The New Orleans Pelicans have stumbled upon a rare chance to make a change in their organization, the one which will make them better. During the last night’s NBA Draft lottery, the franchise from the Big Easy got the right to chose first at the 2019 NBA Draft.
Pelicans and Grizzlies on Top
And we all know who is the No.1 in this draft, Zion Williamson. The strong forward from Duke is no doubt a game-changer, who is able to improve any team in the league, regardless of its quality. The most dominant college player in recent decades (who was a freshman, have that on your mind) was the factor which made this draft so important.
His arrival to the league was announced a long time ago and was considered that whichever team takes this guy, will instantly become a playoff contender, and even have shot at the title.
Pelicans have that luck. And if only they could persuade Anthony Davis to stay, it would be fantastic.
Memphis received the second pick. It is interesting that both Grizzlies and the Pelicans didn’t have as many chances to reach this high as other teams. But anyway, this too is a gift from heaven for the franchise from Tennessee. They already entered the process of rebuilding and were showing solid results. Jarren Jackson Jr. no.4 from the last draft will receive a huge help in probably RJ Barrett who will come quite handy to the Grizzlies roster.
Knicks Changing Direction
The Knicks were destined to have Zion. That was the feeling when looking at all the headlines and draft mocks. But it turned out differently. Knicks will have to see how to act now and to make a new strategy for this free agency. Kyrie is, according to some sources, ready to come, and the chances for landing Kevin Durant are almost the same. Another big summer ahead of the Knicks.
Meanwhile, the Lakers are one of the winners from this draft. They will pick fourth. This opens two options for them. The first is to use that pick to get some young player and boost their squad (which is more unlikely) and the second is to use it as a trade offer (plus many more things) for Anthony Davis. For many, this looks like the most realistic scenario.
The No.5 in the draft goes to Cleveland Cavaliers who fell down compared to the projections, same as the Phoenix Suns in place No.6. The Cavs are in a worse situation as they don’t have an anchor to build the team around like the Suns who have Ayton and Booker.
Colin Sexton isn’t looking that well as these two guys, and we still don’t quite know the capabilities of Kevin Love.
Chicago has the 7th pick, while Atlanta has two choices in the top 10. The Hawks will have the 8th and 10th pick and a chance to add more talent to already a very promising group of guys.
In between are the Washington Wizards with the 9th choice. The future doesn’t look promising for them, and this pick has to be used in the best possible way.
The rest of the picks of the first round are below.
14. Boston (from Sacramento via Philadelphia)
19. San Antonio
20. Boston (from LA Clippers via Memphis)
21. Oklahoma City
26. Cleveland (from Houston)
27. Brooklyn (from Denver)
28. Golden State
29. San Antonio (from Toronto)