Cavs win tiebreaker with Suns, ensured top 6 pick in draft

Boston Celtics guard Kyrie Irving works the ball against New Orleans Pelicans forward Anthony Davis in the second half of an NBA basketball game in New Orleans Monday Nov. 26 2018. The Celtics won 124-107

Boston Celtics guard Kyrie Irving works the ball against New Orleans Pelicans forward Anthony Davis in the second half of an NBA basketball game in New Orleans Monday Nov. 26 2018. The Celtics won 124-107

Former NBA player and now the head coach of Georgetown University men's basketball team, Patrick Ewing, will represent the New York Knicks at the NBA draft lottery on May 14. Next month, Patrick Ewing will represent NY at the Draft Lottery for a chance to get Zion.

The Cleveland Cavaliers won a critical pre-lottery tiebreaker against the Phoenix Suns on Friday as the two finished the 2018-19 campaign with identical records at 19-63.

Oklahoma City acquired Hamidou Diallo on draft night last year from the Charlotte Hornets so the team will not have a second-round pick this year as that pick was sent to the Hornets in that trade. The 2019 NBA Draft takes place on June 20.

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Ewing, a Hall of Fame center who starred for the Knicks in the 1980s and 1990s, was selected with the No. 1 overall pick by NY in the 1985 draft.

The club hopes to use its lottery pick and the more than $70 million in cap space it will have this summer to vastly improve a roster that finished 17-65 this season, tying the worst record in franchise history.

Amico noted how they won the tiebreaker in one of these lottery odds scenarios with the New Orleans Pelicans back in 2012 (then still the New Orleans Hornets), and yet New Orleans ultimately won the "No. 1 overall pick anyway", and would then draft Anthony Davis. The 56-year-old now serves as head coach of the Georgetown men's basketball team, a position he has held since 2017.

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