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The New York Knicks could be without their best defensive player on Monday as Frank Ntilikina deals with a sore back.
According to the NBA injury report, Frank Ntilikina is questionable with a sore upper back. The third-year guard left the New York Knicks‘ game against the Boston Celtics on Sunday after playing about seven minutes.

The French point guard has yet to miss a game due to injury this season, but he’s had issues with his back of late. Injuries stunted his growth in year two and it’s possible that the Knicks want to give him Monday off to rest up. New York plays again on Thursday night against the Denver Nuggets.

Dennis Smith Jr. will likely make his first start of the season if Ntilikina can’t go. Additionally, Kadeem Allen will meet the team in Milwaukee. Allen is currently on a two-way contract and has only appeared in G League games up to this point in the season.

Marcus Morris Sr. has been ruled out for the second-straight game with cervical spasms. The veteran forward has been the Knicks’ best player this season and his absence was felt on Sunday night.

New York collapsed in the fourth quarter, yet again, and couldn’t convert on their free throws, yet again. Morris is currently the only consistent free-throw shooter on the roster and he’s been their most consistent offensive player in general.

The Milwaukee Bucks will be missing Sterling Brown (AC joint sprain) and Brook Lopez (back soreness) as well. The two Eastern Conference foes will tip-off at 8 p.m. ET.

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Knicks shooting guard Wayne Ellington is out for Saturday’s matchup against the Indiana Pacers with a sore left Achilles, the team announced.

Ellington has appeared in 18 of the team’s 22 games this season, but is averaging just over 14 minutes per game in his first year with the Knicks. He’s in the midst of the worst year of his 11-season NBA career, averaging career lows in field goal, free throw, and three-point percentage, and has reached double-figures in points just twice.

Allonzo Trier, who fell out of the rotation during the second half of November, has appeared in the last two games and could see more minutes in Ellington’s absence. Damyean Dotson should also get more of an increased role when the Knicks tip-off against the Pacers at 7:30 p.m. at Madison Square Garden.

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Slowly but surely, Damyean Dotson has emerged to grab the Knicks backup shooting guard slot from Wayne Ellington and Allonzo Trier.

It wasn’t long ago Dotson was a complete afterthought in a crowded field after returning from offseason shoulder surgery to repair a torn labrum and missing the preseason.

Dotson, a second-round pick by Phil Jackson in 2017, started the regular season out of the rotation. He played three minutes in the first four games — in three of those he didn’t play at all — after being the starting shooting guard to close last season.

But in recent games, Dotson is emerging with his hustle, speed, defense and ability to impact the game. In Monday’s 123-105 win over the Cavaliers, Dotson made a big impact offensively with a season-high 11 points, making 5 of 10 shots in 18 minutes. Dotson also had another of his hustle plays, grabbing a loose ball that was going to be a turnover and driving to the basket for a score.

“I didn’t play any training camp, didn’t play any preseason games,’’ Dotson told The Post. “If you were a coach, you’d be skeptical throwing me out there because you don’t know if I’m ready or not. I had to go through a few practices, short spurts in games, to get my rhythm back. I’m still not 100 [percent], but I’m working and trying to get there.”

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A former high school football player out of Houston, Dotson said he’s still getting his wind. He is considered the fastest sprinter on the team, just beating Dennis Smith Jr. in a race at practice.

“It was all part of the plan,’’ said Dotson, who couldn’t shoot most of the summer. “I still don’t think I‘m my normal self. I’m still getting rhythm back I can’t play as long as I want without getting tired.”

C Mitchell Robinson played with his sprained ankle on Monday, recording 16 minutes, seven points, four blocks and five fouls. Robinson sprained it again versus on Saturday. “I know with him, he’s going to be doing what he does,’’ coach David Fizdale said. “He’s going to fly around.’’… Fizdale admitted on the final Charlotte 3-point dagger by Devonte’ Graham on Saturday, Robinson was supposed to be up at the 3-point line. … Cavs forwards Kevin Love (back) and Larry Nance (thumb) missed the game.

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On Friday, the New York Knicks fired head coach David Fizdale just 22 games into his second season. Unhappy with the 4-18 start to the year, management decided it was time to move in another direction.

What that direction ends up being is anybody’s guess, but in the meantime they pegged Mike Miller as interim head coach. That name might not have the punch of a Mark Jackson or Becky Hammon, but Miller may turn out to be exactly what the Knicks need, and should be considered as more of a contender for the vacancy than a stopgap.

Miller hails from the G League, where he coached the Westchester Knicks – New York’s affiliate – for four seasons. In that stretch he made the playoffs three times and amassed a .540 regular season win percentage.

Miller took home Coach of the Year honors, voted on by fellow G-League head coaches and GMs, in 2017-18 following a 32-18 season in which the Knicks ranked third in defense and second in three-point percentage. He also oversaw the development of numerous G League success stories such as Luke Kornet, Kadeem Allen, Trey Burke, Billy Garrett, and Jimmer Fredette.

Prior to his Knicks stint, Miller served as an assistant with the Austin Spurs – San Antonio’s affiliate – for three years. The G League was Miller’s transition to the pros, but he had already spent over 20 years coaching at the college level, including as head coach for Texas State and Eastern Illinois.

He played collegiate ball as well, winning the 1984 Lone Star Conference Championship with East Texas State.

This resume should stand on its own – Miller is a tried-and-true basketball lifer. His teams emphasized defense and development, which his New York companions could use. But fans may remain iffy entrusting a coach they hardly know coming out of the NBA’s developmental league.

This could ultimately be in the Knicks’ favor.

First, Miller is already in tune to the organization. He’s been around it for four years and was an assistant for coach Fizdale this season. There should be few transition issues here, and other teams have found great success in hiring their head coaches out of the G-League.

Take Toronto, who won their first championship under Nick Nurse, who followed an extremely similar career path as Miller. Terry Stotts and Quin Snyder, coaches of the Portland Trailblazers and Utah Jazz respectively, each set off their coaching careers in the (then) D League.

Miller’s emphasis on development should be music to Knicks fans’ ears as well. This team is not going to win anything, at least this season, despite what management may be hoping for. This gives Miller a chance to show off his ability to grow young players. There have been too many instances of Kevin Knox or RJ Barrett off in the corner with nothing to do but watch their team’s veterans assume the offense for stretches at a time. Frank Ntilikina and Damyean Dotson, two other intriguing prospects, weren’t receiving any playing time to start the season.

These hiccups for a franchise that wants to rebuild around its young core need to go, and Miller, not the fanciest retread name, is the man to make these changes.

Of course, the Knicks’ front office will have to see how Miller performs in his interim status before finalizing any decisions. Will he run a modern NBA offense after his Westchester teams finished last in three-point attempt rate in three of his four seasons? Can he correct some of Fizdale’s shortfalls such as a lack of identity, lack of creative play-calling and lack of opportunities given to developing pieces? All that is to be discovered.

Miller has a tough proposition in front of him: assume his first NBA head coaching role in the face of an unhappy franchise, a 4-18 hole to dig out of, veterans who want to compete and prospects who need development.

He may not be able to provide the Knicks everything that they want, but if he can come close, he deserves to be more than just the ‘interim’ head coach.

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Knicks forward and Brooklyn native Taj Gibson takes a shot at some Q&A with Post columnist Steve Serby.

Q: Describe your on-court mentality.
A: Intense … real locked-in. And I turn into a different person, other than when I’m outside. I may smile to my family that’s sitting in the stands for one second, then it’s cold turkey. I don’t really know anybody else.

Q: Describe what that person is like on the court.
A: I’m ferocious. I’m gonna hit you. My job is to protect my teammates, set hard screens and just play ferocious. Just whatever it takes — dive on the floor, dive on the ball. It’s kind of like an out-of-body experience. Whatever it takes to get the job done, you don’t really care.

Q: So, you can take the boy out of Brooklyn, but you can’t take the Brooklyn out of the boy.
A: You can’t, you can’t. Because it’s a dog-eat-dog world on that court. Nobody’s gonna feel sorry for you, especially in the pros. You just gotta go out there and just … you gotta headhunt.

Q: Describe the gangs in Los Angeles.
A: When I got to L.A., I didn’t really understand it ’cause I was a kid from Brooklyn, New York, so the New York Gauchos and a good coach in Gary Simms — rest in peace — he was known for taking a lot of guys out of Brooklyn and helping them get to good prep schools, so they sent me to Stoneridge Preparatory in California. … New York had the gangs, too, but it wasn’t too extreme the way it was in California. It was intense, but if you can survive in New York, you can survive anywhere. I didn’t have any problems. The New York in me just kind of protected me.

Q: How tough was it in Fort Greene?
A: Fort Greene has always been tough. … Fort Greene Ingersoll Houses has always been tough. It was a lot of murders, a lot of killings. To this day, I thank my dad personally for some days making me stay in the house, ’cause there was a lot of stuff going on outside. I lost a lot of friends that were just … young, and never got a chance to grow. I think my parents deserve most of the credit for just knowing when to keep me inside and keep me locked in.

Q: How close were the friends you lost?
A: We were real close. One thing about Fort Greene, we’re a tight-knit group. Fort Greene is just tough, I can’t even explain it to you. It was either play basketball, you rap, you sell drugs or you just be in the streets. But lucky for me, I’d wake up early, and back in the day when you used to wake up early, the drug dealers would be out early, and I used to be outside, and my neighborhood was so dope because they never bothered me. The drug dealers never bothered me. Sometimes they would even rebound for me. They’ll be out early in the morning and they’ll hoop with me. They’ll make sure I get my shots, they’ll challenge me, they’ll play pick up, they’ll do everything.

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Q: What about all the fights you had?
A: When I first started coming outside, I used to get picked on every day.

Q: Why?
A: Maybe sitting up straight. Maybe talking too proper. Maybe coming out smiling too much. One thing about Fort Greene, they used to beat me up for the smallest things. I got beat up maybe over 50 times. Every day I came outside I had to fight somebody (laugh). Every day! It creates toughness in you, and after a while, you just deal with it.

Q: Was there ever a time that you feared for your life?
A: Of course. You always got a sense of just being a little wary about the gunshots and worry about your safety, but … I had a good friend of mine, his name is Charles Wynn, rest in peace. At the time he was the best player in Fort Greene, in my opinion, in my age group. He used to always tell me growing up, he said, “Man, you got one life to live.” He said, “Where we come from, life’s taken for granted. So every time you come outside and you play ball, it should be a smile on your face knowing where we come from.” I got drafted in 2009. He was at my draft party. I was telling him I was scared. I didn’t really know where I was gonna get drafted. I was kind of crying, I was just a little nervous. He told me, “Whatchu crying for?” He’s like, “Where we come from … this is nuthin’. We already went through the hard part.” And my other best friend, which is coming out of jail after doing 9¹/₂ [years], his name is Tameek Floyd. He gets out of Fishkill Correctional Facility Dec. 12.

Q: How soon after the draft was Charles killed?
A: It was maybe a year or so later. He got shot in Canarsie.

Q: And how do you know Tameek?
A: We grew up together. He took me to the New York Gauchos.

Q: Why was he in prison?
A: He got caught up in the streets [burglary]. He’s college educated — just made a bad decision and ended up having to do 10 years in jail.

Q: Have you visited him?
A: Every year, I got pictures. Every year. I’ve been going to Downstate Correctional Facility and then when he got transferred to Fishkill Correctional Facility, I’ve been going up there ever since. I go up there every weekend almost.

Q: Has he been following your career?
A: He calls me every day. We talk every day for the last 10 years.

Q: What does it mean to you that he’s getting out?
A: It means the world to me, because he’s my best friend. Just ’cause he’s locked up don’t mean I’m gonna change.

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Q: How often did you go to the Garden as a kid?
A: My dad used to take me there all the time. My dad used to work for a carpentry company, so just like everything else blue-collar, we’d sit up in the rafters all the way up top. After a long day at work, he’d take me.

Q: Who were your favorite Knicks?
A: John Starks and then Patrick Ewing, of course. And then when I got to the league, one of the first people I met was Patrick Ewing.

Q: What was that like?
A: It was amazing. He was real down-to-earth, he was real cool, and to this day, everyone I’ve seen, he always asks how’s my family, how’s my brother doing? He’s a good guy.

Q: What was the first time you played at the Garden?
A: The very first time I played at the Garden was … USC versus Derrick Rose and Memphis [December 2007]. It was nerve-wracking. It was unique because it was one of my first games back home. It was fun, I got to see my friends and family come to the Garden.

Q: Any favorite Knicks memories?
A: The four-point play from LJ [Larry Johnson]. I wasn’t at that game, but I remember watching it vividly ’cause back then most of the people back in New York used to have their TVs outside with extension cords and watching it in front of the building. I remember LJ hit the four-point play, and I remember [former Knicks assistant coach] Tom Thibodeau, to this day, my old [Bulls] coach is on the sidelines screaming the way he always be screaming, yelling.

Q: Why does this city love the Knicks?
A: You’ll probably have to ask my dad and the guys before me, it’s just tradition, it’s what you grow up on.

Q: Describe the rivalry with the Nets.
A: Right now we’re just focusing on us.

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Q: But it’s electric in the building when you guys play the Nets, right?
A: Yeah, yeah. I think the city just loves the competitiveness of the games, and I think it’s good for the city.

Q: Describe Frank Ntilikina.
A: I love Frank. Frank is eager to learn, he’s eager to get better. I think he’s taking the next step, which is understanding what he has to do to become a good professional basketball player in this league. When I first met Frank, he was just a totally different kid. He really didn’t understand it, I think, right then and there. He’s only scratched the surface.

Q: Mitchell Robinson.
A: Pure talent. He’s playing off of pure talent. He’s only scratched a little bit of the surface.

Q: How good can he be?
A: He can be All-World if he wants. He works extremely hard every morning with me, and he’s extremely competitive. And he listens. And you can’t teach those things.

Q: RJ Barrett.
A: Same thing like Mitch and Frank. Super-competitive, eager to learn, always willing to listen. He has a grown man frame already.

Q: What is your best single basketball moment, other than this interview?
A: Other than this interview was going to the [2011] Eastern Conference finals. Just knowing how hard it is to win basketball games in the NBA, but when you’re locked in with a group guys, to have a bond and you’re in the heat of the battle each and every night, especially going against everybody’s opinion on you, telling you you can’t do something, you can’t do this and you overachieve in it, that’s the best feeling in the world.

Q: What was it like beating Kevin Durant and Texas in the second round of the NCAA Tournament in 2007?
A: It was cool. Understanding that you’re competing at a higher level. All these things and dreams as a kid growing up in Brooklyn, you wish to have. You wish to go play for a big school, you wish to go get a college education. You dream all these things while playing on the pickup run in front of your building … late nights when you’re outside shooting on the rim and it’s raining outside.

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Q: Describe the young Derrick Rose.
A: Fast, athletic, just a beast.

Q: Boyhood idol?
A: Ed “Booger” Smith and Omar Cook. They’re both from my neighborhood. They’re both real inspirational as far as just basketball in the whole New York City.

Q: Did you ever run into Bernard King or Albert King?
A: I saw Albert at the Brooklyn Nets game like year before last, and I was astonished ’cause I’ve been trying to meet them almost my whole life. And then I met Bernard during training camp. It was so surreal because I grew up in Fort Greene just always hearing about them, and almost every kid in my neighborhood is just trying to be just like them, so they were like an urban legend that you never got a chance to see.

Q: What did you say to Bernard?
A: It was just like, “Man, I’ve been hearing about you my whole life. A great feeling to finally get a chance to meet you.”

Q: Three dinner guests?
A: Biggie Smalls, Malcolm X, John F. Kennedy.

Q: Favorite movie?
A: “Casino.”

Q: Favorite actor?
A: Wesley Snipes.

Q: Favorite actress?
A: Halle Berry.

Q: Favorite singer/entertainer?
A: Jay-Z.

Q: Favorite meal?
A: Snow crab legs.

Q: New York or Chicago pizza?
A: New York.

Q: Hobbies?
A: I like to go to museums on my day off. I want to help in my community, I want to bring jobs to my community, I want to build different things around my community and help the next generation move on.

Q: Superstitions?
A: Whatever brings me good luck, we try to remix it (smile).

Q: Has this been the career you imagined as a kid?
A: No, to be honest with you. I thought I was gonna be a carpenter or a firefighter. I really wanted to be a firefighter growing up. The local fire department in my neighborhood was the 110. I’ve been going to that fire station since I was a kid (smile). When I got a flat tire, you can always count on going to the fire stations for flat tires, get drinks of water, maybe have cookies and milk. Those are old memories I remember growing up in Fort Greene doing.

Q: But no regrets not becoming a firefighter?
A: I just got a little too tall for it, I guess (smile), but I really wanted to be a firefighter. My parents’ll tell you that. But my dad was a master carpenter, so that was always in the back of my pocket.
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Q: What drives you?
A: My neighborhood. Knowing that I got people watching me. I got people just depending on me. I want to do the right thing for my neighborhood, set the tone for the next generation.

Q: How much longer do you want to play?
A: However many years the man above allows me to play. Every day I get up I have a smile on my face and I thank the man above, and I just go out there and I just play.
Q: What are you most proud of about your career?
Q: That I was a late first-round pick [26th overall by the Bulls in 2009], and I’m playing in the NBA a whole decade later (smile) after everybody in my draft class kind of weathered off.

Q: Did you want the Knicks to draft you?
A: Of course! I was talking to Allan [Houston] about it. Everything happens for a reason, and I’m here now, that’s all that matters.

Q: What’s it like for you being a New York Knick?
A: It’s amazing, man. Every day I come here I get to look at the retired numbers in the rafters. … I look at the logo on the main court … then I get to walk in the back, I see the weight room, I see all the festivities that’s at my disposal. It still feels like my first year in the NBA for me. I don’t take anything for granted. Every day I come into the gym I smile and I’m super-happy, I’m super-electric and I’m ready to practice.

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Hornets center Willy Hernangomez sounded upset at the vicious crowd reaction his former Knicks buddy Kristaps Porzingis got Thursday, indicating maybe the fans don’t have the full story.

“I think everybody can think what they want but I feel bad for KP,” said Hernangomez, the Knicks’ second-round pick in 2015. “He’s my brother. We spent too many nights in this amazing arena. I understand what people [do]. The people always treated me good when I was here and appreciated. But I was sad when I saw that.”

“Like KP’s comments after the game, they know what they know,” the amiable Spanish center added. “KP knows what happened. People just see what they see in public. But fans can do whatever they want, but I just feel sad because he did a lot for the community, the city and this team.”

There’s speculation Porzingis held it against the Knicks for trading his friend, though Hernangomez asked for a trade over playing time. Should the Knicks have made Hernangomez happier considering their friendship? The Knicks got back two future second-round picks and installed Luke Kornet as their new center.

“We’re professionals,” Hernangomez said. “He wanted me on the team because we’re really close, but I wanted to play basketball. He wanted to play basketball. It’s our job. We had a lot of time in the summer to spend together. We’d love to play together. You never know if we will play soon. I don’t know if he was mad, but we missed each other.”

Hernangomez, who has played in just three games, is a free agent next summer. Don’t be shocked if Mavs owner Mark Cuban makes a run.

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Rod Strickland played in the NBA for 17 years. He’s coached Division I college basketball and is currently the program manager of the NBA G League’s professional path.

Strickland is also Kyrie Irving’s godfather. So he has a unique perspective when it comes to Irving’s season, which ended on Wednesday in a second-round loss to the Bucks.

“Well obviously it was disappointing to finish up the way they finished up. Proud of him, had a great year. Now it’s back to the drawing board,” Strickland said in an interview with SNY Thursday when asked about Irving’s season at an event unveiling for Budweiser’s NBA Draft Lottery promotion. “As far as his future, I want him to go wherever or stay wherever he feels comfortable and he’s happy. That’s what this is all about. Being happy and being competitive. He’s done a lot things in his short time in the NBA. Twenty-seven years old, he’s accomplished a lot of things. And so now I just hope that he finds a place, whether it’s Boston or whether it’s somewhere else, that he’s having fun and he’s doing his thing.”

Irving will test free agency this summer after a season in which he and the Celtics failed to reach the championship expectations that surrounded the team.

Irving averaged 23.8 points and 6.9 assists while shooting 40 percent from beyond the arc in the regular season. But he struggled with his shot in the Celtics’ final four playoff games – all losses – against Milwaukee. Irving, who was far from the only reason the Celtics lost to the Bucks, shot 30 percent from the floor (18.5 percent from beyond the arc) in those games.

The Celtics can offer Irving a five-year, $190 million contract. Other teams – including the Knicks, one of Irving’s suitors – can offer the point guard a four-year, $141 million deal.

Strickland, on hand to promote Budweiser’s Lottery-themed beer giveaway Thursday, smiled when he was asked if he’d advise Irving during his free agency.

“He has a great father, one of my best friends (Drederick Irving). So he’s in great hands,” Strickland said. “I’m always here. But he’s in great hands, and like I said I look forward to what’s the next steps for him, what’s the future, whether it’s in Boston or somewhere else.”

STRICKLAND THINKS KNICKS CAN DRAW TOP PLAYERS
Strickland said on Thursday that he thinks the Knicks can land top free agents this summer. (No, he wasn’t speaking specifically about Irving or any other free agent.) New York has enough cap space to sign two max free agents.

“I think so. This is New York City,” Strickland said. “I know nowadays, with social media, the way media is now, you can go any place and be special. But New York is a special place. I would personally love to see it come back. I would love to see the Garden rocking and I think they have the ability to do something great this summer.”

The Knicks will find out where they’re drafting on Tuesday after the NBA Lottery. They have a 14 percent chance of getting the No. 1 pick. Strickland offered his thoughts on presumptive No. 1 pick Zion Williamson of Duke.

“Just watching him, he’s one of those guys that even if he’s not scoring, I think just his presence and his activity will impact the game,” Strickland said. “His athleticism, his strength at that size — and he’s only going to get better as he has the opportunity to practice and play every day.”

Strickland and Knicks legend Earl Monroe were at a bar on Thursday to unveil Budweiser’s NBA Lottery promotion. The beer company will have ‘Draught Lottery Machines’ in five New York City bars that give patrons a 14 percent chance of winning a free beer leading up to the Lottery.

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The 1964 NBA Draft provided the New York Knicks one of their greatest players in franchise history.
The New York Knicks have built their legacy on two championships and a number of franchise players over the decades. This has not arrived often, but in the earliest days of the NBA, they found cornerstones who made a dent in professional basketball.

1964 provided this in an 11-round class, long before the NBA shortened its draft process. More than half the players the Knicks chose never played a game, but more than just one player made an impact.

How did New York’s 1964 draft class result? Let’s take a look:

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JIM BARNES
PF/C, Texas at El Paso
Texas at El Paso
Slash Line (with Knicks): .426/.667
Career Averages (with Knicks): 15.5 PPG, 9.8 RPG, 1.2 APG

21 years before the Knicks selected Patrick Ewing first overall, Jim Barnes went to them at No. 1 in the 1964 NBA Draft. It was their second consecutive top selection, as Art Heyman did not pan out in the 1963 draft.

Barnes spent just parts of two seasons with the Knicks, playing 82 games with near double-double averages. It became the best span of his six NBA seasons, which spanned five teams and featured a dramatic statistical decline due to frequent injuries.

By 1970-71, Barnes was out of the NBA.

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WILLIS REED
PF/C, Grambling State
Grambling State
Slash Line: .476/.747
Career Averages: 18.7 PPG, 12.9 RPG, 1.8 APG, 0.6 SPG, 1.1 BPG

1965-71 was the era of Willis Reed with the New York Knicks. Those seven seasons resulted in All-Star appearances, five 20-point, 13-rebound years and an historic moment, hobbling out for the NBA Finals to help his team win it all.

Reed only went in the second round, too, but at eighth overall, when the NBA’s number of teams was well off what it became today. Still, for what he developed into, this spot in the draft was excellent value.

Reed retired at age 31, hampered by injuries from the previous three seasons. His stat line dropped off, and he walked away after the 1973-74 campaign, making the Pro Basketball Hall of Fame just eight years later.

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HOWARD KOMIVES
PG, Bowling Green State
Bowling Green State
Howard Komives spent parts of five seasons with the Knicks, becoming their stalwart at point guard. He topped out at 15.7 points and 6.2 assists in 1966-67 and was a proficient free throw shooter.

After a move to Detroit, Komives played more 82-game seasons, but saw his role fall off as he became a journeyman from 1971-74.

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FREDDIE CRAWFORD
SG, St. Bonaventure
St. Bonaventure
Freddie Crawford found an NBA career as the 26th overall pick in 1964. He played for five teams in four years, but still made something of an impact in his time.

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EM BRYANT
PG, DePaul
DePaul
Em Bryant spent four seasons with the Knicks, acting as a backup point guard. He shot 47.2 percent in his second season, which was high for that era, and topped out at 10 points and 4.8 assists per game with Buffalo in 1970-71.

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The Knicks had seven draft picks who never made an NBA appearance. This happened frequently in the earliest moments of the draft, and will follow in the ensuing retrospectives.

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Channing Frye thinks Knicks fans should only boo Kristaps Porzingis because he’s the opponent in a Dallas uniform — not because he wanted out of the Knicks’ maelstrom.

Frye, a TNT/NBA TV analyst promoting the broadcast of Porzingis’ first visit to the Garden as a Maverick, is also a former Knicks lottery pick as an outside-shooting big man. He has firsthand knowledge of the organization’s workings.

“They have every right to boo him, but boo him because he’s on the other team,’’ Frye told The Post. “ Not because he wanted to get out of that situation. As you see, most people don’t want to be in that situation right now. Boo him because he’s a Maverick and not because he didn’t want to be on the Knicks.’’

The Knicks haven’t recovered well from the Porzingis trade and Frye doesn’t see the same competitive roster president Steve Mills does.

“I don’t see this roster winning above 22-to-23 games this year,’’ Frye said. “It’s not a knock on players. They’re all pros. Some are good players. I played with a bunch of them. I just don’t know the direction. You got a lot of the same type of guys. That causes dissension within the team. How can I cheer for you when you got four guys who do the same thing? It’s tough.’’

Frye was shipped out of New York to Portland after his second season in 2007 for Zach Randolph, in yet another reversal of direction.

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“Look at my rookie year, we had the most starting lineups in NBA history,’’ Frye said. “There wasn’t any stability in that organization. We should’ve done good things. On paper, we had a nice mix of vets, all-stars, defenders, tough guys.”

It’s all part of a tragic era that has seen the Knicks make the playoffs four times in 18 seasons and not once since 2012-13.

“How many coaches, GMs, presidents — God knows how many players have they had,’’ said Frye, who won an NBA title with Cleveland.

“Realistically, what stability do you have in that organization that’s going to attract big-name free agents to develop the rookies you do get? That to me is a problem. When something doesn’t work out, you go away from it instead of building around it. There’s no stability to get better.’’

Already, owner James Dolan created chaos around his club by suggesting Mills and GM Scott Perry stage a fiery postgame press conference Sunday that seemed to indict coach David Fizdale.

Though it appeared Fizdale had been put on a 10-game notice, sources indicated that is farfetched. The Post reported the deterrent in firing Fizdale this early is it puts one of his assistants in an impossible interim situation, according to a source.

Still, the firestorm surrounds the club as Porzingis arrives as a Maverick.

“One hundred percent, he’s in a good spot,’’ Frye said. “Mark Cuban is more attentive. Dirk [Nowitzki] played there 20 years. That’s a sign of a good organization. You don’t see a player say ‘Trade me from Dallas.’ They develop their talent well.’’

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The Knicks’ golden era was built through the draft. The final pieces that came later on — Dave DeBusschere, Dick Barnett, and later still Pearl Monroe and Jerry Lucas — were the auxiliary pieces that put them over the top. But from 1964-67, the following players arrived directly to the Knicks, who were smart enough to take them: Willis Reed, Bill Bradley, Clyde Frazier, Cazzie Russell and Phil Jackson.

That’s a platinum-plated foundation. It’s worth noting the foundation of the current best team on the planet, Golden State, was also formed because of three draft picks — Steph Curry, Klay Thompson, Draymond Green — none with the kind of elite pick the Knicks will have at No. 3. Curry was a 7, Thompson an 11, Green 35th.

Free agents are nice. Sign the right one, you can be taken to a higher level awful quick. But fundamentals still matter in building a team. And when you look at the 50 drafts connecting 1969 and 2018 for the Knicks … well, it’s staggering to see how many first-round mistakes have been made. It truly is a rogue’s gallery in many ways. Let’s rank the top 25. You go any deeper than that, you’ll want to question your sanity when you look at the names.

You may want to wear a helmet, anyway.

1: Patrick Ewing, 1985. Pick: 1. Could’ve had: Doesn’t matter. Patrick was the Knicks’ only perfect pick, the one immune to second guessing.

2: Bill Cartwright, 1979. Pick: 3. Could’ve had: Bill Laimbeer. Mr. Bill was also a good one.

3: Mark Jackson, 1987. Pick: 18. Could’ve had: Reggie Lewis. Jax is an outlier: the one outright draft steal the Knicks have had in 50 years.

4. Micheal Ray Richardson, 1978. Pick: 4. Could’ve had: Well, the Celtics picked Larry Bird two spots later. But he was a junior eligible.

5: Dean Meminger, 1971. Pick: 16. Could’ve had: Artis Gilmore, who’d committed to the ABA.

6: Hubert Davis, 1992. Pick: 20. Could’ve had: P.J. Brown. But Davis was far more useful on some very good playoff teams.

7: David Lee, 2005. Pick: 30. Could’ve had: Lee became an All-Star. This was a very good pick.

8: Kristaps Porzingis, 2015. Pick: 4. Could’ve had: No one better. As with everything about KP, this is mostly based on projection.

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Kristaps PorzingisCharles Wenzelberg/New York Post
9: Charlie Ward, 1994. Pick: 26. Could’ve had: Better than anyone picked after him. Amazing that the Knicks seemed to hit better when they had lower picks.

10: Rod Strickland, 1988. Pick: 19. Could’ve had: Anthony Mason, though that worked itself out.

11: Greg Anthony, 1991. Pick: 12. Could’ve had: Dale Davis. But right about now this part starts to get fun.

12: Iman Shumpert, 2011. Pick: 17. Could’ve had: Jimmy Butler (30), Isaiah Thomas (60).

13: Nene, 2002. Pick: 7. Could’ve had: More to the point, they could’ve kept Nene.

14: Darrell Walker, 1983. Pick: 12. Could’ve had: Clyde Drexler (14), Doc Rivers (31).

15: Ray Williams, 1977. Pick: 10. Could’ve had
: Norm Nixon (22).

16: Sly Williams, 1979. Pick: 21. Could’ve had: Laimbeer. This one you can argue.

17: Wilson Chandler, 2007. Pick: 23. Could’ve had: Marc Gasol (48).

18: Danilo Gallinari, 2008. Pick: 6. Could’ve had: Brook Lopez (10), DeAndre Jordan (35), Goran Dragic (45).

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19: Kenny Walker, 1986. Pick: 5. Could’ve had: Mark Price (25), Dennis Rodman (27).

20: Trent Tucker, 1982. Pick: 6. Could’ve had: Fat Lever (11).

21: Mike Woodson, 1980. Pick: 12. Could’ve had: Jeff Ruland (25).

22: Tim Hardaway Jr., 2013. Pick: 24. Could’ve had: Rudy Gobert (27).

23: Jerrod Mustaf, 1990. Pick: 17. Could’ve had: Antonio Davis (45).

24: Channing Frye, 2005. Pick: 8. Could’ve had: Danny Granger (17).

25: John Wallace, 1996. Pick: 18. Could’ve had: Zydrunas Ilgauskas (20).

Vac’s Whacks
My favorite part of the Mets season so far has been the genuine and obvious friendship between Pete Alonso and Dom Smith, who could’ve been embroiled in an awkward rivalry but openly root for and support each other.

In a time when the scourge of tanking infects all sports, here’s to Raptors boss Masai Ujiri, who went the extreme opposite path, took a gamble trading for Kawhi Leonard and another hiring Nick Nurse, and presently sits three wins from winning one of the biggest (and riskiest) futures bets in sports history.

How Pete Alonso is avoiding the rookie wall
I still have a hard time distinguishing the Yankees from the Astros for who the AL’s best team is right now. If Max Scherzer becomes a Yankee sometime between now and July 31, I will profoundly alter that assessment, however.

I know I’m a little late to the party on this one, but if you haven’t yet seen “Apollo 11,” it’s available now on most pay-per-view systems and you will not be sorry.

Whack Back at Vac
Andy Schefman: I wish I were a betting man. I wonder what the odds were on both Gary Sanchez and Luke Voit hitting triples before the end of May.

Vac: When Kendrys Morales eases into third with a stand-up three-bagger sometime this week, we’ll know June is going to be full of fun, too.

Paul Reynolds: Your column on Boston Title Town sports had me bent over laughing. As a true Bostonian and huge sports fan, I felt obligated to forward your column to all my friends. They had the same reaction I had. Go Bruins!

Vac: It restores my faith in the fun of sports that almost every Boston fan who read that screed last week took it with the good humor with which it was intended. Almost.

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Cameron Morris: New York stinks, you stink. Boston will continue its reign of sports, you should start to breathe easier knowing this isn’t going to change. And you’ll continue to write your terrible articles of how jealous or should I say, covetous, towards us Bostonians you may be. Keep ’em comin’ bud.
Vac: As I said, almost.

@MetsOfficials: Is Pete Alonso a legit MVP candidate if he keeps close to this pace? He’s clearly a Rookie of the Year candidate. (He’d be a lock for that right now if not for Chris Paddack.)

@MikeVacc: In some years he might be. In a year where Christian Yelich is doing what he’s doing and Cody Bellinger is doing what he’s doing, I’d say the rest of the National League is fighting it out for third.