Trae Young on Potentially Being Drafted by Knicks: 'It Would Be a Blessing'

Joseph Zucker@@JosephZuckerFeatured ColumnistMarch 21, 2018

Oklahoma's Trae Young (5) during an NCAA college basketball game during the Phil Knight Invitational tournament in Portland, Ore., Friday, Nov. 24, 2017. (AP Photo/Timothy J. Gonzalez)
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The pressure of playing in New York City may be daunting for some players, but Oklahoma Sooners star Trae Young would embrace the opportunity to suit up for the New York Knicks

During an interview Wednesday on ESPN's First Take, Young discussed the possibility of the Knicks selecting him in the 2018 NBA draft.

"If I'm able to get drafted by the New York Knicks, it would be a blessing," Young said, per Cycle's Thomas Duffy (h/t ESPN.com's Ian Begley). "Being in the basketball Mecca, that's one of the biggest markets in the NBA league, if not the biggest."

Begley shared Young's full comments from the interview:

Ian Begley @IanBegley

Oklahoma’s Trae Young was asked about potentially playing for the Knicks during an interview on First Take. He said it would be a “blessing” and that he’d “get to work and help that franchise win” if drafted by NYK (thanks @TJDhoops) https://t.co/SDT3voG7y3

Young confirmed to ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski he's entering the NBA draft after averaging 27.4 points in his only season at Oklahoma.

Bleacher Report's Jonathan Wasserman wrote the Knicks would be a logical home for Young in the NBA: "Even with a healthy Kristaps Porzingis, the Knicks could use an additional shot-creator. Whether or not you believe Young's volume scoring will carry over to the NBA, the Knicks should value his ability to make things happen off the dribble."

Young would also complement Frank Ntilikina well in New York's backcourt. The 19-year-old French international has shown promise as a rookie and is averaging 13.3 points per 100 possessions, according to Basketball Reference.

Ntilikina's shooting, however, has been an issue. He's hitting just 35.9 percent of his field-goal attempts and 32.0 percent of his three-point opportunities.

By selecting Young, the Knicks could allow Ntilikina to be more of a playmaker—a role to which he appears suited based on his 7.5 assists per 100 possessions.

Not to mention, the trio of Young, Ntilikina and Porzingis would be among the more exciting young foundations in the NBA.


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