilikina was the second-youngest player in last year's NBA Draft, and he's younger than projected lottery picks DeAndre Ayton, Mo Bamba, Mikal Bridges and others. 

While those players are preparing for the draft, Ntilkina already has a season of NBA basketball under his belt and has been able to focus on hitting the gym like crazy this offseason.

"I've added some weight and muscle," Ntilikina said...

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New York Knicks president Steve Mills and general manager Scott Perry speak to the media on media day at MSG Training Center. (Brad Penner/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Knicks president Steve Mills and general manager Scott Perry speak to the media on media day at MSG Training Center. (Brad Penner/USA Today Sports Images)

Knicks GM Scott Perry hasn't given a concrete timeframe for when star Kristaps Porzingis will be able to return from ACL surgery but has given an update on when he thinks he'll be updated.

Perry, speaking on the In The Key podcast with BJ Armstrong, said he hopes to have a more specific timetable on Porzingis in September. The Latvian will be out until at least early-December, and owner James Dolan admitted in April that they have no clue when he'll return...

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Mar 15, 2018; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Oklahoma Sooners guard Trae Young (11) reacts against the Rhode Island Rams during the first half in the first round of the 2018 NCAA Tournament at PPG Paints Arena. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports (Geoff Burke)
Mar 15, 2018; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Oklahoma Sooners guard Trae Young (11) reacts against the Rhode Island Rams during the first half in the first round of the 2018 NCAA Tournament at PPG Paints Arena. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports (Geoff Burke)

Former Oklahoma point guard Trae Young will have a private workout with the Knicks, a league source confirmed to SNY.tv. Last month, SNY.tv reported that Young was expected to work out for the Knicks.

"Of course," Rayford Young, the player's father, said then.

The Knicks own the No. 9 pick in the June 21 NBA Draft at Barclays Center, and ESPN.com currently projects Young going No. 6 to Orlando.

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Dec 22, 2017; Detroit, MI, USA; New York Knicks guard Ron Baker (31) against the Detroit Pistons at Little Caesars Arena. Mandatory Credit: Aaron Doster-USA TODAY Sports (Aaron Doster)
Dec 22, 2017; Detroit, MI, USA; New York Knicks guard Ron Baker (31) against the Detroit Pistons at Little Caesars Arena. Mandatory Credit: Aaron Doster-USA TODAY Sports (Aaron Doster)

Knicks SG Ron Baker will stay in New York next season as he picked up his player option, according to The Athletic's Michael Scotto.

Baker played in just 29 games last season after suffering a dislocated right shoulder and torn labrum that ended his year. He played 13.3 minutes during his short time on the court, where he averaged 2.4 points and 1.6 assists per game.

Baker signed a two-year, $9 million deal with the Knicks before the start of last season. He is set to make $4.54 million next season. 

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(Kyle Terada)

Mark Jackson may not have won the race to become the Knicks' 29th head coach in team history. But he thinks New York made a great choice in the end. 

The former Knicks turned ESPN analyst was one of the top candidate for the Knicks' job this offseason. However, the team decided to go with former Grizzlies head coach David Fizdale, a choice Jackson said was "outstanding."

"Nah. The only things for me, they have an outstanding coach in Fizdale, quality guys, class guys running it in [team president] Steve (Mills) and [GM] Scott (Perry), and I wish them nothing but the very best," Jackson told The Post's Brian Lewis. "It was a heck of an opportunity, and I wish them nothing but the very best."

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Feb 12, 2018; Philadelphia, PA, USA; New York Knicks forward Michael Beasley (8) dribbles against the Philadelphia 76ers during the third quarter at Wells Fargo Center. Mandatory Credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports (Bill Streicher)
Feb 12, 2018; Philadelphia, PA, USA; New York Knicks forward Michael Beasley (8) dribbles against the Philadelphia 76ers during the third quarter at Wells Fargo Center. Mandatory Credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports (Bill Streicher)

Knicks F Michael Beasley, who is an unrestricted free agent, has been generating interest from a few teams around the league, per The Post's Marc Berman. 

Beasley may have been with the Knicks' new head coach David Fizdale at their Tarrytown complex last week, but it isn't certain that the 6-foot-9 forward will be coached by him next season. Fizdale is high on Beasley, a player that he coached with the Heat from 2008-10 and 2013-15. 

Other teams around the league are high on Beasley as well. The Hawks and Suns, who both have enough cap room to sign him, are reportedly interested in the versatile forward. For the Hawks specifically, Beasley owns an Atlanta home and could be interested in making it permanent next year. 

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(Mandatory Credit: Shanna Lockwood)

With their No. 9 pick in this year's NBA Draft, rumors have been stirring that the Knicks will look for a versatile small forward to add to their young corps. 

If the rumors are true, Villanova's Mikal Bridges and Michigan State's Miles Bridges should be on the Knicks' radar come the end of June. But, with similar playing styles and elite athleticism, what of the Bridges should the Knicks take?

For NBA scouting consultant Ryan Blake, Mikal edges out Miles with his ability to defend both inside and out on the perimeter...

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 (Joe Camporeale)
(Joe Camporeale)

It has been 25 years since John Starks performed one of the most memorable dunks ever in Madison Square Garden. 

In Game 2 of the 1993 Eastern Conference Finals, Starks had the ball on the right wing. He saw a screen coming to his left, but instead of using it, he went to the right side with a clear lane to the hoop. He soared into the air, and with his left hand, threw down a dunk over Michael Jordan and Horace Grant in the closing seconds in what would be a Knicks win...

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(Brad Penner)

Knicks assistants Jerry Sichting, Corey Gaines, and Dave Bliss are reportedly not serving on new head coach David Fizdale's staff next season, per the Daily News' Stefan Bondy and Frank Isola. 

Of the three assistants, Bliss was the longest tenured, having served under former head coach Derek Fisher. Sichting and Gaines both joined Jeff Hornacek back in 2016.

Fizdale is still putting together his staff for next season, with Keith Smart as his lead assistant. It is unknown who he is targeting, but reports show that Jud Buechler, Pat Sullivan, Royal Ivey and Pat Delaney are among the top candidates. Buechler and Sullivan are having "serious talks" with the Knicks to come on for next season.

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The DNL panel discusses recent talks between Kristaps Porzingis and Knicks head coach David Fizdale, as they attempt to establish a rapport.

The Unicorn is pumped.

Kristaps Porzingis tweeted his excitement after having a conversation with new Knicks head coach David Fizdale on Thursday.

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New York Knicks president Steve Mills and general manager Scott Perry speak to the media on media day at MSG Training Center. (Brad Penner/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Knicks president Steve Mills and general manager Scott Perry speak to the media on media day at MSG Training Center. (Brad Penner/USA Today Sports Images)

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...

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Jan 30, 2018; New York, NY, USA; New York Knicks guard Frank Ntilikina (11) drives to the basket against Brooklyn Nets guard D'Angelo Russell (1) during the first half at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)
Jan 30, 2018; New York, NY, USA; New York Knicks guard Frank Ntilikina (11) drives to the basket against Brooklyn Nets guard D'Angelo Russell (1) during the first half at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)

Looking to improve on his rookie season, Knicks PG Frank Ntilikina is back in New York, and ready to get to work with new head coach David Fizdale. 

Ntilikina has been in his home France, but he has returned for Fizdale's first informal workout with the team on Monday, per The Post's Marc Berman. Players like Emmanuel Mudiay, Trey Burke, Damyean Dotson, and Troy Williams are expected to be at the workout as well. 

The 19-year-old has been texting his new head coach, but the two haven't officially met in person. But Fizdale made it a point to say that he wants to build a "great relationship" with all of his players before training camp officially kicks off...

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 (Raj Mehta)
(Raj Mehta)

Back in October, Michigan State star Miles Bridges told me he would be "extremely happy" to play for the Knicks.

Now, his coaches seem to feel the same way.

"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 by phone of the Knicks.

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Mar 15, 2018; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Oklahoma Sooners guard Trae Young (11) reacts against the Rhode Island Rams during the first half in the first round of the 2018 NCAA Tournament at PPG Paints Arena. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports (Geoff Burke)
Mar 15, 2018; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Oklahoma Sooners guard Trae Young (11) reacts against the Rhode Island Rams during the first half in the first round of the 2018 NCAA Tournament at PPG Paints Arena. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports (Geoff Burke)

There's no certainty that Oklahoma G Trae Young will work out for the Knicks if they request one as expected. 

Young, who averaged 27.4 points, 8.7 assists and 5.2 turnovers in his freshman season with the Sooners, is expected to be drafted somewhere around where the Knicks are selecting with the 9th pick, but he is under no obligation to take a private workout with the team. 

"It all depends on my agent and where he thinks I should work out,'' Young said...

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Feb 7, 2018; Memphis, TN, USA; Memphis Grizzlies assistant coach Keith Smart during the second half against the Utah Jazz at FedExForum. Utah Jazz defeated the Memphis Grizzlies 92-88. Mandatory Credit: Justin Ford-USA TODAY Sports (Justin Ford)
Feb 7, 2018; Memphis, TN, USA; Memphis Grizzlies assistant coach Keith Smart during the second half against the Utah Jazz at FedExForum. Utah Jazz defeated the Memphis Grizzlies 92-88. Mandatory Credit: Justin Ford-USA TODAY Sports (Justin Ford)

Keith Smart will join the Knicks' coaching staff as David Fizdale's top assistant, according to Ian Begley of ESPN. 

Smart worked with Fizdale in Miami then followed him to Memphis when he was head coach of the Grizzlies.

The 53-year-old entered coaching in 1997 immediately following his playing career, briefly in the NBA but mostly abroad. His first coaching gig in the NBA was as an assistant with the Cavaliers from 2000-03... 

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(Soobum Im)

Villanova head coach Jay Wright may not have talked to the Knicks about becoming their new head coach. But that didn't stop him from talking about his players -- particulary SF Mikal Bridges

Bridges, who is regarded as one of the best prospects in this year's draft, could be there for the taking at No. 9 if the Knicks so choose. Wright believes his now former player 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," Wriight 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."

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Mar 17, 2018; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Villanova Wildcats guard Mikal Bridges (25) shoots the ball against the Alabama Crimson Tide in the second round of the 2018 NCAA Tournament at PPG Paints Arena. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports (Geoff Burke)
Mar 17, 2018; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Villanova Wildcats guard Mikal Bridges (25) shoots the ball against the Alabama Crimson Tide in the second round of the 2018 NCAA Tournament at PPG Paints Arena. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports (Geoff Burke)

Jake Brown | Twitter | The NBA Draft order is set and the Knicks will be picking ninth. The last time the Knicks picked in that spot, they took Michael Sweetney...and we know how that turned out. The jury is still out on their eighth pick last year, Frank Ntilikina, but the Knicks badly need to take an impact player this year that they can potentially insert in the starting lineup.

Over the next five weeks, there are things that can change with these prospects after the Combine, workouts, and interviews. But the list below should be the guys the Knicks have their eye on and the order of preference...

1. Mikal Bridges

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Memphis Grizzlies head coach David Fizdale reacts to a call in the game against the Dallas Mavericks at FedExForum. (Nelson Chenault/USA TODAY Sports)
Memphis Grizzlies head coach David Fizdale reacts to a call in the game against the Dallas Mavericks at FedExForum. (Nelson Chenault/USA TODAY Sports)

When new Knicks head coach David Fizdale flies to Europe to visit with franchise player Kristaps Porzingis, he hopes he can get him to buy into a new team culture.

"I want him to feel something different," Fizdale said Thursday at the NBA Draft Combine, according to Newsday's Al Iannazzone. "I want him to feel something that when he comes back here it's going to be special for him. He's walking back into a culture and environment that's set up for winning."

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Mar 16, 2018; Nashville, TN, USA; Missouri Tigers forward Michael Porter Jr. (13) shoots against the Florida State Seminoles during the first half in the first round of the 2018 NCAA Tournament at Bridgestone Arena. Mandatory Credit: Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports (Christopher Hanewinckel)
Mar 16, 2018; Nashville, TN, USA; Missouri Tigers forward Michael Porter Jr. (13) shoots against the Florida State Seminoles during the first half in the first round of the 2018 NCAA Tournament at Bridgestone Arena. Mandatory Credit: Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports (Christopher Hanewinckel)

At the NBA Combine, teams are getting a better feel for players they've watched ad nauseam on tape this season. They are also given the chance to talk to these players.

One of the players the Knicks have chosen to interview is Missouri F Michael Porter Jr., which is intriguing as the talented forward with injury issues could be drafted around when the Knicks are on the clock with the 9th pick. But, it doesn't exactly mean much because Porter Jr. has interviewed, or will interview, with at least 13 teams at the combine...

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New York Knicks forward Kristaps Porzingis (6) in the first half of an NBA basketball game Thursday, Jan. 25, 2018, in Denver. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski) (David Zalubowski/AP)
New York Knicks forward Kristaps Porzingis (6) in the first half of an NBA basketball game Thursday, Jan. 25, 2018, in Denver. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski) (David Zalubowski/AP)

In David Fizdale's first go-around as a head coach in the NBA, he didn't see eye-to-eye with a European star.

Once Fizdale was announced as the Knicks head coach, the narrative quickly shifted to wondering if it would be any different for Fizdale with Kristaps Porzingis than it was with Marc Gasol.

At the NBA Combine, Fizdale discussed just how he'll begin to build a relationship with the Knicks star...

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Mar 17, 2018; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Duke Blue Devils forward Wendell Carter Jr (34) dunks the ball against the Rhode Island Rams in the second round of the 2018 NCAA Tournament at PPG Paints Arena. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports (Geoff Burke)
Mar 17, 2018; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Duke Blue Devils forward Wendell Carter Jr (34) dunks the ball against the Rhode Island Rams in the second round of the 2018 NCAA Tournament at PPG Paints Arena. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports (Geoff Burke)

As the NBA inches closer to crowning a champion on the court, Knicks fans were once again fixated on the prelude to Tuesday night's Cavaliers-Celtics Eastern Conference Finals game: the NBA Draft Lottery. 

Ping pong balls decided that the Knickerbockers will be selecting with the 9th overall pick on June 21. With the order set, mock drafts have begun to populate the internet. In CBS Sports' Gary Parrish's first crack, he has the Knicks taking Duke F Wendell Carter Jr...

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