The 2019 NBA Draft takes place this Thurs., June 20th at 7pm from the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, NY. You can watch live on ESPN.
As with most recent NBA Drafts, this year’s will have a heavy Duke presence in the Top 10.
The New Orleans Pelicans won the Draft Lottery and the right to select phenom Zion Williamson with the #1 overall pick. Barring something completely unexpected, Williamson will give Duke their fourth #1 pick joining Art Heyman (1963 – Knicks), Elton Brand (1999 – Bulls), and Kyrie Irving (2011 – Cavs).
Williamson will also join former Blue Devils Brandon Ingram, Frank Jackson, and Jahlil Okafor in New Orleans thanks to the Anthony Davis trade.
While there was talk during the college basketball season that Duke could have the top 2 picks this year, most mock drafts since the lottery have R.J. Barrett going #3 overall to the New York Knicks. They are the only team Barrett will work out for and really wants to be a Knick.
It would give New York a potential superstar as they have so far struck out on all the big names they were hoping to land this offseason.
For Cam Reddish, where he will be selected is not as clear. He was projected as at least a Top 5 pick during the season and was even mentioned at one point of giving the Blue Devils the top 3 picks. While questions about his consistency has dropped his stock a little bit, but he is still projected to go in most mocks either #5 to Cleveland or #8 to Atlanta.
No question that all three will be lottery picks giving Duke a total of 36 lottery picks (30 under Coach K).
The biggest question is if Marques Bolden will be selected. In most mock drafts, he is not listed as being selected in the first or second round and is likely a G League candidate. Last year Trevon Duval was not selected but ended up signing a two-way contract with the Milwaukee Bucks so Bolden could still end up seeing playing time on an NBA team next season.
No matter where they are selected, it will be an exciting night for these for Blue Devils and Duke fans.