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A record 5 players selected in the top 10, 6 lottery picks and record tying 10 first-round picks further burnished the ACC’s claim to being the ‘best college basketball conference in America’. With 13 players chosen in rounds one and two of this years draft the ACC led all other conferences in totals.
Championship hungry fans in New Orleans were celebrating in the French Quarter over the Pelicans selection of Zion Williamson. The Duke one & done was the first pick in the draft for the lottery winning Pelicans. It’s the fourth No. 1 pick of a Duke player in the draft. That’s more than any other NCAA school.
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Williamson will be joined by another ACC player in New Orleans. Virginia Tech’s Nickeil Alexander-Walker was selected in round one at pick number seventeen by the Brooklyn Nets. The anticipated trade will take him from the Nets to the Hawks to the Pelicans.
- 1 – Zion Williamson, New Orleans Pelicans
- 3 – RJ Barrett, New York Knicks
- 4 – De’Andre Hunter, Los Angeles Lakers (to Pelicans to Hawk
- 7 – Coby White, Chicago Bulls
- 10 – Cam Reddish, Atlanta Hawks
- 11 – Cameron Johnson, Minnesota Timberwolves (to Suns)
- 17 – Nickeil Alexander-Walker, Brooklyn Nets (to Hawks to Pelicans)
- 24 – Ty Jerome, Philadelphia 76ers (to Celtics to Suns)
- 25 – Nassir Little, Portland Trailblazers
- 27 – Mfiondu Kabengele, Brooklyn Nets (to Clippers)
- Round 2
- 48 – Terance Mann, Los Angeles Clippers
- 55 – Kyle Guy, New York Knicks (to Kings)
- 59 – Dewan Hernandez, Toronto Raptors
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We tapped into some opinions about ACC players and teams from the staff.
- Xayveon “Surprised by Cameron Johnson going at number 11″
- Jim “Funny but I think the analysts were too. Wasn’t where I thought he should be”
- Will “Neither Hunter or Reddish will be asked to carry the load. The Hawks drafted to build around Trae Young. Atlanta had one of the best drafts of the night”
- Xayveon “Loved how the Hawks solidified their wings for the future with Hunter and Reddish”
Jim “Those two selections build around Trae and Atlanta starts looking like a championship team”
- Xayveon “Don’t like the Alexander-Walker addition. New Orleans will have a log-jam at guard”
- Jim “There’s a lot of movement on the Pelicans roster. I see this as an indication more changes are coming as they build a young team”
- Xayveon “Ty Jerome a HUGE surprise and don’t see the fit”
- Will “I think Phoenix was trying to get more shooters. They took Johnson way too soon. I think Jerome’s role will be similar to what it was in the latter part of the season at Virginia. Play off the ball and fill in at point guard when needed”
- Xayveon “Clippers make a good move picking up Kabengele”
- Jim “Huge move by the Clippers. Kabengele is a bit of a project but the potential is big”
- Will “I like Kyle Guy going to the Kings. Could be a good offensive weapon for them off the bench”
- Xayveon “Suns have to be the worst franchise. I just don’t get what they’re trying to do. It’s a dumpster fire”
- Jim “Let me direct you to Washington”
- Xayveon “Denver may be the best team in all of the league with the depth they’ve added”
Grades-Who Passed, Who Failed
Which teams came out winners in the NBA Draft? According to Steve Silverman of Bleacher Report most picks graded C or above while only one player received a sub C grade.
Who are some of the notable players who were snubbed? Zach Brooks of NBC Sports has a short list of players including one from the ACC.
Teams that had a solid win for the night included New Orleans, Philadelphia, Atlanta and the New York Knicks. The other side of the coin found Phoenix, Washington and Boston stumbling through the draft.
Of course there are some thoughts on fine tuning the draft including getting rid of the hats and making sure the picks aren’t released early on Twitter. Here are some parting shots at the winners and losers from the 2019 NBA Draft.