Breaking down the interesting scenarios in play at the NBA Draft Lottery

New York Knicks team President, Steve Mills and Jeff Hornacek of the New York Knicks introduce General Manager Scott Perry at a pess conference at the at Knicks Practice Center July 17, 2017 in Greenburg, New York. If the Cavs get a top-three pick, it opens the door for them to get one of the premier prospects in the 2018 NBA Draft or a star/superstar in a draft day trade. However, the odds are not necessarily bad and some miracle could happen; we have seen it before, we may see it again.


The league passed a draft lottery reform that will go into place in 2019 in an attempt to lessen tanking.

Years of suffering may be over for the Phoenix Suns. The Phoenix Suns have a 25 percent chance of landing the top pick, and the prospect of pairing Devin Booker with Doncic is incredibly intriguing. 6-14 (97.1 percent chance). With Danny Green’s underwhelming offensive stats and potential free agency, along with Manu Ginobili’s future in doubt and Bryn Forbes’ restricted free agency, San Antonio might be almost empty at the two position. The T-Wolves have not once managed to jump up in position via the lottery, and instead fallen back nine times. I keep seeing scenarios where my DMN colleague, Eddie Sefko, would have Doncic coming off the bench behind Wesley Matthews if he’s selected by the Mavs. Whether it was thanks to a creased or frozen envelope or simply good fortune, the Knicks and their representative Dave Debusschere got to celebrate 33 years ago.

After talking with Ayton, they switched over to Jay Bilas who gave us his opinion on who the top 5 players in the draft are. If he leaves this summer, management should not expect to be able to find a new franchise player in the draft.

Although he is a native of Flint who spent his college career at Michigan State, Miles Bridges is no stranger to Cleveland.

“We’ll still do our same routine”, he said. Perhaps they think Jackson will bring them better luck.

“We need another young player that can play and hopefully step in already next year and has great potential”.

This was the last shuffling of opportunity before draft night and although we only had two teams move up and two move down, there were some clear winners and losers.

“If you look at Boston with what they’ve been able to do in the last couple of drafts it’s incredible”, Nowitzki said.

“We’re going to dive into both of those guys as we move forward”, he said.

Orlando Magic: The Magic have picked in the lottery every season since they traded for Dwight Howard.

That’s why fans are so excited, and they won’t have to wait long to see what happens. While this pick is still a valuable asset, their front office was definitely hoping for more when they acquired it in the Kyrie Irving deal last summer. Perry didn’t rule out taking a guard, but stipulated, “It would only make sense if you feel that guard is far and away better than what you have on the roster”.


Atlanta Hawks: Like the Grizzlies, the National Basketball Association won’t want the Hawks becoming a perpetual tanker (no matter how badly Travis Schlenk tries).

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