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  • Track the average draft projections for the NBA’s top 14 prospects 
  • See how their stock has fallen or improved in the eyes of scouts and top talent evaluators 
  • See a visualization of which programs have produced the most NBA players since the dawn of the NBA

We’ve been tracking the movement of the world’s top 14 basketball prospects across five popular NBA draft sites, and have come up with a single number for each player that represents their average ranking. We’ve included the information below in an easy-to-read graph and have also added stats and facts about the most-talked-about players. Check back regularly before the 2019 NBA Draft to see how their numbers fluctuate.

2019 NBA Draft Player Rankings

RJ Barrett is no longer the presumptive first pick, but he continues to be in the top three on every draft board across the nation. The Duke freshman is a hyper-athletic left-handed wing with an explosive first step and a silky smooth release. He’s already fared well in international competition as a member of Team Canada and dominated during his first – and only – year in college.

Who Will Be the 1st Overall Pick?

Who Will Be the 1st Overall Pick in the 2019 NBA Draft? Odds at MyBookie
Zion Williamson -9900
Field +2000

*Odds taken 06/20/19

Who Will Be the 2nd Overall Pick?

Who Will Be the 2nd Overall Pick in the 2019 NBA Draft? Odds at MyBookie
Ja Morant -3000
Field +1000

*Odds taken 06/20/19

Just as Zion Williamson is heavily favored to be chosen first, Ja Morant is also heavily favored to be taken second. The Murray State guard took the nation by storm during his sophomore season as he became the first player in NCAA history to average 20 points and 10 assists in a season.

 

How Many Freshman Will Be Picked in the 1st Round?

How Many Freshman Will Be Selected in the 1st Round? Odds at MyBookie
Over 5.5 -500
Under 5.5 +350

*Odds taken 06/20/19

With age comes experience, but with youth comes big paydays. The NBA loves upside, and this year’s one and done players have it in spades.

2019 NBA Draft Order

Pick Team
1 New Orleans Pelicans
2 Memphis Grizzlies
3 New York Knicks
4 New Orleans Pelicans
5 Cleveland Cavaliers
6 Phoenix Suns
7 Chicago Bulls
8 Atlanta Hawks
9 Washington Wizards
10 Atlanta Hawks
11 Minnesota Timberwolves
12 Charlotte Hornets
13 Miami Heat
14 Boston Celtics

The Suns provided the perfect blueprint for securing the number one pick in last year’s draft by losing 27 of their final 30 games of the season. Their thoroughly transparent tank job wasn’t pretty to watch, but it allowed them to select Deandre Ayton and hasten their rebuild.

Top 10 Players Available

Player School Height Weight Position
Zion Williamson Duke 6’6″ 260 PF
Ja Morant Murray State 6’3″ 175 G
RJ Barrett Duke 6’6″ 210 SG
Sekou Doumbouya France 6’9″ 230 SF
Nassir Little North Carolina 6’6″ 215 SF
Daniel Gafford Arkansas 6’11” 225 C
Romeo Langford Indiana 6’6″ 200 SG
Rui Hachimura Gonzaga 6’8″ 230 F
Cameron Reddish Duke 6’7″ 210 SG
Darius Garland Vanderbilt 6’2″ 175 G

Keep an eye on Nassir Little. The five star freshman was named MVP of the 2018 McDonald’s All-American game and the Jordan Brand Classic. He’s a natural scorer and a fearless defender who reminds many scouts of former Bobcats All-Star Gerald Wallace.

Last 10 Number 1 Picks

Year Player School All-Star Selections
2018 Deandre Ayton Arizona 0
2017 Markelle Fultz Washington 0
2016 Ben Simmons LSU 0
2015 Karl-Anthony Towns Kentucky 1
2014 Andrew Wiggins Kansas 0
2013 Anthony Bennett UNLV 0
2012 Anthony Davis Kentucky 5
2011 Kyrie Irving Duke 5
2010 John Wall Kentucky 5
2009 Blake Griffin Oklahoma 5

Having the first pick in the draft doesn’t always ensure that you’ll end up with a franchise savior. Just ask the Cavs, who made the mistake of nabbing UNLV power forward Anthony Bennett with the first selection in 2013.

The soft-spoken Canadian averaged just 4.8 points per game in his first season in Cleveland before being shipped to Minnesota. Bennett is now toiling away in the G League after cups of coffee in Toronto and Brooklyn.

Schools that Have Produced the Most NBA Players

 

If you go to an NBA arena these days there are three things you’re likely to see: cheerleaders, overpriced beer, and Kentucky alumni. The SEC powerhouse has produced 81 NBA players, including three top picks over the last eight years.

Kentucky will likely get to add to that total this year as Keldon Johnson and  PJ Washington are both expected to be selected within the first 60 picks.


Archived Draft Rankings Tracker: 2018

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