As the NBA inches closer to crowning a champion on the court, Knicks fans were once again fixated on the prelude to Tuesday night's Cavaliers-Celtics Eastern Conference Finals game: the NBA Draft Lottery.
Ping pong balls decided that the Knickerbockers will be selecting with the 9th overall pick on June 21. With the order set, mock drafts have begun to populate the internet. In CBS Sports' Gary Parrish's first crack, he has the Knicks taking Duke F Wendell Carter Jr.
One pick after the Knicks take Carter Jr., Parrish has the 76ers drafting Villanova F Mikal Bridges.
Carter Jr.'s shine was lost a bit in the hype surrounding Duke teammate Marvin Bagley III, but Carter Jr. had a successful season of his own. As he helped lead Duke to the Elite Eight, Carter. Jr averaged 13.5 points, 9.1 rebounds, 2.1 blocks and 2.0 assists across 26.9 minutes per game on the season. He shot 41.3 percent from three-point range as well.