The 2019 NBA draft was Thursday night, but the action got started last week, when the Los Angeles Lakers agreed to send the No. 4 overall pick to the New Orleans Pelicans as part of the Anthony Davis trade. Then on Thursday afternoon, the Pelicans agreed to send that same pick to the Atlanta Hawks, part of a wild pre-draft flurry that saw multiple lottery picks change hands. The trades kept coming deep into the night, with plenty of surprise picks being made along the way. Relive all the action from Barclays Center and reaction from around the NBA right here.
Top undrafted players
Among the players who didn't hear their names called on Thursday night were Arizona State's Luguentz Dort (28th on Jonathan Givony's Big Board), Ole Miss's Terence Davis (40), and Missouri's Jontay Porter (42), the younger brother of Denver Nuggets forward Michael Porter Jr.
ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski reported shortly after the draft that the Memphis Grizzlies were signing John Konchar, who went undrafted out of Purdue-Fort Wayne, to a two-way contract. For other players, those in the NBA encouraged them to keep their heads up.
If your name didn't get called tonight don't hang your head! Use it as fuel! ✊🏾✊🏾I promise you can still do all you imagine and more being undrafted!!!🙏🏾— BigSauce (@alantwilliams) June 21, 2019
#UNDRAFTED Let that chip carry you on to success!— Brandon Goodwin (@goodysav) June 20, 2019
Second-round picks: 56-60
56. Brooklyn Nets: Jaylen Hands, UCLA
57. Detroit Pistons: Jordan Bone, Tennessee
58. Utah Jazz: Miye Oni, Yale
59. Toronto Raptors: Dewan Hernandez, Miami
60. Sacramento Kings: Vanja Marinkovic, Serbia
Second-round picks: 51-55
51. Boston Celtics: Tremont Waters, LSU
52. Charlotte Hornets: Jalen McDaniels, San Diego State
53. Utah Jazz: Justin Wright-Foreman, Hofstra
54. Philadelphia 76ers: Marial Shayok, Iowa State
55. Sacramento Kings: Kyle Guy, Virginia
Yesssssir @kylejguy5 Welcome To Royalty Brodie 👑 Live it up 💯— Harry Giles III (@HGiiizzle) June 21, 2019
Second-round picks: 46-50
46. Los Angeles Lakers: Talen Horton-Tucker, Iowa State
47. New York Knicks: Ignas Brazdeikis, Michigan
48. LA Clippers: Terance Mann, Florida State
49. San Antonio Spurs: Quinndary Weatherspoon, Mississippi State
50. Utah Jazz: Jarrell Brantley, College of Charleston
Lakers got a steal with Talen 🦍— Miles Bridges (@MilesBridges) June 21, 2019
Second-round picks: 41-45
41. Golden State Warriors: Eric Paschall, Villanova
42. Washington Wizards: Admiral Schofield, Tennessee
43. Minnesota Timberwolves: Jaylen Nowell, Washington
44. Denver Nuggets: Bol Bol, Oregon
45. Dallas Mavericks: Isaiah Roby, Nebraska
How bout them vols. See you tomorrow @admiralelite15— Jordan McRae (@JordyMac52) June 21, 2019
Yessirr Bol Bol Lets get it!!😈— Jarred Vanderbilt (@JVando) June 21, 2019
BOL just flexed!!! "Y'all seen my YouTube highlights stop playin w me" respect🤙🏽— kuz (@kylekuzma) June 21, 2019
Second-round picks: 36-40
36. Charlotte Hornets: Cody Martin, Nevada
37. Detroit Pistons: Deividas Sirvydis, Lithuania
38. Chicago Bulls: Daniel Gafford, Arkansas
39. Golden State Warriors: Alen Smailagic, Santa Cruz Warriors
40. Sacramento Kings: Justin James, Wyoming
Maybe i missed it but how is bol bol not drafted?— Channing Frye (@channingfrye) June 21, 2019
Second-round picks: 31-35
31. Brooklyn Nets: Nicolas Claxton, Georgia
32. Miami Heat: KZ Okpala, Stanford
33. Boston Celtics: Carsen Edwards, Purdue
34. Atlanta Hawks: Bruno Fernando, Maryland
35. New Orleans Pelicans: Marcos Louzada Silva, Brazil
Oregon's Bol Bol slips out of first round
Bol Bol, the 7-foot-2 son of late NBA player Manute Bol, was projected as a first-round pick, despite playing just nine games at Oregon due to a left foot injury. However, 30 picks came and went Thursday night and Bol's name still had not been called, much to the surprise of NBA players watching the draft.
Bol Bol ain't get picked I'm SHOCKED SHOCKED— 8God™ (@BaconDwayne1000) June 21, 2019
I'm saying tho 👀 open arms this way https://t.co/yCIueVrj6c— Miles Bridges (@MilesBridges) June 21, 2019
Bucks draft Kevin Porter Jr. for Cavaliers
The final pick of the first round was officially made by the Milwaukee Bucks, but after a pair of trades -- one to the Detroit Pistons, then one to the Cleveland Cavaliers -- Kevin Porter Jr. will be joining No. 5 overall pick Darius Garland in Cleveland. Porter was limited to 21 games in his only season at USC due to a quad injury and a suspension.
Spurs draft Keldon Johnson with No. 29 pick
After selecting Luka Samanic with the 19th overall pick on Thursday night, the San Antonio Spurs added Kentucky's Keldon Johnson with the 29th overall pick. Johnson becomes the third Kentucky player selected in this year's draft, joining PJ Washington (No. 12, Hornets) and Tyler Herro (No. 13, Heat). Duke and North Carolina have also had three players drafted.
Warriors draft Jordan Poole with No. 28 pick
For the second consecutive year, the Golden State Warriors made the 28th overall selection. After drafting Cincinnati's Jacob Evans a year ago, the Warriors added Michigan's Jordan Poole, who averaged 12.8 PPG for the Wolverines in 2018-19. Poole is the first Michigan player drafted by the Warriors since Rickey Green in 1977, though they did trade for No. 1 overall pick Chris Webber out of Michigan on draft night in 1993. However, Warriors center Jordan Bell, a former Oregon Duck, had his eyes on another player.
Y'all sleep on bol bol!!!— Jordan Bell (@1jordanbell) June 21, 2019
Bad timing with that tweet 😂😂😂— Jordan Bell (@1jordanbell) June 21, 2019
Meanwhile, Warriors forward Andre Iguodala joked about a potential conflict between Poole and Draymond Green, who attended rival Michigan State.
He went to Michigan and we have a bully that went to..... damn rook....— andre (@andre) June 21, 2019
Nets draft Mfiondu Kabengele No. 27 for Clippers
The LA Clippers entered the night without a first-round pick, but traded a 2020 first-round pick (via Philadelphia) and the No. 56 overall pick to the Brooklyn Nets to add the 27th overall pick, Florida State's Mfiondu Kabengele. By shedding the guaranteed salary of the No. 27 pick, the Nets could potentially have $68.67 million in cap space this summer, per ESPN front office analyst Bobby Marks.
Cavaliers draft Dylan Windler with No. 26 pick
The Cleveland Cavaliers picked up Houston's first-round pick at the 2019 trade deadline in February, and used it to select Belmont's Dylan Windler. The 6-foot-8 guard shot 42.9 percent from 3-point range last season, and is the first player from Belmont to be selected in the first round.
Trail Blazers draft Nassir Little with No. 25 pick
Nassir Little was the No. 6 recruit in the ESPN 100 for the Class of 2018, but after a difficult freshman season at North Carolina, he slid in the NBA draft before being selected 25th overall by the Portland Trail Blazers. He'll join a team that reached the Western Conference finals and features high-scoring guards Damian Lillard and CJ McCollum.
76ers draft Ty Jerome No. 24 for Suns
The No. 24 pick has been busy tonight. First it switched hands from the Philadelphia 76ers to the Boston Celtics as part of a deal for the No. 20 pick. Then, a league source told ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski that Boston will be trading it to the Phoenix Suns, who added Virginia's Ty Jerome, making this the first time in the common draft era that multiple Virginia players were drafted in the first round (De'Andre Hunter went No. 4 overall).
Jazz draft Darius Bazley No. 23 for Thunder
The league's most famous intern, Darius Bazley, heard his name called with the 23rd overall pick. And while he wore a Jazz hat on the stage, he'll be headed to the Oklahoma City Thunder, as this pick was first sent to Memphis as part of the Mike Conley Jr. trade, then to OKC as part of a trade agreed to earlier Thursday night. Bazley sat out the entire 2018-19 season preparing for the NBA draft.
Celtics draft Grant Williams with No. 22 pick
After selecting small forward Romeo Langford with the No. 14 pick, the Boston Celtics added Tennessee power forward Grant Williams with the 22nd overall pick. Williams, the two-time SEC Player of the Year, got praise from fellow Vols -- and future Eastern Conference rivals -- Tobias Harris and Josh Richardson.
Yeah Grant.! Another vol with us.. welcome lil bro— Josuélito (@J_Rich1) June 21, 2019
Thunder draft Brandon Clarke No. 21 for Grizzlies
The trades are coming fast and furious now. Officially, Gonzaga's Brandon Clarke was selected 21st overall by the Oklahoma City Thunder, but he'll be traded to the Memphis Grizzlies in exchange for the No. 23 overall pick and a second-round pick in 2024, a league source tells ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski.
👀🤘🏾👀lets get to work Brodie @brandonclarke23 ✍🏾— Jaren Jackson Jr. (@jarenjacksonjr) June 21, 2019
Celtics draft Matisse Thybulle with No. 20 pick
The Boston Celtics selected Washington's Matisse Thybulle with the 20th overall pick, but Thybulle wasn't a Celtic for long. Boston has agreed to trade his draft rights to the Philadelphia 76ers in exchange for the No. 24 and No. 33 picks, league sources tell ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski. This is the first trade between these two teams since 2017, when they swapped draft picks and Philadelphia selected another Washington guard, Markelle Fultz.
Spurs draft Luka Samanic with No. 19 pick
The San Antonio Spurs have had a lot of success in the past drafting international players, and they'll hope they hit the jackpot again after drafting Croatia's Luka Samanic with the 19th overall selection. Samanic's father, Marco, played basketball professionally for 19 years.
Pacers draft Goga Bitadze with No. 18 pick
The Indiana Pacers went overseas to find their 2019 first-round pick, selecting Georgian center Goga Bitadze. The 6-foot-11 center went viral on social media thanks to a picture of him looking over at Zion Williamson at media day, with a crowd around the No. 1 pick and no media members at Bitadze's table.
Nets draft Nickeil Alexander-Walker No. 17 for Pelicans
The No. 17 pick has been busy in recent days. First, the Brooklyn Nets agreed to trade it to the Atlanta Hawks as part of a salary-cutting move. Then the Hawks agreed to trade it to the New Orleans Pelicans as part of a deal for the No. 4 pick earlier Thursday. In the end, New Orleans will get Nickeil Alexander-Walker, cousin of LA Clippers guard Shai Gilgeous-Alexander.
Magic draft Chuma Okeke with No. 16 pick
The Orlando Magic ended a six-year playoff drought last season, and now will add Auburn's Chuma Okeke to the mix after selecting him with the No. 16 overall pick. Okeke suffered a torn ACL during the NCAA tournament, after leading the Tigers in rebounds, steals and blocks last season.
Let's goooo @chuma_okeke! Now let's get to work!— Mo Bamba (@TheRealMoBamba) June 21, 2019
Pistons draft Sekou Doumbouya with No. 15 pick
There were no international players without college experience drafted in the lottery for the first time since 2013, but that streak came to an end with the 15th overall pick, when the Detroit Pistons selected Sekou Doumbouya. The 18-year-old forward from France played for Limoges of the Pro A French league last season.
2 teams told me before the draft that they would be surprised Sekou Doumbouya would get out of the top 10. The early steal of the draft is Detroit with that pick.— Bobby Marks (@BobbyMarks42) June 21, 2019
Celtics draft Romeo Langford with No. 14 pick
The last of the 14 draft lottery selections went to the Boston Celtics, who acquired the pick from the Philadelphia 76ers, who originally got it from the Sacramento Kings. Boston used the pick to select Indiana's Romeo Langford. The Celtics also came into Thursday night with the Nos. 20 and 22 overall picks in the first round.
2019 NBA Draft, Picks 1-14
1. Pelicans: Zion Williamson, Duke
2. Grizzlies: Ja Morant, Murray State
3. Knicks: RJ Barrett, Duke
4. Hawks: De'Andre Hunter, Virginia (pending trade from Pelicans/Lakers)
5. Cavaliers: Darius Garland, Vanderbilt
6. Timberwolves: Jarrett Culver, Texas Tech (pending trade from Suns)
7. Bulls: Coby White, North Carolina
8. Pelicans: Jaxson Hayes, Texas (pending trade from Hawks)
9. Wizards: Rui Hachimura, Gonzaga
10. Hawks: Cam Reddish, Duke
11. Suns: Cameron Johnson, North Carolina (pending trade from Wolves)
12. Hornets: PJ Washington, Kentucky
13. Heat: Tyler Herro, Kentucky
14. Celtics: Romeo Langford, Indiana
Heat draft Tyler Herro with No. 13 pick
When no Kentucky player was selected in the first 11 picks tonight, it marked the longest wait for a Wildcat to come off the board since John Calipari became coach. However, Kentucky fans didn't have to wait long to see another of their players selected, as the Heat selected Tyler Herro with the No. 13 overall pick. Kentucky has had multiple players selected in the first round in each of the last 10 drafts, the longest active streak for any school.
Ok Tyler Herro i hope you're ready to work. It's the @MiamiHEAT way. Let's go!— DWade (@DwyaneWade) June 21, 2019
Miami will love Tyler Herro. Hard nosed, plays with a chip on his shoulder. Got a lot of swagger (in a good way). Great kid.— Bobby Marks (@BobbyMarks42) June 21, 2019
Herro got the bustdown ouuuweeeee lol— kuz (@kylekuzma) June 21, 2019
Hornets draft PJ Washington with No. 12 pick
After just missing out on the playoffs in 2018-19, the Charlotte Hornets landed the No. 12 pick in the 2019 NBA draft, and used it to select Kentucky's PJ Washington. This is the third consecutive year Charlotte has drafted a player from Kentucky, though the Hornets traded Shai Gilgeous-Alexander to the LA Clippers on draft night a year ago.
PJ Washington is one of the most improved shooters in the draft. Made 5 3s as a freshman, made 33 in sophomore year. pic.twitter.com/ezmT5i78ba— Kirk Goldsberry (@kirkgoldsberry) June 21, 2019
Timberwolves draft Cameron Johnson No. 11 for Suns
In the first truly shocking move of the night, North Carolina's Cameron Johnson was drafted 11th overall by the Minnesota Timberwolves, who will send him to the Phoenix Suns as part of a trade agreed upon earlier Thursday afternoon. Johnson was projected as the 30th overall pick by ESPN's Jonathan Givony, and was not one of the 24 players invited by the NBA to attend the draft in person.
Cam Johnson is arguably the best shooter in this draft. pic.twitter.com/JffzPoHWHb— Kirk Goldsberry (@kirkgoldsberry) June 21, 2019
North Carolina teammate Coby White, who was drafted seventh overall, was meeting with the media in Brooklyn when Johnson was selected, and had a must-see reaction to the pick.
Hawks draft Cam Reddish with No. 10 pick
Duke's trio of star freshmen is officially off the board, as the Atlanta Hawks made Cam Reddish the 10th overall pick in the 2019 NBA draft. Reddish joins Zion Williamson (No. 1) and RJ Barrett (No. 3) as Blue Devils selected in the Top 10 on Thursday.
Cam Reddish has undeniable talent but inconsistent efficiency. pic.twitter.com/CToPu3IQig— Kirk Goldsberry (@kirkgoldsberry) June 21, 2019
Wizards draft Rui Hachimura with No. 9 pick
The Washington Wizards selected Gonzaga's Rui Hachimura with the ninth overall pick, making him the first player born in Japan to ever be selected in the first round of the NBA draft.
wow congrats to @rui_8mura on being the first ever Japanese born player to be drafted! Look forward to seeing you on the court!— Jeremy Lin (@JLin7) June 21, 2019
Rui Hachimura is a very efficient two-point scorer, and thrives in the lost art of the midrange. pic.twitter.com/jWCiIqEvhX— Kirk Goldsberry (@kirkgoldsberry) June 21, 2019
Hawks draft Jaxson Hayes No. 8 pick for Pelicans
With the No. 1 pick, the New Orleans Pelicans drafted Zion Williamson and seven picks later, they've landed another big man to play alongside him: Texas's Jaxson Hayes. The Atlanta Hawks officially made the selection, but will send it to New Orleans in a deal the two teams made earlier Thursday involving the No. 4 overall pick. Hayes is the eighth freshman from Texas drafted in 1st round in one-and-done era. Only Kentucky and Duke have more.
Jaxson Hayes Shot Chart. Hook 'em. pic.twitter.com/OfiZmC7TnA— Kirk Goldsberry (@kirkgoldsberry) June 21, 2019
Bulls draft Coby White with No. 7 pick
This is the third consecutive year the Bulls have ended up with the No. 7 overall pick, and it will be North Carolina point guard Coby White joining Lauri Markkanen and Wendell Carter Jr. in Chicago. White is the first guard drafted in the top 10 by the Bulls since Derrick Rose went first overall in 2008.
Coby White Shot Chart pic.twitter.com/ye0DsIu8aR— Kirk Goldsberry (@kirkgoldsberry) June 21, 2019
Suns draft Jarrett Culver No. 6 for Timberwolves
Texas Tech's Jarrett Culver walked across the stage in a Phoenix Suns cap after hearing his name called with the No. 6 overall pick, but he'll be wearing a Minnesota Timberwolves jersey next season, after the Suns and Wolves agreed to a trade earlier today.
Congratulations on being drafted @jarrettc08. Enjoy this moment and welcome to the team!— andrew wiggins (@22wiggins) June 21, 2019
Jarrett Culver Shot Chart. pic.twitter.com/S3U5fhKrzI— Kirk Goldsberry (@kirkgoldsberry) June 21, 2019
Cavaliers draft Darius Garland with No. 5 pick
Darius Garland was limited to just five games at Vanderbilt last season due to a knee injury, but that didn't prevent him from going in the top-5 of the 2019 NBA draft, as the Cleveland Cavaliers selected him fifth overall. Darius Garland is the second-highest pick out of Vanderbilt in the common draft era (since 1966). Clyde Lee was taken by the San Francisco Warriors 3rd overall in 1966. Garland will team up in the backcourt with Cleveland's No. 8 overall pick from a year ago, Collin Sexton.
Congrats to my lil bro Darius!!! Lets get to work— Tristan Thompson (@RealTristan13) June 21, 2019
yessssirrrrrrr!! https://t.co/RwM45rbDEz— Jordan Clarkson (@JordanClarksons) June 21, 2019
Lakers draft De'Andre Hunter No. 4 for Hawks
As NBA commissioner Adam Silver announced it, the Los Angeles Lakers selected Virginia's De'Andre Hunter No. 4 overall. But that pick has been on the move a lot. First the Lakers agreed to trade it to the New Orleans Pelicans last week, then the Pelicans agreed to trade it to the Atlanta Hawks earlier today. In Atlanta, Hunter -- who ESPN's Jay Bilas called "the best individual defender in this draft" -- will team up with last year's No. 5 overall pick, Trae Young.
YESSSSIRRRR !!! Let's Work😤— Trae Young (@TheTraeYoung) June 21, 2019
DeAndre Hunter is probably the most efficient overall scorer in the lottery. Good at the rim, good in the midrange, good from downtown. pic.twitter.com/2ulexihj8m— Kirk Goldsberry (@kirkgoldsberry) June 21, 2019
Knicks draft RJ Barrett with No. 3 pick
The first three selections in the 2019 NBA draft went as predicted, with the New York Knicks selecting Duke's RJ Barrett with the No. 3 overall pick. Barrett and teammate Zion Williamson are the sixth set of college teammates to be drafted in the top three in the common draft era (since 1966). Barrett, the godson of two-time NBA MVP Steve Nash, already has the approval of the New York Knicks' No. 1 fan and one of his future teammates.
My dawg @RjBarrett6 real one! Welcome to NY officially 🙌🏽— Allonzo Trier (@ISO_ZO) June 21, 2019
Just sitting here telling anyone who'll listen that my godson is on tv. About to get drafted. Probably the Knicks. No big deal.— Steve Nash (@SteveNash) June 20, 2019
RJ Barrett shot chart. pic.twitter.com/Bz4qs2MwTg— Kirk Goldsberry (@kirkgoldsberry) June 20, 2019
Grizzlies draft Ja Morant with No. 2 pick
The Memphis Grizzlies stayed true to form, drafting Murray State's Ja Morant with the No. 2 overall pick. Morant becomes the highest-drafted player in Ohio Valley Conference history, and is expected to replace Grizzlies all-time leading scorer Mike Conley as the starting point guard in Memphis. The Grizzlies agreed to trade Conley to the Utah Jazz on Wednesday.
Ja Morant shot chart. Electrifying combination of deep range shooting, passing and strong finishing. pic.twitter.com/daDumqzcpD— Kirk Goldsberry (@kirkgoldsberry) June 20, 2019
Pelicans draft Zion Williamson with No. 1 pick
In a move that has been expected since they won the draft lottery in May, the New Orleans Pelicans officially selected Duke's Zion Williamson with the No. 1 overall pick in the 2019 NBA draft. Williamson averaged 22.6 points and 8.9 rebounds per game in his lone season with the Blue Devils. He is the third Duke player in the common draft era (since 1966) to be selected No. 1 overall, joining Elton Brand (1999 Chicago Bulls) and Kyrie Irving (2011 Cleveland Cavaliers).
Zion Williamson Shot Chart. Get excited New Orleans, the unreal combination of size, skill, and athleticism results in by far the most dominant interior scoring numbers in the lottery. pic.twitter.com/8kpVt7xkH0— Kirk Goldsberry (@kirkgoldsberry) June 20, 2019
Williamson going first overall was not a surprise, and the next two picks are also all-but locked in, leaving fans and NBA players antsy to get to the interesting part of the night.
Can we just stop wasting time and get to the 4th pick already? 😂😂😂 at least we kinda don't know who it'll be 🤷🏾♂️— De'Aaron Fox (@swipathefox) June 20, 2019
The Pelicans are on the clock
NBA commissioner has stepped to the podium to start the 2019 NBA draft, announcing the New Orleans Pelicans as officially on the clock to make the No. 1 overall pick. The only previous time the Pelicans selected first overall, they selected Anthony Davis from Kentucky in 2012. Last week, New Orleans agreed to trade Davis to the Los Angeles Lakers. New Orleans is expected to make Duke forward Zion Williamson the No. 1 overall pick this year.
Timberwolves move up to No. 6
The Minnesota Timberwolves had been discussed all week as a team trying to move up from their draft spot at No. 11, and just before the draft, they made their move, acquiring the No. 6 overall pick from the Phoenix Suns in exchange for forward Dario Saric and the No. 11 pick, league sources tell ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski. Saric played 68 games for Minnesota last year after being acquired in the Jimmy Butler trade, averaging 10.5 PPG on 45.5% shooting.
Updated top-14 draft order
1. New Orleans Pelicans
2. Memphis Grizzlies
3. New York Knicks
4. Atlanta Hawks (from LAL via NOP)
5. Cleveland Cavaliers
6. Minnesota Timberwolves (from PHX)
7. Chicago Bulls
8. New Orleans Pelicans (from ATL)
9. Washington Wizards
10. Atlanta Hawks (from DAL)
11. Phoenix Suns (from MIN)
12. Charlotte Hornets
13. Miami Heat
14. Boston Celtics (from SAC via PHI)
No. 4 pick on the move again
The Atlanta Hawks are moving up, sending the No. 8 pick, the No. 17 pick, the No. 35 pick and Cleveland's protected first-round pick in the 2020 draft to the New Orleans Pelicans in exchange for the No. 4 overall pick, the No. 57 pick, a future second-round pick and forward Solomon Hill, league sources tell ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski. Officially, the Los Angeles Lakers will still make the pick tonight, but it will go to New Orleans as part of the trade sending Anthony Davis to Los Angeles, then be conveyed to Atlanta in this deal. League sources tell ESPN that Atlanta is pursuing Virginia's De'Andre Hunter with the No. 4 pick.
Pacers pick up a wing
Two hours before the draft tips off, the Phoenix Suns have made a move, sending the No. 32 overall pick (the second pick in the second round) and small forward T.J. Warren to the Indiana Pacers in exchange for cash considerations, a league source tells ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski. Warren was the No. 14 pick in the 2014 NBA draft, and averaged 18.0 PPG for Phoenix last season. The Pacers now have two picks in the second round (Nos. 32 and 50).
Draft prospects looking fresh
With the draft itself just hours away, the top prospects began to make their way to Brooklyn, showing off some unique fashion along the way. Oregon center Bol Bol rocked a spider-web pattern on his suit, and Texas forward Jaxson Hayes accessorized with an eye-catching necklace and pendant featuring Sideshow Bob from "The Simpsons."
I don't know who started this pink suit thing, but i kinda like it...— Rudy Gobert (@rudygobert27) June 20, 2019
Warriors buy another second-rounder
The Golden State Warriors are facing a potential depth problem next season. Even if stars Kevin Durant and Klay Thompson re-sign with the team in free agency, it's possible both of them will miss the entire season due to injury. With the Warriors likely to be over the cap, they have few paths to adding to their roster, so with that in mind, the team acquired the No. 41 overall pick from the Atlanta Hawks in exchange for a 2024 second-round pick and $1.3 million. The Warriors made similar moves in 2016 and 2017, buying the draft rights to second-round picks Patrick McCaw and Jordan Bell.
Grizzlies swap Conley for another pick
The day before the draft gets underway, the Memphis Grizzlies added an additional first-round pick, sending guard Mike Conley to the Utah Jazz in exchange for Grayson Allen, Kyle Korver, Jae Crowder, the No. 23 pick on Thursday and a future first-round pick, league sources told ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski.
Mock draft update
In Jonathan Givony's latest NBA mock draft, the New Orleans Pelicans select Zion Williamson at No. 1, the Memphis Grizzlies take Ja Morant at No. 2 and the New York Knicks pick RJ Barrett and No. 3. Check out the latest projections here.
Here's Givony's take on Zion at No. 1: "Williamson emerged as both the best player in college basketball and the best long-term prospect in this draft class the moment he stepped onto the court for Duke, making him the easy choice as the No. 1 pick. We've never seen a prospect quite like him in terms of his combination of productivity, athleticism, competitiveness, skill and feel for the game -- not to mention the sheer star power he'll bring."
Anthony Davis trade
The Anthony Davis trade has huge implications for draft night, with the Pelicans acquiring the No. 4 pick. According to a report by ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski, New Orleans has had significant interest in talks with teams in recent days on the fourth overall pick, and those talks are expected to continue over the next several days.
NBA Twitter went wild for the trade, with Scottie Pippen summing things up the best:
Offseason? Nah. The NBA is a 365 operation.— Scottie Pippen (@ScottiePippen) June 15, 2019
Green room invites
The NBA has finalized the list of invites for the draft green room, according to a report by Jonathan Givony. These invites typically indicate which prospects teams believe are likely first-round picks. Zion Williamson, Ja Morant, RJ Barrett, Darius Garland, De'Andre Hunter, Jarrett Culver, Coby White, Cam Reddish and Jaxson Hayes received the first batch of invites on June 7, sources said, with an additional 11 invites sent out over the past week to Sekou Doumbouya, Nassir Little, Rui Hachimura, Brandon Clarke, Romeo Langford, PJ Washington, Goga Bitadze, Tyler Herro, Keldon Johnson, Nickeil Alexander-Walker and Bol Bol.
DRAFT WEEK 😛 pic.twitter.com/FUrK6QGsvr— Ja Morant (@igotgame_12) June 17, 2019