Which teams have the best chance to land Zion Williamson?
The 2019 NBA draft comes with the debut of new odds throughout the lottery (Tuesday, 8:30 p.m. ET on ESPN) — giving more teams a reasonable shot of winning the No. 1 overall pick and the ability to take the consensus top prospect.
There are huge stakes throughout the lottery. Landing No. 1 could completely change a franchise. There will be a debate at No. 2 between Murray State’s Ja Morant and Duke’s RJ Barrett, and team fit could ultimately settle things. Multiple teams in the lottery are holding on to protected or traded picks. And, of course, teams jumping up in the lottery could swing Anthony Davis trade talks.
Here’s everything you need to know before the big draw Tuesday night.
Here are the odds for each lottery team’s selection heading into the draw:
The NBA now draws the top four picks through the lottery instead of the top three, with the teams’ chances of a winning selection flattened.
Here’s an overview of the new odds for the 14 lottery slots compared to the old ones:
Some key insights to know:
The traded picks
There are three protected or traded picks to know about in the lottery, along with projections from ESPN’s Basketball Power Index on where they land:
The Mavericks owe their pick to the Hawks if it falls outside the top five. If not conveyed, the pick remains top-five protected in 2020, falls to top-three protected until 2022 and becomes unprotected in 2023.
The Grizzlies owe their pick to the Celtics if it falls outside the top eight. If not conveyed, the pick falls to top-six protected in 2020 and then becomes unprotected in 2021.
Top prospects and mock draft projections
Zion is the clear No. 1 overall player. But which prospects will make up the rest of the lottery?
Get to know Zion
His dunks inspire awe, his all-around game will make him millions. But to understand his legend, you have to go back to the place where it all started. Mina Kimes spends a day in Spartanburg, South Carolina.
A visit to Spartanburg, South Carolina, the hometown that knew and raised Zion
Which teams have the best chance to maximize Williamson’s star potential? Four of our NBA experts rank each team with a chance to land the No. 1 pick based on how likely they are to help Zion reach his superstar ceiling.