The Knicks’ final 23 games after the All-Star break are only a series of “Bridges’’ to their next date of import: the May 15 draft lottery. Pun intended. If the lottery were held now, the Knicks would hold the ninth-best odds with a 23-36 record and a league-high eight-game losing streak entering the break. If they stay at No. 9 after the pingpong balls dance, that would put them in position to draft either of two small forwards – 6-7 junior Mikal Bridges of Villanova or 6-6 sophomore Miles Bridges of Michigan State. The Knicks are focused most on that position, which was left thin following Carmelo Anthony’s departure. They have a plethora of point guards, shooting guards and centers, and Kristaps Porzingis could man power forward for the next 10 years. Lance Thomas is the lone true “3’’ on the roster. Seth Greenberg, former Virginia Tech coach and ESPN’s college basketball guru the past six years, told The Post he’s a big fan of Mikal, 21, and prefers him over Miles, 19. A gushing Greenberg places Mikal, who is averaging 16.5 points on 48 percent shooting, as a definite top-10 pick. The top small forward in the draft should be 6-foot-10 Michael Porter, who had what was expected to be season-ending back surgery, but there have been reports he could still try to play again late in the season for Missouri.
Mikal vs. Miles Bridges: Two draft options if Knicks’ tank fails
New York Post | Feb 16