Some of the worst teams in the NBA will be significantly improved tonight as they will be able to select some of the best players in college basketball. The New Orleans Pelicans have the first overall pick in the draft and will most likely select Zion Williamson who was the most exciting player in the NCAA. Some of the other big names in the draft are RJ Barrett and Ja Morant who are all expected to round out the top 3.
As for the rest of the first round draft picks, they will all be treated to some pretty incredible jewelry as Tissot is helping to sponsor the event. According to ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski, the first 30 picks in the draft will be gifted a custom watch with their team's logo on it, as well as having their names engraved.
Once these players get into the league and start making some real money, they will probably end up upgrading to something with a little bit more flare but for the time being, they will have some pretty great wristwear to flex.
If you're looking to watch the draft tonight, you can find out everything you need to know about it right here.
Kawhi Leonard Trolled Nick Nurse With Hilarious D-League Chirp
Leonard has no time for anecdotes.
Kawhi Leonard has been put under a microscope for his unique personality and the way he trash-talks out on the court. Leonard recently led the Toronto Raptors to their first ever NBA championship and as we approach free agency, there has been plenty of speculation as to where Kawhi will end up going. The Board Man seems to have a pretty good relationship with his teammates and coaches especially considering a story that was recently told by ESPN writer Zach Lowe.
Head coach Nick Nurse was talking to the Raptors after they went up 3-2 on the Milwaukee Bucks in the Eastern Conference Finals and likened it to when he was coaching in the D-League. Nurse explained how his team went up 1-0 in the Finals that year and weren't able to finish the series at home. That's when Kawhi interjected and said “In the D-League? I’m done listening to this.”
Ever since the Raptors won the championship last Thursday, Leonard has revealed himself to be a lot more fun than we all believed. From getting completely obliterated with Serge Ibaka, to accepting the plant from Plant Guy, it's clear that Kawhi is having a pretty good time in the 6ix.
Fans in the city will be crossing their fingers as he makes one of the most difficult decisions of his career.
2019 NBA Draft: Full Draft Order, Start Time & How To Watch
It’s a big night for some of the best prospects in the game.
Tonight is the night some of the best players in college basketball have been waiting for. The NBA Draft is about to go down which means teams will be injected with some much-needed young talent. Many of these players have the potential to usher in a whole new era of NBA basketball and at the forefront of this is Zion Williamson of the Duke Blue Devils. Williamson is the most hyped up prospect we have seen since LeBron James and has an opportunity to make the New Orleans Pelicans a title contender should they choose to draft him first overall.
Some of the other big name prospects are Ja Morant and RJ Barrett who are expected to go to the Memphis Grizzlies and New York Knicks respectively, although anything can happen.
If you’re interested in watching the NBA Draft tonight, live coverage will begin at 7 P.M. EST and you will be able to watch all of the action on ESPN. This year’s draft will take place in Brooklyn at the Barclays Center. Below you can find the complete draft order for both rounds of the event.
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1. New Orleans
3. New York
4. Los Angeles Lakers
10. Atlanta (from Dallas)
14. Boston (from Sacramento Philadelphia)
19. San Antonio
20. Boston (from LA Clippers Memphis)
21. Oklahoma City
26. Cleveland (from Houston)
27. Brooklyn (from Denver)
28. Golden State
29. San Antonio (from Toronto)
31. Brooklyn (from New York Philadelphia)
33. Philadelphia (from Cleveland Orlando and New York)
34. Philadelphia (from Chicago Los Angeles Lakers)
36. Charlotte (from Washington Orlando, Denver and Atlanta)
38. Chicago (from Memphis)
39. New Orleans
40. Sacramento (from Minnesota Portland and Cleveland)
41. Atlanta (from Los Angeles Lakers Cleveland and Indiana)
42. Philadelphia (from Sacramento Brooklyn and Milwaukee)
43. Minnesota (from Miami Charlotte)
44. Atlanta (from Charlotte)
46. Orlando (from Brooklyn Memphis and Charlotte)
47. Sacramento (from Orlando New York)
48. LA Clippers
49. San Antonio
52. Charlotte (from Oklahoma City)
55. New York (from Houston)
56. LA Clippers (from Portland Detroit and Orlando)
57. New Orleans (from Denver Milwaukee)
58. Golden State
60. Sacramento (from Milwaukee)
Kyrie Irving To The Nets Hinges On Kevin Durant Signing: Report
The Nets have two max slots available.
Ever since Kyrie Irving announced he would become a free agent this Summer, there have been early reports that Irving wants to go to the Brooklyn Nets. The Nets are a young team with a lot of potential and were one of the more exciting stories in the league this past season. If Irving were to go to Brooklyn, he would make them a definite contender that could even win a playoff round or two. Since the All-Star weekend, Irving has been tied to Kevin Durant as some believe they will sign in the same place together.
While the New York Knicks were believed to be the team at first, the focus has been shifted to the Nets. The problem with Durant is that he has a ruptured Achilles and won't be able to play next season. According to a report from the New York Post's Brian Lewis, the Nets are starting to have second thoughts on Kyrie, especially if Durant doesn't come with him.
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"The Post has confirmed Brooklyn might have qualms about signing the enigmatic Irving if he isn’t bringing the injured [Kevin] Durant with him.
Other teams had already backed off of pursuing Irving with similar concerns over the way things went awry in Boston. If the Nets do the same, it would mean keeping [D'Angelo] Russell, who is a younger and cheaper option as a restricted free agent."
The free agent period begins on June 30th at 6 P.M. with the moratorium on signings coming to a close on July 6th. With this in mind, there will certainly be some interesting twists and turns over the next few weeks.