With the NBA Draft Lottery set for Tuesday night in Chicago, the Knicks are hoping to move their draft position up for the first time since 1985.
The Knicks pre-lottery position was third after going 24-58 during the 1984-85 season. However, with a 14.29 percent chance of having their logo selected in the lottery, the Knicks were awarded the first overall pick after NBA commissioner David Stern opened the envelope.
They would go on to select C Patrick Ewing, who was an 11-time All-Star and Hall of Fame inductee after his 17-year career. He spent 15 seasons with the Knicks, averaging 22.8 points, 10.4 rebounds, and 2.7 blocks per game.
Since that lottery, though, the Knicks have either remained stagnant in their pre-lottery position or moved down. The latest blow came when the team had the No. 2 overall pick as their pre-lottery position following the 2014-15 season where the Knicks went 17-65.
The Knicks would fall two spots to the fourth overall pick when the lottery was finished. The Timberwolves were awarded the first overall pick where they selected the 2015 Rookie of the Year in C Karl-Anthony Towns. However, with their No. 4 pick, the Knicks did find their current franchise player in F Kristaps Porzingis.
Last season, the Knicks fell one spot from No. 7 to No. 8 following the lottery, and they would select PG Frank Ntilikina with their pick.
This year, the Knicks find themselves with a slim chance to move up in the draft after owning the ninth-worst record in the NBA last season (29-53). To make the top three, New York has a 6.1 percent chance, while owning the top pick would be a 1.7 percent chance.
The Knicks have the best chance to stay put at No. 9 as those odds are set at 81.3 percent. They do, however, have a 12.2 percent chance to move down to No. 10.
No matter where the Knicks land, GM Scott Perry is looking for a player that can "fit our culture and our plan." He will be representing the Knicks in Chicago for the Draft Lottery at 7:30 p.m.
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