The new system will level the odds at the top of the NBA Draft Lottery so that the teams with the three worst regular-season records will each have a 14 percent chance of winning the lottery. With an expected average position of 6.2, according to ESPN, New Orleans is all but a lock to pick within the top 10 of the draft. Multiple teams in the lottery are holding on to protected or traded picks.
Under the revamped format, the NBA Draft Lottery will ensure that the team with the worst record will receive no worse than the fifth pick. Every team would be thrilled to win the right to take the big man, who is one of the best prospects to come along in years.
In a recent Mock Draft on Sir Charles in Charge, FanSided's general National Basketball Association fan site, by Michael Saenz, the Atlanta Hawks are the beneficiaries of tremendous luck on draft day by landing the #1 overall pick - and predictably taking Zion with said selection.More news: Mariana Trench: Deepest-ever sub dive finds plastic bag
While the lottery odds are stacked against the Heat moving to the top of the draft, teams have gotten lucky before.
So while previous years resulted in the team with the highest odds' favor, the Knicks will need lottery luck. It would be nice to land in the top-four, but they only have between and three and four percent chance of actually getting in that zone.
The Heat used its past two lottery picks on Bam Adebayo (No. 14 pick in 2017) and Justise Winslow (No. 10 in 2015).More news: Google Spotted Testing Automatic Car Crash Detection in Android Q
Even if the Pelicans aren't as lucky and end up selecting in the 7-10 range, there are still plenty of answers for this team. The front office would have options outside of wing players if they weren't in love with those names, too. That filters down to the other teams as well.
However, if Davis is out the door, the team could always package some of the assets it gets in return from dealing its superstar to move up in the draft and try to lock in the next franchise player.
Out of the 66 players that were invited to the NBA Draft Combine, there are only a few that the Bulls should have a close eye on for the lottery.More news: Actress Felicity Huffman set to plead guilty in nationwide college admissions scandal