A look at seven players who could intrigue the Knicks following the results of Thursday’s NBA draft lottery:
There is no greater risk-reward prospect in the draft. The electric 6-foot-7 playmaker has the athletic talent to become an All-Star and difference-maker in a draft lacking them. However, he’s been a poor 3-point shooter — not unlike his brother Lonzo — and his defensive intensity was suspect in Australia. Plus, an unhappy Lavar Ball can tear apart a franchise. Knicks president Leon Rose is all about upside and star power. Rose formerly represented the Ball Brothers.
If the Knicks rise into the top three and can’t get Ball, the Georgia shooting guard has appeal as another risk-reward potential star. He’s got a great body and elite athleticism but struggles with his outside shot (40.6 field-goal percentage). He’s a raw freight train who can excel in an uptempo system and is a great leaper. Edwards’ fit with perimeter-shooting-challenged RJ Barrett isn’t perfect.
Despite a poor freshman season at North Carolina, the New York product has the potential to be a breakout scoring point guard and would love a chance to suit up for the hometown team. Greg Anthony’s son would become the face of the franchise, but scouts are divided on whether he can ever be a true point guard.
If Rose is as fanatical about drafting a point guard as predecessor Steve Mills, Iowa State’s Haliburton will be considered. He checks a lot of boxes — a solid 3-point shooter with high basketball IQ and size — but is not explosive.
Potentially the first Israeli lottery pick, he is a two-way forward who can pass, defend and shoot from the outside, but at 19 may face a large learning curve despite being a standout on Maccabi Tel Aviv.
The Knicks have already “Zoomed’’ with the German League standout who grew up in France, according to a French media outlet. The lefty playmaker is originally from the U.S. but can speak French with Frank Ntilikina. The 19-year-old is a project but creative with good vision — smooth in all areas.
The Kentucky combo guard comes with a rave review in The Post from new assistant coach Kenny Payne. Despite being slightly undersized, Maxey could turn into a scoring dynamo and tenacious defender. Might be the sleeper.