NBA draft lottery deep dive: Rankings, odds and intel Express News

The 2019 NBA draft comes with the debut of new odds throughout the lottery (Tuesday, 8:30 p.m. ET on ESPN) — giving more teams a reasonable chance of winning the No. 1 overall pick and a chance to select consensus top prospect Zion Williamson.

There are huge stakes throughout the lottery. Landing No. 1 could completely change a franchise. There will be a debate at No. 2 between Murray State’s Ja Morant and Duke’s RJ Barrett, and team fit could ultimately settle things. Multiple teams in the lottery are holding on to protected or traded picks. And, of course, teams jumping up in the lottery could swing Anthony Davis trade talks.

Here’s everything you need to know before the big draw Tuesday night.

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Lottery odds

Here are the odds for each lottery team’s selection heading into the draw:

2019 NBA draft position odds

Team Exp. Pos. No. 1 (%) Top 3 (%) Top 5 (%) Top 10 (%)
NYK 3.7 14.0 40.2 100 100
CLE 4.0 14.0 40.2 73.5 100
PHX 4.0 14.0 40.2 73.5 100
CHI 4.4 12.5 36.6 55.3 100
ATL 5.0 10.5 31.6 44.3 100
WAS 5.5 9.0 27.6 37.2 100
DAL* 7.1 6.0 19.0 26.2 98.8
MEM* 7.1 6.0 19.0 26.2 98.8
NOP 7.1 6.0 19.0 26.2 98.8
MIN 9.2 3.0 9.9 13.9 79.8
LAL 10.3 2.0 6.7 9.4 9.4
CHA 12.6 1.0 3.4 4.8 4.8
MIA 12.6 1.0 3.4 4.8 4.8
SAC* 12.6 1.0 3.4 4.8 4.8
*Protected or traded pick

The NBA now draws the top four picks through the lottery instead of the top three, with the teams’ chances of a winning selection flattened.

Here’s an overview of the new odds for the 14 lottery slots compared to the old ones:

Some key insights to know:


The traded picks

There are three protected or traded picks to know about in the lottery, along with projections from ESPN’s Basketball Power Index on where they land:


The Mavericks owe their pick to the Hawks if it falls outside the top five. If not conveyed, the pick remains top-five protected in 2020, falls to top-three protected until 2022 and becomes unprotected in 2023.


The Grizzlies owe their pick to the Celtics if it falls outside the top eight. If not conveyed, the pick falls to top-six protected in 2020 and then becomes unprotected in 2021.


The Kings owe their pick to the Celtics unprotected, but the 76ers will get the selection if this becomes the No. 1 pick. In that scenario, Boston would get Philadelphia’s pick.


Top prospects and mock draft projections

Zion is the clear No. 1 overall player. But which prospects will make up the rest of the lottery?

Here’s the top 14, based on intel and scouting from ESPN’s Jonathan Givony and Mike Schmitz.

New 2019 lottery odds (vs. previous odds)

Player Team POS HT WT
1. Zion Williamson Duke F 6-6 272
2. Ja Morant Murray State G 6-3 170
3. RJ Barrett Duke G 6-7 208
4. Darius Garland Vanderbilt G 6-3 173
5. De’Andre Hunter Virginia F 6-8 222
6. Jarrett Culver Texas Tech G 6-5 190
7. Cam Reddish Duke F 6-9 205
8. Sekou Doumbouya Limoges F 6-9 210
9. Jaxson Hayes Texas C 6-11 220
10. Coby White UNC G 6-5 191
11. Romeo Langford Indiana F 6-6 202
12. Brandon Clarke Gonzaga F/C 6-8 210
13. Bol Bol Oregon C 7-2 222
14. Kevin Porter Jr. USC G 6-6 217


Get to know Zion

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