The New York Knicks are coming off one of their worst seasons in franchise history, finishing their 2018-19 campaign with an abysmal 17-65 record.
And to make matters worse, the team wasn’t even awarded for their woes, getting stuck with the third overall pick, when the top-heavy draft was really about the top two prospects — Zion Williamson and Ja Morant. Instead, the Knicks drafted RJ Barrett, which was still a solid pickup. And while he’ll likely be a “safe” pick, he may not develop into a generational talent, as those guys could.
Still, the Knicks have a solid young core — including Barrett — which makes them attractive in Las Vegas Summer League play. Often, the bottom-feeder teams win the Summer League title, given how much young talent they have, and how motivated they are to win — consider it their version of the “playoffs.” The Lakers have actually been in the finals the past two seasons, yet they haven’t appeared in the postseason either time.
They’re not the odds-on favorite to win this year’s Summer League title, though. Instead, it’s the Knicks. Here are the current betting odds:
Trail Blazers: 10-to-1
So who’s betting on the Knicks? This might be the only piece of hardware they could potentially win in the near future.