Pelicans win Zion sweepstakes, will choose first in NBA Draft
Your dimpled decimal pointed hopes of the Dallas Mavericks actually drafting Zion Williamson have been dumped.
The lure of the NBA Draft lottery managed to raise the collective hopes of Mavs’ Maniacs once again, only to have the lotto balls send them back to the bar to order a double of the good stuff.
Although other teams jumped into the top three of the NBA lottery, but of course the Mavs did not. When it comes to the NBA lottery, no team in the league has been treated worse than your Dallas Mavericks.
The Mavs have been in the lottery 15 times before Tuesday night. In their history, they have never moved up to a higher pick. Six times they actually dropped.
A bunch of ping pong balls determined that Zion will not be a teammate with Luka Doncic, nightclub lover Kristaps Porzingis and The Franchise, Dwight Powell.
The NBA Draft lottery was Tuesday night, and the Mavs’ small hopes of slipping/lucking their way into a top three pick, possibly even No. 1, did not work out.
The Mavs would have selected 10th, but as part of the 2018 NBA Draft night deal to obtain The Luka from the Hawks, their ‘19 lottery pick goes to Atlanta. The Mavs would have kept it only if it was a top five selection.
The Mavericks will have a second round pick when the NBA Draft is held on June 20, which they will use on a 7-foot point guard who grew up playing against seals and penguins in Antarctica.
Because the Mavs finished tied with the seventh-worst overall record in the NBA, their chances of winning the top pick were only 6 percent. Their chances of landing either the second or third pick were not much better.
The Mavs have insisted for the last eight months they only wanted their 2019 lottery pick if it was No. 1 overall; with the exception of Zion, the Mavs are not in love with anyone from this draft class, whether it be Ja Morant or RJ Barrett.
Of course, had they had the chance to select either player they would have been thrilled, although one source insists they would have tried to trade the pick.
Speaking of the No. 1 overall pick ... it was won by not the New York Knicks, as expected, but rather the New Orleans Pelicans. Zion will not save the Knicks but the Pelicans.
Because God hates the New York Knicks.
Although the Cleveland Cavaliers and Phoenix Suns had the best percentages to land a top three pick, their lotto balls went bust. The Knicks will pick third and the Lakers, which slipped into a top five pick, will select fourth.
The Cavaliers will pick fifth, and the Suns sixth.
There will be no Mavs draft party, because that celebration was last June when they bagged Luka.
When it came to this lottery, we were all dumb to think this Mavs’ ticket was a winner.
The top 14 picks in the 2019 NBA Draft:
1. New Orleans Pelicans
2. Memphis Grizzlies
3. New York Knicks
4. Los Angeles Lakers
5. Cleveland Cavaliers
6. Phoenix Suns
7. Chicago Bulls
8. Atlanta Hawks
9. Washington Wizards
10. Atlanta Hawks (via Mavs)
11. Minnesota Timberwolves
12. Charlotte Hornets
13. Miami Heat
14. Boston Celtics