2018 NBA Mock Draft: Where do Doncic, Ayton and Bagley land?

BOISE, ID - MARCH 15: Deandre Ayton
BOISE, ID - MARCH 15: Deandre Ayton /
22 of 30
DETROIT, MI – MARCH 16: Miles Bridges
DETROIT, MI – MARCH 16: Miles Bridges /

27. . F. Michigan State. Miles Bridges. 9. player

The Knicks have more questions than answers right now on the Kristaps Porzingis front — he came down to Earth sharply after an early season blast and eventually suffered an injury that could cost him the early part of next year. We also don’t know what his best position is, considering that he is similar to Anthony Davis in that he can survive at the 4 defensively and presents enough matchup problems there that you can almost buy into it. Bridges at the 3 would give New York a pretty incredible offensive core.

If we assume Frank Ntilikina is locked into one guard spot and Porzingis one frontcourt spot, that leaves Bridges and Tim Hardaway Jr. to figure it out on the wing. Center is still a big hole, but it’s clear the Knicks have some talent at this point. One of the best things about Bridges is he would help it all fit together. He is an above-average passer and shooter compared with most combo forwards, and if Ntilikina and Porzingis reach their potential, his defensive limitations would be minimized.

The Knicks have more pressure than most teams to compete, as evidenced by the Hardaway signing and the fact that they continue to target high-level coaches rather than the assistants most rebuilding teams stray toward. Bridges brings competitive college pedigree, a contribute-now game, and versatility the Knicks are lacking on the wing.