On This Date 5/12/1985
The New York Knicks win the first NBA Draft Lottery, earning the right to select Georgetown center, Patrick Ewing. In 1984, the NBA used a coin toss to determine the first pick. With Ewing the most anticipated player to enter the NBA, commissioner David Stern devised the lottery giving all seven teams that missed the playoffs an equal shot. The drawing was shown live at halftime of the opener of the Eastern Conference Finals between the Philadelphia 76ers and Boston Celtics.