The 2017 draft is important for the New York Knicks. According to Ian Begley of ESPN, the team has two high-profile guards on their radar.
The New York Knicks are approaching an important draft for the future of the franchise. Phil Jackson and his staff will likely use their top-10 pick on a guard. With the possible departure of Derrick Rose via free agency, the Knicks will again be looking to fill the point guard spot and apparently they already have a couple in mind.
Ntilikina, 18, has shown potential to be an incredible passer at the next level and a lockdown defender. If the French prospect continues to improve as a shooter, he will be can be a two-way star at the next level.
Malik Monk is the anti-Frank. While Ntilikina is a pass-first point guard who rarely puts shots up, Monk is a volume shooter. The Kentucky star is in the top-20 in the country in field goal attempts.
The 19-year-old averages nearly 15 shots per game (14.9) and nearly seven threes per game (6.9) but converts from downtown at a blistering 39.3 percent rate. He may not fit into the triangle perfectly, but Monk will give the Knicks some needed shooting help in their backcourt.
The 19-year-old isn’t afraid of the big moment either. He’s been a clutch player for the Wildcats coming up with huge games against big time opponents. Like his 47 point game against North Carolina and 33 point game against Florida.