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The Los Angeles Lakers drafted Talen Horton-Tucker out of Iowa State with the 46th overall pick in the second round of Thursday night's 2019 NBA draft. The Lakers acquired the 46th pick through a trade with the Orlando Magic. The 18-year-old averaged 11.8 points, 4.9 rebounds, 2.3 assists and 1.3 steals across 35 games in his lone season at Iowa State. Horton-Tucker is the Lakers' only selection of the night, as they included their No. 4 overall pick in the trade package to land Anthony Davis from the New Orleans Pelicans.

"Talen Horton-Tucker is a first round talent. Unique player at 6-4, 240, 7-1 wingspan with ball skills. Really needs to continue improving his body and decision making but the ability is there. Interested to see how he develops in LA" - Mike Schmitz

L.A.'s decision to trade into the second round might at least in part be due to the team's financial flexibility following the Davis trade. Even at his age, Horton-Tucker could be asked to play important minutes as a rookie. AP

The NBA Finals may have ended just a week ago, but the new faces of the upcoming season are already set to join their future organizations.

The Pelicans will have the first overall pick in the 2019 NBA Draft held Thursday, June 20 at 7 p.m. ET at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, N.Y. and have been the recent center of much of the league's buzz after sending Anthony Davis to the Lakers for a bundle of players and picks.

Former Duke freshman Zion Williamson is a virtual lock to be the No. 1 overall pick in a draft that is deemed by many to only have three potential stars (Williamson, Ja Morant and RJ Barrett). With a lack of sure-fire prospects making up the bulk of the first round, trades among teams are likely to be frequent and plenty.

Last year's top five picks consisting of Deandre Ayton, Marvin Bagley III, Luka Doncic, Jaren Jackson Jr. and Trae Young were part of a class for the ages - for the first time since the 1984-85 season, all five picks made the NBA All-Rookie First Team.

Below is the complete list of all NBA Draft picks in 2019 from No. 1 overall to No. 60.

How many rounds are in the NBA Draft?

The NBA Draft consists of only two rounds, the fewest of the four major North American sports leagues. Start to finish, 60 players will be drafted from the 2019 class.

How is the NBA Draft order determined?

The order of the NBA's first round is set by a lottery and the NBA's regular season. The first four picks were determined during May's draft lottery, won by the Pelicans with a 6.0 percent chance of landing the No. 1 overall pick.

The Grizzlies, Knicks and Lakers filled out pick Nos. 2-4 while the other lottery teams pick in inverse order of the regular-season standings.

Pick Nos. 15-30 in the first round and the entire second round also are determined by regular-season record.

 

NBA Draft order: Complete list of picks for 2019

Round 1

Pick Team
1 New Orleans Pelicans
2 Memphis Grizzlies
3 New York Knicks
4 Los Angeles Lakers*
5 Cleveland Cavaliers
6 Phoenix Suns
7 Chicago Bulls
8 Atlanta Hawks
9 Washington Wizards
10 Atlanta Hawks (from Dallas)
11 Minnesota Timberwolves
12 Charlotte Hornets
13 Miami Heat
14 Boston Celtics (from Sacramento via Philadelphia)
15 Detroit Pistons
16 Orlando Magic
17 Brooklyn Nets
18 Indiana Pacers
19 San Antonio Spurs
20 Boston Celtics (from LA Clippers via Memphis)
21 Oklahoma City Thunder
22 Boston Celtics
23 Utah Jazz
24 Philadelphia 76ers
25 Portland Trail Blazers
26 Cleveland Cavaliers (from Houston)
27 Brooklyn Nets (from Denver)
28 Golden State Warriors
29 San Antonio Spurs (from Toronto)
30 Milwaukee Bucks
*The No. 4 overall pick is part of the reported Anthony Davis trade, which hasn't been finalized. The Lakers are expected to make the pick on draft day.

Round 2

Pick Team
31 Brooklyn Nets (from New York via Philadelphia)
32 Phoenix Suns
33 Philadelphia 76ers (from Cleveland via Orlando and New York)
34 Philadelphia 76ers (from Chicago via Los Angeles Lakers)
35 Atlanta Hawks
36 Charlotte Hornets (from Washington via Orlando, Denver and Atlanta)
37 Dallas Mavericks
38 Chicago Bulls (from Memphis)
39 New Orleans Pelicans
40 Sacramento Kings (from Minnesota via Portland and Cleveland)
41 Atlanta Hawks (from Los Angeles Lakers via Cleveland and Indiana)
42 Philadelphia 76ers (from Sacramento via Brooklyn and Milwaukee)
43 Minnesota Timberwolves (from Miami via Charlotte)
44 Atlanta Hawks (from Charlotte)
45 Detroit Pistons
46 Orlando Magic (from Brooklyn via Memphis and Charlotte)
47 Sacramento Kings (from Orlando via New York)
48 Los Angeles Clippers
49 San Antonio Spurs
50 Indiana Pacers
51 Boston Celtics
52 Charlotte Hornets (from Oklahoma City)
53 Utah Jazz
54 Philadelphia 76ers
55 New York Knicks (from Houston)
56 Los Angeles Clippers (from Portland via Detroit and Orlando)
57 New Orleans Pelicans (from Denver via Milwaukee)
58 Golden State Warriors
59 Toronto Raptors
60 Sacramento Kings (from Milwaukee)

Golden State Warriors head coach Steve Kerr remains optimistic the team will have the services of Kevin Durant at some point during the 2019 NBA Finals against the Toronto Raptors.

"I do think he'll play in the series," Kerr said of Durant on KNBR 680. "I think there's a good chance that he plays in Game 5 or 6."

Durant, who continues to nurse a calf strain, hasn't played since the Warriors' Game 5 victory over the Houston Rockets in the second round.

Following Golden State's 123-109 Game 3 defeat to the Raptors, Kerr told reporters he thought Durant might be ready to handle 5-on-5 or 3-on-3 workouts Thursday in preparation for a return to the court.

Kerr explained how the nature of the injury makes it difficult to pinpoint the status of Durant's recovery: "This whole thing has been so difficult to message...the injury itself, there's a lot of grey area. There's no easy timeline...when it's healthy, it's healthy."

OAKLAND, USA (AFP) - An upstart Toronto Raptors squad dethroned defending champion Golden State on Thursday, defeating the Warriors 114-110 to win the NBA Finals and capture the first crown by a club from outside the United States.
Kyle Lowry and Pascal Siakam each scored 26 points while Kawhi Leonard and reserve Fred VanVleet both had 22 as Toronto won the best-of-seven series four games to two.

Leonard was named the NBA Finals Most Valuable Player for the second time in his career after the first in 2014 with San Antonio, which traded him to Toronto last July.

“Last summer I was going through a lot. I just kept working hard and had my mind set on this goal right here,” Leonard said. “This is why I play basketball. This is what I work hard for. I’m glad to see it all pay off.”

The Raptors became the first Canadian club to win a major North American sports title since the 1993 Toronto Blue Jays captured Major League Baseball’s World Series.

“It means a lot for our city and the country and for these players,” Raptors coach Nick Nurse said, who didn’t mind not winning it at home. “You get the win and you’re just happy you got it and celebrate that fact.”

The Raptors spoiled the Warriors’ farewell appearance at Oracle Arena. Golden State’s home since 1971 will be replaced by a new $1 billion venue in San Francisco next season.

“To be able to celebrate with these guys is awesome,” Siakam said, his Cameroon homeland flag draped around his shoulders.

“It’s a dream to have achieved this,” Spanish center Marc Gasol said. “I’ve never worked so hard.”

Klay Thompson scored 30 points to lead the Warriors but left the game with a left knee injury late in the third quarter after landing awkwardly on his left leg.

It was the latest setback for an injury-hit Golden State team that was already without two-time NBA Finals Most Valuable Player Kevin Durant, who returned in game five Monday after being sidelined for a month only to FROM PAGE 16
suffer a ruptured right Achilles tendon.

“Tough, tough way to go out,” Curry said. “I think a lot has been proven about who we are as a team and the adversity we faced throughout the playoff run.

“The DNA and character we have on this team, I wouldn’t bet against us being back on this stage next year and going forward.”

Andre Iguodala added 22 points for the Warriors, Stephen Curry had 21 and Draymond Green contributed 11 points, 18 rebounds and 13 assists.

“Everybody on this team played with a lot of heart,” Green said. “We just came up a little short.”

Golden State had a final shot to win trailing 111-110 but Curry missed a 3-pointer and Green called a timeout when the team had none, setting up three final free throws by Leonard to seal the victory.

The Warriors failed in their bid for a third consecutive title and to become the first team in 50 years to win four titles in five seasons.

Toronto’s triumph made this the first NBA Finals where road teams won five consecutive games.

Lowry scored 21 points in the first half to give Toronto a 60-57 lead, hitting 7-of-10 shots from the floor and 4-of-5 from 3-point range. Thompson led the Warriors with 18 first-half points.

Iguodala scored six points in a 14-4 Warriors run, joining Curry and Thompson in hitting 3-pointers in the spurt to give Golden State an 80-76 advantage just before disaster struck again.

Thompson landed awkwardly on his left leg on a missed shot and went to the floor writhing in pain, being helped to the locker room with a knee injury as the Warriors called a timeout.

Walking to the locker room, Thompson turned back and returned to the court, a standing crowd screaming with delight to see him sink two free throws.

 

We have now reached the part of the Kevin Durant free agency guessing game where people are frantically analyzing T-shirts on Nike's online store.

On Saturday, a Twitter user called attention to a shirt on Nike's website that is part of the Kevin Durant collection.

"Nike has this @KDTrey5 shirt on the site that has all the Teams/Cities KD has played for," the user wrote. "The last 2 are Oakland & San Francisco. GSW last season in Oakland is this season. Next season they are in SF. Did @Nike confirm KD back to Warriors?"

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The shirt in question says "Stay true" and "Easy buckets" on the front, and does indeed list San Francisco as one of the cities where Durant has played. But it's hard to believe Nike has inside information when Durant's own agent says the Warriors star is undecided on his future plans.

Still, this didn't stop a few fans from taking the theory as fact after a handful of websites reported on the shirt Monday.

"All this speculation all season about KD leaving and we find out from a Nike t-shirt that he's staying," one fan tweeted on Monday.

"I think Nike just slipped Kd staying in the bay," another chimed in.

Other fans were far more cynical.

"That KD Nike shirt means absolutely nothing, Warriors fans," one tweeted. "Don't be naive and put your hope into a T shirt."

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The shirt is still currently listed on Nike's website; In the crazy event Nike did have inside information and accidentally tipped Durant's hand, it would likely have been removed by now. Unless you really want to put on your tin foil hat and contend Nike isn't removing it because doing so would signal they did accidentally reveal Durant's free agency plans.

But it's probably nothing.

 

"I just try to play every game like it's Game 7 of the NBA Finals."
--Kawhi Leonard

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The Warriors went through scoring droughts and a rash of injured players and still managed to pull out a gutsy win on the road in Game 2.

Kevon Looney and Kevin Durant are out for this one, while Klay Thompson is currently questionable to suit up. What does all that mean for the betting market in Game 3?

For the first time in the NBA Finals, the spread ticket percentages are favoring the Raptors. As of Tuesday evening, the Warriors are receiving 35% of the betting tickets in Game 3. Under Steve Kerr, the Warriors have closed with under 50% of betting tickets 18 times in the playoffs. They are 18-0 straight-up and 15-3 against-the-spread (ATS) in those spots, covering by 8.6 points per game. – Evan Abrams

The Warriors trailed at the half of both Games 1 and 2 against the Raptors. The last 12 times the Warriors have trailed at the half of a playoff game, they are 11-0-1 straight-up on the second-half moneyline and 8-3-1 against the second-half spread. – Abrams

The Warriors are coming off one of their patented 30-plus assist playoff games, which they lead the NBA in since 2014-15. Under Kerr, Golden State is 24-3 straight-up and 18-9 ATS in the playoffs after a 30-plus assist game. – Abrams

As the NBA Finals shifts to Oracle Arena, take note: Under Kerr, the Warriors are 37-18 (67.3%) ATS at home in the regular season and playoffs when facing a team with a win rate of 66% or higher. – Abrams

 

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