Several New York beat writers have reportedly recently on the inner thoughts of the Knicks’ front office regarding the No. 9 overall pick in the draft, and a consensus may be starting to emerge. Two reporters now have said that the ‘Bockers appear to be leaning away from picking a guard.
First is Ian Begley, who reported that some in the New York brain trust would love for bigger bros like Wendell Carter or Michael Porter to fall to the Knicks at No. 9. When it comes to guards, though, some are more tepid.
Lastly, Knicks GM Scott Perry said earlier this month that “it would only make sense (to take a point guard) if you feel that guard is far and away better than what you have on the roster. And we haven’t been able to make that determination yet.” Privately, some members of the front office have been mentioning the same thing regarding the idea of taking a point guard, essentially saying that it wouldn’t make sense to select a PG given the current roster.
That mirrors what SNY.tv’s Adam Zagoria reported earlier in the week.
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.
”I’d be shocked if they took a guard at 9,” the league source told SNY.tv. “I’d be shocked.”
Could this all be a smokescreen? Perhaps. We’ve also heard that the Knicks have the hots for guard Trae Young. If the Knicks are truly focusing away from the position in the draft, it could be either good or terrible news, depending on your view of their current stable of guards. Personally, I’d be delighted to hear the team is still committed to giving Frank Ntilikina time to grow into the point guard position, but I’m less delighted to learnt hey have super-high opinions of Trey Burke and especially Emmanuel Mudiay.
What about y’all? Do you want the Knicks to stay away from the guard position at No. 9?