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22 May 2019

Draft Report: New Orleans Pelicans

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According to Tuesday’s news, the New Orleans Pelicans triumphed in the NBA draft lottery. With this victory, the team can choose Duke star Zion Williamson for the following NBA draft.

The second pick went to the Memphis Grizzlies while the third was for New York Knicks. They are followed by Los Angeles Lakers and Cleveland Cavaliers. Cleveland turned fifth despite having 14% odds. The second favourite Knicks and Phoenix Suns finished sixth.

On this occasion, Pelicans general manager David Griffin reacted:

“It’s just another positive event for us”.

Before the Draft

Pelicans New Orleans had only 6% of winning chance before the draft but they still took home the #1 spot. With luck like that, they should consider hitting up Zodiac Casino. The team successfully completed the first lottery in the new format. As a reminder, Pelicans won draft in 2012 for the last time and selected Anthony David from Kentucky as the first pick.

Other Results

The new lottery format seems to be disadvantageous for some teams, while others obviously profited from the competition. For example, the Los Angeles Lakers turned fourth despite having small odds to receive the first pick (11th favourite). For Chicago Bulls and Atlanta Hawks, the draft turned unsuccessful as they finished on places seven and eight. Just before the draft, both teams had fourth and fifth-best odds respectively. The ninth position was for Washington Wizards who had 9% overall chances.

As a result of last year pre-draft, Atlanta will pick 10th. Just to mention Dallas Mavericks which gave up first round pick for the exclusive selection of Luka Doncic this year. As for the other teams, Minnesota will pick 11th, Charlotte 12th, Miami 13th, and Boston 14th.

Pelicans Perspective

With the latest triumph, Pelicans New Orleans have the possibility to trade Davis, who requested change during the season. This could be overturned in the next weeks giving that Williamson coming to New Orleans. The NBA season for Pelicans finished with an overall 33-49 result.

The Pelicans fans are enthusiastic about the draft win. New Orleans team tweeted that chat interface crashed, just 20 minutes after the lottery results. This was a definitely great success for New Orleans team and we wish them all the best…

Behind the Scenes

NBA draft lottery was interesting for players too. Everyone could see Williamson watching lottery together with Ja Morant (Murray State), Jarrett Culver (Texas Tech) and Romeo Langfard (Indiana). Williamson was one of three ex-Duke players at the lottery – R. J. Barrett and Cam Reddish were also invited.

Williamson commented on the draft:

“For three of us to be here, it’s crazy. I don’t think you usually see anything like that.”

He added about going to New Orleans:

It’s definitely a possibility, but it’s not sure until it actually happens“.

Full Results of the Draft: 

Here you can see the complete list of NBA draft lottery 2019. Pay attention to surprises!

  1. New Orleans Pelicans
  2. Memphis Grizzlies
  3. New York Knicks
  4. Los Angeles Lakers
  5. Cleveland Cavaliers
  6. Phoenix Suns
  7. Chicago Bulls
  8. Atlanta Hawks
  9. Washington Wizards
  10. Atlanta Hawks (from Dallas Mavericks)
  11. Minnesota Timberwolves
  12. Charlotte Hornets
  13. Miami Heat
  14. Boston Celtics (from Sacramento Kings)

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