The three best players of this year's N.B.A. Designs have been discussed so often that most people do not even need their last name: Zion, Ja and R.J. Will do. The words "three-player draft" were disseminated via Ad Nauseam.
So, what happens if you're the fourth player in a three-player draft?
Darius Garland, a Vanderbilt sniper, is likely to find out. That is, he will do it if his erratic stock design does not put him in the top three.
The expectation for Thursday's draft at the Barclays Center is that the New Orleans Pelicans will bring Duke Zion Williamson to number one. The Memphis Grizzlies, who want to trade Mike Conley for the Utah Jazz, will take Murray State's Ja Morant to second place, and the Knicks will take the Duke's RJ, although last-minute alternative options were talked Barrett in third place [1
When Barrett sat at the Grand Hyatt in New York on Wednesday and answered at least eight questions about the Knicks, Garland was on a court that worked for the team.  When a group of reporters later tracked down Garland, who was not a show for his media time, he said that the Knicks who turned to him proved he was still being considered for their election. And if the pelicans, Grizzlies and Knicks overtake him? He has plans to have her paid.
"It will take me to another level," Garland told reporters, adding that the only reason he was not talking all the time was the time he missed in the last season a knee injury.
The 6-foot-3 garland can have a top. He played only five games for Vanderbilt, as his left knee had a meniscal injury that required surgery. In these five games, however, he prevailed with three counters against 11 of 23. And looking at his size, his magical ball handling, and his shooting range starting just inside the midline, it's easy to compare him to a pair of 6-foot-3-point guards: Stephen Curry and Damian Lillard.
Garland, 19, has no Curry NCAA tournament heroics or Lillard's four-year resume with steady progress, but there are enough similarities that could cause him to drop out of the top flight of picks, as is now the case for these all-stars the case is.
Some, including ESPN Jay Bilas believed there were good players in 2009, but that Oklahoma Blake Griffin was the only one sure. But Curry had his fans. Mike D & # 39; Antoni, the Knicks coach at the time, seemed to know exactly what he'd missed when Golden State hit # 7 at Curry before the Knicks designed Jordan Hill.
"To be honest, I would probably lie if I say no," D & # 39; Antoni said when asked if he was angry that the Knicks could not draw curry. Perhaps D & # 39; Antoni wondered how Hill would see this statement, adding, "It would probably be better if I lie to you."
In 2012, the big problem for Lillard was that he played for Weber State had and possibly came against it tougher competition. He was eventually selected by Portland No. 6.
"I can not control what people believe or what people say," Lillard said at the time to The Oregonian. "But I know that I belong here. I know that I can play at this level.
Garland, son of Winston Garland, a point guard who spent seven seasons in the N.B.A. played, there is also no lack of self-confidence. He would not even admit that it matched his ability to move up to No. 3 as he earned 2nd place for Memphis.
"I'm a confident guy," he said. "I will not just say that someone is better than me."
The teams with the first four picks – Pelicans, Grizzlies, Knicks and the Pelicans again in 4th place as Anthony Davis still trades the Los Angeles Lakers – to Thursday night to find out if Garland's self-esteem is correct player "design well working. This happened to them in the 2015 draft, which was thought to overwhelm him with the Karl Anthony cities of Kentucky, the D & # 39; Angelo Russell of Ohio State and the Jahlil Okafor of Duke.
In fourth place, the Knicks selected a little-known Latvian named Kristaps Porzingis, who was listed in draft guides as 6 feet 11 inches tall. In fact, Porzingis was 7-feet-3 and became an All-Star in 2017-18 before tearing his anterior cruciate ligament.
Between the Knicks and Porzingis things ended badly and the affectionately nicknamed unicorn was sold to Dallas while he restored his knee. Still, it's hard to say that he has not surpassed a "safe thing" like Okafor. unlike last season, he was also far superior to Russell. So far, the most productive picks in this design class were Number 1 (cities), 11 (Myles Turner), 32 (Montrezl Harrell), 6 (Willie Cauley-Stein), and 27 (Larry Nance Jr.).
There is no perfect basketball statistic to capture a player's value, but the Basketball Reference's winnings are No. 4 in five designs: 1966 (Lou Hudson), 1975 (Alvan Adams), 1991 (Dikembe Mutombo), 2004 (Chris Paul) and 2008 (Russell Westbrook). And four other # 4 picks (Byron Scott, Glen Rice, Rasheed Wallace and Antawn Jamison) proved to be more valuable than the three players drawn before them, even though they were not the most valuable members of their draft classes.  Who is still here?
Apart from the top three and Garland, the draft has many interesting players. Texas Tech's Jarrett Culver could be of great use on both sides of the course. De & # 39; Andre Hunter of Virginia and Matisse Thybulle of Washington could be defensive stars, the Jaxson Hayes of Texas will astonish people with his dunks, and in Kentucky there are two unscrupulous shooters, Tyler Herro of Kentucky and Cameron Johnson of North Carolina. The design has the son of Manute Bol (Bol Bol), the nephew of Dikembe Mutombo (Florida State Mfiondu Kabengele) and the cousin of Shai Gilgeous-Alexander (Nickeil Alexander-Walker).
Duke, North Carolina and Kentucky could each produce three picks for the first round, and Virginia and Gonzaga could each produce two picks.
However, the overarching theme of the draft is to what extent this year's player pool reflects the growth of the international game's influence. Canada has the chance to beat France's record of five players drawn in a single year from a country other than the US, and the NBA's "Basketball Without Borders" program has the chance of its best of six outdated players, a feat that has done it three times.
And in the biggest development for international basketball, Gonzaga's Rui Hachimura, whose parents are Japanese and Beninese, is expected to be the first Japanese-born player to write history.