The New Orleans Pelicans are the surprise winners of the NBA draft lottery — and with it, the right to select 18-year-old phenom, Zion Williamson.
— New Orleans Pelicans (@PelicansNBA) May 15, 2019
— NBA (@NBA) May 15, 2019
Williamson captivated the country during his freshman season at Duke, showcasing not just incredible athleticism but also impressive defensive ability and a non-stop motor. He will immediately become the face of the Pelicans and should be one of the NBA’s top draws from the moment he plays his first game.
The Memphis Grizzlies will have the second pick, and the Knicks will choose third overall. The Lakers moved way up to come away with the fourth pick. Murray State point guard Ja Morant and Duke’s R.J. Barrett are expected to be the first players chosen after Williamson.
New Orleans leaped up from the seventh spot to the top of this year’s draft Tuesday night. The Pelicans had just a six percent chance to win the lottery.
The big loser here is the Suns, who had the second-worst record in the regular season, and a 14 percent chance of the No. 1 pick, but fell all the way to No. 6. They did have the No. 1 pick last year though, so perhaps they used up all their lottery luck already.
The NBA draft will be held on Thursday, June 20th.