Minnesota Timberwolves: NBA Draft Lottery Preview

Can the NBA Draft lottery be rigged? An exploration as the Knicks’ big day approaches

Whichever team earns the No. 1 overall pick will get a shot to draft Duke's Zion Williamson, one of the most-hyped draft prospects in a long time. The individual workouts will play a massive role in Cleveland's selection, just like previous year when Collin Sexton impressed everyone, including owner Dan Gilbert the day after Cleveland was swept in the NBA Finals. In 2015, Boston sent Jeff Green to Memphis in a multi-team deal, and the biggest prize it received in return was a future first-round choice. Right now, the team is penciled in at the 10th spot and the Wolves have the best chance of landing that pick in the draft.

Duke forward Zion Williamson rampaged through college basketball this season.

The worst-case scenario is the Bulls end up eighth in the lottery, which they have a 2.2 percent chance of doing.

The 2019 NBA Draft Lottery is at 8:30 p.m. ET and will air live on ESPN Tuesday night.

"They could pair both of those guys in a trade for Anthony Davis and their might not be another team out there that has a better package than the Knicks if they were able to get that No. 1 overall pick".

Last year, the first three times numbers were drawn to determine which team landed the No. 1 pick, Phoenix's combinations came up each time. With an eye on the first pick, they can have their highest selection in 1985, the first year of the lottery, when Patrick Ewing became the pick and changed the franchise for 15 years. The lowest a team could fall under the old system was No. 4, and there was just a 35.7 percent chance of that happening.

How can I watch the NBA Draft Lottery? "Our staff has been out the entire year looking at a number of players at the top of this draft". But the Celtics' strong preference is for the pick to roll over, partly because this is a weak draft, partly because the pick protections lighten moving forward, and partly because the Grizzlies could be entering a rebuild. Conley has two seasons remaining on his contract, while Valanciunas is facing a mid-June decision to either opt into the final year of his deal or opt out to test free agency this summer.

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