The NBA held blind ping pong ball drawings to break ties in the draft order. The New York Knicks will now pick at No. 7 overall in the 2017 NBA Draft.
In an event that closely mirrored the 2014-15 NBA regular season, the New York Knicks lost when victory was pursued and won when it hurt. On the final day of the 2016-17 NBA regular season, New York defeated the Philadelphia 76ers and thus risked its draft positioning.
In order to break the tie between the 31-51 New York Knicks and the 31-51 Minnesota Timberwolves, the NBA held a blind drawing of lottery balls.
The Knicks were a loss away from securing the rights to the No. 6 overall lottery odds in the 2017 NBA Draft. Whether fortunately or unfortunately, however, New York won its season-ending game and moved into a tie with the Timberwolves.
With the Knicks’ future on the line, the pre-lottery draft order was set in stone and New York secured the No. 7 overall lottery odds.
Hope is far from lost, but the Knicks may miss out on drafting their top targets in 2017.
The general consensus is that the 2017 NBA Draft is one of the deepest in recent memory. Point guards such as Lonzo Ball, De’Aaron Fox, Markelle Fultz, Malik Monk, Frank Ntilikina, and Dennis Smith Jr. are regarded as players with legitimate star potential.
Small forwards Jonathan Isaac, Josh Jackson, and Jayson Tatum all possess star potential, as well, and all could conceivably fit in the triangle offense.
Perhaps most importantly: all nine could be Top 10 picks, with a maximum of just three being available at No. 7 overall.
New York is currently building around 21-year-old power forward Kristaps Porzingis and 22-year-old center Willy Hernangomez. Unfortunately, it’s currently without a perimeter talent who both fits their timeline and is under contract for multiple seasons.
If Phil Jackson utilizes the 2017 NBA Draft in an ideal team-building manner, then that void could be filled and an ideal core could be created.
Until the draft lottery, the New York Knicks must be prepared to pick from the No. 7 spot in the 2017 NBA Draft.