Knicks Rumors: New York Targeting Mikal Bridges And Miles Bridges In NBA Draft

The New York Knicks still have not found a reliable starting-caliber small forward since trading Carmelo Anthony and they're hoping to find that guy in the draft.

According to Marc Berman of the New York Post, the Knicks have identified Villanova forward Mikal Bridges as their top target and are also considering Michigan State's Miles Bridges for that reason.

If the Knicks stick at their current ninth seed, Villanova small forward Mikal Bridges, fresh off an NCAA title, will probably be available and they have interest. They also are intrigued by the larger upside of Michigan State’s Miles Bridges.

Mikal Bridges is very quick for someone who is 6-foot-7, and with a wingspan over seven feet, he has tremendous upside as the ultimate 3-and-D prospect. While his offensive game improved during his junior year, he will be more of a shooter at the NBA level as he hasn't proven he can consistently create his own shot.

Still, the Knicks are intrigued about the defensive upside of a lineup consisting of both Mikal Bridges and Frank Ntilikina, last year's first-round pick. He averaged 17.7 points, 5.3 rebounds, and 1.5 steals per game last season.

As for Miles Bridges, he is a freak athlete who is excellent finishing around the rim and has shown somewhat of a reliable jumper. He's not someone who can create his own shot but his athleticism makes him an intriguing prospect.

The Knicks are projected to take Mikal Bridges with the No. 9 overall pick in Chat Sports' latest mock draft. Miles Bridges is projected to go to the Charlotte Hornets with the No. 11 pick.

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