The New York Knicks 2017 season kicked off at the NBA Draft Lottery on Tuesday just as disappointedly as their 2016 season ended. Coming into the night, the Knicks had a 5.3 percent chance of getting the number one overall pick and an 18.3 percent chance of landing in the top 3. Instead, Knicks broadcaster Walt Frazier, the team’s representative at the lottery, was let down to hear his team receive the eighth pick. Unfortunately, this is not the first time the odds have not been in the Knicks favor on lottery night.
Since 2001, the floundering Knicks have only won a single playoff series. Needless to say, they have been a lottery team more often than not. As one of the worst teams in the league since the turn of the century, the Phil Jackson’s bunch should be averaging the sixth best draft position in the league. However, the Knicks somehow have averaged the 25th best draft position over that span. They find themselves in the company of the Heat, Lakers, and Spurs who have all had multiple championships since 2000.
How have the Knicks screwed up so badly that this is the case? For one thing, they haven’t moved up as a result of the lottery since winning the supposedly rigged 1985 lottery. The Knicks have been cost multiple spots by the lottery in four different seasons since the lottery’s inception. They have also either traded down in the first round or traded their first pick altogether eight times since 2000. When the Knicks actually draft a player, they usually make relatively good picks. Knicks fans booed as Adam Silver announced the selection of Kristaps Porzingis with the fourth overall pick. However, those same fans are now clamoring for the Knicks to rebuild their franchise around the big man.
What comes next for the Knicks now? Who knows. They could dump star Carmelo Anthony to rebuild around Kristaps Porzingis. Phil Jackson’s days in New York may be numbered as many Knicks fans are asking for his head. As for the draft, the Knicks could go in a number of directions. They desperately need to add a guard, so two possible candidates to be taken at the number eight spot are Malik Monk from Kentucky and Dennis Smith from NC State. We’ll have to wait until June 22 to see which way Phil Jackson and company decide to goIf you would like to receive an email each time a new New York Knicks article is published, fill out our email notification form.