The 2018-19 NBA season concluded with a drama-filled 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 has officially arrived — as well as several pre-draft blockbuster trades.
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. Now, according to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski, New Orleans has traded its No. 4 pick, which it acquired from the Lakers in the Davis deal, to the Hawks for the No. 8 and 17 and 35 picks in this year’s draft. The Pelicans are also sending Solomon Hill, the 57th pick and a future second-rounder to Atlanta.
Following the Pelicans at No. 2 is the Memphis Grizzlies, who most expect will take Ja Morant from Murray State. Up next are 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.
Already we’ve seen some chaos. In addition to the Pelicans’ trade with the Hawks for the No. 4 pick, the Phoenix Suns have also been busy. According to Adrian Wojnarowski, they agreed to move the No. 32 pick and TJ Warren to the Indiana Pacers in exchange for cash, and in a separate deal sent the No. 6 overall pick to the Minnesota Timberwolves for the No. 11 overall pick and Dario Saric.
Check below for all the information you’ll need to watch the 2019 NBA Draft on Thursday 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
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