The NBA’s annual draft lottery will be held Tuesday night and it’s widely believed that Zion Williamson will be the prize that goes to whichever team winds up at the top of the draft board.
Of course, the lottery is put in place to give each of the 14 teams that didn’t make the playoffs a shot at landing that first pick. A worse record brings more likely odds to land in the top spot. The New York Knicks, Cleveland Cavaliers, and Phoenix Suns have the best chance this year, with each of them holding a 14 percent shot at picking first overall.
But what if the NBA had a say in who won? What if they wanted the stars to align perfectly for the best possible outcome from the league’s perspective? Well, in that case, congratulations to Zion, the newest Knick.
If the Knicks do end up winning the lottery and being put in prime position to end their era of misery with Williamson, you’ll certainly hear a significant number of fans crying foul and claiming that the league rigged the draft. And it certainly wouldn’t be the first time.
Draft lotteries in any sport tend to bring out conspiracy theorists, but it particularly happens quite a bit in the NBA. There have been some rather peculiar circumstances surrounding certain lottery wins over the past couple of decades, enough to lead many to wonder if league intervention wasn’t involved.