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2019 NBA Draft order: Updated list of picks for first and second round

2019 NBA Draft order: Updated list of picks for first and second round

The 2019 NBA Draft has arrived, and the order of selection remains a fluid situation.

We’ve already seen several picks change hands over the last week, and we could see even more trades shake up the order both before and during Thursday night’s first round. 

One pick rumored to be in play is the No. 4 selection, which the New Orleans Pelicans acquired from the Los Angeles Lakers as part of the reported Anthony Davis trade last weekend. The Boston Celtics and Atlanta Hawks among the teams that have reportedly shown interest in trading up to No. 4

The Detroit Pistons acquired another first-rounder Wednesday night. They reportedly received the No. 30 pick and Tony Snell from the Milwaukee Bucks in exchange for Jon Leuer. This was a salary dump for the Bucks, who wanted to get rid of Snell's contract.

The Pelicans and Hawks are the only teams with multiple lottery picks, and the Hawks and Celtics own the most first-round selections overall with three apiece.

Here’s the updated 2019 NBA Draft order for the first and second rounds. This list will be updated throughout Thursday as trades happen.

ROUND 1
1. New Orleans Pelicans: Zion Williamson -- SF/PF, Duke
2. Memphis Grizzlies: Ja Morant -- PG, Murray State
3. New York Knicks: R.J. Barrett -- SF, Duke
4. Atlanta Hawks (via LAL and New Orleans): DeAndre Hunter -- SF, Virginia 
5. Cleveland Cavaliers: Darius Garland -- PG, Vanderbilt
6. Minnesota Timberwolves (via Phoenix): Jarrett Culver -- SG/SF, Texas Tech
7. Chicago Bulls: Coby White -- PG, North Carolina
8. New Orleans Pelicans (via Atlanta): Jaxson Hayes -- C, Texas
9. Washington Wizards: Rui Hachimura -- PF, Gonzaga
10. Atlanta Hawks (via Dallas): Cam Reddish -- SG/SF, Duke
11. Phoenix Suns (via Minnesota): Cameron Johnson -- SG/SF, North Carolina
12. Charlotte Hornets: P.J. Washington -- PF, Kentucky         
13. Miami Heat: Tyler Herro -- SG, Kentucky
14. Boston Celtics (from Sacramento via Philadelphia): Romeo Langford -- SG/SF, Indiana
15. Detroit Pistons: Sekou Doumbouya -- SF/PF, France
16. Orlando Magic: Chuma Okeke -- SG/SF, Auburn          
17. New Orleans Pelicans (via Brooklyn and Atlanta): Nickeil Alexander-Walker -- PG/SG, Virginia Tech          
18. Indiana Pacers: Goga Bitadze -- C, Georgia            
19. San Antonio Spurs: Luka Samanic -- PF/C, Croatia     
20. Philadelphia 76ers (from Boston via LA Clippers and Memphis): Matisse Thybulle -- SF, Washington
21. Memphis Grizzlies (via Thunder): Brandon Clarke -- PF/C, Gonzaga
22. Boston Celtics: Grant Williams -- PF, Tennessee
23. Oklahoma City Thunder (via Memphis and Utah): Darius Bazley -- SF/PF, Princeton High School
24. Phoenix Suns (via Boston and Philadelphia): Ty Jerome -- SG, Virgina
25. Portland Trail Blazers: Nassir Little -- SG/SF, North Carolina
26. Cleveland Cavaliers (via Houston): Dylan Windler -- SG, Belmont
27. Los Angeles Clippers (via Brooklyn and Denver): Mfiondu Kanebgele -- C, Florida State
28. Golden State Warriors: Jordan Poole -- SG, Michigan
29. San Antonio Spurs (via Toronto): Keldon Johnson -- SG, Kentucky
30. Cleveland Cavaliers (via Detroit Milwaukee): Kevin Porter Jr. -- SG/SF, USC

ROUND 2
31. Brooklyn Nets (from New York via Philadelphia): Nicolas Claxton -- C, Georgia
32. Miami Heat (from Indiana via Phoenix): KZ Okpala -- SG/SF, Stanford 
33. Boston Celtics (from Philadelphia via Cleveland, Orlando and New York): Carsen Edwards -- PG/SG, Purdue
34. Philadelphia 76ers (from Chicago via Los Angeles Lakers): Bruno Fernando -- C, Maryland
35. New Orleans Pelicans (from Atlanta): Marcos Louzada -- SF, Brazil
36. Charlotte Hornets (from Washington via Orlando, Denver and Atlanta): Cody Martin -- SG/SF, Nevada
37. Detroit Pistons (via Dallas): Deividas Sirvydis -- SF, Lithuania
38. Chicago Bulls (via Memphis): Daniel Gafford -- C, Arkansas
39. Golden State Warriors (via New Orleans): Alen Smailagic -- PF, Serbia
40. Sacramento Kings (from Minnesota via Portland and Cleveland): Justin James -- SF, Wyoming
41. Golden State Warriors (from Atlanta via Los Angeles, Cleveland and Indiana): Eric Paschall -- PF, Villanova
42. Philadelphia 76ers (from Sacramento via Brooklyn and Milwaukee): Admiral Schofield -- SF, Tennessee
43. Minnesota Timberwolves (from Miami via Charlotte): Jaylen Nowell -- PG/SG, Washington
44. Denver Nuggets (from Miami via, Atlanta and Charlotte): Bol Bol -- C, Oregon
45. Detroit Pistons: Isaiah Roby -- PF, Nebraska
46. Los Angeles Lakers (from Orlando via Brooklyn, Memphis and Charlotte): Talen Horton-Tucker -- SF, Iowa State
47. New York Knicks (from Sacramento via Orlando and New York): Ignas Brazdeikis -- PF, Michigan
48. LA Clippers Clippers: Terence Mann -- SF, Florida State
49. San Antonio Spurs: Quinndary Weatherspoon -- SG, Mississippi State
50. Utah Jazz (via Indiana): Jarrell Brantley -- SF, College of Charleston
51. Boston Celtics: Tremont Waters -- PG, LSU
52. Charlotte Hornets (via Oklahoma City): Jalen McDaniels -- SF, San Diego State
53. Utah Jazz: Justin Wright-Foreman -- PG, Hofstra
54. Philadelphia 76ers: Marial Shayok -- SG, Iowa State
55. New York Knicks (from Houston): Kyle Guy -- SG, Virginia
56. LA Clippers (from Portland via Detroit and Orlando): Jaylen Hands -- SG, UCLA
57. New Orleans Pelicans (from Atlanta via Denver, Milwaukee and New Orleans): Jordan Bone -- SG, Tennessee
58. Golden State Warriors: Miye Oni -- SG, Yale
59. Toronto Raptors: Dewan Hernandez -- C, Miami
60. Sacramento Kings (from Milwaukee): Vanja Marinkovic -- SG/SF, Serbia

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Kemba Walker rated 17th overall in NBA 2K20, trails 11th-ranked Kyrie Irving

Kemba Walker rated 17th overall in NBA 2K20, trails 11th-ranked Kyrie Irving

Kemba Walker is likely going to be compared to Kyrie Irving during his tenure with the Boston Celtics. Walker will be replacing the mercurial point guard who left the Celtics for greener pastures to team up with Kevin Durant and the Brooklyn Nets in free agency this offseason. And while Boston fans may not exactly be sad to see Irving go, there's no denying that Irving is a talented player.

In fact, Irving is so talented that he almost cracked the top 10 in this year's "NBA 2K20" ratings. The popular video game recently released some of the ratings ahead of the game's launch, and Irving placed 11th overall in the league with a 91 overall rating.

Meanwhile, Walker isn't far behind Irving, as he ranks 17th in overall rating for the game's initial release. He is the Celtics' highest-rated player with a mark of 88 overall.

This isn't much of a surprise, as the league has seemingly viewed Irving as the superior player to Walker throughout their respective careers. And their stat lines from last year would seemingly indicate that as well.

In 2018-19, 23.8 points, 5.0 rebounds, and 6.9 assists last season while shooting 48.7 percent from the field and 40.1 percent from beyond the arc. Meanwhile, Walker scored more points per game (25.6) but had worse rebound (4.4) and assist (5.9) numbers and shot just 43.4 percent from the field and 35.6 percent from 3-point range. So, that's likely why Irving was given a slight advantage in the video game.

Of course, NBA 2K ratings don't take chemistry into account with their overall player ratings, and that seems to be an area that most would give Walker the advantage in. And playing with a better supporting cast could also improve Walker's numbers and demonstrate that he is truly on par with Irving as a player.

But either way, Celtics fans won't care much about which player has the higher 2K rating, especially if Walker can help iron out some of the issues that percolated last season in the Celtics' locker room.

Walker will be holding his introductory Celtics press conference this Wednesday, July 17 at 1:00 p.m. ET. The press conference can be seen on NBC Sports Boston or streamed via the MyTeams App.

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Celtics open up additional cap space by rescinding Daniel Theis' qualifying offer

Celtics open up additional cap space by rescinding Daniel Theis' qualifying offer

The Celtics have grown accustomed to massive roster changes since the team dealt Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce to the Nets in 2013, and with that comes familiarity with sequencing moves perfectly to maximize their roster under the current CBA. 

On Monday, the Celtics rescinded Daniel Theis' qualifying offer, making him an unrestricted free agent according to Keith Smith. Theis agreed to a two-year, $10 million deal with the Celtics two weeks ago, so the only change here is the mechanism in which the Celtics will retain him. 

Since Theis is now an unrestricted free agent, the Celtics can use Early Bird Rights to re-sign him to the agreed-upon $10 million. This, in turn, frees up additional cap space for Boston to use on their open 15th roster spot, which was opened when the team waived and stretched Guerschon Yabusele earlier this week.

Boston now has about $1.1 million in cap space to use on the last spot, and the series of moves made in order to create that space could clue us in on the Celtics' plans for the final roster spot. 

One way the Celtics could go about this is to use the space to secure Tremont Waters on a four-year contract above the minimum salary. Signing a rookie above the minimum in this situation allows Boston to ink Waters for longer than two years. 

The rookie second-round pick agreed to a two-way contract with Boston recently, so this could free up a two-way slot for someone else. Tacko Fall and Javonte Green both had strong Summer Leagues and could be worth a longer look in Maine next season. 

Waters was a pleasant surprise in Summer League after he was selected with the 51st overall pick in the 2019 NBA Draft. While undersized at 5-10 and 172 pounds, there isn't much he can't do on the basketball court. Waters is shifty and smooth getting to the rim, has excellent skills in running an offense and is a pesky defender with quick hands and terrific instincts.

While he most likely won't get much of any playing time in his rookie season playing behind Kemba Walker, Marcus Smart, Brad Wanamaker and Carsen Edwards, that's a great group to work with every day and learn from. Waters won't have a limit on the amount of time he spends with the Celtics or Red Claws either. 

The Celtics could go a number of different ways with their 15th roster spot, including bringing on an unrestricted free agent using a veteran minimum. But given the way they've worked to free up cap space by rescinding Theis' qualifying offer, it most likely points to Waters earning the last spot. Their next move would be finding a player to fill a vacated two-way slot along with Max Strus. 

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