Next on the coronavirus chopping block could well be the NBA Draft Lottery and Draft Combine, according to sources.
The lottery is scheduled for May 19 in Chicago. That event was to be followed by NBA Draft Combine in the same city May 21-24. Reports had the NBA looking at a three-month hiatus to pick up the schedule.
If they are serious about playing out the final 17 or so games of the regular season, lottery seedings wouldn’t be in place by mid-May.
The CDC has also urged a stop to gatherings of 50 or more for two months.
However, there seems to be a more logical view that the rest of the regular season will be scrapped and the playoffs would commence with the current top eight seeds in each conference. Hence, the lottery teams would know their seedings now.
An NBA official said no final decisions have been made on the lottery or combine.
If the regular season is canceled, the Knicks would hold the sixth-best odds in the lottery at 21-45. That gives them a nine percent chance of winning the No. 1 pick and a 27.5 percent chance of a top-three pick. There’s also a scenario of falling to 10.
If the regular season is cancelled, the Knicks would have three picks in the top 38 – their own lottery pick, the Clippers’ pick (which would be 27th) and the Hornets’ second-round pick (38).
The Knicks had told their scouts to zero in on scoring point guards with their lottery pick, but shooting guard Anthony Edwards appears to be a consensus No. 1.
The Knicks scouting staff’s live research was cut short by the elimination of the conference tournaments and NCAA Tournament.
The top point-guard types figure to be:
LaMelo Ball, whom the Knicks failed to scout in Australia, combo guard Killian Hayes, who skipped the NCAA to play in Germany, UNC’s Cole Anthony, Iowa State’s Tyrese Haliburton, combo guard Tyrese Maxey of Kentucky and Arizona’s Nico Mannion.