Ewing to serve as Knicks' rep at draft lottery

New Orleans Pelicans guard Elfrid Payton gets by Memphis Grizzlies guard Jevon Carter during the game at the Smoothie King Center in New Orleans La. Monday Jan. 7 2019

Now, as we've previously noted, the league's new lottery rules which start in the 2019 NBA Draft reward the bottom three teams record-wise from the previous season with the best chance of winning the following draft's lottery, which is a 14.0% chance at the number one pick (per Tankathon).

The Phoenix Suns lost their NBA Draft Lottery tiebreaker with the Cleveland Cavaliers on Friday, giving them the third-best odds in the lottery.

No matter what happened with the blind drawing, the Cavs were going to have equal odds with Phoenix and NY of winning the lottery. This win catapults them into the No. 2 spot heading into the NBA Draft Lottery on May 14.

That said, should the unthinkable happen and four teams in the lottery jump the Suns, they can finish as low as 7th overall. The NBA Draft is set for June 20 in Brooklyn, New York. In prior years, the worst club had a 25-percent shot.

That pursuit starts on the night of the draft lottery, when Ewing, the franchise's all-time leader in points, rebounds, blocks and games played, will sit on the dais for the club. The resulting trade, which sent Ewing to Seattle in his 16th season, saddled the Knicks with long-term salary commitments to players with middling talent. The 56-year-old now serves as head coach of the Georgetown men's basketball team, a position he has held since 2017. NY has won just one playoff series since Ewing, an 11-time All-Star, was traded.

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