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Zion Williamson and Jim Boeheim

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The Celtics would prefer not to see the Knicks or Lakers (2 percent chance) win the No. 1 pick, in large part because they could be best positioned to acquire Davis, and suddenly would have the most valuable asset of all.

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. NY sports doesn't get any nicer. Having four picks this year is probably the worst possible outcome for Boston.

No. 2 to 21: The No. 1 pick is a no-brainer with Williamson. Suffice to say scouting and evaluation of prospects long term potential is more important this season than it has been in years.

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After making the playoffs for the first time in 14 seasons and finally ending the drought, Minnesota was unable to continue their success during the 2018-19 season. If they're really unlucky, they'll have four picks in the draft, with the Nos.

Should the Grizzlies fall to ninth, 10th or 11th, their first-round pick will be conveyed to Boston to complete a 2015 trade in which Memphis acquired Jeff Green from the Celtics. The Kings who land in the final lottery spot at 14 won't keep the pick no matter where it lands. Hinkie was a willing trade partner and took on the contracts of Carl Landry and Jason Thompson, for two young foreign prospects in Arturas Gudaitis and Luka Mitrovic. Under the old rules, the worst team had a 25% chance of landing the top pick. Teams toward the bottom of the lottery also have a better shot at a Top 4 pick.

There are some key differences to the new system. However, there are other major changes which are both positive and negative. So, while the Cavs hope they can land the first overall pick, they at least need to secure a top-three pick Tuesday night. That means no Zion Williamson, this class's top star and the player that can redefine this franchise and provide excitement unlike most who have worn the blue and orange.

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