The 2018-19 NBA season concluded with a dramatic and devastating NBA Finals, in which the Toronto Raptors won their first title and ended the Golden State Warriors‘ dynasty. While the action just wrapped up, the craziness isn’t about to let up as the 2019 NBA Draft is officially here.
Whereas last year’s draft was considered the deepest in some time, this year’s edition features one of the most exciting prospects to enter the league since LeBron James. The New Orleans Pelicans — fresh off the Anthony Davis trade — won the No. 1 overall pick in the Draft Lottery and are expected to take Zion Williamson from Duke. After that, they’ll also have the No. 4 overall pick courtesy of the Lakers — that is, if they don’t trade it first.
Following the Pelicans at No. 2 is the Memphis Grizzlies, who most expect will take Ja Morant from Murray State. Up next is the New York Knicks at No. 3, and all signs point to them selecting RJ Barrett, also out of Duke. Once those picks are out of the way, however, what happens next is anyone’s guess.
The Atlanta Hawks and Boston Celtics lead the way with three picks each in the first round, while the Pelicans, Grizzlies, Cavaliers and Spurs all have two first-round selections. The Raptors, Lakers, Los Angeles Clippers, Sacramento Kings, Dallas Mavericks, Houston Rockets, Utah Jazz and Denver Nuggets, meanwhile, will all be without a first-round selection entering draft night.
When is the 2019 NBA Draft?
- Date: Thursday, June 20
- Time: 7:30 p.m. ET
- Free stream: Watch CBS Sports HQ for live coverage of the NBA Draft with pick-by-pick analysis, on-site reporting and draftee interviews
- Location: Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York
- Official broadcast: ESPN
- Follow: Draft Tracker
NBA Draft Round 1 order
NBA Draft Round 2 order
There’s no doubt that Zion Williamson will be the No. 1 pick. Everyone has heard plenty about his exploits at Duke and his potential entering the league. But who else should you be aware of? Here’s a look at some of the top prospects in this year’s draft class. Via CBS Sports’ latest prospect rankings:
- Zion Williamson — F, Duke
- Ja Morant — G, Murray State
- RJ Barrett — F, Duke
- Darius Garland — G, Vanderbilt
- Coby White — G, North Carolina
- Jarrett Culver — G, Texas Tech
- De’Andre Hunter — F, Virginia
- Cam Reddish — F, Duke
- Sekou Doumbouya — F, France
- Jaxson Hayes — C, Texas