The rest of the NBA is keenly aware of the New York Knicks’ lack of lottery draft luck.
With the woeful franchise falling back to the No. 8 pick in Thursday’s 2020 NBA Draft Lottery — despite having the sixth-best odds at the top pick — players around the league took notice.
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“L.O.L.,” Brooklyn Nets guard Spencer Dinwiddie tweeted as part of his instant draft lottery takes. “8 was my number so I’ll cap my analysis there lol.”
Dinwiddie is no stranger to trashing the Knicks, declaring that, while the neighbouring Knicks will always have a bigger fanbase, his Nets are the better basketball team.
Boston Celtics centre Enes Kanter, a man who suited up at Madison Square Garden for a season and a half, knows all too well how things go when it comes to the Knicks and the Draft: he simply tweeted a crying-laughing emoji.
Here we go again.Source:Getty Images
De’Aaron Fox, the Kings forward and 2017 first-rounder, went from being the franchise’s Lottery representative on ESPN to laughing at the outcome pretty quickly.
“Yo I know they sick #8,” he tweeted with a pair of laughing emoji. “Aye ya’ll so hurt. So so so hurt.”
Fox later clarified he wasn’t making fun of the franchise, but rather their misfortune.
“I’m not clowning the Knicks at all,” he responded to one user. “It was aimed at expecting a top 3 pick and getting 8.”
— Michael Blinn, NY Post
WARRIORS READY TO RISE AGAIN
They’re coming back.
One season after making the NBA Finals, the Warriors secured the No. 2 overall pick in the 2020 Draft in Friday’s lottery, adding to an already impressive roster that includes two-time MVP Stephen Curry, former defensive player of the year Draymond Green and sharpshooter Klay Thompson.
With Curry (five games) and Thompson (zero games) non-factors this season because of injuries, the Warriors stumbled to a league-worst 15-50 record in the shortened season.
Now, Golden State will have the chance to add an instant contributor to a team that won 57 games a year ago.
The Warriors are back!Source:AFP
The Warriors’ luck is akin to the fluky 1996-97 Spurs season that saw San Antonio win just 20 games. The season before, the Spurs went 59-23; a year later, they selected future two-time MVP Tim Duncan with the first overall pick and were back to contending.
The Warriors are eyeing Georgia’s Anthony Edwards with their pick, according to the San Francisco Chronicle. If Edwards goes first, Golden State will reportedly turn its attention to Iowa State’s Tyrese Haliburton, Auburn’s Isaac Okoro, Israel’s Deni Avdija and others.
Golden State also holds the No. 48 and 51 picks in the draft, which will be held on October 16. From 2015-2019, the Warriors won three NBA titles and appeared in the Finals five years in a consecutively.
NBA 2020 DRAFT ORDER
1. Minnesota Timberwolves, 2. Golden State Warriors, 3. Charlotte Hornets, 4. Chicago Bulls, 5. Cleveland Cavaliers, 6. Atlanta Hawks, 7. Detroit Pistons, 8. New York Knicks, 9. Washington Wizards, 10. Phoenix Suns, 11. San Antonio Spurs, 12. Sacramento Kings, 13. New Orleans Pelicans, 14. Boston Celtics (via Memphis Grizzlies)
— Jake Nisse, NY Post
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