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New York Knicks Lose 2017 NBA Draft Lottery Tiebreaker

April 20th, 2017 at 11:20 AM
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The New York Knicks have already started the offseason on the losing end with more off-court drama and officially losing ground in the 2017 NBA Draft Lottery.

The regular season finale victory over the Philadelphia 76ers at home was thrilling for the many that were in attendance, but costly in the New York Knicks‘ rebuilding plans.

The Knickerbockers gave away a legit shot at the sixth pick in the 2017 NBA Draft with the victory, finishing in a tie with the Minnesota Timberwolves at 31-51. Both teams had an 18.3 percent chance of owning a top-3 pick and a 5.3 percent chance of getting No. 1.

To determine the tie breaker, the league held a special lottery between the two teams with ping pong balls. The entire event was streamed online and the Timberwolves emerged victorious, officially garnering the advantage over New York in this year’s draft lottery. The Knicks now have an 80 percent chance of picking in the seventh or eighth position.

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Tags: Carmelo Anthony, Kristaps Porzingis, Mindaugas Kuzminskas, New York Knicks, Phil Jackson, Willy Hernangomez

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