The plot is certainly thickening out here! The Knicks will supposedly have three of their most-talked-about potential draftees in for workouts this week — Trae Young, Mikal Bridges and Wendell Carter Jr. How will that affect the mocks? Will Trae Young make a comeback in the mock draft power rankings? Will Goku finish charging up the Spirit Bomb? Find out next week on Dragon Ball Z!
Wait, no. Find out right now during this week’s mock draft roundup! No new entries for now, but a good number of updates this week:
Sports Illustrated: The Knicks select Trae Young, freshman PG, Oklahoma. This is a muy interesante change of heart from SI. Last time around, they had the Knicks snagging Mikal Bridges. This time, Collin Sexton goes to the Cavs just before the Knicks, letting the diminutive Oklahoma guard fall to the Knicks. (Last update: 6/5)
While New York has an immediate need on the wing, the Knicks also provide an interesting fit for Young in this spot, with Kristaps Porzingis as a ball-screen threat, Frank Ntilikina as a defensive-minded backcourt partner and some experienced talent in place around them. There’s a sense that Ntilikina could function well alongside a more creative playmaker, and Young offers the most intriguing upside of any point guard in this draft, though he comes with some risk. His high-end shooting ability and unique flair for the game help compensate for a lack of standout physical traits, and he’s slippery off the dribble and able to score from deep range and initiate offense. Defensively, Young will be a question mark, but if a team were to adequately maximize his strengths, it could conceivably mitigate that issue. He would give the Knicks a different wrinkle and creative element if they’re willing to think outside the box.
SB Nation: The Knicks select Wendell Carter Jr., freshman F/C, Duke. Ricky O’Donnell doesn’t change his mind here, despite updating his mock. He’s still got big Wendell pairing up with Porzingis to form a true skyscraper duo in the Big Apple. (Last update: 5/29)
Carter feels like one of the safest picks in this draft. He’s a bruising big man who can score inside and rebound, and has also shown he’s going to be a good shooter. His only real knock is his lack of lateral quickness, but his potential pairing with Kristaps Porzingis in the New York front court should help cover up the defensive concerns. Carter is too good to last until No. 9, but the glut of bigs in this draft might make it happen.
Bleacher Report: The Knicks select Michael Porter Jr., freshman F, Missouri. A new challenger emerges! If you had told me prior to this season that the Knicks could pick at No. 9 and potentially get Porter, I’d have said you were nuts. But apparently a number of factors, including a bad back and some allegedly bad interviews at the combine, have sent Porter’s stock spiraling. Clearly a talented player, however. (Last update: 6/5)
Sporting News: The Knicks select Wendell Carter Jr., freshman F/C, Duke. SN’s Sean Deveney changes the Knicks from Michigan State’s Miles Bridges to Carter with his latest update. (Last update: 5/28)
This may be the guy the Knicks need to play alongside Kristaps Porzingis. He is 6-10 with a 7-4.5 wingspan, and he has already tightened up his body, weighing in at 251 pounds. He is a solid, versatile, high-IQ big man to give the Knicks an anchor with Porzingis. Whether they can work together defensively is a question, but it’s worth a chance.
Yahoo!: The Knicks select Wendell Carter Jr., freshman F/C, Duke. Another vote for Carter, whom I am equal parts worried about and excited about the prospect of drafting. (Last update: 6/5)
Carter should become a high-level rebounder and capable pick-and-pop big at the next level. While he didn’t play much on the perimeter in college, he shows good balance and a sound release as a shooter. As he gets quicker and stronger, he will learn to use his length to his advantage when he gets switched onto guards away from the basket.
Basketball Insiders: The Knicks select Trae Young, freshman PG, Oklahoma. Basketball Insiders moves away from Kentucky’s Kevin Knox to give Trae a little more Trae-ction with the Knicks in the mock draft circuit. Kinda bummed that this eliminates the beautiful alliteration of “Knicks Knox” (for now, at least). (Last update: 6/5)
NBADraft.net: The Knicks select Collin Sexton, freshman PG, Alabama. (Last update: 5/19)
USA Today: The Knicks select Mikal Bridges, junior F, Villanova. (Last update: 5/16)
Washington Post: The Knicks select Collin Sexton, freshman PG, Alabama. (Last update: 5/16)
The Ringer: The Knicks select Trae Young, freshman PG, Oklahoma. (Last update: 6/5. Technically updated since last time, but no new input or change of pick.)
Net Scouts: The Knicks select Collin Sexton, freshman PG, Alabama. (Last update: 6/5. Same deal as The Ringer, the whole mock has been updated, but no changes in Knick land.)
ESPN: The Knicks select Collin Sexton, freshman PG, Alabama. (Last update: 5/30. Double ditto the two above.)
CBS Sports: The Knicks select Wendell Carter Jr., freshman F/C, Duke. (Last update: 6/5. Thritto the three entries above.)
The Big Lead: The Knicks select Mikal Bridges, junior F, Villanova. (Last update: 5/16)
NBC Sports: The Knicks select Mikal Bridges, junior F, Villanova. (Last update: 5/15)
Heavy: The Knicks select Mikal Bridges, junior F, Villanova. (Last update: 5/15)
Knicks Mock Draft Power Rankings 4.0
1A. Mikal Bridges, junior F, Villanova (4 mocks)
1B. Collin Sexton, freshman PG, Alabama (4 mocks)
1C. Wendell Carter Jr., freshman F/C, Duke (4 mocks)
4. Trae Young, freshman PG, Oklahoma (3 mocks)
5. Michael Porter Jr. freshman F, Missouri (1 mock)