When the Knicks won the first NBA draft lottery and picked Patrick Ewing in 1985 | ESPN Archives
NBA Draft 1985 - Patrick Ewing (Pick NO.1)
The 1985 NBA draft took place on June 18, 1985. It was also the first NBA draft of the "lottery" era. A total of 162 players were selected over seven rounds by the league's 23 teams. The New York Knicks were awarded the first overall pick by winning the first-ever NBA draft lottery, which was held in May of that year. The Knicks ultimately used it on Georgetown's Patrick Ewing.
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