May 15, 2019 | 1:52am
| Updated May 15, 2019 | 4:17am
The Knicks, Cavaliers and Suns lost one more time.
And the NBA won big-time.
Tanks. For. Nothing!
The league, in an effort to crack down on teams losing with a purpose, bumped down the worst team’s odds to win the draft lottery — from a staggering 25 percent the season before to 14 percent — just in time for the most hyped sweepstakes in nearly a decade. The last-place Knicks shared the 14 percent odds with fellow bottom-feeders Cleveland and Phoenix.
There were 193 games of misery between the Knicks, Cavaliers and Suns in 2018-19 — and only the No. 3, No. 5 and No. 6 picks, respectively, to show for it on Tuesday night. Instead, the New Orleans Pelicans and their mediocre six percent odds (thanks to a 33-49 mark) jumped from seventh on the board to steal the Zion Prize.
A noticeable drop in talent follows consensus top pick Zion Williamson, Ja Morant and RJ Barrett, which only adds to the Suns and Cavaliers’ pain.
The Knicks (17-65), meanwhile avoided major calamity, still landing in the coveted top-three. But the Williamson-to-New York buzz grew with every Knicks loss, all 65 of them, and every highlight reel Zion dunk. That only added to their pain.
From 1994-2018, the most futile team in the league had a 25 percent chance to win the lottery. The last four franchises all won it. Had those numbers stayed the same, Williamson’s infectious smile probably would be plastered on Broadway billboards.
But the Knicks lost. And so did tanking.