For the better part of the past year, the basketball world has speculated where Zion Williamson would begin his NBA career.
On Tuesday, we'll find out.
Taking place in Chicago, the league will hold its annual draft lottery to determine the selection order of the first 14 picks in the 2019 NBA Draft. Williamson, the freshman phenom who was named the Consensus National College Player of the Year in his lone season at Duke, is considered the top prospect in what is arguably the most highly anticipated draft lottery since the Cleveland Cavaliers landed the top pick in 2003, which they used to select LeBron James.
Speaking of the Cavs, they enter Tuesday night as one of three teams with the best odds possible of landing the No. 1 pick -- although this is far from a one player draft. With that in mind, let's take a look at everything you need to know about the 2019 NBA Draft Lottery and the implications it could have:
How to watch the 2019 NBA Draft Lottery
Date: May 14, 2019
Time: 8:30 p.m. ET
TV channel: ESPN
Location: Chicago, Illinois
Live Stream: WatchESPN
How does the NBA Draft Lottery work?
For the second straight year, the draft lottery will be held under its revised format, with a drawing of lottery balls selecting the first four picks in the draft. After the first four picks have been drawn, the rest of the top-14 will fall into place based on the predetermined order of teams entering the lottery.
That order, as well as the lottery odds, are based on the record of each team at the end of the 2018-19 season. Under the draft lottery's new format, the three worst teams in the league each possess a 14 percent chance of landing the No. 1 pick and a 52.1 percent chance of securing a top-four selection, with the lottery odds of each team decreasing from there.
What are the 2019 Draft Lottery odds?
Each team's odds of landing the No. 1 pick -- as well as the pecking order of picks based on tiebreaker drawings for teams with the same record -- are as follows (odds of landing a top-four pick is in parenthesis):
- New York Knicks - 14% (52.1%)
- Cleveland Cavaliers - 14% (52.1%)
- Phoenix Suns - 14% (52.1%)
- Chicago Bulls - 12.5% (48%)
- Atlanta Hawks - 10.5% (42.1%)
- Washington Wizards - 9% (37.2%)
- New Orleans Pelicans - 6% (26.3%)
- Memphis Grizzlies - 6% (26.3%)
- Atlanta Hawks (via Dallas Mavericks) - 6% (26.3%)
- Minnesota Timberwolves - 3% (13.9%)
- Los Angeles Lakers - 2% (9.4%)
- Charlotte Hornets - 1% (4.8%)
- Miami Heat - 1% (4.8%)
- Boston Celtics (via Sacramento Kings) - 1% (4.8%)
Who will be the No. 1 pick?
As has been the case since last November -- if not earlier -- Williamson is considered the consensus top prospect in the 2019 Draft.
A 6-foot-7, 285-pound forward, the former 5-star prospect took the college basketball world by storm last season, averaging 22.6 points and 8.9 rebounds. Even more impressive than his gaudy stat line is his highlight tape, which has made him a viral sensation dating back to his days at Spartanburg Day School in South Carolina.
While Williamson's upside is subject to debate -- he's drawn comparisons to players ranging from Shawn Kemp, Larry Johnson, Charles Barkley and Blake Griffin -- the 18-year-old undeniably enters the NBA with more star power than any rookie since James. That will likely be reflected in a record-breaking shoe deal in the weeks to come and will almost certainly make him too attractive for whichever team lands the No. 1 pick on Tuesday to pass up on.
Other prospects to know in the 2019 NBA Draft:
Ja Morant, point guard, Murray State
Considered by many to be the consensus No. 2 prospect in the draft, Ja Morant burst on to the scene as a sophomore last season with averages of 24.5 points, 10.0 assists and 5.7 rebounds. Like Williamson, the 6-foot-3, 175-pound point guard possesses freakish athleticism which should translate seamlessly to the next level.
R.J. Barrett, shooting guard, Duke
The top high school prospect in the country a year ago, R.J. Barrett was largely overshadowed by Williamson during his lone season at Duke, but still put forth a productive stat line of 22.6 points, 7.6 rebounds and 4.3 assists. A 6-foot-7 swingman, Barrett's game could ultimately be better suited for the NBA than it was in college, making him more than a mere consolation prize for whichever team lands the second or third pick.
Jarrett Culver, shooting guard, Texas Tech
One of the stars of the NCAA Tournament, Jarrett Culver saw his draft stock rise as the 6-foot-5 shooting guard led Texas Tech all the way to the National Championship Game. Averaging 18.5 points, 6.4 rebounds and 3.7 assists in his sophomore season, Culver is not only an effective scorer but capable playmaker who possesses the versatility to play multiple positions at the next level.
De'Andre Hunter, guard/forward, Virginia
Like Culver, De'Andre Hunter saw his stock soar throughout the NCAA Tournament as he helped lead Virginia to a national title victory. A 6-foot-7, 225-pound swingman who averaged 15.2 points on 52 percent shooting, Hunter is both athletic and versatile and could prove more capable of contributing immediately in the NBA than some of his lottery counterparts.
Cam Reddish, Small Forward, Duke
The wild card of the draft lottery, Cam Reddish arrived at Duke possessing plenty of hype but failed to live up to the standard set by Williamson and Barrett. Although the 6-foot-8 forward averaged just 13.5 points on 35.6 percent shooting in 36 games, his athleticism and upside could make him an intriguing option for any team that doesn't land a top-three pick on Tuesday.