In this 2018 NBA mock draft, the Knicks selected two stars out of Villanova–including the National Player of the Year.
But Mikal Bridges could be one of two national champions to make the jump from the Philadelphia area to New York City this summer.
Brunson, 22, was the National Player of the Year in college basketball and the leader of the best team in the sport. While we’re not talking about a future NBA superstar, Brunson has the kind of game that can translate and lead to a long career on the next level.
At worst, Brunson may be able to become New York’s version of Sixers guard T.J. McConnell: A scrappy, team-first, smart and efficient player that can eat up legitimate minutes off the bench over the next few years.
At best? Perhaps Brunson, a lefty point guard with the ability to score inside and shoot, can become Derek Fisher 2.0 (the player, not coach) and develop into a starter on a winning team at Madison Square Garden.
Brunson averaged 18.9 points and 4.6 assists per game last season and could be come a pass-first player on the next level, fitting into any scheme the soon-to-be new Knicks head coach draws up in 2018-19.