Zion Williamson, Cam Reddish, Marques Bolden, RJ Barrett

Duke's Zion Williamson, center, reacts with Marques Bolden (20), Cam Reddish (2) and RJ Barrett (5) following a play against St. John's during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game in Durham, N.C., Saturday, Feb. 2, 2019. Duke won 91-61. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome) ORG XMIT: NCGB107

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Well, now New Orleans has a reason to party.

Seven years after the Pelicans bucked the odds to draft Anthony Davis No. 1 overall, they've done it again. New Orleans took its 6 percent chance and snagged the No. 1 overall pick in the 2019 draft.

Duke's Zion Williamson is the prohibitive favorite to be selected first, with Duke teammate RJ Barrett and Murray State guard Ja Morant the other two players at the top of most mock drafts. 

The win throws the ultimate wrench into what is expected to be a rumor filled offseason after Davis' request for a trade midway through the 2018-'19 season. Now the Pelicans hold the ultimate trump card in trade talks. 

The Los Angeles Lakers, the team most heavily linked in trade rumors, also jumped up to grab the draft's No. 4 spot. They had just a 2 percent chance to land the top pick. 

Another team to watch is the Celtics, who own three first-round picks. Their lone lottery selection remained unchanged at No. 14. They also own the No. 20 and 22 picks. 


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The other team to jump into the lottery was the Memphis Grizzlies, who would have surrendered their pick to the Celtics had it fallen outside the top 8. Instead they will select at No. 2 overall. 

See the full list below: 

No. 1: New Orleans Pelicans

No. 2: Memphis Grizzlies

No. 3: New York Knicks

No. 4: Los Angeles Lakers 

No. 5: Cleveland Cavaliers

No. 6: Phoenix Suns

No. 7: Chicago Bulls

No. 8: Atlanta Hawks

No. 9: Washington Wizards

No. 10: Atlanta Hawks

No. 11: Minnesota Timberwolves

No. 12: Charlotte Hornets

No. 13: Miami Heat

No. 14: Boston Celtics

No. 15: Detroit Pistons

No. 16: Orlando Magic

No. 17: Brooklyn Nets

No. 18: Indiana Pacers

No. 19: San Antonio Spurs

No. 20: Boston Celtics

No. 21: Oklahoma City Thunder

No. 22: Boston Celtics

No. 23: Utah Jazz

No. 24: Philadelphia 76ers

No. 25: Portland Trail Blazers

No. 26: Cleveland Cavaliers

No. 27: Brooklyn Nets

No. 28: Golden State

No. 29: San Antonio

No. 30: Milwaukee

Order via NBA.com

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This article originally ran on theadvocate.com.

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