NBA Draft Lottery 2015: Everything Knicks fans need to know

The 2015 NBA Draft Order will be determined tonight in the Draft Lottery at 8:30 PM on ESPN.

Here is what you need to know:

What is it?

  • Unlike the MLB and NFL, the NBA uses a lottery system. The worst teams have the best odds at high picks, but are not guaranteed any specific slot. The Draft Lottery, held in New York City, uses a ping-pong ball machine to randomly select the order, with the worst teams having the most ping-pong balls in the drawing.
  • 14 balls are placed in the machine, numbered 1-14. Four are selected. There are 1,000 possible combinations (the order in which they are drawn does not matter). Each team is assigned a specific number of combinations. If a team wins a pick, its combinations are removed from the lottery for the remaining drawings (so if the Knicks get the first pick, they cannot also get the second pick, unless they had two draft picks).
  • There are 14 teams in the lottery— the teams that missed the playoffs (or traded for the picks belonging to those teams).
  • The lottery determines the top three picks in the draft. After the top three are determined, the remaining teams pick in reverse order of the standings.
  • Because of this, teams only have a certain amount of spots at which they might end up. A team cannot fall farther than 3 spots below its ranking in the standings. The 6th-worst team could fall to 9th if the 7th, 8th, and 9th worst teams all end up in the top three, but could not fall lower. The 6th worst team could also end up at 1, 2, or 3, if they are one of the teams selected in the lottery.
  • The Knicks were the 2nd worst team in the league this season, so they will pick in the top five.
  • The Knicks have 199 combinations in the lottery. This gives them a 19.9 % chance at the first pick, an 18.8% chance at the second pick (38.7% top 2), and a 17.1% chance at the third pick (55.8% top 3). If a Knicks combination is not drawn in either of the three drawings, the Knicks would pick fourth if two teams behind them leapfrogged them (31.9% chance) and 5th if all three teams drawn had better record than the Knicks (12.3%) chance. The Knicks cannot pick lower than 5th.
  • The Knicks have won the lottery once, when they won the first-ever lottery (unweighted) in 1985 and drafted Patrick Ewing.
  • Steve Mills will represent the Knicks on the lottery stage.
  • Since the weighted lottery system was introduced in 1990, the worst team has won three times. The second-worst team has won four times.
  • The worst team hasn’t won since 2004, when the Magic won and selected Dwight Howard.
  • History is irrelevant. If you flip a 50-50 coin twenty times and get tails every time, you still have a 50% chance of getting heads the next time. The Knicks have a 19.9% chance at winning the lottery, assuming there is no foul play.
  • Members of the media and representatives from each team are invited to the room where the lottery drawing takes place to ensure that there is no (blatant) foul play.
  • Adam Silver is a Knicks fan. Let’s root for some foul play.
  • The teams in the lottery, in order of their odds to win, are the Timberwolves, Knicks, Sixers, Lakers, Magic, Kings, Nuggets, Pistons, Hornets, Heat, Pacers, Jazz, Suns, and Thunder.

Let’s hope for some luck! -Tommy Rothman

Langston Galloway named to NBA All-Rookie Team

New York Knicks' Langston Galloway reacts after scoring during the first half of the NBA basketball game against the Los Angeles Lakers, Sunday, Feb. 1, 2015 in New York. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)

Knicks Guard Langston Galloway went from an undrafted nobody, to a player on a 10-day contract, to a member of the NBA All-Rookie Second Team. Galloway, who played with the Knicks in the Summer League and the preseason before being sent to the D-League to begin the year, was called up from Westchester midway through the season, and quickly established himself as a serviceable player at the NBA level. The St. Joe’s grad played 45 games and started 41 of them, averaging 12 points, 4 rebounds, 3 assists, and a steal in 32 minutes. Galloway signed a partially-guaranteed contract with the Knicks for next season after his second 10-day contract expired, so New York has the option to hold onto the 23 year-old for around $850,000. The Knicks entered last year’s draft with no picks, but put together a rookie crop that, between Galloway, Cleanthony Early, Thanasis Antetokounmpo, and Travis Wear, could pay dividends going forward.

The Knicks will look to land one of the league’s top first-year players on Draft Night in June, and will soon find out where they will pick in the first round with the Draft Lottery set for tomorrow night.

-Tommy Rothman

Shots Fired: JR Smith Trolls Knicks after Cavs advance to Conference Finals


JR Smith is in a better place now. And he knows it.

Smith, who along with Iman Shumpert was sent to (dumped on) Cleveland in a January trade, is headed to the Eastern Conference Finals following the Cavs’ Game 6 victory over the Bulls.

After the game, JR posted this on his Instagram:

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I believe the saying traditionally goes, “One man’s trash can still go places that matter if LeBron James slings it over his shoulder and hauls it to those places,” but to each his own.

Knicks new Uniform Design

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A handful of NBA jersey designs were leaked today, all of them featuring a “throwback” look. Among them was a Knicks design, with a heavy use of one of the team’s colors (blue) and a nearly complete lack of the other primary color (orange). It is assumed that the jerseys will be used as the Christmas design for 2015. The design can be seen above.

He’s Back! Dolan hires Isiah Thomas to run MSG’s WNBA Team


The Madison Square Garden Company, which is run by James Dolan and owns the Knicks, Rangers, and Liberty, hired Isiah Thomas on Tuesday to serve as President of the Liberty.

Thomas served as the Knicks’ President of Basketball Operations from 2003-08 and their coach from 2006-08. His tenure was disastrous in every aspect, as he set the Knicks back several years while leading the team to the (then) worst record in franchise-history, handing out several bloated contracts, and facing a sexual harassment lawsuit.

To the outrage of Knicks fans, Dolan has flirted with the idea of bringing Thomas back (and attempted to do so) in some capacity several times since his departure. According to the New York Post, Thomas has had his heart set on regaining control of the Knicks since his departure.

That’s a shaky claim to say the least, and Thomas certainly doesn’t have that now. But he’s in the same building, and it’s uncomfortably close. Thomas will also have part ownership of the Liberty.

NOTE: This is 100% real, despite the fact that it definitely sounds like a joke. -Tommy

Karl-Anthony Towns “would love to” be a Knick

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The Knicks like Karl-Anthony Towns. Karl-Anthony Towns likes the Knicks. But neither party can control what happens in the Draft on June 25.

Towns, who grew up in New Jersey, is a big Knicks fan, and figures to be a top-two pick on Draft night.

In an interview with Marc Berman of the New York Post, Towns raved about Phil Jackson, and said that he would love to play for his favorite team:

“It’s his presence,” Towns said of Jackson. “What he means to me, his presence is just amazing. What was so awesome as a coach, he made every player better and put them in the best position to succeed. He’s just so smart and intelligent and has so much experience. He knows how to win. At the end of the day, what every player wants to do is win.”

“If I have the opportunity to ever play for the Knicks, that’s what I would love to do.’’

The 19 year-old could get that opportunity very soon. The Knicks had the second-worst record in the NBA this season.

But due to the lottery, getting a shot at Kentucky’s center is no sure thing.

The Knicks have a 19.9 % chance at the top pick, an 18.8 % chance at the second pick (38.7 % of being top-two), a 17.1 % chance at the third pick (55.8 % top-three), a 31.9 % chance at the fourth pick (87.7 % top-four), and a 12.3 % chance at the fifth pick (100% top-five).

The Draft order will be determined in the Draft Lottery on May 19. -Tommy Rothman

(Here’s a picture of Towns with Knicks star Carmelo Anthony)

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Carmelo Anthony marches in Baltimore Protest

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Knicks superstar Carmelo Anthony travelled to Baltimore on Thursday to participate in a protest against police violence following the death of Freddie Gray.

Melo was born in Brooklyn, but grew up in Baltimore after his family moved when he was eight.

The incident has sparked protests and riots in Baltimore and other US cities (including New York) this week. The Baltimore Orioles had to cancel one game, ask fans to remain in the ballpark after another, play one that was closed to the public, and move a series to Florida due to safety concerns.

While the public unrest has led to several riots in the Baltimore area, most of the protests have been peaceful, including the one Anthony marched in on Thursday.

Earlier in the week, Carmelo posted a message on Instagram for the people of Baltimore, saying “We need to protect our city, not destroy it.”