NBA Draft

Washington Wizards basketball team introduce Rui Hachimura, the team's first-round pick in the 2019 NBA Draft during a press conference at Capital One Arena in Washington, Friday, June 21, 2019. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)
June 22, 2019 - 1:11 am
TOKYO (AP) — Japanese basketball officials, fans and media hailed the selection of Rui Hachimura in the NBA draft, saying the move will usher in a new era for the sport in Japan. Hachimura became the first player from Japan to get chosen in the first round of the NBA draft, taken with the No. 9...
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Toronto Raptors' Kawhi Leonard and his girlfriend, Kishele Shipley, watch the Toronto Blue Jays play the Los Angeles Angels during a baseball game Thursday, June 20, 2019, in Toronto. (Mark Blinch/The Canadian Press via AP)
June 21, 2019 - 9:34 pm
Now on the clock: Chaos. The NBA offseason is about to kick into high gear. A draft that had good bits of intrigue — at least after New Orleans' Zion Williamson, Memphis' Ja Morant and New York's R.J. Barrett were chosen first, second and third in moves that were widely expected for weeks — is now...
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New Orleans Pelicans first-round NBA draft pick Zion Williamson, right, laughs at his introductory news conference at the team's practice facility in Metairie, La., Friday, June 21, 2019. Head coach Alvin Gentry, left, and executive vice president of basketball operations David Griffin, center, look on. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)
June 21, 2019 - 8:42 pm
METAIRIE, La. (AP) — Zion Williamson and his family were met with applause and traditional New Orleans jazz as they walked into the Pelicans' headquarters. The practice gym was filled with team employees and executives eager to welcome the player who has infused the franchise with so much more...
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Toronto Raptors' Kawhi Leonard holds his MVP trophy while celebrating with rapper/producer Drake during the team's NBA basketball championship parade in Toronto, Monday, June 17, 2019. (Frank Gunn/The Canadian Press via AP)
June 21, 2019 - 1:36 pm
TORONTO (AP) — The title won and the draft over, the Toronto Raptors turn to the next order of business: keeping Kawhi Leonard. He is expected to opt out of the final year of his contact and become a free agent June 30. The two-time NBA Finals MVP and three-time All-Star is likely the biggest prize...
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Oregon's Bol Bol smiles before the NBA basketball draft Thursday, June 20, 2019, in New York. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)
June 21, 2019 - 2:54 am
NEW YORK (AP) — Bol Bol started the night high-fiving children as he walked across the stage as part of the festivities, being introduced with Zion Williamson, Ja Morant, RJ Barrett and others expecting to hear their names called early in the NBA draft. The other players were long gone by the time...
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The draft board displays the picks for the first round in the NBA basketball draft Thursday, June 20, 2019, in New York. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)
June 21, 2019 - 1:36 am
NEW YORK (AP) — The Latest on Thursday's NBA draft (all times local): 1:30 a.m. The trade-filled NBA draft is complete. Sacramento took Serbian guard Vanja Marinkovic with the 60th and final selection. That capped a night that saw Duke and Zion Williamson start off a big draft haul for the Atlantic...
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June 21, 2019 - 12:47 am
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — The Sacramento Kings selected Wyoming guard Justin James with the 40th overall pick in the NBA draft Thursday night. James led the Mountain West Conference with 22.1 points a game as a senior. The 6-foot-7, 190-pound wing also averaged 8.5 rebounds and 4.4 assists for the...
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Duke's Zion Williamson, right, poses for photographs with NBA Commissioner Adam Silver after being selected by the New Orleans Pelicans as the first pick during the NBA basketball draft Thursday, June 20, 2019, in New York. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)
June 20, 2019 - 11:30 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — Zion Williamson plays with force and ferocity, a Hulk in hightops who looks as though he'd never show a soft side. Draft night proved otherwise. Williamson was the No. 1 pick of the New Orleans Pelicans — a surprise to nobody who watched basketball this past season. But afterward he...
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June 20, 2019 - 7:41 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — New Orleans Pelicans select Duke forward Zion Williamson with No. 1 pick in NBA draft.
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Rui Hachimura, a Gonzaga junior college basketball player from Japan, attends the NBA Draft media availability, Wednesday, June 19, 2019, in New York. The draft will be held Thursday, June 20. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)
June 20, 2019 - 2:29 am
NEW YORK (AP) — Rui Hachimura used to adore a manga and anime series called "Slam Dunk," which followed a high school basketball team's trials and tribulations and helped bring the sport into the Japanese consciousness. Though Hachimura was born in Toyama Prefecture two years after the series ended...
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