On Tuesday, one lucky franchise will get the opportunity to draft the next NBA superstar when the NBA Lottery is drawn. This is the most important playoff game for the Cavaliers so far this postseason.
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While Knicks fans and executives may be hopeful that the ping pong balls can go their way, general manager Scott Perry wouldn't be anxious if they don't.
Memphis finished next to last this season, meaning the team now has a 20 percent chance to land the first draft pick.
And they very well may not. One of those years, 1996, the team had two lottery picks after acquiring a selection via trade, and it ended up picking sixth and ninth.
Jackson said he thinks the Suns need a big man. Given the tank they pulled (though they certainly could've lost another few games here and there), finishing outside of the top 3 in the lottery will feel like a failure. Arizona freshman center Deandre Ayton is widely expected to be a strong candidate to go No. 1 overall, and he was at the lottery to watch the Suns win the pick.
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Ainge, of course, orchestrated the swap for Irving with Cleveland's rookie general manager Koby Altman, unloading Isaiah Thomas, Jae Crowder, Ante Zizic, the Nets pick and a future second-round pick in order to get the All-Star point guard. The Warriors can go without a true center and just dominate pretty much any team.
Phoenix has won the No. 1 pick. Fixing the Kings would remove the stink of years of bad management. They were still fortunate enough to wind up with Kristaps Porzingis that year despite their bad fortune. They last had a.500+ season in 2005-06! He lasted four nothing seasons with the Mavs before the Raptors selected him in the expansion draft.
Aaron Gordon is a restricted free agent and was the subject of constant trade rumors in-season. They don't even have a head coach at the moment after firing Frank Vogel.
The 76ers obtained the Lakers' 2018 pick as part of a three-team trade in 2015 in which Philly traded away Michael Carter-Williams.
This pick, wherever it lands, changes the whole dynamic of the Cavs offseason and what they can do. Ayton may be able to slip outside and space the floor, but I'm not sure of that.
For one, he looks like a potential David Robinson, Joel Embiid-esque talent.
So, let's take a look at some of the insane possibilities that could play out. Getting a star to Los Angeles is always a good thing. They are going to build slowly through the draft. The next likeliest spot is at No. 3 (10.6 percent) followed by No. 2 (9.6 percent), No. 1 (8.8 percent) and No. 7 (8.4 percent). Boston would get the Sacramento Kings or the Sixers' first round selection in 2019. Winning the lottery tonight could be a franchise-saving turn of events for the state of the Grizzlies.