Pelicans win NBA draft lottery, sweepstakes for Duke superstar Zion Williamson

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The New Orleans Pelicans have won the NBA draft lottery and the first shot at selecting Duke superstar Zion Williamson, the presumed choice as the top pick in the draft.

The New York KnicksCleveland Cavaliers and Phoenix Suns each had a 14 percent chance of landing the top pick under a new system that gives equal weight of winning the lottery to the teams with the three worst records in the league.

The Pelicans were a long shot, holding a 6 percent chance of winning the lottery, the 7th best odds entering the night. The Grizzlies and Lakers also moved up with the Lakers improving up from the 11th pick to No. 4, while the Grizzlies improved from No. 8 to the No. 2 pick.

Here’s the full order from the lottery that was held on Tuesday evening.

Williamson surpassed expectations at Duke

Williamson is one of the most coveted NBA prospects in years and will provide an immediate injection of relevance to the Pelicans. He somehow exceeded the massive expectations he arrived with at Duke as a member of one of the most heralded recruiting classes in college basketball history alongside R.J. Barrett and Cam Reddish, who also project as lottery picks.

Williamson was the third-rated prospect in Duke’s class but quickly established himself as the star of the team as he wowed crowds with the spectacular dunks that made him a social media sensation before he left high school.

Williamson averaged 22.6 points, 8.9 rebounds, 2.1 assists, 2.1 steals and 1.8 blocks while shooting 68 percent from the field and 33.8 percent from 3-point distance en route to being named National Player of the Year and winning the Wooden and Naismith Awards.