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Thunder awarded the No. 21 pick in the NBA Draft after tiebreaker

Thunder awarded the No. 21 pick in the NBA Draft after tiebreaker”

Former NBA player and now the head coach of Georgetown University men's basketball team, Patrick Ewing, will represent the New York Knicks at the NBA draft lottery on May 14.

"Patrick is a huge part of our team's history and we're thrilled to have number 33 represent the franchise at this year's draft lottery", said Knicks president Steve Mills.

With chairman Dan Gilbert watching in NY, the Cavs, who finished 19-63 during the first year without LeBron James, won the tiebreaker - a blind draw - with the Phoenix Suns.

After lottery reform to prevent tanking, the Knicks chances aren't as strong as it would have been had they finished with the worst record.

By the newly-reformed draft lottery odds, the Knicks, Suns and Cavaliers all have equal odds at the first overall pick (14 percent) and hold equal odds for every pick in the top four.

In the years prior, the team with the worst record the previous season was rewarded with the best odds of winning the next draft's lottery (which was a 25.0% chance, again per Tankathon).

As we noted here at KJG yesterday, it was due to the worst-case scenarios being affected for both; the squad that finished second-worst for the previous year could draft sixth in their worst-case scenario, and the squad that finished third-worst for the previous year could draft as low as seventh (h/t Tankathon).

Ewing now serves as head coach at Georgetown.

Ewing's Knicks career ended awkwardly. It also started a rocky period for the club. NY has won just one playoff series since then.



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