Jerry Stackhouse arrived Monday for an interview with the Knicks, the Daily News has learned, as Scott Perry and Steve Mills begin this process with one of the league’s hottest coaching commodities.

The 43-year-old Stackhouse, who coached Toronto’s G-League team the past two seasons, also has interviews lined up with the Hornets and Magic.

He is among the frontrunners on a list of Knicks candidates that includes David Fizdale, Mark Jackson and David Blatt. Clippers assistant Mike Woodson is scheduled to interview with the Knicks in L.A. on Wednesday, according to the L.A. Times. But Woodson is more of a longshot, reported ESPN. Perhaps not coincidentally, Jackson was on the West Coast this week as an analyst for ESPN, while Fizdale was also visiting the Warriors as a friend of Steve Kerr’s.

A source confirmed that the Knicks have shown no interest in hiring former coach Jeff Van Gundy.

It’s unclear if Stackhouse’s interview will be Monday, Tuesday or extend over both.

To the masses, it might seem weird how Stackhouse jumped so quickly from an NBA scorer and enforcer to racking up coaching interviews.

But this was many years in the making.

Back in 2013, Stackhouse revealed his coaching aspirations to the Daily News after signing with the Brooklyn Nets, labeling his one-year contract as something of an apprenticeship under Avery Johnson. As with everything involving the Brooklyn experiment, it didn’t go according to plan. Stackhouse was thrust into game action more than he anticipated – playing 544 minutes at 38 years old – and Johnson was fired in December.

Jerry Stackhouse is in New York to interview to be the Knicks' next head coach.

Jerry Stackhouse is in New York to interview to be the Knicks’ next head coach.

(Ron Antonelli/New York Daily News )

Nonetheless, Stackhouse continued on his track. Within two years, he was on the Raptors’ sideline as an assistant coach and accelerating up the ladder. He’s neither the safe pick (Fizdale), nor the nostalgic pick (Mark Jackson), nor the pick with closest ties to the team president (Blatt). But he checks boxes for a team hoping to establish an identity of toughness and accountability after five straight seasons in the lottery.

“Presence. He has a presence,” Avery Johnson, now the coach at Alabama, told the News. “He has personality. He has good people skills. He can see the game. He’s got great instincts. Very flexible. Some coaches don’t want to be coached. But he’s the type of guy that will always be seeking to get better in the craft of coaching because he’s flexible.

“Obviously we know he’s a tough guy with quote, unquote, street cred. But he’s also a guy that you want to go to dinner with. For a long 82-game schedule – especially for a team that’s not going to win a lot of games – you have to have the right guy who understands the big picture. That’s Stack.”

The accomplishments, while not in the mainstream, are impressive. With the big picture in mind, Stackhouse decided to leave the comfortable NBA life as the Raptors’ assistant to become the head coach of the organization’s G League team. In two seasons there, he advanced to two Finals and won a title but, more impressively, helped groom players currently on the Eastern Conference’s No. 1 seed.

The Raptors boast the best bench in the NBA, and it’s largely on the back of no-names. Fred VanVleet, an undrafted 24-year-old, is a Sixth Man of the Year candidate after playing 16 games last season under Stackhouse. Two other members of Toronto’s ‘Bench Mob’ – Delon Wright and Pascal Siakam – also spent time last season with Stackhouse, whose teams can boast of the best defense in the G League.

“We built our identity as, we’re a no-paint, no middle team. If somebody has the philosophy of, I’m going to allow middle, then I shouldn’t be working with you. It’s just not going to work. Because who I am, the core, is keep it on the sidelines,” Stackhouse said in an ESPN podcast last year. “You’re directing and dictating to the offense where you want them to go and are prepared to adjust if you have a breakdown. And I think if you allow middle it gives them too many options.”

Stackhouse uses a system of tracking defense that he picked up from Johnson, when they were together in Dallas making a run to the 2006 NBA Finals. It was analytics before it was called analytics.

Avery Johnson speaks highly of Jerry Stackhouse, who Johnson believes is dedicated to working on the 'craft of coaching.'

Avery Johnson speaks highly of Jerry Stackhouse, who Johnson believes is dedicated to working on the ‘craft of coaching.’

(Kathy Willens/AP)

“Grade every player on every game. And probably 10 or 15 categories, whether it’s closeouts, converting on defense, contesting shots, blocking out, pick and roll coverages, game plan situations,” Johnson said. “(Stackhouse) really embraced it.

“It’s a good metric in trying to hold your team accountable defensively.”

Offensively, Stackhouse’s G League team doesn’t play at a quick pace, but his philosophy is otherwise attune with today’s NBA in that he prefers 3-pointers over midrange jumpers.

“I probably wouldn’t like my game as a coach,” said Stackhouse, a deadly midrange shooter in his heyday. “Midrange 2s – I tell guys, all right if it’s against the shot clock and the guy runs you off and you got to take a one-dribble pull-up, OK, do it.

“But otherwise, let’s try to get into the paint and find another trigger and find something else on the weakside. Or just sidestep him and take the 3.”

Stackhouse would become the first person to jump directly from the G League to a head coaching position.

“I think that says a lot about him not wanting to get the microwave effect, that he wants to sit down and learn and get on the bus and fly commercial on a bunch of smaller jets and pay his dues and prove to the world that he doesn’t want any royal treatment,” Johnson said. “That he’s willing to do whatever he has to do to reach his goal. I think that’ll speak to a lot of young players that you’re probably going to have on teams like this that are lottery teams that you have to develop discipline and encourage them to play their maximum potential. He’ll be able to speak on a lot of different levels because of his vast amount of experience.”

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