NBA Draft Odds 2019
This year's NBA Draft will be broadcasted live on June 20 at 8:30 PM ET. It will take place at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York and will air on TSN. See below the current 2019 NBA Draft Odds.
|NBA Draft Odds|
|Zion Williamson (Duke)||1.33||1.50||1.25|
|R. J. Barrett (Duke)||2.25||2.00||2.50|
|Cameron Reddish (Duke)||11.00||11.50||11.50|
|Nassir Little (Kentucky)||17.00||18.00||17.00|
The 2019 NBA Draft takes place right after the NBA Finals featuring the New Orleans Pelicans with the first overall pick. Despite not finishing with the team worst record, the Pelicans won the NBA draft lottery.
They now have an exclusive ticket to draft Zion Williamson, the next big superstar. Following the Pelicans, the NBA's non-playoff teams pick from this year's enigmatic crop of rookies. Here is how the NBA Draft works.
What are the current 2019 NBA draft odds
There are currently a few NBA Draft 2019 odds open. Although it is quite predictable as Zion Williamson is expected to go first overall. Odds on Williamson being taken first are at 1.33 making him all but a lock to be drafted by the Pelicans.
The Pelicans won the draft lottery despite only having the seventh best NBA draft lottery odds. Based on the betting odds above, it's either a bet on Williamson or no bet at all.
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NBA Draft Lottery Picks
NBA drafts tend to be a top-heavy affair with only a handful of players being widely regarded while the rest are projected to get role players or high-risk prospects.
The same can be said for this year's crop of rookies with Williamson being the surefire superstar pick. Ja Morant and R.J. Barrett are also potential stars but after these three, it is a crapshoot.
1. New Orleans Pelicans - Zion Williamson (F)
No brainer. Williamson has the makings of a transcendent star with his otherworldly athleticism and talent. This guy is a franchise-changing player and someone the struggling Pelicans badly need. Whether they trade incumbent superstar Anthony Davis or not, they will be taking Williamson first overall to no one's surprise.
2. Memphis Grizzlies - Ja Morant (G)
Out of all prospects, Morant improved his draft stock by the most. The sophomore coming out of Murray State has made significant strides and is the clear-cut number two behind Williamson. Morant can be a franchise point guard for any team that drafts him. Even if Memphis has Mike Conley, they will take Morant and worry about their point guard situation later.
3. New York Knicks - R.J. Barrett (F)
Barrett could be the best Canadian prospect and was initially the number-one talent before Duke teammate Williamson overtook him. A godson to NBA legend Steve Nash, Barrett is a bonafide scorer and has the "Mamba Mentality". He will fit in nicely with the young Knicks and the bright lights of the Madison Square Garden will not intimidate him.
4. Los Angeles Lakers - DeAndre Hunter (F)
Hunter is exactly the type of player LeBron James and the Lakers need right now: a do-it-all forward who isn't great at any one thing but is versatile enough for many roles. The Lakers are a huge mess right now and Hunter's hardworking mentality will be good for the locker room.
5. Cleveland Cavaliers - Cameron Reddish (G/F)
It's unclear what direction the Cavs will take as they have plenty of needs. But Reddish is still an enticing prospect and has one of the highest ceilings among the remaining players. He can slot in as a SG or SF and his shooting will be a nice compliment to both Collin Sexton and Cedi Osman.
How does the NBA draft work
The NBA draft is straightforward. Teams select a player when they are called to the podium. The selection order is determined by the NBA draft lottery. The National Basketball Association draws the top-14 picks in random order where the non-playoff teams have better chances of being picked higher proportionate to their record.
Most recently, the NBA changed the draft format so the three worst teams have equal chances of landing the first overall pick. This was done in an effort to prevent teams from "tanking" (losing on purpose).
Which NBA draft class is the best
There have been some legendary NBA draft classes. The three best so far have been the 1984, 1995, and 2003 classes that featured several Hall of Famers, All-Stars, and prominent players. The 1984 draft had four Hall of Famers led by Hakeem Olajuwon, John Stockton, and Charles Barkley. And the GOAT, Michael Jordan himself.
The 1996 draft featured three Hall of Famers in Allen Iverson, Steve Nash, and Ray Allen and also had Kobe Bryant, a future Hall of Famer himself.
The 2003 class has at least four future Hall of Famers led by the "Heatles": LeBron James, Dwyane Wade, and Chris Bosh. Carmelo Anthony will also be voted in. And the draft also featured several All-Stars.
When is the NBA draft
The NBA draft is on June 20 at 8:30 PM ET. It takes place a few days after the NBA Finals and a few days before the NBA awards.
Where is the NBA draft
For the sixth straight year, the NBA draft will take place at the Barclays Center from Brooklyn, New York. This is also the eighth straight year the draft will be held from the home of the Nets franchise.
Is the NBA draft on tv
The NBA draft will be broadcasted by TSN in Canada.