The New York Knicks are pulling out all the stops in pursuit of the first overall pick, tapping Patrick Ewing to represent at the lottery.
The New York Knicks are looking for some mojo at the NBA Draft lottery this year. Perhaps Patrick Ewing can bring the luck the Knicks will need to cash in on their 14% chance at the first overall pick.
The team announced that Ewing would represent the orange and blue on May 14 in Chicago for the lottery. In a statement issued by the team, president Steve Mills mentioned Ewing’s connection to the history of the organization.
“Patrick is a huge part of our team’s history and we’re thrilled to have number 33 represent the franchise at this year’s draft lottery,” said Mills. “Patrick’s connection to the lottery is well documented, and we’re proud to have one of the all-time Knicks greats sit on the dais on behalf of the team, the city and the fans.”
In addition to being one of the best players in Knicks history, Ewing was chosen by the Knicks first overall in 1985. Furthermore, the 1985 NBA Draft was also the first time the league utilized a lottery system. Knicks legend Dave DeBusschere was representing the Knicks when they won the lottery in 1985. Knicks fans are hoping Ewing brings that same kind of magic.
We all know who the Knicks will take if Ewing’s mojo pays off. Zion Williamson is the consensus first pick and projects to be a generational-talent at the next level. He fits head coach David Fizdale’s vision for a positionless roster. Although Williamson only stands at 6-foot-7, his freakish athleticism will allow him to effectively play the three, four, and probably the five down the line.
Shout out to Knicks Film School for sussing this out before the news was official.