The New York Knicks lost the NBA draft tiebreaker to the Minnesota Timberwolves. They are now in the seventh spot in the order.
The televised NBA draft tiebreaker was incredibly depressing. A bunch of ping pong balls flying around in a jar was important for the Knicks. So, when they needed a win predictably, they lost.
The Minnesota Timberwolves are sixth in the draft order. New York will be seventh. According to Marc Berman of The New York Post, the Knicks now have an 80 percent chance of getting the seventh or eighth pick.
They could also fall to the No. 10 overall pick. Every Knicks fan alive will be preparing for that worst-case scenario.
It was easy to see this coming if you were a Knicks fan when you heard the consequences of their meaningless victory in the regular season finale against the Philadelphia 76ers last Wednesday. Obviously, it would come back to bite the franchise.
The loss shouldn’t impact what players Phil Jackson and his staff target in the draft, but that victory against Philly will haunt fans if the team falls in the draft order.