Four disappointing scenarios for 2019 NBA Draft Lottery

Florence Fletcher
May 15, 2019

However, it's better than in year's past.

The difference between finishing with the worst record and the third-worst record has shrunk.

"The Knicks getting the No. 1 overall pick impacts the Anthony Davis potential trade talks". They could add as many as two more lottery picks to the mix Tuesday night, or they could walk away with nothing.

The three teams that have the better odds than the Bulls to get the top overall pick are the Phoenix Suns, New York Knicks, and Cleveland Cavaliers. That means no Zion Williamson, this class's top star and the player that can redefine this franchise and provide excitement unlike most who have worn the blue and orange.

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The Sixers are longs hots, as they'll only get a lottery pick if the Sacramento Kings "win" the lottery as the result of an old trade. The Jump, the Emmy-nominated show hosted by Nichols, will kick things off at 8 p.m. and feature a live interview with National Basketball Association commissioner Adam Silver, followed by the Lottery and Game 1 between the Dubs and the Blazers. The fourth-worst team can fall as far as No. 8, but on average that pick lands around No. 4 or 5. If Dallas were able to score the top overall pick, things would get real interesting, real quick.

The lottery was approved in 1984 and went into effect for the first time in the 1985 NBA Draft. That gives an 86 percent chance for someone like Ja Morant, RJ Barrett, Jarrett Culver or De'Andre Hunter to become the pick. It wasn't without controversy though, as many still believe that year's Draft Lottery was fixed by the league. They'll also have a 9.4% chance of moving into the top-four.

Regardless of Tuesday's outcome, at least part of the Grizzlies' front-office contingent is likely to remain in Chicago to conduct player interviews and monitor the NBA Draft Combine, which starts Wednesday and includes public workouts Thursday and Friday.

The Knicks - who have also been linked to Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving in free agency - recently finished one of their worst seasons in franchise history, tallying a 17-65 record.

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