The NBA has downplayed Thursday’s first-ever virtual draft lottery since it won’t have all the bells, whistles and the usual full transparency because of COVID-19 safety measures.
But it’s a bigger-than-ever night for the Knicks and their rookie president, Leon Rose, who will represent the club on the lottery “dais’’ via Zoom. “Lucky Leon,’’ who will carry a good-luck charm, will finally find out if he will be positioned to select the top point guard on their board, LaMelo Ball.
COVID-19 hasn’t changed the odds — just the date of the lottery and draft day (Oct. 16). Seeded sixth, the Knicks have a 9 percent chance of winning the lottery and 27.6 percent chance of moving up to the top three.
Ball is expected to be a top-three pick, likely battling with Georgia shooting guard Anthony Edwards and Memphis big man James Wiseman. Ball and Edwards will appear on the ESPN telecast, which starts at 8:30 p.m.