Trae Young would help the Knicks more than Kevin Knox
Jonathan Wasserman of Bleacher Report posted a 2018 NBA redraft this week and has the Dallas Mavericks going with Kevin Knox instead of Luka Doncic, since they have the Spanish star going first overall o.
Wasserman also has the Atlanta Hawks going with center DeAndre Ayton instead of point guard Trae Young.
So with Young still on the board, Wasserman has the Knicks taking him 8th overall.
This got me thinking, would the Knicks be better if they had Young instead of Knox?
First and foremost, both the Knicks and the Hawks are two of the worst teams in the NBA right now, so you can’t say one team is more talented than the other and playing in New York instead of Atlanta would be a benefit to either player.
Despite a slow start to the season and the fact that Knox suffered an ankle injury early on, he’s come on strong and has been averaging 12.1 points and 4.2 rebounds per game. Not bad at all.
Young has been averaging 15.4 points, 7.4 assists and 2.9 rebounds per game. So his stats are slightly better, but this doesn’t mean much.
While I love what I’ve seen from Knox so far, having a point guard like Young would make the Knicks better. Would it bring them out of the cellar of the NBA? Probably not. but New York would be a better team with a player like Young who can dish the ball and score.
One thing that we’ve learned so far this season is that the Knicks still don’t have an answer at the point. Trey Burke is mostly a scorer and Frank Ntilikina is non-factor on offense. Emmanuel Mudiay has brought something to the table as a scorer, but he doesn’t distribute the ball and orchestrate the offense like Young does.
The thing about having Knox though, is that if Kristaps Porzingis does end up leaving as a restricted free agent or as an unrestricetd free agent in the future, New York already has someone who can possibly fill his shoes at the power forward spot in Knox.
Whether it’s Knox or Young, the Knicks would be in good shape no matter what. But if I had to choose between both players, I would go with Young.
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