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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

RJ Barrett and Zion Williamson aren’t the only ones who stand to make a fortune when their names are announced at the 2019 NBA Draft. Savvy bettors can also cash in by accurately predicting when each lottery-level talent will be chosen.

That’s where we come in. We’ve been tracking the movement of the world’s top 14 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 continues to be first or second 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 should dominate during his first – and only – year in college.

2019 NBA Draft Odds

Will Zion Williamson Be the 1st Overall Pick in the 2019 NBA Draft? Odds at BetOnline
Yes -1000
No +500

*Odds taken on 02/21/19

Odds to Be Selected 1st in the 2019 NBA Draft

Who Will Be Selected First in the 2019 NBA Draft? School Odds at MyBookie
Zion Williamson Duke -300
RJ Barrett Duke +125
Cameron Reddish Duke +1000
Nassir Little UNC +1600
Keldon Johnson Kentucky +2000
FIELD N/A +2000

*These odds were taken on 12/04/18 and are no longer available. We will share new odds as soon as they are posted.

2019 NBA Draft Likely Order

Pick Team
1 New York Knicks
2 Phoenix Suns
3 Cleveland Cavaliers
4 Chicago Bulls
5 Atlanta Hawks
6 Memphis Grizzlies
7 Washington Wizards
8 Orlando Magic
9 New Orleans Pelicans
10 Detroit Pistons
11 Minnesota Timberwolves
12 Atlanta Hawks
13 Los Angeles Lakers
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
RJ Barrett Duke 6’6″ 210 SG
Nassir Little North Carolina 6’6″ 215 SF
Sekou Doumbouya France 6’9″ 230 SF
Zion Williamson Duke 6’6″ 260 PF
Ja Morant Murray State 6’3″ 175 G
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 this season. 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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Ryan Murphy began his love affair with sports journalism at the age of nine when he wrote his first article about his little league baseball team. He has since authored his own weekly column for Fox Sports, and now serves as SBD’s resident NBA and MLB expert.