Report: Knicks targeting Malik Monk, Frank Ntilikina in upcoming draft

Thomas Joseph-USA TODAY Sports / Reuters

Help is on the way for the depleted New York Knicks' guard rotation.

The Knicks are targeting French guard Frank Ntilikina and Kentucky guard Malik Monk with their first-round selection in the upcoming 2017 draft, sources told ESPN's Ian Begley.

Ntilikina is a 6-foot-5 guard currently playing at the top level of the French league. The 18-year-old is averaging five points and 1.9 rebounds in limited minutes, but has demonstrated excellent defensive potential and a knack for getting to the rim.

Monk profiles as an undersized shooting guard with elite athleticism and a proficient shooting stroke. He averaged 20 points per game while shooting 39 percent from deep and 50 percent from the field.

Either one of Monk or Ntilikina would represent a huge upgrade over what the Knicks currently have in place, especially for the long haul with Derrick Rose set to be a free agent.

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