May 29, 2017 | 3:47 pm EDT Update
Here are five player-team draft combinations that would be the equivalent of forcing a square peg into a round hole. Knicks: Dennis Smith Jr.: Jonathan Tjarks: If Phil Jackson wants the Knicks to continue running the triangle, then he should not draft Dennis Smith. The quickest way to waste draft picks is to pick players whose skills don’t fit with the personnel around them and the system they will be in, and to do so without a clear plan as to how to use them. The triangle may not be the most efficient way to create offense in today’s game, but it’s definitely not going to work if the Knicks commit to players who don’t have the skill set to run it effectively. Smith is almost the exact opposite of the type of point guard who has been successful running Jackson’s preferred offense.
Magic: Jonathan Isaac There are no secrets this year in the lottery, but there is, like Antetokounmpo and Caboclo, another athletic forward with long arms and an underdeveloped offensive game Hammond and Weltman will have a chance at. His name is Jonathan Isaac: He projects as a multidimensional defender who can both protect the rim and lock down the perimeter. There’s little doubt Isaac will at least produce considering the state of the NBA’s value for defensive versatility.
Phoenix Suns: The following players will participate in a Pre-Draft Workout today for the #Suns: Troy Caupain, Josh Hart, Tidjane Keita, Kyle Kuzma, Johnathan Motley and Kobi Simmons.
The Lakers’ front office will be on the clock this Memorial Day, as six more draft prospects audition on Monday: Bryce Alford, Dwayne Bacon, Jordan Bell, Amida Brimah, Kennedy Meeks and Derrick Walton Jr.
Sir Charles is selling himself short, according to Roenick. “He knows sports and he always has an opinion,” Roenick said, laughing. “He would have no problem telling Mike and I what we don’t know about the game. Roenick predicted that if Barkley joined NBC’s team for a game “it would be the highest-rated hockey program of all-time.”
Barkley lives in Arizona and attends five to 10 Coyotes game per season. He’s also following the career of Arizona native Auston Matthews, who is a young star with the Toronto Maple Leafs. “But really I root for the guys who are great but didn’t win a championship because I’m on that list,” he said. “At the start of the playoffs, I was rooting for Henrik Lundqvist, (Alex) Ovechkin and Joe Thornton.”
With the Stanley Cup Final starting tonight, he’s rooting for the Predators because their franchise has never won. He’s also a fan of Nashville defenseman P.K. Subban. “It’s tough because one of my best friends is (Pittsburgh assistant coach) Rick Tocchet,” Barkley said. He said his NBA buddies have started paying more attention to the NHL because of Seth Jones. He’s the son of former NBA player and long-time coach Popeye Jones.