The Knicks haven’t moved up in the lottery since they won the Patrick Ewing sweepstakes over thirty years ago. And that was working with much different lottery odds.
Since then, the Knicks have been in 14 lotteries and have not moved up in ANY of them. They HAVE famously moved BACKWARDS in a number of them, though.
Let’s hope that they get some karmic reward for not trying to tank at the end of the season unlike most of the other teams in the bottom of the NBA.
Let’s go, lottery gods!
112 replies on ““We Got Rid of Phil Jackson, Where’s Our Karmic Reward?” – The 2018 NBA Lottery Open Thread”
So am I correct that if the 10th or 9th picks are not NY, we’re in the top 3?
Is it possible we could drop more than one spot?
It is. They could theoretically fall as far back as #12, if three teams from #10-14 all move up into the top three. The odds of that happening would have to be practically infinitesimal, though.
Besides the extremely rare exception I noted above (where they could end up #11 or #12), yes, if they’re not #10 or #9, then get REALLY excited.
It’s almost a certainty that wa fall to 10 and the Celts wind up with #2, right?
Not a certainty, but surely a good chance. 🙂
They go in reverse order right, so your fringe scenarios will either be horrifically confirmed or (likely) ruled out by the time we get to #9. If we haven;t heard the Knicks by then something has gone right. Suffice it to say I am not expecting that to happen.
Relevant info that possibly everyone else already memorized: 1.7% chance of #1, 6.1% chance of top 3. 6% is basically if they did the lottery every day this month the Knicks would be drawn into the top 3 twice. Doesn’t sound that hopeful when you say it like that. Hopefully it’s our day.
Yes, they also open the envelopes quickly at first, so our worst case scenarios will likely be ruled out right away (the more teams picking in order at first, the better for the Knicks, so we want the #14 team to be picking #14, the #13 team picking #13, etc.). Sadly, so will our best case scenarios.
One of the pledges I made to the RNG gods is that I would NOT watch the lottery tonight. So, we’ll see if that helps.
On constant refresh mode on the site as I am teaching my 2nd graders…
Guys we’ll be nine. I can’t even bring myself to hope
I’m still hopeful, I mean, one day we have to get a break come on.
i love when we all play guessing games…i’m not really sure why…
my guess – we’re sticking at #9
Hope is pretty much all we got every year though.
Silvers gonna give us the frozen Doncic envelope
That’s what I tell myself at least. Positive affirmations!
#14, baby! Here we go!
I think you mean the #1 Overall Pick envelope, which will be used to select LiAngelo Ball.
I’m with you, Silky.
At least it’s an historically good draft (probably). I predict 5 all-NBA players at least and a handful of all-stars.
OK, that might be a little optimistic, but it feels way different than the last few years, when there were really only a couple great prospects and a variety of “could be good someday.”
Ayton really does look like a cross between David Robinson and Kemp, per NBADraft.net. Not saying he’ll be those guys, but the body and the agility definitely looks like them.
I haven’t figured out the math of it all, because when you get right down to it I’m too lazy, but Dolan’s Razor tells me the odds of us getting leapfrogged are approximately ten million times higher than the odds of jumping into the top three.
Perry’s razor says you’re wrong.
Woo! Got home just in time to watch us get leapfrogged! Who do we like when we inevitably fall to 10?
Wait, this goes on until 830? When do they actually announce the fucking order?
Maybe we should just punch ourselves in the testicles right now, that way anything that happens in the lottery won’t be the most painful thing we experience today…
Bilas has Porter Jr. ranked 9th? Ok…
At this point we’re like the Shaolin monks of NBA fandom…
This is why I don’t watch ESPN. 34 minutes into the “program” and they’re still jerking off with a talking-head panel. Jesus fucking christ, get on with it.
Nick Gilbert has quite a story. Man.
I fucking hate ESPN. They couldn’t possibly drag this out any longer.
She must have had someone in her earpiece telling her to hurry the fuck up because she rushed through those last few reps.
Michael Finley wins most serious looking.
Michael Finley has no fucks to give.
Nick Gilbert drafted Anthony Bennett
Fuck, so Elliot Perry is going to win the lottery?!?
If Cleveland wins, I give up on this league.
Worst case scenario avoided!
Can’t believe they are trolling us by making us wait for a commercial break for the number 9 pick!
haha this music
this ain’t a fuckin’ John Grisham adaptation
Yay 9th is worst case now!
You have got to be kidding me, effing commercial
So if we aren’t 9 then what?
This shit used to be at halftime of some playoff game. The way it should be.
This is a hour long drawn out garbage that isn’t even compelling. Pathetic. Sad.
Only options left are number 9 and top 3.
Quick someone crunch the numbers. Now what are our top 3 odds?
ah, fuck it
Phoenix, Sacramento and the Hawks? What a motley Crew of teams that is!
Didn’t fall back! It’s an Easter miracle!
I can’t believe that the Hawks are going to get the karmic reward for not taking at the end of the season!
Damn. I’m glad the bulls aren’t rewarded for their asshattery.
This is why ESPN sucks now. I mean, it has for a long while. But it really blows.
I wonder who’ll end up with the good fortune to ruin Ayton and Doncic’s careers!
At least we didn’t drop back. Now we just have to find the right player at #9. NO mistakes!
Luka Doncic is trash.
I’m pretty sue winning 29 games instead of 27 or 26 will totally pay off for our winning culture and we definitely won’t regret not getting a top 3 pick.
#3 is a weird place to be with Ayton and Doncic off the board. The kings need a top two pick or else Bagley will likely bomb there with their shitty player development.
Winning culture >>> #2 pick all day every day
Good for the Kings. The Suns have an interesting choice.
How does the change in positions effect possibly who will be available to is at 9?
Kp and mudiay for Doncic
Mills bridges or bamba
i believe the knicks decaying orbit has finally stabilized…
we are about to enter the wonderful era of mediocrity – which, considering where we’ve been – ain’t really that bad…
At least we didn’t drop… feels good for the Suns and Kings, they deserved a break, but Memphis got so wrecked.
So, who moved up?
Man that’s two years in a row Sacramento moved up.
Part of the problem is the league has so many damn teams that don’t matter. All they do is take talent, waste it, and dilute the league.
Do we really need the Memphis Grizzlies, the Orlando Magic, the Sacramento Kings, et al?
As long as Trae Young or one of the other ranked players doesn’t drop down a lot because they had a bad combine, I think we are in pretty decent shape to consider Mikal Bridges if that’s who they want. Another possibility is that one of the more athletic players ranked below us has a great combine and moves up. Something like that or Mikal moving up could drop Wendell Carter down to our area and maybe we’ll have a shot at him.
The Kings moved to #2 and the Hawks moved to #3, dropping Memphis to the 4th pick.
yeah I mean where would the Sixers be without their longstanding winning culture
Ah, yeah, stinks for the Hawks and Memphis.
If there were any justice, Chicago would have dropped back.
PHO: Ayton (I know the new coach has ties to Doncic, but they already have Booker and Jackson as their starting wings. Unless they view Doncic as a PG, then that changes a lot).
MEM: Jackson Jr (lol)
Bulls: Carter Jr
CLE: Mikal Bridges
NYK: Michael Porter Jr
New era confirmed.
Philly is obviously doomed to years of 50+ win mediocrity because of their losing culture. Us winning 29 games shows our commitment to winning culture and will definitely pay off any day.
Happy for the suns though. They are an exciting team. Hope theyll be in the playoffs. Theyre crap in drafting though.
For the Knicks. Just play young players and hopefully we will be in the top 3 next year. Our last lottery pick for the next 10 years (hopefully).
Friggin’ Sacramento… they don’t even deserve a team, much less the 2nd pick and most likely Doncic!
I’m not so sure the 76ers prospects look quite as good right now as they did at the end of the season given how the Celtics exposed some of their flaws even while missing 2 of their own best players. I’m way more worried about the Celtics long term.
Unfortunately, neither model can be duplicated easily anyway. Billy King is gone and some of the lopsided trades that improved the 76ers position and the injuries that kept them in the high end of the lottery longer than otherwise aren’t likely to occur again.
Yeah, before the season I think we were all thinking, “Man, if the Sixers win 52 games with the #1 overall pick barely playing and then lose in the second round of the playoffs, this season will be a loss for them.” I believe Kevin Durant has a saying for that. 😉
i think the bulls are a concern to pick mikal….. the cavs… i’m pretty sure will pick trae….
i hope something happens to cause carter to fall….
@75 Dallas could take Porter Jr. at 5, but this is how I think things will play out:
ATL: Jackson Jr
DAL: Carter Jr.
CLE: Mikal Bridges
NYK: Porter Jr.
If Phoenix doesn’t draft Doncic because they already have Booker and Jackson they’re even more incompetently run than I thought.
Yeah, such a tough break, a team led by a 23 year old and a 21 year old lost in the 2nd round of the playoffs, I’m sure they would rather have Michael Beasley for reliable shot creation instead of that bum Simmons who’ll never improve ever.
I said at the END of the season.
At the end of the season people were talking like they were the favorite to win the eastern conference THIS year. Now, they won’t even be favored next year. They came out of the Boston series with people saying Simmons’s shot is broken and he’s going to have start all over or teams will be able to limit him by using the Boston blueprint. They are saying Embiid was exposed as being in poor condition but getting in top shape might raise his injury risk.
I wouldn’t mind trading places with them, but even after 6 years of hell, a lucky lopsided trade, and injuries that kept them at the very top of the lottery, I’d still way rather be Boston.
We are several years behind those teams in our rebuild.
I know you’re trying to make this into another argument about how tanking won’t ever work strato but come on. The Celtics didn’t need to tank because they made the most lopsided trade in decades in the NBA and had the Nets tank for them.
Insert IT back into the lineup and take away Tatum, Irving and Brown and the Celtics future looks like last year Utah at most.
If all you need to never need to tank is Billy King being retarded, I guess that’s not really sustainable as a model.
Considering Bamba went to Texas, I think Dallas won’t pass on him. They’ve presumably done a bunch of scouting on him and probably want a P&R dice man who can lock down a defense to go along with DSJr. I think Dallas is a good landing spot for Bamba
The way Perry keeps talking about “talent” acquisition (again tonight) I’m starting to think they like Sexton and Young. Not that I think they should tip their hand in case they really want Bridges or Carter, but saying it as much as they are feels like they are preparing the fans and media if they do take a PG.
Really, I’m just trying to keep the conversation from deteriorating into another round of fantasy because I can only take so much of it.
There is nothing about what either Boston or the 76ers did that the Knicks could duplicate. It’s pointless.
Maybe if Billy King gets hired and decides to make the worst trade in NBA history with us this time that would help.
Maybe if the pinhead in Sacramento that did this http://www.businessinsider.com/sixers-trade-stauskas-picks-kings-deal-2015-7 wants to do the same with us that would help.
I guess we could hope Porzingis is out the entire year next year, Frank breaks a bone in his foot, and our draft pick this year needs back surgery or something, that might help a little in next year’s draft. But given I’m not rooting for that, I’d be happy if we actually knew who the best player in this draft is at #9 so we could select the right one. There are going to be worse players selected above us than some of the players selected after us.
All that said, I’d rather be Boston.
The Doncic Dream is dead, but we also didn’t drop. That means we are in a decent position given the apparent depth of this draft.
Doncic, Ayton, Bagley and Jackson will all be gone. After that, though, Things should be unpredictable, and we’re guaranteed one of the following if Perry and Milks want them.
Anyone in that group you’re particularly rooting to fall to 9? Bridges or Carter as high floor guys st positions of need? Porter as a big gamble with the biggest upside of the group? Young as Frank’s polar opposite (and thus, perhaps his ideal backcourt mate)? Bomba to anchor the D with Frank and eventually KP? Or are you going off the board at 9 for Sexton, Miles, or someone else?
I’m in the “Hope Porter somehow drops” camp.
I think the realistic dream is that Porter drops or either Carter or Mikal are left and that’s it, there’s not much else that I see as making sense.
It’s going to be a long offseason.
I hate to ask this question, but how is Sexton on defense? He’s athletic and has good length for a barely 6’2″ guy. I may be able to talk myself into liking Sexton as the pick if he can play defense. There’s a ton of hype around Sexton as a Knick, and flash may be the tiebreaker over a Mikal Bridges. I’m still all in on Bridges- just preparing myself for the seemingly inevitable..
At least they didn’t drop to 10.
After watching the playoffs so far I have to strongly agree with the comments above – the Knicks are way way behind Boston and Philly and it will take a while, some luck, and some great moves to catch up to those teams any time soon.
Base case is
1) They hit it on this year’s pick
2) KP is out almost all or the whole year
3) they play the young guys major minutes and suck
4) get a top 3 pick next year
That’s a lot to have to go right, but it’s possible although not probable for Knicks fans.
At least we didn’t go down. Maybe our luck is changing? Baby steps.
Given we have prepared for 9 for a few months now. I am crossing fingers and toes for Porter at this stage, but it seems doubtful he drops to 9. Not sold on Sexton. His name has popped up a lot for us on draft boards, but colour me not enthused.
Other than the hate uniforms, Team Horford is hard to root against and the Cavs are hard to root for.
In order I’d prefer:
1. Porter Jr.
2. Carter Jr.
I think if Young or Bamba falls to us it would be nice because we could pull a pretty nice trade for multiple pieces, but I’d rather have Mikal on the team than those two, to be honest.
sexton is a carbon copy of lou williams…. meaning there’s really not that much defense there….
he probably won’t be as good…. but the games are fairly similar….
if sexton is the pick…. we are probably sacrificing dotson plus one or two of baker/mudiay/frank…..
if the guy was good enough that’s fine… but he’s probably at best on par with all of those names….
Michael Porter Jr is going to refuse Cleveland a workout/medical exam and that is going to cause him to fall to us. I’m very glad he came out this year because of how strong the top of the draft is. All of Doncic, Ayton, Bagley, G League Jackson Jr, Mo Bamba, Wendell Carter, Trae Young, and Mikal Bridges did enough to look like they have at least superstar role player potential. There’s no reason for a team to pass on those 8 players for a guy who won’t workout for you. I could see a team like Atlanta picking him, but why pass on Marvin Bagley for Michael Porter Jr? Dallas would be passing on Carter Jr and Bamba for Porter Jr? Chicago and Cleveland scare me, but I don’t think Michael Porter Jr works out for Cleveland and I think Mikal Bridges’ defense and shooting between LaVine and Markannen get Chicago to bite. Michael Porter Jr is going to be a New York Knick and it’ll be like we had the 3rd pick in the draft.
I think that the Celtics might actually match up surprisingly okay with the Warriors.
i’m starting to think porter probably will drop also…. but it really all depends if he decides to work out for teams….. if he doesn’t… there aren’t many i can see actually taking the plunge on him….
Stevens has the perfect team for his brand of coaching. I actually wonder if having Hayward and Irving will mess things up next year….
Strat, Where is the quote or video that you are referring to here? I’d like to read or listen to it.
As for current Sixers versus Boston potential, I trust Boston’s management much more than Colangelo to maximize the hand they have — So I am much more worried about the Celtics than Philadephia. And management of the team is important. Look at the Kings. Apparently, they’ve picked in the top ten in the lottery for ten straight years and haven’t made the playoffs since 2006.
Marcus Smart might leave in free agency and I think he’s the most irreplaceable member of the Boston Celtics. He is the only player in the league with the speed and agility to bother guards and the strength and center of gravity to bother power forwards. Boston’s toughness starts and ends with him, and if Stevens lets him go I’m not sure things will be so interchangeable the way they were with Thomas, Bradley, and Crowder. Stevens is a hell of a coach and his team shouldn’t be this good, but at some point you need talent. A talent like Marcus Smart is unique and I think they’re going to let him walk.
Sixers do have two first rounders and 4(!) seconds this year plus lots of cap space to improve the team. If LBJ goes there the odds immediately shift to them over Boston. The Knicks will need to get miraculously lucky in the draft to have any hope of competing with either of them for the next 4-5 years. That’s why I’m not super high on Mikal- I’d like to see a higher ceiling guy and I think Young, Carter Jr., and certainly Porter and Bamba all have higher ceilings. I’d much prefer Mikal to Sexton however- Sexton seems like De’Aaron Fox with less defense- no thanks.
Boston is going to have a hard time scoring against the Warriors. Cleveland was a crummy defensive team all year long, so Boston can get some buckets against them, but the Warriors play some A+ defense in the playoffs. I think Boston’s limitations are going to become very apparent against the Warriors.
For sure, but next year if they have Irving and Heyward back, Boston’s scoring ability goes up a notch.
That’s the, uh, hesi… crossover… stepback jimbo?
I don’t think it will mess things up so much as it will have a surprising (to the general fans) minimal impact, for the reasons that I think we all get – which is that the guys that those two will replace are playing pretty darn well right now, so there is less room for improvement than you would think when you’re dealing with such famous players.
Letting Marcus Smart go would not be a good move for Boston IMO. He had a huge impact on tonight’s game and several others in this year’s playoffs. He allows their defense more options to switch everything and he can get into the paint. His shooting is terrible but the rest of his game looks solid. I do like watching the Celtics play, they are smart effective on both sides of the ball. I too wonder how they will integrate Irving and Hayward, the rotations look almost perfect now.
I would be shocked and ecstatic if Porter Jr. fell to 9, but I seriously doubt it. A Bridges is likely the destiny of the Knicks.
Thinking about Marcus Smart, I realized the descriptions above “He allows their defense more options to switch everything and he can get into the paint. His shooting is terrible but the rest of his game looks solid” and “He is the only player in the league with the speed and agility to bother guards and the strength and center of gravity to bother power forwards” reminded me of some things Ntilikina can do. So I compared Smart and Ntilina’s rookie statistics. Smart was drafted number six, two spots higher than Ntilikina and was one year older in his rookie year. Their first year counting and per 36 stats are pretty similar. Their shooting percentages were pretty close, but Smart was a slightly better scorer and Ntilikina a slightly better defender. The advanced stats favor Smart more than the simple ones do, and I am not sure why that is. I noted that Smart’s advanced stats are worse now then when he was a rookie, which makes me doubt them, since I can’t imagine he’s gotten substantially worse since his rookie year. If Ntilikina shows any reasonable improvement next year, his 20 year old season should be better than Smart’s 20 year old season was. Given that he was drafted two spots lower than Smart, that is good potential and good performance for a number 8 pick.