The 2019 NBA draft kicks off in just over 24 hours and several teams already know who they plan to select.
Of course, the No. 1 pick won’t be much of a head-scratcher for the New Orleans Pelicans, who will take former Duke star Zion Williamson. The former Blue Devil will become the new face of the Pelicans after Anthony Davis was traded to Los Angeles.
His former teammate, R.J. Barrett entered the college basketball season as the presumptive No. 1 pick in the NBA draft. With Zion’s emergence, Barrett slid in the draft – but not too far.
The New York Knicks have reportedly “locked” in on selecting Barrett with the No. 3 pick in the draft, according to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski.
Vanderbilt guard Darius Garland had his workout with the Knicks today, but New York remains locked on selecting Duke’s RJ Barrett with the NBA Draft’s third overall pick on Thursday, league sources tell ESPN.
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) June 19, 2019
The Knicks held a last-minute workout for Vanderbilt point guard Darius Garland, but appear to be happy with Barrett at No. 3.
Earlier Wednesday afternoon, the Memphis Grizzlies shipped star point guard Mike Conley to the Atlanta Hawks, seemingly confirming reports the team plans to select Ja Morant with the No. 2 pick.
That opens the door for New York to draft Barrett with the third pick after Zion and Morant go No. 1 and No. 2.
The NBA draft kicks off on Thursday night at 7:30 p.m. ET.