Williamson, Morant, Barrett Will Go 1-2-3

There won’t be any suspense regarding the first few picks on the draft this evening, Shams Charania of The Athletic tweets. Duke freshman sensation Zion Williamson, who emerged early in the college season as the top talent in this year’s draft will be selected No. 1 overall by the Pelicans.

The Grizzlies will select Murray State point guard Ja Morant with the No. 2 pick. Memphis’ interest in Morant became public shortly after the draft lottery. They opened up the starting point guard spot by agreeing to trade their all-time leading scorer, Mike Conley, to the Jazz.

The Knicks have settled on R.J. Barrett, according to Charania. The Duke swingman was regarded as the likely No. 1 pick before his teammate seized that distinction.

With the Pelicans agreeing to deal the No. 4 pick to the Hawks today, the first four selections seem set in stone. Atlanta reportedly moved up to snag Virginia forward De’Andre Hunter. Duke forward Cam Reddish might be in play for the No. 4 pick but the Hawks are leaning toward Hunter, Charania reports in a separate tweet.

Things will get a little cloudier once the Cavaliers, who hold the No. 5 pick, go on the clock.

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16 thoughts on “Williamson, Morant, Barrett Will Go 1-2-3

      • hiflew

        Bol Bol is this year’s Michal Porter Jr. Everyone here had MPJ going as early as 3 last year. Bol Bol is not going 5. I’d be surprised if he is even picked in the teens, let alone in the top ten, unless it is by a team with multiple picks like New Orleans at pick 17. He’s more likely a mid 20s pick.

  1. teezilla


    Bulls trade 7 and Dunn for 5 and get Garland
    6. White
    7. Cavs take Culver

      • justinept

        I don’t disagree, but I dont think it takes much for Bulls to move up to 5. Wolves are taking Garland or White. Bulls would take PG at 5. So anything with even a tinge of value to Cleveland would be a bonus since they are at no risk of losing their guy.

        • teezilla

          Well now there is a report that Cavs want garland – seems like smokescreen though since they have Sexton already and Culver/Reddish likely would slot in better … I also don’t dispute Dunn’s lost value but he’s not a net-negative

          • It is a smokescreen, or they’d have traded up with the Pels and the Pels could have done the same deal with the Atl thereafter since Cavs were taking Garland (and Atl wasn’t).

  2. brewpackbuckbadg

    DO the Pels have enough space to acquire Kawhi? I know it won’t happen but could you imagine?

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