With the NBA Draft Lottery to take place in Chicago on Tuesday, Knicks GM Scott Perry and the rest of the organization will cross their fingers and hope their slim chance to get in the top three picks is fulfilled.
The Knicks have a 6.1 chance to have their Ping Pong ball selected to place them in the coveted top three after finishing with the ninth-worst record in the league last season at 29-53.
But, even if the Knicks don't make the top three, Perry is certain there will be a player available that fits their system perfectly.
"Anytime you have an opportunity to improve your team, it is important. I am confident we will be able to find a prospect who can help our team regardless of where we pick, as well as our scouting staff's ability to maximize our draft position." Perry said in a Q & A released by the Knicks.
Perry will also go through his superstitious routine that needs extra attention for events like the Lottery.
"I'm a little more superstitious about my daily routine leading up to a big event like the lottery," Perry said. "I'll make sure to get a good morning workout in followed by a few quiet moments of visualization in my room, which will help with any nervous energy. I don't have any lucky charms, but I'm considering wearing a tie being sent to me by a friend."
Perry knows that each draft moving forward is vital for the Knicks considering their status as a rebuilding team. They already have their franchise player in Kristaps Porzingis. So, it is a matter of drafting a guy that can make an immediate impact.
"Each Draft is unique in terms of the level of contributions from that particular class and group of players," he said. "We know that franchise players are extremely hard to come by. With that said, each draft features a healthy number of players who are capable of contributing to winning teams either as starters or in important rotational roles. Our goal is to draft players who fit our plan and our culture, and develop them to the best of our ability as we become a sustainable, winning franchise."
The NBA Combine kicks off the day after the Draft Lottery, and continues through May 20. Some names the Knicks have been linked to that will likely be present are Oklahoma PG Trae Young, Villanova F Mikal Bridges, and Alabama PG Collin Sexton.