The Draft Lottery isn’t until May 16, so Knicks boss Phil Jackson still can dream of creation a choice between Lonzo Ball and Markelle Fultz. The Pac-12 indicate guards are slated No. 1 and 2 in substantially all NBA ridicule drafts.
MSG Network/CBS college basketball researcher Wally Szczerbiak creates a evidence Fultz would be a improved fit for a triangle than a playmaking Ball. Even Jackson has settled a triangle doesn’t need a antecedent indicate guard in a mold of Chris Paul.
“Lonzo has a round in his hands many of a time and is not most of a mid-range guy,’’ Szczerbiak told The Post. “He’s looking to control a game, control a offense, establish what guys need a round where. Someone else’s skills like Fultz or Dennis Smith aren’t as most playmakers. The triangle offense creates we and everybody on a building a playmaker — an equal-opportunity, suit offense. That would substantially be improved for Fultz. we don’t know if Ball would be effective off a ball. When we play in a triangle, that’s what we have to do utterly a bit.’’
Szczerbiak, a former Wolves sharpshooter, missed a share of Knicks telecasts with an increasing effort for CBS’ college coverage. The Long Island product admits he hasn’t ruled out a coaching/front-office future, observant he’s “open-minded.’’
In fact, an NBA source pronounced Szczerbiak spoke with his alma mater, Miami (Ohio), in Mar about a empty head-coaching position though eventually motionless it wasn’t a right time. (It’s been filled by Jack Owens.)
Szczerbiak, who will horde a draft/free-agent uncover Jun 22 on MSG Network, is now calm to mangle down a tip prospects a Knicks are eyeing rather than be a decision-maker.
“The frontcourt for New York is set for a subsequent 5 years,” Szczerbiak said, referring to Willy Hernangomez and Kristaps Porzingis.
“This Knicks group is starving for guards. That’s what they need – an impact NBA guard/wing in this draft.”
Despite personification for an awful Washington team, Fultz has a corner in a mocks over Ball. However, Szczerbiak pronounced he believes a call is some-more about taste.
“People are some-more informed with Ball, a spotlight’s on him and his father [LaVar], some-more manifest during UCLA,’’ Szczerbiak said. “The doubt about Fultz is he didn’t play on a good team, though it doesn’t not make him a good player. It’s a tiny means for concern, though he is super talented, looks like his diversion could be extensive for a NBA. He’s substantially going to be a No. 1 collect from what I’m conference and what we saw.
“Ball’s biggest thing is he’s a playmaker. Fultz can be one, though he’s unequivocally good in a pick-and-roll, entrance off screens, shooting, looking to score. He has a sum package. Ball is athletic, though Fultz competence be some-more jaunty and explosive.’’
The Knicks have a 5.3 percent possibility during a No. 1 pick, a 6 percent possibility during No. 2 and 7 percent for a third pick, where two-way Kansas brazen Josh Jackson is slotted. With Carmelo Anthony on a trade block, Jackson could fill a tiny brazen blank for years.
Jump-shooting tiny brazen Jayson Tatum of Duke is heralded in a 3-4 range.
“I tend to cite Josh Jackson,’’ Szczerbiak said. “I adore his elasticity, his athleticism. He glides on a floor. Tatum is some-more rigid, a approach he moves. we gaunt toward Josh since of his athleticism. He’s got some-more upside, extensive defender, prolonged arms, blocks shots. He’s played a 4 a lot, even a 5. Those guys are unequivocally profitable that play all over a place.’’
The Knicks are seeded seventh in a lottery after losing a silver flip to Minnesota. They have a 57 percent possibility of adhering there. That could finish wish of drafting Kentucky indicate guard De’Aaron Fox, who scholastic Ball in a Sweet 16. It does make Fox’s teammate, sharpened ensure Malik Monk, viable.
Szczerbiak called Fox “the fastest man in a draft.’’
“If Fox slips to where people are articulate – 5, 6, 7 – he can be a best actor to come out of this draft,’’ he said. “He’s got lightning speed, and that creates havoc. He’s long, jaunty and his burst shot is improving. … Fox only churned [Ball] in a tournament, he unequivocally did.”
In a 7-8 range, Szczerbiak sees Monk as a good complement fit and compares him to Tim Hardaway Jr. during worst, Ray Allen during best.
“He competence be means to play indicate in a triangle system,’’ he said. “A complement for a man who’s not a playmaker and used to personification off a round would be perfect. Dribble a round adult a building and enter a round into a triangle and using a cuts and suit to get him open looks. That would bode good for him. He’s unequivocally good off ball, entrance off screens. The best actor in this breeze entrance off a ball. He’s a tiny streaky. ’’
Szczerbiak views Smith, a N.C. State indicate guard, as a bad man’s Fultz, with his explosiveness to a rim. Similarly, any played for bad teams.
“That’s a good collect during 7, though it concerns me since his group didn’t have most success,’’ Szczerbiak said.
Szczerbiak admits he’s never seen French indicate ensure Frank Ntilikina play though says France’s “track record is removing better.”
GM Steve Mills is in France scouting Ntilikina.
For all a scouting reports, nobody ever can foresee who will finish adult as a best pro.
“Listen, 1-to-7, we got a event to get a best actor in a draft,’’ Szczerbiak said. “That’s a good position to be in.’’