Zion Williamson is the most hyped prospect entering the NBA draft since Lebron James in 2003. James’ career has panned out pretty well so whoever wins the lottery will be hoping for the same kind of success.
Williamson has the potential to change the trajectory of a NBA franchise in a second. His freak athleticism and likeable personality has made him the most famous college athlete possibly ever.
New York Knicks
The New York Knicks have the highest possible odds in the new format with a 14% chance of landing the top pick. Both the Suns and Cavaliers also have a 14% chance to land the top pick. Landing Williamson would be huge for a franchise that has been stuck in neutral for what seems like forever. As well as possibly landing Durant could make for an exciting one two combo. Or it would allow them to possibly swing a deal for Anthony Davis.
As previously mentioned the Cavaliers have a 14% chance at the top pick. The dismantled Cavs are no longer a real rival or threat to the Raptors but after seeing them manhandle the Raptors multiple seasons in a row while led by Lebron…. let’s just say no one in Toronto is cheering for them.
The Washington Wizards gained a lot of hate from the Toronto faithful after sweeping the Raptors in the first round back in 2015. While some of it was lifted after the Raptors got revenge by beating the Wizards in six games in 2018 there remains a sour taste in Raptors fans mouths when the names Bradley Beal and John Wall are mentioned. They have a 9% chance.
Not close to being a rival of the Raptors but the Grizzlies are the team that the Raptors made headlines with when trading for Marc Gasol. Who wouldn’t want to see JV get a new friend in Zion. They have a 6% chance.
The Rest of the Atlantic
Both the 76ers and Celtics made the playoffs therefor do not have a lottery selection. Almost seems weird not seeing the Celtics in the lottery after having about a decades worth of firsts from the Nets.