There was no shortage of enthusiasm amongst fans about the possibility of the Knicks securing a top-three draft pick, but the odds weren't exactly in their favor.
In addition to the fourth overall pick in the 2018 NBA Draft, the Grizzlies also hold the rights to the 32 overall pick in the second round as well. That painted a clear picture of what was likely to happen, albeit with 18.7 percent odds of something different transpiring.
The lottery change came after the Celtics agreed to the trade in which they received the pick and the No. 3 choice used on Tatum in exchange for the No. 1 overall pick the 76ers used on Markelle Fultz.
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The Knicks, who went into the National Basketball Association draft lottery with the ninth-best odds, ended up with the ninth pick. They were followed by Sacramento and Atlanta. "We're going to do our job and obviously, I'm glad that we played the last two years to develop guys and try to win games". The Bucks took Kareem Abdul-Jabbar.
The Sacramento Kings nabbed the No. 2 overall pick, while the Atlanta Hawks rounded out the top 3 of the lottery on Tuesday, May 15 (Wednesday, May 16 in Manila) at Palmer House Hilton in Chicago. The top three spots were determined by the lottery, and then spots 4-14 fell in line of reverse order of record.
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Suns shooting guard Josh Jackson brought them that luck as he appeared on-stage to receive the news.
The Clippers' consultant, Jerry West, represented the team at the draft lottery.
"This is a historic night for the Phoenix Suns", said General Manager Ryan McDonough.
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