The 2019 NBA Draft is finally upon us.
Draft day is always one of the most fun days of the year. The season has only just ended, yet the 29 teams that dealt with disappointment get something of a fresh start, with all the unabashed hope that comes from an exciting prospect.
That includes the Golden State Warriors, who are drafting in the 28th slot, same as last year, when they chose Jacob Evans III.
Who they’ll draft there is a mystery. There are a lot of good names that will be available, but it’s unclear exactly which ones will be, and which prospects will have been scooped up. Nate covered some of the athletes that the Warriors are likely looking at, if you want some last-minute reading.
All signs point towards the Warriors drafting Alen Smailagic in that slot. Smailagic is a sharpshooting 18-year old forward from Serbia with a vast toolkit. He was too young to enter the draft last year, but played in the G League for the Santa Cruz Warriors.
The Warriors held him out of G League showcases, with the hope of keeping him a secret until draft day. We’ll see if that strategy paid off.
Question many around the NBA are asking: how high will Golden State take Santa Cruz Warrior Alen Smailagic? Smailagic was shut down early in process and hidden in Serbia from the rest of the NBA. There was talk the Clippers might take him at 48. Did GS just move in front of them? https://t.co/0HJw1ZUOp0— Jonathan Givony (@DraftExpress) June 20, 2019
Elsewhere, there figures to be a lot of excitement. This draft doesn’t have a lot of high-end talent, but it does have a lot of depth, and it remains incredibly unclear how things will shake out. There are a handful of prospects that could be picked in the teens, or could fall into the second round.
The top three picks are essentially set, with the New Orleans Pelicans taking Zion Williamson, the Memphis Grizzlies selecting Ja Morant, and the New York Knicks drafting RJ Barrett. After that, it’s chaos.
Top three picks in 2019 NBA draft are set, per sources:— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) June 20, 2019
1. Zion Williamson, Pelicans
2. Ja Morant, Grizzlies
3. RJ Barrett, Knicks
Pelicans hold cards at No. 4.
The draft begins at 4:00 p.m. PT on ESPN.
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