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The New York Knicks have the No. 9 pick in the NBA Draft

Record: 29-53 (11th in Eastern Conference)

Coach: David Fizdale, 1st season

17-18 starting PG, age: Emmanuel Mudiay, 21 (8.8 ppg, 3.9 apg, 10.2 PER)

Last 1st round pick: 2017, No. 8; Frank Ntilikina, PG, France

• Season recap: Center Kristaps Porzingis tore his anterior cruciate ligament midseason and the Knicks never really had a chance to make the playoffs, finishing 14 games behind Washington for the eight seed. Without their 7-foot-3 star, the Knicks were one of the worst 3-point shooting teams in the NBA, hitting just 35.2 percent from behind the arc. First-round pick Frank Ntilikina struggled offensively, shooting just 36.4 percent from the field, 31.8 percent from 3, with a player efficiency rating of 7.0. An average NBA player is 15.0.

• Why they’ll pick Young: Young, a star in college, could feed the media circus in one of the NBA’s biggest markets, and he would clear up the Knicks point guard situation, which was a mess last season. Ntilikina struggled, and Emmanuel Mudiay couldn’t replicate what he did as a rookie in 2015-16 with Denver. It resulted in 25-year-old Trey Burke starting the final nine games. Young’s superior shooting and passing would compliment Porzingis, a versatile young center.

• Why they won’t: Young seemingly checks all the boxes, from what he can do offensively to how he handled the spotlight at OU. But he might not fall to No. 9. The Knicks could trade up, but if they do, they might select a player with higher upside. Pairing one of the four top power forwards in this draft with Porzingis would give New York a solid frontcourt to build around and give Mudiay and Ntilikina another year figure it out.

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