Everything You Need to Know About the New York Knicks’ 2019 Draft Lottery Chances

The day is finally here. For me, I’ve had May 14 circled on my calendar since the start of 2019. Not because that’s when I moved to NYC, but because the 2019 Draft Lottery could be one of the most pivotal moments in this tormented franchise’s history. On one hand, the Knicks could revitalize the Big Apple by landing Zion Williamson at No. 1, but on the other, the cyclic dysfunction is more likely to continue at No. 4 or 5.

NYK missed the playoffs for a sixth consecutive season, finishing the year with a franchise-low 17 wins. I don’t anticipate that streak going on for another season. If you’re like me, you already have Kevin Durant as a member of the Knicks roster come July 4th. With the lottery unfortunately changing its format for the first time, I just want to set the record straight on percentages of where New York could land Tuesday evening.

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Don’t panic. I know, it doesn’t look good when you start breaking down the numbers. There’s a 60% chance we’re staring down a disaster in the making shouting “Same old Knicks” from the top of the Empire State Building, but there’s also an NBA-leading 14% chance the ‘Bockers win probably the most important lottery since 2003 for LeBron James. With Patrick Ewing — our only draft lottery win back in 1985 — representing the Knicks in Chicago on Tuesday, it’s only fitting for him to pass the torch to our next homegrown potential star.

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Overall, I keep the mindset of just landing in the top three (Zion, Morant, Barrett) to keep our roadmap of bringing Kevin Durant and another top free agent to NYC on target this summer. I’m also in the camp that’s more open to dealing the pick in a package (once given a commitment from KD and dependent where we land) to get a player such as Anthony Davis, C.J. McCollum or Bradley Beal that might be available.

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Sit down and do your best at trying to relax when everything gets going at the Hilton Chicago around 8:30 p.m. ET on ESPN leading into game 1 of the Western Conference Finals.

**Whatever you believe will give us luck tomorrow night, make sure you do it before you go to sleep Monday my fellow NYK compatriots** 

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Everything You Need to Know About The New York Knicks 2018 Draft Lottery Chances

After a fifth straight year of missing the postseason, the Knicks find themselves in familiar territory in the lottery. Luckily, the ‘Bockers still own their own first round pick. NYK holds the ninth-best odds going into tonight’s draft lottery so they’re going to need some luck to land in the top 4. (Approximately 12 percent chance of happening)

The Knicks won the first lottery back in 1985 where NY selected Patrick Ewing and have not sniffed the top three since. The closest was actually landing Kristaps Porzingis at No. 4 just three years ago.

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A fresh front office of Scott Perry and Steve Mills teamed with new coach David Fizdale will have their first opportunity at shaping a roster to their liking in hopes of landing another potential franchise building block alongside an injured Zinger. The jury is still out on Phil Jackson’s last move, drafting Frank Ntilikina No. 8 overall in 2017, who suffered through an inconsistent rookie campaign. “In an ideal world, we’d like to get a wing,” said President Steve Mills last week.

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NYK can end up with any pick ranging from 1-4 or 9-12. The most likely scenario, staying at No. 9 (81.3 percent). Here are the rest of the possibilities and coinciding percentages for the Knicks. Remember, this is the last year under the old format before the lottery undergoes a few system tweaks for 2019.

  • 1st:  1.7%
  • 2nd:  2.0%
  • 3rd:  2.4%
  • 4th: 5.7%
  • 9th:  81.3%
  • 10th:  12.2%
  • 11th:  0.4%
  • 12th:  0.00001%

General Manager Scott Perry is slated to represent the Knicks at the lottery in hopes of sparking a change from the franchise’s typical unfortunate fate. Make sure to tune in when everything gets going at 7:30 p.m. on ESPN prior to Game 2 of Cavs/Celtics.

LordTreeSap Prediction: Knicks fall to No. 10 and Select Mikal Bridges – Forward, Villanova

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