At some point Tuesday night, we’re going to expect a comment from assumed No. 1 overall draft pick Zion Williamson about whichever team lands the opportunity to select him during the NBA draft lottery in Chicago. 

Of course, we more or less already know what Williamson is going to say. He’s going to smile and talk about how it’s been his lifelong dream to go No. 1 and how he’s going to be extremely grateful to whichever franchise decides to draft him. 

But of course, it’s human nature to have preferences about where you’re going to start your career. Being part of a good franchise can help define a players’ legacy. Being stuck on a team with bad ownership that can’t be trusted to put a competent supporting cast around a star player is a recipe for dysfunction. 

With that in mind, here’s how excited Williamson should be on a scale of 1 to 10 if these teams come up with the No. 1 pick on Tuesday night (8:30 p.m. ET, ESPN). 

New York Knicks

Chance to land Williamson: 14 percent.

It goes without saying that the opportunity to play in Madison Square Garden could lift Williamson to international mega-star status – if he’s the actual savior the Knicks have been looking for. But can you really trust a franchise that James Dolan has thus far run into the ground? 

Williamson has a big enough personality to endear himself to New York fans and news media. But if the Knicks end up with the pick, the focus will immediately turn to the supposed free agency pursuit of Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving, not to mention being thrown into Anthony Davis trade rumors. This is a high-risk, high-reward destination for Williamson.

Excitement scale: 6 

Cleveland Cavaliers

Chance to land Williamson: 14 percent.

The Cavs have won the lottery an incredible four times in the past 16 years, so if Williamson is Cleveland-bound nobody would be too surprised. But it absolutely shouldn’t be his preferred destination. Cleveland is at the beginning of a rebuild and it’s going to take time to unload some of the bad contracts left over from the end of the LeBron James era.

Although last year’s lottery pick, Collin Sexton, put up some decent scoring numbers late in his rookie season, it’s unclear whether he’s really going to be a point guard in this league. Cleveland struggled to attract big free agents when James was there, so could Williamson really count on doing it? 

Excitement scale: 3

Phoenix Suns

Chance to land Williamson: 14 percent.

Through their years in the lottery, the Suns have collected a lot of players that NBA experts seem to like. But thus far, they’ve been unable to do anything with them. In theory, you could slot in Williamson at power forward next to DeAndre Ayton with Devin Booker on the wing alongside Mikal Bridges and have a core worth getting excited about. But point guard is still a glaring problem for that group, and at some point the Suns may need to trade off one of their more valuable pieces to get someone who can run an offense. Also, you also have to wonder if the Suns’ culture of losing – they haven’t made the playoffs since 2010 and have finished last in the West for three straight years – is too pervasive to ovecome.

Excitement scale: 5

Chicago Bulls

Chance to land Williamson: 12.5 percent.

The tough part about this fit is the Bulls already drafted their front court of the future with Lauri Markkanen and Wendell Carter, Jr., and it would make far more sense for them to land at No. 2 somehow in order to take Ja Morant as their point guard. If the Bulls did land at No. 1, it might turn into an interesting trade discussion with whoever gets the No. 2 pick, though they should absolutely keep it and figure out the rest later.

Chicago would be a great market for Williamson, and there’s a certain appeal in trying to bring the Bulls back to prominence. But the Gar Forman/John Paxson front office combination doesn’t have the greatest track record. 

Excitement scale: 5

Atlanta Hawks

Chance to land Williamson: 10.5 percent.

Anyone who paid attention to the passing wizardry Trae Young displayed in his rookie season would have to be excited about the possibility of him throwing lobs for Williamson and John Collins to put on highlight reels for the next decade or so. Though the offensive fit alongside Collins in a halfcourt scenario might not be perfect, Williamson’s defensive talent would significantly boost a team that was among the worst in the league last year.  

On the other hand, Atlanta doesn’t have a great reputation as an NBA market or a big draw for free agents. Could Williamson be the player that changes it? 

Excitement scale: 8

Washington Wizards

Chance to land Williamson: 9 percent.

Basically, the Wizards are in salary cap hell, and the largesse of John Wall’s contract makes him impossible to trade for at least three years. Whoever Washington hires as general manager will have a long, hard road ahead and may even be forced to trade Bradley Beal to get some value for the future. 

If you want to see Williamson in playoff games in the near future, pray he doesn’t end up in D.C.