The 2019 NBA Draft Lottery has determined the winner of the long-awaited sweepstakes. On Tuesday night, the Pelicans were awarded with the No.1 Overall Pick in the 2019 NBA Draft.
What a franchise-altering outcome for an organization that has been dealt an absurd amount of bad luck given the trade request of one Anthony Davis.
This news will likely land them either former Duke freshman spectacle Zion Williamson or Murray State phenom Ja Morant.
Top 4 picks in the 2019 NBA draft: 1. Pelicans 2. Grizzlies 3. Knicks 4. Lakers. New Orleans has opportunity to draft Zion Williamson.— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) May 15, 2019
Zion is a prospect like nobody we've ever seen: a supreme athlete, with a developed, polished skill set packed into the body of an NFL linebacker or defensive lineman.
Perhaps his most intriguing intangible, however, is his relentless motor and work ethic, suggesting that the 19-year-old is destined to become a stalwart defender at the next level.
Putting it simply, Zion is a phenomenon on the brink of greatness and his talents will translate perfectly to the Pelicans.
NO. 1 ➡️ NEW ORLEANS!— ESPN (@espn) May 15, 2019
The Pelicans have won the NBA draft lottery. pic.twitter.com/7i4UdULACM
Then there's Morant, the one-man show at Murray State that led the Racers to a Round of 32 appearance in the NCAA Tournament back in March after an upset victory over Marquette.
His game is so rare that he could go out and lead the NBA in assists this upcoming year and just as easily take home the Dunk Contest crown over All-Star Weekend.
Ja was the first Division-I player to average over 20 points and 10 assists in a single season since assists became an official stat in 1983. If he were to go out and run the point for either the Pelicans or Grizzlies tomorrow, we'd guarantee a stellar performance.