It might not matter to Knicks if Trae Young is best player in draft
CHICAGO — Oklahoma point guard Trae Young, who claimed himself the best player in the NBA draft, isn’t sure yet if he will grant a private workout to the Knicks, who have the ninth pick.
Under the draft combine rules, the Knicks requested Young, who became one of their 20 interviewees Friday. It’s hard to imagine Young, once pegged as the top pick before a late-season swoon, falling past the Magic at No. 6.
The Knicks are eager to work out the 6-foot-2 Young. He’s one player for whom they likely would eschew their need at small forward and would add to their glut of young point guards in the unlikely event he should fall all the way to 9. After all, Young is compared to Stephen Curry, the one who got away.
“It all depends on my agent and where he thinks I should work out,’’ Young said. “To be honest, that stuff’s really not up to me. It’s where my agent feels I should go.”
Asked about the slew of point guards on the Knicks roster, including Frank Ntilikina, Emmanuel Mudiay and Trey Burke, Young said: “I think they all bring something different. We all have something different. I feel my overall skill set, my ability to make players around me better and my ability to help my team win is unique. The guys that are there are good point guards. There’s a reason why they’re in the NBA. Everybody has different types of games. I think mine is unique and different compared to theirs.”
Young said his meeting with the Knicks “went very well” and he would “embrace’’ New York alongside Kristaps Porzingis, who may miss next season with an ACL tear.
“I would love playing with a guy like Porzingis who can score, stretch the floor, who can do a lot, a lot of different things,’’ Young said. “But I could see myself doing some pretty good things with other teams, too.”
Young got a huge compliment during the season from LeBron James — who praised his game and said “he better go pro” — and his confidence level hasn’t waned.
“I think I’m the best overall player in this draft,’’ said Young, who averaged 27.4 points, 8.7 assists and 5.2 turnovers. “My main focus isn’t necessarily being the best player in this draft. My goal is being the best player in the NBA. I’m excited about having the opportunity to show people that I can play defense. I’m actually super-excited to show that from Day 1.”
As for Curry comparisons, Young said, “I love them.”
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