The 2019 NBA Draft went down Thursday at Barclays Center, home of the Nets, in Brooklyn. It was a big night for the league, which welcomed Zion Williamson, Ja Morant and others into its ranks.
The Pelicans did as expected by taking Williamson with the No. 1 overall pick. The 19-year-old was noticeably emotional in his television interview afterwards, fighting back tears as he credited his mother for supporting him so much.
The Grizzlies and Knicks also provided no surprises by taking Morant and R.J. Barrett, respectively.
The Hawks were the team to deliver the first big surprise by trading up with the Pelicans to No. 4 to take Virginia forward De’Andre Hunter. There were reportedly several teams in the hunt for that selection before Atlanta made its move to bolster a core led by Trae Young, John Collins and Kevin Huerter.
Here are complete results for the first round of the draft.
2019 NBA Draft, Round 1 results
- Pelicans – Zion Williamson, Duke
- Grizzlies – Ja Morant, Murray State
- Knicks – R.J. Barrett, Duke
- Hawks (via Pelicans/Lakers) – De’Andre Hunter, Virginia
- Cavaliers – Darius Garland, Vanderbilt
- Timberwolves (via Suns) – Jarrett Culver, Texas Tech
- BULLS – Coby White, North Carolina
- Pelicans (via Hawks) – Jaxson Hayes, Texas
- Wizards – Rui Hachimura, Gonzaga
- Hawks (via Mavericks) – Cam Reddish, Duke
- Suns (via Timberwolves) – Cameron Johnson, North Carolina
- Hornets – P.J. Washington, Kentucky
- Heat – Tyler Herro, Kentucky
- Celtics (via Kings) – Romeo Langford, Indiana
- Pistons – Sekou Doumbouya, Limoges CSP (France)
- Magic – Chuma Okeke, Auburn
- Pelicans (via Hawks/Nets) – Nickeil Alexander-Walker, Virginia Tech
- Pacers – Goga Bitadze, Mega Bemax (Georgia)
- Spurs – Luka Samania, Petrol Olimpija (Croatia)
- 76ers (via Celtics/Clippers) – Matisse Thybulle, Washington
- Grizzlies (via Thunder) – Brandon Clarke, Gonzaga
- Celtics – Grant Williams, Tennessee
- Thunder (via Grizzlies/Jazz) – Darius Bazley, Princeton HS (Ohio)
- Suns (via Celtics/76ers) – Ty Jerome, Virginia
- Trail Blazers – Nassir Little, North Carolina
- Cavaliers (via Rockets) – Dylan Windler, Belmont
- Clippers (via Nets/Nuggets) – Mfiondu Kabengele, Florida State
- Warriors – Jordan Poole, Michigan
- Spurs (via Raptors) – Keldon Johnson, Kentucky
- Cavaliers (via Pistons/Bucks) – Kevin Porter Jr., USC