2019 NBA Draft Lottery odds for the New York Knicks
The New York Knicks may have been a laughingstock for the better part of the last two decades, and they may have been one of the biggest on-court disasters in the league this season, but they have big plans for this summer, and it begins with the NBA Draft Lottery on Tuesday night.
The Knicks, along with the Phoenix Suns and Cleveland Cavaliers, have the highest odds of landing the No. 1 overall pick in the 2019 NBA Draft, as they hold a 14 percent chance of winning the lottery. The lowest they can fall is No. 5 (via Tankathon):
If New York ends up getting the No. 1 pick for the first time since 1985 when it ultimately drafted Patrick Ewing? Well, then that opens a whole new can of worms.
The general consensus is that Duke’s Zion Williamson will go No. 1 overall, but if the Knicks do win the lottery, will they even end up using that No. 1 pick to draft someone?
There has been some talk that if New York does snare the top selection, it could then try and swing a deal with the New Orleans Pelicans for Anthony Davis, as the Knicks could offer a package centered around the No. 1 pick, Kevin Knox and Mitchell Robinson.
Regardless, New York has huge plans for free agency, as the prevailing thought is that Kevin Durant will sign with the Knicks this summer and may get another star to follow. Many feel that star will be Kyrie Irving, who had a rocky season with the Boston Celtics.
No matter what happens on Tuesday evening, the Knicks could look very different a couple of months from now, and they may no longer be a laughing matter.