Knicks' lottery chances for picks 1-5

The Knicks have a 14 percent chance at getting the first overall pick in the draft. [Image Source: Flickr | Andy Connolly]
The Knicks have a 14 percent chance at getting the first overall pick in the draft. [Image Source: Flickr | Andy Connolly]

With the draft lottery on May 14, the Knicks are guaranteed to pick no worse than fifth in June's NBA Draft.

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New York Knicks fans have suffered through a lot of misery since the turn of the 21st century. They have only qualified for the playoffs in four of the last 18 seasons, and they have missed out on the postseason in each of the last six years.

There is some hope though. Finishing with the league's worst record this season (17-65) will give them a high draft pick as they will pick no later than fifth as the draft lottery will be selected on May 14. They also have the available cap space to sign two max free agents in the offseason.

Here are the chances for the Knicks to select in each of the first five slots. Draft odds were taken from Tankathon.

1

First pick - 14 percent chance

Last year, the Knicks would have had a 25 percent chance at the top overall pick. Unfortunately for them, the rules changed in which each of the three worst teams now each have a 14 percent chance at garnering it. The near-consensus is that Zion Williamson will be the first pick in the 2019 NBA Draft.

2

Second pick - 13.4 percent chance

Some recent successful second overall picks include D'Angelo Russell (2015), Victor Oladipo (2013), Kevin Durant (2007), and LaMarcus Aldridge (2006). Many expect Murray State point guard Ja Morant to be drafted second overall after a sophomore season where he averaged 24.5 points, 5.7 rebounds, and 10 assists.

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