Published on May 18, 2018 by ESPN
Published on May 18, 2018 by New York KnicksTape
Notes from Jonathan Givony on the NBA Draft Combine for players of interest to the Knicks.
Trae Young’s father Ray: “I know Sexton’s family. I’ve known Collin the last couple of years through AAU, high school basketball so first of all, if any of those guys get drafted by the Knicks, the Knicks are getting two great men,” Ray said. “But the way they’re different — I think Trae does it all.
“I think it really gets overlooked that he led the country in points and assists. Not only did he do that as a college player, but he did that as a freshman. I just don’t see people talking about that and the one thing people don’t realize about Trae is he loves to pass the ball. He’s only just been able to score because he can shoot and his goal is to lead the NBA in assists. With a player like Collin, what he can bring is that he’s a dog — not saying Trae isn’t a dog — but Collin is going to go at you, all day, all night. It just depends what a team wants. That’s not to say Collin is not an all-around player or an all-around point guard, but Trae’s proven.”
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 Frank Ntilikina, Emmanuel Mudiay and Trey Burke.
Problem is, Sexton — like Ntilikina and Mudiay — hasn’t established a perimeter shot despite his athleticism and dazzling penetration ability.
“Frank’s a better defender,’’ one NBA personnel director said. “And Collin can struggle with his shot.’’
DraftExpress (now hosted by ESPN) released their first round of scouting reports, with Collin Sexton slotting 9th.
- Brash, ultra-confident competitor who plays the game with boundless energy and a huge chip on his shoulder. Worker off the floor.
- Skill level is a work in progress. Court vision is average. At his best in drive-and-dish situations. Tends to overdribble. Gets very wild with his decision-making at times.
Projected Role: Lead Guard
Physical Comps: Patrick Beverley, Eric Bledsoe, Chris Duhon
Posting and Toasting released their first mock draft roundup. Here are the most popular Knicks picks based on nine different mocks. You can find a lot more information about the mocks used in their roundup here.
Knicks Mock Draft Power Rankings v1.0
Mikal Bridges, junior F, Villanova (4 mocks)
Wendell Carter Jr., freshman F/C, Duke (3 mocks)
Collin Sexton, freshman PG, Alabama (2 mocks)
Joel Brigham from Basketball Insiders tries to identify the next Donovan Mitchell, or the player from this year’s draft who could fall and has superstar potential.
He lists Collin Sexton, the player that draft expert Jonathan Givony has slotted going to the Knicks in his mock drafts, as one of his three possibilities.
Back in November, a series of unfortunate circumstances in a game against Minnesota led to a mass ejection of Alabama players that resulted in just three players being allowed to play the final ten minutes. Sexton was one of those three players and led a Crimson Tide rally despite the lopsided Minnesota power play. ‘Bama outscored the Gophers 30-22 in those final 10 minutes despite being down two players, and Sexton finished the game with 40 points. That’s how good he is.