Posted October 15, 2018 10:57:08It’s still not a done deal.
The NBA will announce the 2019 draft lottery on Tuesday, October 19, with the teams that finish second, third and fourth taking their picks.
That leaves the NBA’s other two divisions, the Big 3 and the ACC, to pick their own.
But this year, they’ll have a bit of leeway.
The Big 3 (Division I-A) will pick a team from the Big 12 or SEC, while the ACC (Divison II-A and III-A/B) will choose a team with the No. 1 overall pick.
The ACC, in particular, has a history of drafting the better teams.
The league has drafted top players such as Kawhi Leonard and Jayson Tatum in the past, and it was the league’s first to draft a freshman.
But with that being said, the league hasn’t done it in a long time.
The league was last to pick a top-three seed in the 2015 draft, and that team was Oklahoma.
The team that ended up taking No. 3 overall was Virginia Tech.
The first time the league did this was in 2009, when it selected No. 4 seed Georgetown over No. 8 seed Georgetown.
That team went on to win the NCAA tournament that season.
The next time it did it was in 2013, when the Big East chose No. 7 seed Georgetown to finish in fourth place.
Georgetown went on a 10-game winning streak that season, and Georgetown was awarded a bid to the NCAA Tournament that year.
So, while that doesn’t guarantee the Big Three teams will have a clear-cut top-five pick in the 2019 NBA draft, it should help in their attempts to get that top-two spot.
For the ACC and Big 3, it’s going to be interesting to see which teams they choose.
The ACC and ACC, by and large, have proven to be more consistent than the Big 4.
They’ll likely have their picks in the range of two to three.
The last time the ACC did this, it was 2009.
The next time the Big Ten did this (in 2012), it was a one-seed in the NCAA Tourney and the NCAA Championship Game.
The Big Ten and ACC teams have since split.