Milwaukee Bucks guard Brandon Knight doesn’t have any preferences which player the team takes with its No. 1 draft pick—guaranteed to be in the top four—so long as the team gets help in changing the culture.
“That’s a tough question,” Knight told former Bucks coach Mike Dunleavy Wednesday on Sirius XM Radio. “That’s for our team to decide. I just want a guy, whoever he is, to come in and work hard and understand the type of year we had last year.
“He wasn’t a part of it, but understand we can’t repeat that type of season and that none of the guys here will be in a mood where that will be repeated. Our mindset is going to be totally different. We’re going to approach the game differently. We’re going to remember how this year went for us and use it as motivation.”
Knight led the Bucks in scoring and assists at 17.9 and 4.9 per game, respectively, in his first season in Milwaukee, playing 72 games. He was acquired from the Detroit Pistons last July as part of the sign-and-trade deal that sent Brandon Jennings to Motown, along with Khris Middleton and Viacheslav Kravtsov.
The Bucks finished a franchise-record worst 15-67 and failed to win consecutive games this season.
The draft lottery is May 20 and Milwaukee has the best chance of coming away with the No. 1 overall pick at 25 percent. However, since the NBA adopted the current lottery format for good in 1999, the worst team has only won the lottery once, when the Orlando Magic got the top pick and took Dwight Howard in 2004.
The Cleveland Cavaliers were tied for the best chance in 2003 when they won the right to draft LeBron James.
The Cavaliers won the lottery last year with the third-best chance (15.6 percent) chance of winning. The longest odds overcome to win the lottery under the current format was the 1.7 percent chance the Chicago Bulls had when they got the top pick in 2008 and selected Derrick Rose.