I know it just seems like the NFL Draft came and went, but college basketball season isn't very long, and so it follows very closely behind. Last night, the NBA Draft Lottery took place in lieu of the impending draft coming in late June.
If you're unfamiliar with the NBA draft lottery, this is the way the lineup is selected for the first 14 picks in the draft. Unlike football, the NBA doesn't just solely pick by worst record and so forth. They pick the worst 14 teams in the league and hold a drawing for who will select first. It makes it a little more fair considering if a team is consistently terrible, that they're not always getting the best players coming out of college.
Last night was a big upset for the Knicks as they were hoping for the #1 pick, and selecting Zion Williamson out of Duke, come June 20th. The New Orleans Pelicans took 1st, followed by the Memphis Grizzlies, then the New York Knicks, the Los Angeles Lakers and lastly the Cleveland Cavaliers to round out the top 5 out of 14.
So what does all this mean?
In case you were living under a rock through college basketball season, Zion Williamson is the top player coming out of college from Duke University. He will be picked first no matter what, which means the Pelicans will get an outstanding player. If any other team had picked Zion they would've tried to make a trade package for Anthony Davis, however, now the Pelicans will be packed with BOTH star players. This spells trouble for other teams.
However, top 3 is still a solid pick for the Knicks considering Zion's star teammate, RJ Barrett, will likely be picked 2nd or 3rd overall in the draft.
The Lakers also lucked out with a solid spot in the draft, considering they already have LeBron James. Sadly, he was hurt during the season and they played terribly as a result. Getting another fresh, young, talented face on the court beside LeBron, should prove to be helpful to them.
Tune into the NBA Draft on Thursday, June 20th, on ESPN!