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Wednesday / March 20.
  • Knicks now own NBA’s worst record as Zion Tankathon hits full stride

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    The Knicks now own the NBA’s worst record as the Zion Williamson Tankathon has hit full stride.

    With their loss to Dallas Wednesday night, the Knicks lost their 11th straight and fell to 10-40. They now have the NBA’s worst record and have lost 80 percent of their games.

    The Knicks have a 14 percent chance at the No. 1 overall pick and a 52.1 percent shot at a top-4 pick. Phoenix and Cleveland share the same odds. (The Knicks also have about a 50 percent chance at the No. 5 pick.)

    And to be clear, Josh Newman and I coined the phrase ‘Stop Tryin’ for Zion’ back in September.)

    Williamson and Duke have actually won more games at Madison Square Garden since Dec. 1 than the Knicks.

    “If they draft me, I would love to play for the Knicks,” the 6-foot-7 Williamson said after Duke beat Texas Tech last month at the Garden. “I don’t really care where I go, just the experience of being in the NBA. Whoever wants me and whoever sees the most in me, that’s where I want to be.”

    Williamson and the No. 2 Blue Devils, meantime, host another New York team on Saturday when Chris Mullin and St. John’s come calling.

    The Knicks will also have cap space to pursue a free agent like Kevin Durant during the all-important summer of 2019.

    They could also attempt to flip their draft pick for Anthony Davis assuming Davis isn’t dealt to the Lakers or another team before the summer.

    Davis’s agent, Rich Paul, let the Pelicans know this week he wanted to be traded and wouldn’t sign a five-year supermax contract worth $240 million.

    Photo: Duke

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    Adam Zagoria is a Basketball Insider who covers basketball at all levels. A contributor to The New York Times and SportsNet New York (SNY), he is also the author of two books and is an award-winning journalist and filmmaker. His articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide. He also won an Emmy award for his work on the SNY mini-documentary on Syracuse guard Tyus Battle. A veteran Ultimate Frisbee player, he has competed in numerous National and World Championships and, perhaps more importantly, his teams won the Westchester Summer League (WSL) championships in 2011 and 2013. He lives in Manhattan with his wife and children.