New York Knicks: Towering big man Tacko Fall has pre-draft workout set

The New York Knicks have a pre-draft workout scheduled with one of 2019’s most intriguing prospects.

NBA draft prospect Tacko Fall was expected to work out for the New York Knicks in May, per Marc Berman of the New York Post. It was postponed, however, for a later date, as the June 20 selection show nears.

Weeks later, Fall will finally have his pre-draft workout with Knicks brass, according to Josh Robbins of The Athletic. That will offer the chance to watch perhaps this class’s most unique prospect.

The modern-day NBA focuses on wings or players who can shoot the three-pointer exceptionally. Big men are still prevalent, but the prerequisite for them to play is an outside game. Otherwise, they find a spot on the bench.

Then, there are the players who stand out in one area, so much that it negates the standard. Fall stands 7-foot-7, has an 8-foot-2 wingspan and a 10-foot-2 standing reach, each of which is eye-popping for an NBA player.

For comparison, Joel Embiid — considered one of the NBA’s best big men — is seven-feet tall. Rudy Gobert is 7-foot-1. Fall towers over both players.

While athleticism might not land in his favor, the Central Florida product is a massive body to plug in front of the rim, to alter and blocks shots. His presence nearly knocked off No. 1 Duke in the NCAA Tournament, when potential top-10 picks Zion Williamson and RJ Barrett had difficulties finding their shots around the hoop.

That game was intriguing since it happened against some of college’s top draft prospects. It may not make Fall a first-rounder, as he was a potential undrafted player before that, but it should have done enough to push him into the second round; has him 41st overall.

The Knicks are not the only team interested in Fall, seemingly, given Robbins’ tweet. Six others have workouts scheduled, so clearly, other organizations have their eye on this towering rim protector.

Frontcourt depth featuring Fall and Mitchell Robinson would provide an intriguing look for the Knicks to throw at opponents. Either player’s shot-blocking ability consistently covers the hoop, leaving ample protection in case the defense breaks down and even shies off ball handlers driving.

Fall will have his suitors, and the New York Knicks are hardly guaranteed his services. Whoever he joins, it will make for an interesting watch to see how his game translates to the next level.