According to one conspiracy theory, the New York Knicks receiving the first pick in the 1985 draft could have been a ploy by NBA commissioner Patrick Ewing.
After the Chicago Bulls, Philadelphia 76ers and Houston Rockets were all set for their rise in the NBA after drafting Michael Jordan, Charles Barkley and Hakeem Olajuwon in 1984, the Knicks had their sights set on picking up the 1985 first pick.
The Knicks finished the 1984-85 season with a 24-58 W/L record, good for the 10th-best team in the East and the 3rd-worst in the entire league.
Traditionally, there would be a draw between the two worst teams – Indiana Pacers and Golden State Warriors for the number 1 pick.
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But NBA Commissioner David Stern, a well-known fan of the New York Knicks, introduced a lottery system that year. And the internet believes it was preparation for what turned out to be the Knicks’ biggest draft pick of all time.
This Day in Knicks History: The Knicks selected Patrick Ewing with the first overall pick in the 1985 NBA Draft. pic.twitter.com/GgRWBBwiCY
— NEW YORK KNICKS (@nyknicks) June 18, 2020
Patrick Ewing could have been a Warriors or Pacers legend
Despite Ewing not winning any championships for the Knicks, he is the undisputed GOAT of Madison Square Garden. But what was the NBA’s first lottery pick, it could easily have been a setup by the general-in-command of the league, according to this clip we found on YouTube.
Now, would the best commissioner in the NBA go so far as to fix a draft night so that his favorite team would be the best player? The risk of this makes it hard to believe.
But the league decided to switch to the lottery system that same year, it becomes evident. However, we will never come to a conclusion on this because there is nothing concrete to prove it.
Patrick signed a six-year, $17 million contract with the Knicks and began by winning Rookie of the Year. He spent 15 of his 17-year career there, trying his best to win a championship.
In doing so, he averaged close to 21 points, 10 rebounds, and 2.5 blocks per game. He’s made 11x All-Star, 7x All-NBA and 3x All-Defensive Team and has had several great play-off series against the greatest games of all time.
He is the cornerstone of the Knicks franchise, but he could easily have been a Warriors or Pacers legend and could have won a championship or two if the league hadn’t changed the draft system that year. Also, what else did they do according to this conspiracy theory.
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