The Knicks haven't landed the No. 1 pick in the lottery since the ping pong ball system was introduced in 1985 when, coincidentally, New York selected Ewing first overall.
Ewing, 56, spent 15 seasons in New York and was named to 11 All-Star games and seven All-NBA teams. He's currently serving as the head coach of his alma mater, Georgetown.
The Knicks (17-65) finished with the worst record in the NBA, but due to a newly implemented change in percentages, they will have just a 14 percent chance to win the lottery, down from 25.