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NBA Draft: How Zion Williamson, Ja Morant, and RJ Barrett Will Impact Their Teams According to SportsLine Predictions



Everyone has known for months that Zion Williamson will be Number 1 in the 2019 NBA Draft, and now it's official. After a phenomenal season for newcomers to Duke, Williamson is now a member of the New Orleans Pelicans.

The other three top picks went as expected, with the Memphis Grizzlies welcoming Ja Morant with the # 2 pick and the New York Knicks picking RJ Barrett with the # 3 pick in the city. All three expect a bright future in the league, but how big is the impact on the rookie season?

SportsLine data scientist Stephen Oh ran the projections after the draft to give us an idea of ​​what their rookie looks like Statistics may look like, and how many victories will they add to their new squads.

New Orleans Pelicans

Before the design

25.2

0.0%

14

0.0%

0.0%

According to the draft [19659006] 34.4

2.5% [19659006] 13

0.0%

0.0%

Effect

+9.1

+ 2.5%

19659006] +1

SportsLine projects Williamson on average 18.7 points, 8.9 rebounds, 3.8 assists and 60.4 percent shot from the field. Of course, the Pels added two more first-round picks to Jaxson Hayes and Nickeil Alexander-Walker in their draft-day deal with the Hawks. An improvement of nine wins is still impressive and shows how impressive Williamson will be in this league.

Memphis Grizzlies

Before the design

30.7

0.2%

13 [19659006] 0,0%

0,0%

According to the design

34.8

3.2%

12

0.0%

0.0%

Beat

+4.1

+3%

+1

SportsLine projects Morant to an average of 18.2 points, 4.9 rebounds, 8.3 assists and shoots 35 percent of 3. Like the Pelicans, the Grizzlies have also added a beautiful premiere in Brandon Clarke, so this improvement is not just about Morant. But the point guard is the driving force here, and the Grizzlies are hoping to prove he can be their point guard of the future after trading with Mike Conley.

New York Knicks

Before the design

0,0%

15

0,0%

0,0%

According to the draft

18,2 [19659006] 0,0%

15

0,0%

0,0%

impact strength [19659006] +0,9

SportsLine predicts an average of 17.1 points for Barrett, 7.2 rebounds, 2.5 assists and a shot from the field of 41.6 percent. The Knicks made on Draft Night no further significant additions like the other two teams and were already worse. However, this is an indication that the projections do not look as impressive to Barrett as the top two picks.

It's also important to note that a lot of things will change soon when the freelance agency starts, but this is still an interesting look at how the top picks could affect their teams.


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