Every pick from the first round of the 2019 NBA draft — and how it compared to expert predictions

With the first pick of this year’s NBA draft, the New Orleans Pelicans selected Duke freshman sensation Zion Williamson.

Below, we tracked each first-round pick of the 2019 NBA draft and compared those selections with some of the top draft experts’ predictions.


1. New Orleans Pelicans — Zion Williamson, PF (Duke)

Where the experts projected this player to be drafted

Jonathan Givony of ESPN: No. 1 to the Pelicans

Sam Vecenie of The Athletic: No. 1 to the Pelicans

Gary Parrish of CBS: No. 1 to the Pelicans

The Ringer: No. 1 to the Pelicans

Jeremy Woo of Sports Illustrated: No. 1 to the Pelicans


2. Memphis Grizzlies — Ja Morant, PG (Murray State)

Where the experts projected this player to be drafted

Jonathan Givony of ESPN: No. 2 to the Grizzlies

Sam Vecenie of The Athletic: No. 2 to the Grizzlies

Gary Parrish of CBS: No. 2 to the Grizzlies

The Ringer: No. 2 to the Grizzlies

Jeremy Woo of Sports Illustrated: No. 2 to the Grizzlies


3. New York Knicks — R.J. Barrett, SG (Duke)

Where the experts projected this player to be drafted

Jonathan Givony of ESPN: No. 3 to the Knicks

Sam Vecenie of The Athletic: No. 3 to the Knicks

Gary Parrish of CBS: No. 3 to the Knicks

The Ringer: No. 3 to the Knicks

Jeremy Woo of Sports Illustrated: No. 3 to the Knicks


4. Atlanta Hawks (from Los Angeles Lakers) — De’Andre Hunter, F (Virginia)

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Where the experts projected this player to be drafted

Jonathan Givony of ESPN: No. 4 to the Pelicans

Sam Vecenie of The Athletic: No. 4 to the Pelicans

Gary Parrish of CBS: No. 4 to the Pelicans

The Ringer: No. 4 to the Pelicans

Jeremy Woo of Sports Illustrated: No. 5 to the Cavaliers


5. Cleveland Cavaliers — Darius Garland, PG (Vanderbilt)

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Where the experts projected this player to be drafted

Jonathan Givony of ESPN: No. 5 to the Cavaliers

Sam Vecenie of The Athletic: No. 5 to the Cavaliers

Gary Parrish of CBS: No. 5 to the Cavaliers

The Ringer: No. 5 to the Cavaliers

Jeremy Woo of Sports Illustrated: No. 6 to the Suns


6. Minnesota Timberwolves (from the Phoenix Suns) — Jarrett Culver, SG (Texas Tech)

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Where the experts projected this player to be drafted

Jonathan Givony of ESPN: No. 7 to the Bulls

Sam Vecenie of The Athletic: No. 7 to the Bulls

Gary Parrish of CBS: No. 7 to the Bulls

The Ringer: No. 7 to the Bulls

Jeremy Woo of Sports Illustrated: No. 4 to the Pelicans


7. Chicago Bulls — Coby White, PG (North Carolina)

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Where the experts projected this player to be drafted

Jonathan Givony of ESPN: No. 6 to the Timberwolves

Sam Vecenie of The Athletic: No. 6 to the Timberwolves

Gary Parrish of CBS: No. 6 to the Suns

The Ringer: No. 6 to the Timberwolves

Jeremy Woo of Sports Illustrated: No. 7 to the Bulls


8. New Orleans Pelicans (from the Atlanta Hawks) — Jaxson Hayes, C (Texas)

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Where the experts projected this player to be drafted

Jonathan Givony of ESPN: No. 8 to the Pelicans

Sam Vecenie of The Athletic: No. 8 to the Pelicans

Gary Parrish of CBS: No. 10 to the Hawks

The Ringer: No. 10 to the Hawks

Jeremy Woo of Sports Illustrated: No. 10 to the Hawks


9. Washington Wizards — Rui Hachimura, PF (Gonzaga)

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Where the experts projected this player to be drafted

Jonathan Givony of ESPN: No. 12 to the Hornets

Sam Vecenie of The Athletic: No. 12 to the Hornets

Gary Parrish of CBS: No. 13 to the Heat

The Ringer: No. 12 to the Hornets

Jeremy Woo of Sports Illustrated: No. 11 to the Timberwolves


10. Atlanta Hawks — Cam Reddish, SF (Duke)

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Where the experts projected this player to be drafted

Jonathan Givony of ESPN: No. 10 to the Hawks

Sam Vecenie of The Athletic: No. 10 to the Hawks

Gary Parrish of CBS: No. 8 to the Hawks

The Ringer: No. 8 to the Hawks

Jeremy Woo of Sports Illustrated: No. 8 to the Hawks


11. Phoenix Suns (from the Minnesota Timberwolves) — Cam Johnson, SF (North Carolina)

Where the experts projected this player to be drafted

Jonathan Givony of ESPN: No. 30 to the Pistons

Sam Vecenie of The Athletic: No. 33 to the 76ers

Gary Parrish of CBS: Not projected in the first round

The Ringer: No. 33 to the 76ers

Jeremy Woo of Sports Illustrated: No. 24 to the 76ers


12. Charlotte Hornets — P.J. Washington, PF (Kentucky)

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Where the experts projected this player to be drafted

Jonathan Givony of ESPN: No. 13 to the Heat

Sam Vecenie of The Athletic: No. 13 to the Heat

Gary Parrish of CBS: No. 12 to the Hornets

The Ringer: No. 13 to the Heat

Jeremy Woo of Sports Illustrated: No. 13 to the Heat


13. Miami Heat — Tyler Herro, SG (Kentucky)

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Where the experts projected this player to be drafted

Jonathan Givony of ESPN: No. 14 to the Celtics

Sam Vecenie of The Athletic: No. 14 to the Celtics

Gary Parrish of CBS: No. 14 to the Celtics

The Ringer: No. 16 to the Magic

Jeremy Woo of Sports Illustrated: No. 14 to the Celtics


14. Boston Celtics — Romeo Langford, SG (Indiana)

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Where the experts projected this player to be drafted

Jonathan Givony of ESPN: No. 16 to the Magic

Sam Vecenie of The Athletic: No. 23 to the Grizzlies

Gary Parrish of CBS: No. 16 to the Magic

The Ringer: No. 15 to the Pistons

Jeremy Woo of Sports Illustrated: No. 22 to the Celtics


15. Detroit Pistons — Sekou Doumbouya, PF (France)

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Where the experts projected this player to be drafted

Jonathan Givony of ESPN: No. 9 to the Wizards

Sam Vecenie of The Athletic: No. 11 to the Suns

Gary Parrish of CBS: No. 9 to the Wizards

The Ringer: No. 11 to the Suns

Jeremy Woo of Sports Illustrated: No. 9 to the Wizards


16. Orlando Magic — Chuma Okeke, PF (Auburn)

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Where the experts projected this player to be drafted

Jonathan Givony of ESPN: No. 22 to the Celtics

Sam Vecenie of The Athletic: No. 35 to the Pelicans

Gary Parrish of CBS: No. 30 to the Pistons

The Ringer: No. 39 to the Pelicans

Jeremy Woo of Sports Illustrated: No. 34 to the 76ers


17. New Orleans Pelicans (from the Atlanta Hawks) — Nickeil Alexander-Walker, SG (Virginia Tech)

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Where the experts projected this player to be drafted

Jonathan Givony of ESPN: No. 18 to the Pacers

Sam Vecenie of The Athletic: No. 16 to the Magic

Gary Parrish of CBS: No. 15 to the Pistons

The Ringer: No. 14 to the Celtics

Jeremy Woo of Sports Illustrated: No. 16 to the Magic


18. Indiana Pacers — Goga Bitadze, C (Georgia)

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Where the experts projected this player to be drafted

Jonathan Givony of ESPN: No. 15 to the Pistons

Sam Vecenie of The Athletic: No. 15 to the Pistons

Gary Parrish of CBS: No. 18 to the Pacers

The Ringer: No. 19 to the Spurs

Jeremy Woo of Sports Illustrated: No. 12 to the Hornets


19. San Antonio Spurs — Luka Samanic, PF (Croatia)

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Where the experts projected this player to be drafted

Jonathan Givony of ESPN: No. 35 to the Pelicans

Sam Vecenie of The Athletic: No. 19 to the Spurs

Gary Parrish of CBS: Not projected in the first round

The Ringer: No. 31 to the Nets

Jeremy Woo of Sports Illustrated: No. 29 to the Spurs


20. Philadelphia 76ers (from the Boston Celtics) — Matisse Thybulle, SF (Washington)

Where the experts projected this player to be drafted

Jonathan Givony of ESPN: No. 24 to the 76ers

Sam Vecenie of The Athletic: No. 24 to the 76ers

Gary Parrish of CBS: Not projected in the first round

The Ringer: No. 24 to the 76ers

Jeremy Woo of Sports Illustrated: No. 25 to the Trail Blazers


21. Oklahoma City Thunder —

Where the experts projected this player to be drafted

Jonathan Givony of ESPN:

Sam Vecenie of The Athletic:

Gary Parrish of CBS:

The Ringer:

Jeremy Woo of Sports Illustrated:


22. Boston Celtics —

Where the experts projected this player to be drafted

Jonathan Givony of ESPN:

Sam Vecenie of The Athletic:

Gary Parrish of CBS:

The Ringer:

Jeremy Woo of Sports Illustrated:


23. Memphis Grizzlies —

Where the experts projected this player to be drafted

Jonathan Givony of ESPN:

Sam Vecenie of The Athletic:

Gary Parrish of CBS:

The Ringer:

Jeremy Woo of Sports Illustrated:


24. Philadelphia 76ers —

Where the experts projected this player to be drafted

Jonathan Givony of ESPN:

Sam Vecenie of The Athletic:

Gary Parrish of CBS:

The Ringer:

Jeremy Woo of Sports Illustrated:


25. Portland Trail Blazers —

Where the experts projected this player to be drafted

Jonathan Givony of ESPN:

Sam Vecenie of The Athletic:

Gary Parrish of CBS:

The Ringer:

Jeremy Woo of Sports Illustrated:


26. Cleveland Cavaliers —

Where the experts projected this player to be drafted

Jonathan Givony of ESPN:

Sam Vecenie of The Athletic:

Gary Parrish of CBS:

The Ringer:

Jeremy Woo of Sports Illustrated:


27. Brooklyn Nets —

Where the experts projected this player to be drafted

Jonathan Givony of ESPN:

Sam Vecenie of The Athletic:

Gary Parrish of CBS:

The Ringer:

Jeremy Woo of Sports Illustrated:


28. Golden State Warriors —

Where the experts projected this player to be drafted

Jonathan Givony of ESPN:

Sam Vecenie of The Athletic:

Gary Parrish of CBS:

The Ringer:

Jeremy Woo of Sports Illustrated:


29. San Antonio Spurs —

Where the experts projected this player to be drafted

Jonathan Givony of ESPN:

Sam Vecenie of The Athletic:

Gary Parrish of CBS:

The Ringer:

Jeremy Woo of Sports Illustrated:


30. Detroit Pistons —

Where the experts projected this player to be drafted

Jonathan Givony of ESPN:

Sam Vecenie of The Athletic:

Gary Parrish of CBS:

The Ringer:

Jeremy Woo of Sports Illustrated: