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The New York Jets, equipped with top pick Sam Darnold, wish their brothers, the Knicks, good luck ahead of the NBA Draft Lottery.

Robby Sabo

The New York Jets just don’t understand. How could they? Unlike the NBA or NHL, the NFL doesn’t use the draft lottery system. Only Week 17 can generate such an intense “deciding factor” system in the NFL Draft order.

Nevertheless, the Jets, equipped with No. 3 overall pick Sam Darnold, wished their brothers, the New York Knicks, good luck heading into the 2019 NBA Draft Lottery.

Zion Williamson, of course, represents the big prize.

Williamson, 18, is the undoubted top pick for whichever team lands the top slot. In 33 games in his lone season at Duke, the unique beast averaged 22.6 points, 8.9 rebounds and 2.1 assists per contest.

Murray State point guard Ja Morant and Williamson’s collegiate teammate, R.J. Barrett, follow as this draft’s top prospects.

The Knicks, who finished with the league-worst 17 wins in 2018-19, own a 14 percent chance of landing the top spot. Unlike past seasons, this lottery brings a chance that sees the worst three teams owning the same percentage of winning the top prize. The Phoenix Suns and Cleveland Cavaliers also own a 14 percent chance.

The Chicago Bulls and Atlanta Hawks follow suit with a 12.5 percent and 10 percent chance, respectively.

While the Jets can’t completely grasp what the Knickerbockers are going through at the moment, they serve as a template. With Sam Darnold in tow, the team’s franchise player, the Knicks can only hope a lottery win and a Zion Williamson who can mimic such a situation.

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