The reality is the Knicks are more likely to zero in on Virginia’s D’Andre Hunter and Gonzaga’s Rui Hachimura than Zion Williamson, Ja Morant and RJ Barrett once the pingpong balls roll.
The consensus leading into Tuesday’s lottery is the top three picks will be Williamson, Morant and Barrett. The odds are better than 50-50 the league-worst Knicks will pick fourth or fifth — 59.8 percent, to be exact.
That will open up a different slew of candidates. In an appearance on ESPN Radio on Monday, GM Scott Perry mentioned the power forward Hachimura, the Virginia swingman Hunter and referenced Williamson’s wingmen — obviously referring to Barrett and Cam Reddish — as being potential top-five picks.