No Zion: Wizards draw ninth overall selection in 2019 NBA Draft


The ping pong balls did not fall in the Wizards' favor during the NBA Draft Lottery Tuesday night.

The Wizards (32-50) entered the lottery with a nine percent chance of landing the top pick, the sixth-best odds in the league, but would only secure the ninth overall selection.
The Wizards had just a 3.8 percent chance of falling to the ninth pick, a 29.6 percent chance of drawing the seventh pick, and a 20.6 percent chance of drawing the eighth pick.

The Wizards had a 96% chance of not picking 9 or 10. I hate everything

— danny rouhier (@funnydanny) May 15, 2019

The Wizards getting the 9th pick was essentially the worst-case scenario tonight. They had a chance for 10th, but only 0.2 percent odds.

— Chase Hughes (@ChaseHughesNBCS) May 15, 2019

Memphis in top four. Lakers in top four. Wizards…are ninth. THREE TEAMS JUMPED AHEAD OF THEM!!!

— David Aldridge (@davidaldridgedc) May 15, 2019

Les Boulez forever

— JP Finlay (@JPFinlayNBCS) May 15, 2019

That means Duke sensation Zion Williamson, the most hyped NBA prospect since LeBron James went to Cleveland first overall in 2003, will not be coming to The District. The Wizards won't even get a crack at Murray State guard Ja Morant, the consensus No. 2 pick in the 2019 NBA Draft.

After the first 3 of 4 lottery numbers were drawn, the Pelicans had the most winning combinations, followed by the Wizards. In the room, Washington's Tommy Shepherd tracked numbers & knew exactly how close franchise came to winning the Zion draft. Later, he declined comment.

— Ben Golliver (@BenGolliver) May 15, 2019

The New Orleans Pelicans ultimately drew the No. 1 pick. The Pelicans – with a six percent chance – had just the seventh-best odds in the NBA of landing the top pick.

The Top Picks (odds)

1. New Orleans (6%)

2. Memphis (6%)

3. NY Knicks (14%)

4. LA Lakers (2%)

5. Cleveland (14%)

6. Phoenix (14%)

7. Chicago (12.5%)

8. Atlanta (10.5%)

9. Washington (9%)

10. Atlanta (10.5%)

11. Minnesota (3%)

12. Charlotte (1%)

13. Miami (1%)

14. Boston

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