Pelicans Win 2019 NBA Draft Lottery; Grizzlies, Knicks In Top 3

With Tuesday night’s lottery results now official, the top 14 picks in the 2019 NBA draft have been set. The lottery order is as follows:

  1. New Orleans Pelicans
  2. Memphis Grizzlies
  3. New York Knicks
  4. Los Angeles Lakers
  5. Cleveland Cavaliers
  6. Phoenix Suns
  7. Chicago Bulls
  8. Atlanta Hawks
  9. Washington Wizards
  10. Atlanta Hawks (from Mavericks)
  11. Minnesota Timberwolves
  12. Charlotte Hornets
  13. Miami Heat
  14. Boston Celtics (from Kings)

It’s a huge development for the Pelicans, who were facing the potential loss of franchise player Anthony Davis this offseason and only had a 6.0% chance of moving up in the draft. New head of basketball operations David Griffin will now have the opportunity to either sell Davis on staying in New Orleans by adding Duke forward Zion Williamson to play alongside him, or will be able to build around Williamson after trading AD.

The Grizzlies, meanwhile, moved up to No. 2 (6.3% chance), putting them in position to potentially select Murray State point guard Ja Morant. Mike Conley, of course, has been the longtime point guard in Memphis, but he has been the subject of trade rumors for the last several months — drafting Morant would be a terrific way to replace Conley if the Grizzlies decide to move the veteran this summer.

Because they jumped up to No. 2, the Grizzlies will keep their pick (top-eight protected) rather than sending it to Boston. Memphis will now owe the Celtics their top-six protected first-round pick in 2020.

Knicks fans will be disappointed not to land a top-two pick, but considering they only had a 40.1% chance to land a top-three selection, things could have been worse. Another Duke prospect, R.J. Barrett, is widely considered the favorite to be the third player off the board, but New York could dangle that pick in trade talks if the team wants to shift into contention mode immediately.

Another big-market team, the Lakers, jumped up to No. 4 despite only having a 9.4% chance at a top-four pick (2.8% for No. 4). The Lakers could shop that pick for immediate help this spring, since they’re in win-now mode during LeBron James‘ tenure.

The Cavaliers, Suns, Bulls, and Wizards are among the losers of the night, having each slid down three spots in the draft order. The Hawks also moved down three spots, but they’ll still pick twice in the top 10, at Nos. 8 and 10.

Atlanta will receive the Mavericks‘ selection at No. 10 as a result of last year’s Luka Doncic/Trae Young swap. The pick was top-five protected, so Dallas would have retained it if it had moved up in the lottery. The Mavs will now own their 2020 and 2022 first-round selections — they’ll owe the Knicks their 2021 first-rounder (unprotected) and their 2023 first-rounder (top-10 protected) due to the Kristaps Porzingis deal.

The Celtics, rather than the Sixers, will receive the Kings‘ pick at No. 14. The 76ers would have swapped first-rounders if that pick had moved up to No. 1, but they’ll keep their own selection instead. Sacramento now has all its first-rounders moving forward.

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50 thoughts on “Pelicans Win 2019 NBA Draft Lottery; Grizzlies, Knicks In Top 3

  1. ThePriceWasRight

    if the Knicks send #3 and a package to the pelicans, they could potentially reunite Zion and RJ in NO

  2. Gary

    So now the Pelicans still trade Anthony Davis for a haul of young guys and picks, and they build around Zion who’s under control for 5 years. Not bad.

  3. sbutter34

    Would AD to knicks for 3rd pick and Knox be enough? Reunite possibly Barrett and Zion?

    • TheTruth12

      Absolutely not, there were talks that if the Knicks got the 1st it’d be the 1st, both Dallas picks, Ntilikina, Knox. You offer the 3rd and Knox the Pelicans are gonna block you.

      • One Knick hater said that. Knicks were never going to trade Zion, for AD or anyone else, and if that reporter did his homework or understood NYC, he’d know that.

  4. kenleyfornia2

    All those people that clowned the Lakers for missing the playoffs punching the air rn

  5. Batter Up

    Here we go again, another talent getting buried on a chronic loosing team.

    • Nebraska Tim

      Nah, this is what happens when you forget to get an actual starting PG. Or any PG.

      They didn’t play a competitive lineup. They already got a #1 pick last year. They deserved to drop, in my opinion.

  6. Michael Chaney

    I’m a Cavs fan so I don’t really have an excuse to complain about the lottery since they lucked out so many times a few years ago. But that doesn’t mean I’m not really upset about the way tonight went.

  7. Z-A

    Trade AD for #4, Ball, Kuzma, Ingram. Trade Jrue and Hill for Wall, #9, and 3 future 1sts (one for each contract year of Wall).

    Draft Zion #1, Cam at #4 and take a chance on Bol Bol at #9 or take Coby White.

        • hiflew

          Yeah, but your trade doesn’t get them competing. It turns them into the Brooklyn Nets circa 2013. Jrue Holiday and Solomon Hill combined with 4 lost 1st rounders is not competing regardless of whether Beal stays or not.

          • Z-A

            Solomon Hill is a 12M expiring contract. That does hold value. Kinda like the Sixers using Chandler in the Harris trade. Over 10M in cap savings per year with Jrue at point vs Wall in a wheelchair.

      • Z-A

        Not giving me anything, giving New Orleans. Ball injured, Ingram injured. Only really getting #4 and Kuzma

    • hiflew

      Plus, if they trade Jrue, they would be taking Darius Garland at #4 not Reddish.

      • Z-A

        Garland is nice. Cam is better. PGs are easy to come by now. 3 and D wings everyone wants that guy. I’ll take the 6-8 wing over the 6-1 PG, who already has familiarity playing alongside Zion.

          • Z-A

            Suns had four quality PGs and were desperate to get rid of them. IT4, Knight, Bledsoe, Dragic. They also only go after SFs. But the league is flush with PGs. Only teams in need of a PG are Suns and Magic. Bulls it’s not a huge need.

    • ThePriceWasRight

      there is a reason why NCAA teams dont play NBA franchises. A rookie is fine but 3 rookies will not help this team compete immediately.

  8. Guest617

    looking forward to the fake news and rumors “from sources”, reads similar to the sunday funnies

  9. What a pull for the Pels. Will take the sting away from ADs departure, and set them up nice if they get good parts back

  10. Barrett has been declining in perceived value since he turned 16. A less athletic Wiggins? A stronger Ingram? Evan Turner? I’m sure Fiz will probably compare him to LeBron.

    Knicks should seriously look into dealing the #3 pick. Not for a veteran. For a couple of lightly protected 1st’s in future drafts, and maybe a mid-tier pick in this one. Because of the drop off after #3, it’s likely doable if someone (still) really likes Barrett. The picks can act as currency for a deal for a veteran later on (if appropriate) or the Knicks can just make the picks (if not).

    • Nebraska Tim

      I think RJ is going to be a great pro. He won’t be a superstar unless he can fix his shooting stroke, but he has a reputation as a hard worker and he has a high basketball IQ.

      I could see him making multiple All-Star teams, especially if he stays in the East.

  11. x%sure

    The four teams vying for the worst record got picks 3,5,6 & 7. There’s a lesson there.

    • Yep it is

      Yes the lesson was we can’t give NY the first pick again but let’s make it tolerable and give them 3 and then help ourselves help the Lakers by jumping them up to 4. Gotta help BRON BRON play every game on TV. Plus let’s go into a room a do it secretly with just team reps. What a croc the NBA has become.

  12. kahnkobra

    well the Pelicans get to draft another star that’s going to ask to be traded

    • Nebraska Tim

      Lots, apparently.

      It’s strange that they know how to use the internet, yet they do not seem to know how to google to find info from people who were actually present during the lottery (e.g. Zach Lowe).

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