The 2018 NBA Draft Lottery takes place Tuesday night in Chicago, where the fortunes of 14-plus teams could change in a profound way. This pick has been in the cards for a while now since Sam Hinkie traded Michael Carter-Williams to Milwaukee during the 2014-15 season.
For example, if the New York Knicks are shown at No. 9 followed by the Sacramento Kings at No. 8, then you know that (a) the Kings got the raw end of the lottery deal and (b) the Cleveland Cavaliers moved into the top three of the National Basketball Association draft. Last year, it was Joel Embiid, in 2016 it was Brett Brown and 2015 was Nerlens Noel.
The Knicks' chances are slim to land the No. 1 overall pick at only 1.7 percent.
The top players in this year's draft class are commonly thought to be Arizona big man Deandre Ayton, Real Madrid guard Luka Doncic or bigs Marvin Bagley III of Duke, Mohamed Bamba of Texas and Jaren Jackson Jr. of Michigan State.
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On Tuesday night, the 14 teams who didn't make the playoffs will be hoping for good luck.
While those teams will see their lottery odds shrink, every team from fourth-14th will see its chances at landing the top pick increase, even if it will only be a small percentage better. Tiebreakers will be used if teams end up tied with the same record to decide which will have the more advantageous spot in the draft lottery order. They have not had the No. 1 pick since. That trio of picks could bring on added significance this year with the 76ers/Celtics scenario: If Los Angeles' name isn't called early on, then we know its pick has moved to the top three.
Including 1985, the Knicks have selected in the top 10 nine times.
Porzingis is the team's best building block right now. He already has the defensive chops to be a difference-maker, but his offense needs some work.