National Basketball Association draft lottery deep dive - Rankings, odds and intel
- Author: Lawrence Cooper May 15, 2019,
May 15, 2019, 0:58
We will find out tomorrow night, May 14, whether the Chicago Bulls are able to land the game-changing prospect for the 2019 NBA Draft class, Duke Blue Devils superstar freshman forward Zion Williamson.
The Knicks, Cavs, and Suns each hold a 14% chance of landing the top pick in the first year of the new lottery rules created in an effort to curb tanking for the best odds. They've fallen back on multiple occasions, perhaps most famously in 1992 when they entered the lottery with the best odds of landing the No. 1 pick but slipped to third - missing out on picking Shaquille O'Neal (No. 1) or Alonzo Mourning (No. 2) and instead getting Christian Laettner.
Also, would the Mavs choose to trade the pick? In other words, each of the three teams has just less than a 1-in-7 chance to win. The Hawks have a slim chance of winning this year's top pick. Having four picks this year is probably the worst possible outcome for Boston.
For some of the eligible teams, this might as well be the NBA Championship. The best-case scenario is they beat the odds and start wondering whether to give Williamson Rose's No. 1 jersey and thinking National Basketball Association title again. "Our staff has been out the entire year looking at a number of players at the top of this draft".
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"I'm told if the Knicks get the number one overall pick they would shift their focus toward a potential deal for Anthony Davis", he said. Or, Williamson's presence in NY could make Kyrie Irving more intrigued by the possibility of signing with the Knicks. If it's not No. 1, the pick will convey to the Boston Celtics.
The 2019 NBA Draft Lottery is set to begin at 8:30 p.m. E.T.
Celtics assistant general manager Mike Zarren will be the team's representative in the lottery drawing room, and team president Rich Gotham will be on the stage during the reveal, sharing a booth with 76ers president Chris Heck, whose team will also be in contention for the Kings pick.