The New York Knicks are committed to the triangle offense, but what type of role is the system playing in the workouts leading up to the 2017 NBA Draft?
For better or worse, the New York Knicks are married to the idea that the triangle offense is the right system to build with. Team president Phil Jackson has been adamant about the system being the optimal form of offensive execution, and head coach Jeff Hornacek is seemingly buying in.
As New York works out and evaluates prospects in preparation for the 2017 NBA Draft, it appears as though the triangle offense is being installed from Day 1.
The Knicks are currently in possession of the No. 8, No. 44, and No. 58 overall selections in the 2017 NBA Draft. Jackson is pursuing the possibility of trading for a second first-round draft pick, although nothing is imminent.
According to Ian Begley of ESPN New York, Vanderbilt Commodores center and NBA Draft prospect Luke Kornet explained how the Knicks conduct pre-draft workouts.
“We spent about half the workout doing 5-on-0 stuff with the triangle and different actions and attention-to-detail type stuff,” Kornet said. “We actually spent a good amount of time in terms of working different types of actions out of the triangle.”
That’s all but certain to rub Knicks fans the wrong way, but it’s a constructive approach to attempting to build through the system.
The Knicks are exposing the prospects it works out to the system that they’ll be expected to run if they play for New York. That will not only prepare the prospects, but expose them to the standards that would be set for them.
From there, Jackson can meet with said prospects and determine whether or not they actually fit the polarizing system.
Whether or not the triangle offense is going to work, that’s a common approach to building the system up.
It’s with noting that New York has been diligent in its attempts to work out prospects in the weeks leading up to the 2017 NBA Draft. It’s hosted sleepers and high-profile players alike, with no shortage of opportunities being presented to hungry competitors.
The question is: Which of those prospects have expressed a genuine desire to be a part of the triangle offense?
The system may be polarizing, but Phil Jackson is taking a common and rational approach with the New York Knicks.