The NBA Draft is only a few hours away from starting at the Barclays Center, and yet it appears the top picks are already being leaked.
It shouldn’t be a surprise that New Orleans will run to the podium with their draft card that says Zion Williamson. However, there was a little uncertainty as to whether Memphis and New York would remain content with their current draft position, and some trade rumors have bubbled up in recent days.
Well, the latest report from NBA insider Shams Charania states that the first three selections of the NBA Draft are set.
Everyone anticipated Williamson to be the No. 1 overall pick from this year’s class. As for the second pick, it sounds like the Grizzlies will take Ja Morant from Murray State.
Moving over to the No. 3 overall pick, the Knicks are reportedly taking Duke star RJ Barrett. He’d be a nice consolation prize for a franchise that had hopes of winning the NBA Lottery.
Here’s a recap of the top three selections, per Charania:
Top three picks in 2019 NBA draft are set, per sources:
1. Zion Williamson, Pelicans
2. Ja Morant, Grizzlies
3. RJ Barrett, Knicks
Pelicans hold cards at No. 4.
— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) June 20, 2019
If this order turns out to be true, then all eyes shift back over to New Orleans with the fourth pick. Reports were circulating earlier today about a potential trade involving that pick.
The NBA Draft begins at 7 p.m. ET on ESPN.