Knicks veteran point guard Ramon Sessions is here as rookie Frank Ntilikina’s mentor and is already raising the stakes on the 19-year-old’s potential.
Sessions already sees some Kyrie Irving in Ntilikina, the 6-5 point guard from France whom the Knicks drafted with the No. 8 pick in the 2017 draft.
Signed for the $2.3 million veteran’s minimum in August, Sessions, 32, played with Irving when he was a Cavaliers rookie. He also played with a young Johnny Flynn in Minnesota. Flynn turned into a bust.
“It’s funny,’’ Sessions said in his first remarks since signing with the Knicks. “It’s one of those things. I played with Johnny when he was younger. Kyrie when he was young. He’s got a lot of Kyrie tendencies. Not the most athletic guy but can handle the ball in tight spots. It’s still early on, but he definitely gives me that Kyrie feel when Kyrie was a rookie. “
Ntilikina was thrilled to hear Sessions’ comment. A lot of his peers have overlooked the European because they haven’t seen him play in the French League, where he made the Finals for Strasbourg. In the poll of NBA rookies, he didn’t garner one vote for any category. Ntilikina also missed the summer league with a knee injury sustained in the French finals.
“Kyrie is Kyrie,’’ Ntilikina told The Post. “That’s something. He’s an All-Star, has done crazy things. Hearing that is a blessing. Ramon is here for me. Giving me a lot of advice. I’m learning a lot from him.”
Sessions missed a lot of the voluntary workouts and is joined by Jarrett Jack to share the mentor role. Any of the trio could wind up starting opening night Oct. 19 against Carmelo Anthony’s Thunder.
“It’s great for the young fella to take all the experience around him,’’ Sessions said.
Hornacek likes how Ntilikina is accessing the knowledge of the two veteran point guards.
“Frank’s like a sponge,’’ Hornacek said. “He’s asking these guys constantly. I even talked to him today about, hey, when you’re going through stuff don’t just look at it from the point guard spot, look at it from the two or the three spot. He says, ‘Oh, I’ve already been doing that.’ So he’s a very smart player but any veteran leadership that they give to him, he’s soaking it all in.’’
Sessions had his career-worst season in 2016-17 with Charlotte, his play dipping and then ending with knee surgery. He played in just 50 games and has been a backup much of his career. However, at least at the beginning, Sessions could wind up as the starter.
“The opportunity is there,’’ Sessions said.