PHOENIX — The Knicks inherited the worst record in the NBA from the Suns after Monday’s loss to Sacramento.
The battle for the bottom will rage on Wednesday with the Knicks (13-51) in town to face the Suns (14-51).
If these squads remain the bottom two, they’re both assured a top-six pick in the lottery.
(The team that “wins’’ out for worst record can’t fall past the No. 5 pick.)
With Knicks fans ravenous about this lottery despite it not being a deep draft, here’s a look at the top six prospects. As one college scout cautions, “After the top two, it’s shaky and it will shake to a froth as it gets closer.’’
1. Zion Williamson
Power forward, Duke
The world-famous manchild’s No. 1 stock hasn’t taken a blow since he blew out his sneaker and sprained his knee. Team executives hope the 6-foot-8, 285-pound dunk machine returns for conference tournament play so they can dissect more of the freshman’s explosive game — and see if he can improve from long range or develop a pull-up jumper. “He’s not LeBron,’’ one NBA executive said recently.
2. RJ Barrett
Williamson’s absence has given Barrett a chance to further showcase his silky driving game. In a four-game stretch without Zion, the 6-7 Canadian one-and-done averaged 25.8 points on 54.7 percent shooting, along with, eight rebounds and six assists, heading into Duke’s game Tuesday night against Wake Forest. Can Barrett overtake his mate? It’s not out of the question.
3. Ja Morant,
Point guard, Murray State
The Knicks’ desperate need for a point guard was lessened as they groom Dennis Smith Jr., but the Murray State phenom is a creative triple-double. Great vision and a respectable 3-point shooter, he still has bouts of being turnover-prone. His numbers glow as he averages 24.1 points, 10.3 assists, 5.5 rebounds.
4. Jarrett Culver
Guard/forward, Texas Tech
He’s on the rise — a 6-6 athletic swingman in his sophomore year, perhaps making him a little more ready than the freshmen. Culver defends, can score from anywhere, has length, versatility and impressed with 25 points against Duke at the Garden.
5. Cam Reddish
Small forward, Duke
The 6-8 third wheel hasn’t increased his draft worth since the season began, but he could turn into the best two-way player of the Blue Devil trio with his 7-1 wingspan. Despite a smooth jumper, it’s bizarre how he can float out of games, and his .365 shooting percentage is Kevin Knox-like.
6. Rui Hachimura
With a 7-2 wingspan, bulky frame and strong basketball IQ, there’s a lot to love about this two-way combo forward from Japan who plays Knox’s position. Knicks GM Scott Perry scouted Gonzaga over the weekend. The one red flag is he’s not the super athletic type Perry usually prefers. He also has to work on his 3-point shot.