The NBA finally held its draft lottery, and, no, the New York Knicks did not end up with the No. 1 pick. In fact, none of the three teams with the best odds to land it—the Cleveland Cavaliers and Phoenix Suns also had a 14 percent chance—got the first pick. Instead, it was the New Orleans Pelicans, who came into the lottery with just a six percent chance of landing No. 1.
The Knicks, who finished with a league-worst 17-65 record, landed the third overall selection. Phoenix didn't even get in the top five.
So how might the NBA draft unfold now that the selection order has been set? You'll find a look at that here, along with some of the top post-lottery draft buzz.
2019 NBA Mock 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: Darius Garland, PG, Vanderbilt
5. Cleveland Cavaliers: Cam Reddish, SF, Duke
6. Phoenix Suns: Coby White, PG/SG, North Carolina
7. Chicago Bulls: Jaxson Hayes, C, Texas
8. Atlanta Hawks: Rui Hachimura, SF/PF, Gonzaga
9. Washington Wizards: Sekou Doumbouya, PF/SF, Limoges CSP
10. Atlanta Hawks (via Mavericks): Brandon Clarke, PF, Gonzaga
11. Minnesota Timberwolves: Jarrett Culver, SG, Texas Tech
12. Charlotte Hornets: Nassir Little, SF, North Carolina
13. Miami Heat: PJ Washington, PF, Kentucky
14. Boston Celtics (via Kings): Kevin Porter Jr., SG, USC
15. Detroit Pistons: Bol Bol, C, Oregon
16. Orlando Magic: Keldon Johnson, SG/SF, Kentucky
17. Brooklyn Nets: Nassir Little, SF, North Carolina
18. Indiana Pacers: Romeo Langford, SG, Indiana
19. San Antonio Spurs: Carsen Edwards, PG, Purdue
20. Boston Celtics (via Clippers): Bruno Fernando, C, Maryland
21. Oklahoma City Thunder: Tyler Herro, SG, Kentucky
22. Boston Celtics: Nickeil Alexander-Walker, SG, Virginia Tech
23. Utah Jazz: Matisse Thybulle, SF, Washington
24. Philadelphia 76ers: Cameron Johnson, SF, North Carolina
25. Portland Trail Blazers: Mfiondu Kabengele, C, Florida State
26. Cleveland Cavaliers (via Rockets): Talen Horton-Tucker, SF, Iowa State
27. Brooklyn Nets (from Nuggets): Luguentz Dort, SG, Arizona State
28. Golden State Warriors: Grant Williams, PF, Tennessee
29. San Antonio Spurs (from Raptors): KZ Okpala, SF, Stanford
30. Milwaukee Bucks: Admiral Schofield, SG, Tennessee
What's Next for Anthony Davis?
The Pelicans landing the No. 1 pick is a bit ironic. Star Anthony Davis has expressed his desire to get out of New Orleans, and it has been hinted that teams may have used the No. 1 pick in an effort to acquire him this offseason.
The Knicks, in particular, appeared poised to turn the pick into Davis almost immediately.
"I think if they win it, they flip it for Anthony Davis, almost immediately, if they know Durant and Kyrie are coming and they can figure out how to fit all three," The Ringer's Bill Simmons said on his podcast.
The question now becomes whether having the No. 1 pick might allow the Pelicans to keep Davis happy and with the franchise. Pairing him with a player like Duke's Zion Williamson might be enough to make New Orleans a playoff contender—and winning tends to fix a lot of problems in basketball.
According to Shams Charania of The Athletic and Stadium, however, getting the pick has not affected Davis' desire for a trade.
This isn't entirely surprising. The reality is that bringing in a player like Williamson would undoubtedly make the Pelicans better, but it potentially would end Davis' time as the face of the franchise. Not only would he still be unhappy in New Orleans, but Davis would no longer be the star.
The Lakers Won Big
While the Pelicans won the draft lottery in general, the fact that the Los Angeles Lakers got the fourth overall selection shouldn't be overlooked. It's a big jump for a team that finished 10th in the Western Conference, and it leaves options for the franchise heading into the offseason.
"This is a powerful asset for us," general manager Rob Pelinka said, per Ohm Youngmisuk of ESPN.com. "We owe a commitment to our fans to have an outstanding season next year. What this does is it gives us the ability to either select an impact player at [No.] 4 or possibly use this as an extremely valuable asset in [a] trade."
If Los Angeles takes a player at four, it could add a young shooter like Vanderbilt's Darius Garland or Duke's Cam Reddish. This is the type of player who would complement LeBron James, who, by the way, seemed thrilled with landing the pick:
Having a top-five selection also gives the Lakers some trade ammunition for a player like Davis. Though it would take more than just a draft pick to pry him away from New Orleans, the prospect of having the first and fourth overall picks would have to be exciting for the Pelicans.
The Knicks Didn't Totally Get Hosed
While the Knicks didn't turn their league-worst season into the top pick, they didn't totally lose during the draft lottery. Getting the third pick means they can at least draft one of the projected top three players—Williamson, Murray State's Ja Morant or Duke's RJ Barrett.
Williamson, Morant and Barrett all appear to be future franchise cornerstones, and if New York can pair one of them with a premier free agent like Kevin Durant or Kyrie Irving, they'll still be on the fast track to the postseason.
The other aspect of getting the third pick is that the Knicks still have draft capital that can be used to acquire Davis if they choose to go the trade route. If the thought of having picks one and four are appealing to the Pelicans, the idea of having one and three has to be even more so.
Davis is a premier player, but if the Pelicans could deal him and end up with, say Williamson, Barrett and 2018 first-round pick Kevin Knox, they would immediately have their young foundation for the future in place.
According to Ian Begley of SNY.tv, the Pelicans have been gathering information on Knox. If they are indeed interested in him, the Knicks could still potentially open the season with a duo like Davis and Durant.