Phil Jackson: Knicks lose draft tiebreaker with Wolves
- Author: Julie Sanders Apr 19, 2017,
Apr 19, 2017, 18:40
The team lost a pingpong-ball tiebreaker to the Minnesota Timberwolves on Tuesday to decide the sixth and seventh seeds in the NBA Draft lottery.
In order to break the tie between the 31-51 New York Knicks and the 31-51 Minnesota Timberwolves, the National Basketball Association held a blind drawing of lottery balls.
NEW YORK - Five ties among teams that finished the 2016-17 NBA regular season with identical records were broken today through random drawings to determine the order of selection for NBA Draft 2017 presented by State Farm, which will be held on Thursday, June 22.
The Knicks will still have a 5.3 percent chance of grabbing the No. 1 overall pick, same as the Timberwolves.
 This pick may be conveyed to Orlando. Minnesota has a 43.9 percent chance to retain the No. 6 pick, 33.1 percent for No. 7, 4.5 percent for No. 8 and 0.01 percent for No. 9.
Tuesday's tiebreaker occurred because the Knicks won their season finale against the Sixers on a game-winner by Maurice N'dour, while Carmelo Anthony was benched during what was likely his final moments with the organization.
The top three picks are expected to be point guards Markelle Fultz of Washington and Lonzo Ball of UCLA plus Kansas small forward Josh Jackson. He also has a ridiculous 7-foot wingspan which he can use in becoming a great defender, per Daily Knicks.
As part of our trade with the Brooklyn Nets in 2012, we get their second round pick this year, which is #31 overall and the first pick of the second round. The order of picks 1-14 will be known after the Lottery in May. "It's a lottery, so whenever there's a lottery there's always a chance we'll move up or we could move back, as we found out a couple of years ago". The Knicks fell to fourth, where they selected Kristaps Porzingis. The Knicks also have two second-round picks. Any team that receives the less favorable pick in round one will get the better pick in round two to compensate.