Much to the chagrin of the New York Lottery Police, the Knicks have lost 13 of 14 games and are 1-5 since the All-Star break, but haven’t gained a single ping pong ball.

If the NBA’s draft lottery had been held Wednesday, the Knicks would have been the ninth seed — just as they were before going 0-3 on their current four-game trip. For all the losing and disgraceful third quarters, the Knicks, at 24-41, still have three more victories than the closest team below them, the Bulls, in the so-called Tankathon standings.

On the bright side, NBA commissioner Adam Silver reportedly gave the Bulls a warning about resting veterans Robin Lopez and Justin Holiday, meaning Chicago is under the tanking microscope. Silver recently sent a memo threatening major punishment for teams suspected of losing games on purpose to improve their lottery standing.

Nothing has worked in making the teams below the Knicks more competitive. Charles Barkley said over the All-Star break the NBA is in bad shape with so many noncompetitive teams content to engage in the May 15 lottery.