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This is a topic that I've posted on this blog the previous two years on Lottery Day, but for the newer readers I'd like to raise the discussion again. I believe that the first pick in the draft should go to the non-playoff team with the best post All-Star break record. I spent 30 pages on this topic for one of my papers in law school in which I (hopefully) debunked every potential argument for the current system.

But, without going into too much detail the main gist of the argument is that there should never be an incentive to lose in any sport, on the flipside there should never be a punishment for winning. By giving all 30 teams an incentive to win you would develop even more parity than what currently exists in the sport today.

Tommy mentioned to me today that the NBA thrives off the success of tonight's event, but I would counter with even more success coming from having all 30 teams play meaningful games down the stretch.

Tags: 2010 NBA Lottery, Draft Lottery
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I had a few people email certain points leading to the Knicks turnaround (thanks) and had a discussion with a season ticket holder who had the chance to sit in on a Knicks "town hall" meeting last night who asked to remain nameless.

The numbers told Mike D'Antoni early on in the season that his group shot a far lower percentage in the first 10 seconds of the shot clock. In the second half, from roughly 15-5 seconds remaining on the clock, the team made a much greater percentage, hence why the team had much more offensive success.

Now, by "offensive success" I don't mean number of points, I mean efficiency. And no one has been more efficient than David Lee.

Tags: Danilo Gallinari, David Lee, Donnie Walsh, Draft Lottery, Mike D'Antoni, Wilson Chandler
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I couldn't disagree more about Gerald Henderson. He has a very solid all-around "skill set." He's, obviously, a tremendous athlete and he's strong on both ends of the floor. That translates. Plus K used a lot of D'Antoni's system and we know physically gifted players with space can excel.

Tags: Brandon Tierney, Draft Lottery, The Wheel House
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It's the first thing I thought of when I saw Reggie, and Twittered and posted it immediately. Apparently, 1050 ESPN's Andrew Marchand felt the same way.
"...With Reggie Jackson as his good luck charm, Allan Houston could not move the Knicks up from the eighth spot in the draft.

So the Knicks will remain at eight and will be thinking about guards. Davidson's Stephen Curry seems like a real possibility. Donnie Walsh says he thinks he can play the point. Houston says Curry can pass better than people think. One thing is for certain, the Knicks will draft someone with Mike D'Antoni's system in mind.

If they can move up, then Tyreke Evans from Memphis could be a possibility.

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Finger point to my boy Big C. We could have used Mr. May Dave Winfield.

Andrew Smith writes.....

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6:39- So we're in the house and as always this is a first class event. At first glance all the beat writers are surrounding Donnie Walsh, Chris Webber and Allan Houston are in the building.And wouldn't you know it here comes Commissioner Stern so let's see what he has to say...

7:03- Commissioner Stern just finished his State of the Union and he was very non-nonchalant with the teenagers going either to overseas or the NBDL saying that ultimately it was "the players and their families' decision."

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Interesting choice to use jelly beans, no truth to the rumor that Ronald Reagan was the auditor.? (finger point to Gym Rat slumdogballer for the alley...)

Basically, if any team shows up at 8, the Knicks have jumped into the top 3.

Tags: 2009 NBA Draft, 2009 prospects, Draft Lottery
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Hey Knicks fans! The 2009 NBA Draft Lottery takes place on Tuesday, May 19th and the Knicks currently have a 2.8% chance to win the #1 pick. Will the Knicks move up and win the draft lottery? Let us know your pick by entering the Knicks ?Make Your Pick? contest! Pick the Knicks correct 2009 NBA Draft position and what player they will ultimately select and you could win two (2) tickets* to a Knicks home game during the 2009-10 season! Fully complete the entry form below before May 19th to be entered.

Good luck to all who enter...

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Reports say that the Knicks have had discussions with Davidson guard Stephen Curry even though Curry's camp has denied them. I was down on Curry as an option for the Knicks, but I think I was caught up in the hype of a kid who couldn't lead his team back to the big stage of the NCAA Tournament. The more I study tapes on the kid, the more I realize that he has a perfect skillset for Mike D'Antoni's offense.

Tags: 2009 Active Off season, 2009 NBA Draft, 2009 prospects, Donnie Walsh, Draft Lottery, Mike D'Antoni, NBA Draft
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We've had plenty of discussions about how Chris Duhon may need some help in the backcourt and as this roster develops you can bet that somewhere along the lines Donnie Walsh will add a point guard. I think it's a virtual lock that Steve Nash comes here, regardless of all the Jason Kidd stuff, but hey if you can get Kidd for the MLE you think hard about it.

You also have to think hard about keeping Duhon past 2010.

So of all the needs Walsh has, does it make sense for him to go after a point guard in the draft this year? Does he take a Ricky Rubio if they finish high in the lottery, or go after a Brandon Jennings?

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Real pumped for this game and it's almost halftime, just some quick thoughts because it boasts two of the nation's notable big men in Hasheem Thabeet and Greg Monroe.

Monroe is an NBA star in the making on the defensive end. I had a question about what I thought his prospects were and I really believe that if he follows the G-Town tradition of staying 4 years and developing, he'll be an All-Star year after year. He's that good.

Sadly that won't happen, I think should he declare and the Knicks ultimately make the lottery and pick in that 5-9 range they should really think about Monroe if he choses to come out. His potential is unlimited. Figure that both Ricky Rubio and Brandon Jennings will be long gone by then.

Tags: Donnie Walsh, Draft Lottery, NBA Draft
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TheKnicksBlog has learned that newly named head coach Mike D'Antoni will be representing the Knicks on stage at the NBA Draft Lottery this coming Tuesday, May 20th at the NBA studios in Secaucus, NJ.

?Earth-shattering news, we know... but won't it be nice to see a fresh face represent the Knicks on national television? No more sleezy Isiah smirks. No more glassy-eyed Dolan belly laughs. No more embarassment. Well for now at least.

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