While the NBA Playoffs haven’t lacked drama, the dominant storyline in the sport this week is the NBA Draft Lottery. On Tuesday, the New Orleans Pelicans became the shocking winners of the Zion Williamson sweepstakes.
The franchise, which may have to move on from its last No. 1 pick in Anthony Davis, jumped up with just a 6-percent chance to claim the top pick. Now, they have the chance to land the Duke phenom.
Naturally, every major mock draft has Williamson heading to New Orleans. Given the intrigue surrounding Davis, there’s a lot of options for the franchise, but it seems overwhelmingly likely that Zion will land with the Pelicans.
After some concern that he may try and pull a power move, Zion’s stepfather has confirmed that the star forward is excited to get to the Crescent City as well.
After the NBA Draft lottery, Sports Illustrated put together a new NBA mock draft.
As many have projected, Williamson will be followed by Murray State star Ja Morant and fellow Blue Devil RJ Barrett.
— Sports Illustrated (@SInow) May 15, 2019
Here is what SI‘s Jeremy Woo projects for the lottery portion of the NBA Draft:
1. New Orleans Pelicans – Zion Williamson (PF – Duke)
2. Memphis Grizzlies – Ja Morant (PG – Murray State)
3. New York Knicks – RJ Barrett (SG – Duke)
4. Los Angeles Lakers – Jarrett Culver (SG – Texas Tech)
5. Cleveland Cavaliers – Cam Reddish (SF – Duke)
6. Phoenix Suns – Darius Garland (PG – Vanderbilt)
7. Chicago Bulls – Coby White (PG – UNC)
8. Atlanta Hawks – De’Andre Hunter (SF – Virginia)
9. Washington Wizards – Jaxson Hayes (C – Texas)
10. Atlanta Hawks – Goga Bitadze (C – KK Budocnost, Euro)
11. Minnesota Timberwolves – Nassir Little (SF – UNC)
12. Charlotte Hornets – Sekou Doumbouya (PF – Limoges, Euro)
13. Miami Heat – Kevin Porter Jr. (SG – USC)
14. Boston Celtics – PJ Washington (SF – Kentucky)
Some other notable projections:
17. Brooklyn Nets – Bol Bol (C – Oregon)
18. Indiana Pacers – Tyler Herro (SF – Kentucky)
23. Utah Jazz – Keldon Johnson (SF – Kentucky)
24. Philadelphia 76ers – Cameron Johnson (SF – UNC)
32. Phoenix Suns – Grant Williams (PF – Tennessee)
37. Dallas Mavericks – Jordan Nwora (SF – Louisville)
51. Boston Celtics – Ignas Brazdeikis (SF – Michigan)
59. Toronto Raptors – Dedric Lawson (PF – Kansas)
For the full mock draft, head to Sports Illustrated.