NBA draft lottery: Knicks get third overall pick

 eu.usatoday.com  05/15/2019 02:05:00   Chris Iseman

CHICAGO��The New York Knicks didnt get all the luck they were hoping for, but they sure got a lot of it, anyway.�

Theyre in a pretty good spot heading into the 2019 NBA Draft.�

The Knicks drew the third overall pick Tuesday night at the NBA draft lottery, their highest pick since drafting Patrick Ewing No. 1 overall back in 1985.

They missed out on the chance to draft former Duke star Zion Williamson, whos widely considered the likely top overall pick. The Knicks were the worst team in the NBA this past season (17-65) and�had a 14% chance� equal to that of the Phoenix Suns and Cleveland Cavaliers� of getting the first overall pick under the new lottery system.�

The New Orleans Pelicans won the lottery to snag the first overall pick.�

New York can still can do just fine at No. 3, though.

The potential prospects

The Knicks will still have the opportunity to draft one of the three best prospects available.�

Williamson is almost certainly going to be off the board, but now the Knicks will have the chance to draft either Ja Morant or RJ Barrett.

Those two players are considered top-three picks, theres just some question as to which order theyll go.

Morant probably will go second to the Memphis Grizzlies, leaving Barrett for the Knicks� although that's far from a guarantee.�

Regardless, both are talented players.

Some consider Morant the best player available. Hes an explosive, athletic point guard who averaged 24.5 points and 10.0 assists in his sophomore season at Murray State.

He could give the Knicks the sort of point guard they havent had in a while.

"Obviously its New York," Morant said.�"Its somewhere Ive never been before. But its a big spot. And I guess itd be a great experience."

Barrett is a 6-foot-7 wing who averaged 22.6 points, 7.6 rebounds and 4.3 assists in his one-and-done season at Duke. There are questions about his game, but he still projects to be a talented, impact player in the NBA.

Trade the pick?

Potentially, the Knicks could use the pick in a trade, particularly for New Orleans star Anthony Davis.

Although a wrench might've been thrown into that plan with the Pelicans winning the No. 1 overall pick.

Still, another�top-three pick could appeal to the Pelicans, who likely will get several suitors for Davis, particularly the Celtics and Lakers. The Knicks also have future first-round picks to use in a trade, which could sweeten the deal.

They may also need to include other players, like Kevin Knox, Mitchell Robinson or Dennis Smith Jr.

Either way, the third pick gives them some flexibility.

Free agency factor

The draft is only one part of the Knicks offseason plans. Free agency is looming. The Knicks are targeting players like Kevin Durant, Kyrie Irving and Kemba Walker.

Williamson wouldve been a draw, but Morant or Barrett could be, also.

Regardless, the Knicks will have the chance to draft a young, talented prospect to add to their core.

At�this point, its all about talent for the Knicks.

They need more of it.

Luck wasnt totally on their side, but they can still got a good amount of it Tuesday night.

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