The Knicks may have ending their season on a high note with a win over the Cavs Wednesday night. But it wasn't ideal as their dropped to the ninth seed in the NBA Draft Lottery.
A loss would have had the Knicks tied for the eighth seed. Instead, they now have a 1.7 percent chance of winning the lottery and 6.1 percent chance of earning a top-three pick in June's draft.
With the Knicks in the middle of a rebuild, the Draft is paramount in adding talent for the future. Last season, PG Frank Ntilikina and SF Damyean Dotson were selected in the first and second rounds respectively. The 19-year-old Ntilikina had a solid rookie campaign, but needs to work on his offensive abilities to go along with his stellar defensive prowess. Dotson saw significant time at the end of the season, where he opened eyes to his dynamic scoring abilities.
The Knicks, however, have their fair share of guards. They may opt for a versatile forward instead, with Villanova's Mikal Bridges and Michigan State's Miles Bridges in that category.
While Knicks team president Steve Mills and GM Scott Perry hope to see their team's Ping Pong ball picked in the lottery, they certainly know taking the right player will be vital in completing their rebuild sooner rather than later.