With his National Basketball Association future seemingly to be revealed in a few hours the New York Knicks, Cleveland Cavaliers, Phoenix Suns, and Chicago Bulls have the best odds at landing the freshman sensation and drafting the future of its franchise on June 20 in Brooklyn, New York. It seems more likely the team can improve in free agency and with a mid-first round pick. So you can see why the two teams are playing hot potato with that pick this year. Not since LeBron James has there been so much hype around a player coming into the NBA Draft. They've fallen back on multiple occasions, perhaps most famously in 1992 when they entered the lottery with the best odds of landing the No. 1 pick but slipped to third - missing out on picking Shaquille O'Neal (No. 1) or Alonzo Mourning (No. 2) and instead getting Christian Laettner.
No matter the odds, the Cavs are sending their good luck charm to represent them at the lottery. While the Pelicans will have a very easy decision to make if they wind up with the first overall pick (hello, Zion Williamson), and the second- and third-best prospects may be pretty clear in Ja Morant and R.J. Barrett, the outcome of the remaining top 10 picks are more of a gray area.
Now, after a disappointing season, Minnesota will look to grab a pick in the top-four.
Going into this year, Little was the UNC player that had the highest ceiling and was mocked to go in the Top 3. The Cavaliers selected Kyrie Irving with the first overall pick that year. The New York Knicks - who finished with the worst record this season - won the lottery that year and selected Patrick Ewing. If they're really unlucky, they'll have four picks in the draft, with the Nos.
The outcome of Tuesday's lottery could also have at least some impact on the Grizzlies' coaching search as well as looming decisions on potential dealings with veterans Mike Conley and Jonas Valanciunas. Davis demanded a trade this season with the Lakers as the preferred destination, but when that deal never materialized before the February trade deadline, it gave 28 other teams hope for an offseason coup. Memphis fielded trade offers for Conley at the February deadline, but opted to keep the franchise's career leading scorer.