The ping pong balls have landed! The New Orleans Pelicans were the surprise winners of the NBA draft lottery and first chance at Duke star Zion Williamson. Now that the lottery results are final, let’s take a look at landing spots for potential Pro Ducks.
BOL BOL: The highest-rated basketball player to ever sign with Oregon who seemed to have come and gone in a blink of an eye.
It’s easy to see why Bol is one of the most intriguing players in the 2019 NBA Draft: 7-foot 2 centers with 7-foot-8 wingspans and terrific outside shooting (52 percent from three) don’t come along often. In his nine games with the Ducks, he led the team in points (21.0 per game), rebounds (9.6) and blocks (2.7).
Did he display enough of his immense potential before the season-ending injury to wipe away the red flag durability concerns? Will the 7-foot-2 center be a lottery selection or has his draft stock slipped? The consensus among mock drafts is that he will be a first round draft pick.
8th pick: Atlanta Hawks select Oregon center Bol Bol (Bleacher Report)
17th pick: Brooklyn Nets select Oregon center Bol Bol (SB Nation)
10th pick: Atlanta Hawks (from Dallas Mavericks) select Oregon center Bol Bol (NY Post)
17th pick: Brooklyn Nets select Oregon center Bol Bol (Sports Illustrated)
22nd pick: Boston Celtics select Oregon center Bol Bol (NBC Sports)
LOUIS KING: The 6-foot-9 forward’s draft stock certainly climbed through Oregon’s run in the Pac-12 and NCAA tournaments after scoring in double-figures in each game and being named to the Pac-12 All-Tournament team. But how far?
The five-star recruit has been listed as the No. 36 prospect in the draft by ESPN. Most mock drafts are first round only and do not have King listed, the consensus is that he will be selected in the second round.
38th pick: Chicago Bulls (from Memphis Grizzlies) select Oregon forward Louis King (Sports Illustrated)
30th pick: Milwaukee Bucks select Oregon forward Louis King (Mass Live)
Bol and King are among 66 players invited to this year’s NBA Combine, held May 16-17 (Noon-4 p.m. PT, ESPN2) at Quest Multisport in Chicago. Interestingly, King has decided not to work out in the five-on-five games and the combine.
Among the many who will not play 5-on-5 at the combine: Brandon Clarke, Lu Dort, Carsen Edwards, Daniel Gafford, Tyler Herro, Talen Horton-Tucker, Ty Jerome, Cam Johnson, Mfiondu Kabengele, Louis King, Jordan Nwora, Eric Paschall, Jordan Poole, Naz Reid, Dylan Windler.— Jeremy Woo (@JeremyWoo) May 15, 2019
Neither Payton Pritchard or Kenny Wooten (who also declared for the NBA draft and testing the waters) are currently listed as a potential draft pick on any mock draft I could find. Most likely, it'll be all eyes on Bol and King.
The deadline for players to withdraw from the draft and return to school is June 10.