With only a six percent shot of landing the top overall pick in the 2019 NBA draft heading into the lottery show last night, how were the New Orleans Pelicans able to defy the odds and win the Zion sweepstakes?
No, it wasn't David Griffin or any of his magical probabilty-warping powers. It was a tie.
Yes, Pels head coach Alvin Gentry was wearing a very lucky tie at the time of the drawing, and his team was ultimately able to secure the first pick. Boom.
I know what you thinking: 'How could a tie have anything to do with the outcome of the NBA Draft Lottery?' While this still remains unknown, the tie that Gentry was wearing was formerly worn by Jeff Cohen, a former vice chair of the Cleveland Cavaliers frok the time that the organization won three separate lotteries. Those No. 1 picks becmae LeBron James, Andrew Wiggins and Anthony Bennett.
Pelicans’ David Griffin explains how he obtained lucky tie from Cavaliers’ Jeff Cohen for Alvin Gentry to wear to win 2019 NBA Draft Lotttery drawing & rights to draft Zion Williamson. The tie has now won 4 lotteries. pic.twitter.com/AVVxAZ7UpN— Ben Golliver (@BenGolliver) May 15, 2019
Coincidence? I think not.
If you are the superstitious type, this theory is pretty easy to digest. If not, it is possible that the Pelicans' good fortune is because the basketball gods refuse to allow the Knicks any shot at building a championship contender. You're not at fault for believing either explanation.
Whatever the case may be, the Pelicans organization is in for some good fortune in the future with Zion Williamson almost certainly headed to the Big Easy.
Perhaps Gentry has earned himself an entirely new suit as a result.