The race for the top pick for this year’s NBA draft is getting interesting.
As the regular season winds down, the Knicks (14-62), the Suns (17-60) and the Cavaliers (19-58) have the three worst records in the league entering Tuesday’s (Wednesday in Manila) games.
Under the new draft lottery procedures in place for the first time this year, the bottom three teams will each have a 14 percent chance of landing the top draft pick at the May 14 lottery.
Previously, the team with the worst record had a 25 percent chance of being selected for the pick. Finishing second to last would give that team a 19.9 percent chance and finishing third to last would give a team a 15.6 percent chance.
The change is to prevent teams from tanking at the end of the season, so the integrity of the game is preserved, though some have said it’s still not enough to prevent teams from tanking, since there is still incentive to lose.
Rounding out the top five entering Tuesday (Wednesday in Manila) are the Bulls (21-56), who would have a 12.5 percent chance of getting the No. 1 pick, and the Hawks (28-49), who would have a 10.5 percent chance.
The majority of mock drafts have Duke star Zion Williamson going first in this year’s draft, which will be held June 20.