Too bad for Leon who is lucky.
With the new president of the team Léon Rose on the virtual platform and wearing a lucky charm in the shape of a lucky bracelet, the Knicks fell to 8th overall in the NBA Draft Lottery and the internet was quick to laugh.
The Knicks entered the day with a 9% chance of landing the first overall pick – who eventually went to Minnesota, with Golden State at No.2 and Charlotte at No.3 – and 62.8% chance of choosing 6-10.
Through Mike Vorkunov of The Athletic, the Knicks have had 10 lottery picks since winning the 1985 NBA Draft Lottery with Patrick Ewing. They haven’t gone past their draft window once in those 35 years.
Because there isn’t a clear No. 1 in this draft, dropping there isn’t as devastating as it was last season when the Knicks missed Zion Williamson’s draw.
Keep in mind that Donovan Mitchell became No.13 in 2017 (when the Knicks bypassed him for Frank Ntilikina at No.8).
Still, too bad for the LaMelo Ball landing, as sources have said the Knicks have at the top of their table, or Anthony Edwards.
ESPN has the Knicks taking Auburn’s wing Isaac Okoro at No.8, while The Athletic’s Sam Vecenie has them select international guard Killian Hayes.
“It’s interesting, this draft, a few guys stand out, and after that there’s a lot of a tie,” Rose said in June. “I think there are a lot of guys who are close with different skills, different positives, different negatives. It’s funny, each scout has different opinions. Opinions much more divergent than in previous years.
One option could be North Carolina guard Cole Anthony, the son of former Knicks point guard Greg Anthony. The former Archbishop Molloy star knows New York well. He’s had a mediocre year in North Carolina, but plans to be a better NBA player than a college player.
Cole is screened No.15 at the Magic, according to ESPN.com, but his dad has made it clear his son would like to play for the point guard starved Knicks.
“Would it be great if he went to New York? He’s from there, he grew up there, he lives there. He would kiss him and love him,” said Greg. Stefan Bondy of New York Daily News. “But if he’s somewhere else, he’ll feel the same way. He’s interested in basketball. He just wants to play and be a great player.”