2020 NBA Draft Lottery is officially in the books, though it didn’t look like any lottery we’ve seen in the past. It took place in the middle of August with representatives video conferencing in from their homes — a jarring sight even in a year where we’ve grown to expect the unexpected.
2020 NBA Draft Lottery
1. Minnesota Timberwolves
2. Golden State Warriors
3. Charlotte Hornets
4. Chicago Bulls
5. Cleveland Cavaliers
6. Atlanta Hawks
7. Detroit Pistons
8. New York Knicks
9. Washington Wizards
10. Phoenix Suns
11. San Antonio Spurs
12. Sacramento Kings
13. New Orleans Pelicans
14. Boston Celtics (from Memphis)
The Knicks Fall To No. 8 In The NBA Draft Lottery And The Internet Has A Good Laugh
So much for Leon being fortunate.
With new group president Leon Rose on the virtual dais and donning a four leaf clover as a fortunate wristband, the Knicks tumbled to No. 8 in the NBA Draft Lottery and the Internet immediately had a decent giggle.
The Knicks entered the day with a 9 percent chance at handling the No. 1 generally speaking pick — which at last went to Minnesota, with Golden State at No. 2 and Charlotte at No. 3 — and a 62.8 percent chance at picking 6-10.
Per Mike Vorkunov of The Athletic, the Knicks have had 10 lottery picks since they won the 1985 NBA draft lottery with Patrick Ewing. They haven’t climbed over their draft opening once in those 35 years.
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Since there is no obvious No. 1 in this draft, falling in it isn’t as decimating as last season when the Knicks passed up the Zion Williamson Sweepstakes.
Remember that Donovan Mitchell went No. 13 of every 2017 (when the Knicks avoided him for Frank Ntilikina at No. 8.)
All things considered, so much for landing LaMelo Ball, whom sources said the Knicks had at the head of their board, or Anthony Edwards.
ESPN has the Knicks taking Auburn wing Isaac Okoro at No. 8, while The Athletic’s Sam Vecenie makes them select worldwide gatekeeper Killian Hayes.
“It’s fascinating, this draft, two or three folks stick out, and from that point onward, there’s a great deal of correspondence,” Rose said in June. “I believe there’s a great deal of folks that are close with various ranges of abilities, various positives, various negatives. It’s clever, each scout, there’s fluctuating conclusions. Significantly more differing assessments than in past years.”
One alternative could be North Carolina monitor Cole Anthony, the child of previous Knicks point watch Greg Anthony. The previous Archbishop Molloy star knows about New York. He had a below average year at North Carolina, however undertakings to be a superior NBA player than school player.
Cole is anticipated No. 15 to the Magic, per ESPN.com, yet his dad has made it clear his child might want to play for the point watch starved Knicks.
“Would it be amazing on the off chance that he goes to New York? He’s from that point, he’s raised there, he lives there. He would grasp it and love it,” Greg disclosed to Stefan Bondy of the New York Daily News. “Be that as it may, if he’s elsewhere, he’d feel a similar way. He’s just about ball. He simply needs to play and be an extraordinary player.”