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It’s NBA draft lottery time, and along with the hiring of coach David Fizdale, the New York Knicks are hopeful it can help alter their string of losing seasons.
The Knicks currently sit in ninth place in the draft lottery standings — meaning their odds of finishing with the No. 1 overall pick are considerably less than stellar.
“As the ninth seed, the Knicks also have a 6.1 percent chance of landing in the top three, where they likely would take Slovenian small forward stud Luka Doncic, who is playing for Real Madrid in Spain,” reported Marc Berman of the New York Post.
Overall, the Knicks would like a small forward to add to Fizdale’s roster, as Berman reported team president Steve Mills has said.
Knicks GM Scott Perry will represent the Knicks at the lottery, which will be held Tuesday at 7:30 p.m., ahead of tipoff of Game 2 of the Eastern Conference Finals between the Cleveland Cavaliers and Boston Celtics. (Interestingly, the Cavs have a lottery pick themselves.)
“Perry will wear a lucky tie and go through some day-of-the-lottery rituals, including ‘visualization,'” Berman reported. “This is the first time the event has been held outside the New York/New Jersey area since its inception. It will coordinate with Chicago’s draft combine that begins Wednesday.”
The Knicks will begin the season minus standout forward Kristaps Porzingis, who suffered a torn ACL in February. They are uncertain about when he may be able to return.
“I’ve been told everything from December to him being out for the season,” Dolan told the Post. “So I don’t know what to expect on that. But we can’t just sit on our ass while he’s away. We need to develop a team and then integrate him into it when he comes back. He’s a great player and we just have to build around him.”
Either way, like so many teams Tuesday, the Knicks are hoping for a lottery miracle.
“Anytime you have an opportunity to improve your team, it is important,’’ Perry said. “I am confident we will be able to find a prospect who can help our team regardless of where we pick, as well as our scouting staff’s ability to maximize our draft position.”