Tuesday’s NBA Draft Lottery will have huge implications on the future of the New York Knicks while the team has their eye on a UNC prospect.
The 2017 NBA Draft order will be finalized this evening, and for the New York Knicks, the lowest they can fall is ten while the highest they can climb is in the top three. The most likely scenario for the Knicks is staying put at number seven.
ESPN’s Ian Begley breaks it down for the math nerds.
The Knicks have a 57.2 percent chance of landing in the seventh spot. There’s a 22.6 percent chance they’ll get the No. 8 pick, a 1.8 percent chance they’ll get No. 9, and a 0.01 percent chance they’ll end up with No. 10.
The Knicks have an 18.3 percent chance of landing a pick in the top three; they have a 7 percent chance of getting the third pick, a 6 percent chance of getting the second pick, and a 5.3 percent chance of getting the No. 1 overall pick, something that hasn’t happened since 1985.
The Knicks announced yesterday afternoon that none other than Walt Frazier will represent the team at tonight’s lottery.
The Lottery is surprisingly more complicated of a process than one would imagine.
A member of the Knicks’ front office will be sequestered in a separate room during the actual drawing. (It was VP of basketball operations Jamie Matthews in 2015.) The Knicks will have 53 of a possible 1,001 four-number combinations assigned to the 14 lottery teams. Fourteen numbered pingpong balls will be placed in a lottery ball machine. Four balls are drawn from the machine at a time.
The team that owns the first four-ball combination that’s drawn will get the No. 1 pick. The club that owns the second four-ball combination drawn gets the second pick, and the team owning the third four-ball combination gets the third pick. After the first three slots are set, picks 4-14 will be determined by record.
If the Knicks land in the draft where they are expected to look for them to try to draft a guard or a wing. The draft is loaded with them.
Begley mentions that members of the organization are high on Frank Ntilikina, De’Aaron Fox, and Malik Monk.
But what if the New York Knicks luck into the top part of the draft? Things get interesting.
If New York gets lucky enough to move up to the top three, some in the organization see Kansas’ Josh Jackson as a potential replacement for Carmelo Anthony if the club executes a trade of the 10-time All Star. New York, along with the rest of the NBA, is enamored with both Markelle Fultz and Lonzo Ball. Jackson himself interviewed Fultz and Fox at the combine, which ran from Tuesday through Sunday.
The Knicks are also mentioned to be interested in North Carolina’s Justin Jackson. Jackson, fresh off a national championship, averaged 18 points per game last season for the Tar Heels. To acquire the services of Jackson will be easier said than done.
Jackson, fresh off a national championship, averaged 18 points per game last season for the Tar Heels. To acquire the services of Jackson will be easier said than done.
To get Jackson, who is projected as the No. 21 pick in Chad Ford’s most recent mock draft, the Knicks likely would have to make a trade. A trade for a second first-round pick is something to keep an eye on in the coming weeks, particularly since Phil Jackson is motivated to move Anthony.