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The New York Knicks own the No. 9 pick in the NBA Draft and already hope to have their point guard of the future in Frank Ntilikina, selected eighth overall last summer.
But that might not keep the Knicks from drafting another point guard, anyway.
Oh, they also have Emmanuel Mudiay and Trey Burke, coming off a banner year, at the position.
Still, again, the Knicks could take a stab at another player at the position — namely, Alabama point guard Collin Sexton, projected by many mainstream mock drafts to fall in the 7-10 range of the lottery.
“One NBA source close to the Knicks brain trust told The Post they must decide if the Alabama guard is an unquestioned upgrade over what they already have in Ntilikina, Mudiay and Burke,” wrote Marc Berman of the New York Post.
“Problem is, Sexton — like Ntilikina and Mudiay — hasn’t established a perimeter shot despite his athleticism and dazzling penetration ability.”
If Sexton isn’t the guy, the Knicks made it clear before the draft they would love to land a small forward or swingman-type. But like most teams that struggled last season, the Knicks aren’t expected to be picky.
Like most teams that struggled last season, the Knicks are likely to try to find the best prospect, regardless of position, then take it from there.
“Knicks brass is on record saying the preference is to draft a small forward, but not if the best prospect on the board has a significantly higher upside than a wing such as Villanova’s Mikal Bridges,” Berman wrote.
Sexton has one major supporter in former NBA point guard and current Alabama coach Avery Johnson. Berman spoke to Johnson on the phone and Johnson insisted Sexton has top-five prospect ability.
“He’s a two-way player, not a one-way player,’’ Johnson said. “He’s a small kid, but with a high basketball IQ who will be able to create his own shot anytime he wants. He’s got strong character. He’s still at school in Alabama. He didn’t drop out. His goal is to make straight A’s. He accomplished that in the first semester and he’s tried to do that in the second semester.’’
The entire lottery portion of the draft looks like this:
- Phoenix Suns
- Sacramento Kings
- Atlanta Hawks
- Memphis Grizzlies
- Dallas Mavericks
- Orlando Magic
- Chicago Bulls
- Cleveland Cavaliers
- New York Knicks
- Philadelphia 76ers (from Los Angeles Lakers)
- Charlotte Hornets
- Los Angeles Clippers (from Detroit Pistons)
- Los Angeles Clippers
- Denver Nuggets