The New York Knicks have a 14 percent chance of winning the lottery this season with Zion Williamson considered the unanimous best player available.
On Tuesday, May 14, the New York Knicks will place tied atop the 2019 NBA Draft Lottery.
Should they keep the pick or trade it?
But perhaps most of all, the Celtics would like to have this pick as a trade chip to dangle in trade discussions with the Pelicans for superstar big man Anthony Davis. The pick is heavily protected and will only convey this year if it's outside of the top-8 selections.
Of the teams with close to a 10 percent chance of landing the No. 1 overall pick, the Wizards have the best potential teammate for Zion in Bradley Beal.
The Chicago Bulls and Atlanta Hawks, who have 12.5 and 10 percent odds to win the first pick, respectively, are not far behind.
Cleveland and Phoenix have equal odds at the top overall pick and would seem unlikely to move it if they won.More news: Sir Keir Starmer: Cross-party Brexit deal needs to include second referendum
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Additionally, the team with the worst record used to be guaranteed to receive no worse than the fourth pick.
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They will enter Tuesday with 13.9% odds of jumping into the top four, which includes a 3% chance of landing the top pick.
The NBA playoffs are in full swing, and as more teams go home, fewer and fewer fan bases have a horse in the race. There's only one pick already determined.
This scenario would significantly hurt Boston's chances of getting Davis.
The Knicks are basically an empty slate from a roster perspective, though NY is being mentioned as a serious contender for Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving. Whichever team picks at No. 2 will be picking more on need than if it had the No. 1 pick.
One of the first tests for Timberwolves President of Basketball Operations Gersson Rosas will be - how lucky is he?