When the NBA Draft rolls around, odds are that Duke's Jahlil Okafor or Kentucky's Karl-Anthony Towns will be the top overall pick. Okafor seemed to be the heavy favorite for most of the season, but Towns has gained significant momentum as perhaps the most talented player on undefeated Kentucky. The choice could depend on what team wins the NBA Draft Lottery. If it is the New York Knicks, don't expect to see Towns as the first one chosen, at least according to a close friend of Phil Jackson, who spoke with Marc Berman of the New York Post:
As Charley Rosen observes his buddy Phil Jackson’s first full year as Knicks team president, he can’t stop wondering what a wide-bodied low-post center could have done for the Knicks’ triangle offense.
Rosen, Jackson’s confidant and his former longtime Albany Patroons assistant coach, believes center has to be the Knicks’ No. 1 priority in the offseason. Rosen, a triangle savant, believes Kentucky’s Karl-Anthony Towns, who has growing momentum as the No. 1 overall pick, isn’t the answer as the low-post threat needed in the triangle, but free-agent-to-be center Greg Monroe of Detroit would be a great Jackson pickup.
“They need a center with a big butt to hold space,’’ Rosen told The Post. “They didn’t have anybody like that. It takes away a major portion of what you can do with the triangle because then it really becomes just a perimeter offense.’’
After watching Towns in the NCAA Tournament, Rosen says, “Towns is not a big enough body. He’d never get that position in the NBA. He doesn’t have enough power or core strength. He wouldn’t be able to set up one dribble away from the basket. He’s not a kind of center you need in the triangle.
We'll have to wait until the draft to see if the theory holds true, but that is certainly a very unorthodox knock on a top prospect.