Every pick from the first round of the 2019 NBA draft — and how it compared to expert predictions

With the first pick of this year's NBA draft, the New Orleans Pelicans selected Duke freshman sensation Zion Williamson.

Below, we tracked each first-round pick of the 2019 NBA draft and compared those selections with some of the top draft experts' predictions.

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How each first round pick compared to expectations

1. New Orleans Pelicans — Zion Williamson, PF (Duke)

Where the experts projected this player to be drafted ...

Jonathan Givony of ESPN: No. 1 to the Pelicans

Sam Vecenie of The Athletic: No. 1 to the Pelicans

Gary Parrish of CBS: No. 1 to the Pelicans

The Ringer: No. 1 to the Pelicans

Jeremy Woo of Sports Illustrated: No. 1 to the Pelicans

(AP Photo/Julio Cortez)

2. Memphis Grizzlies — Ja Morant, PG (Murray State)

Where the experts projected this player to be drafted ...

Jonathan Givony of ESPN: No. 2 to the Grizzlies

Sam Vecenie of The Athletic: No. 2 to the Grizzlies

Gary Parrish of CBS: No. 2 to the Grizzlies

The Ringer: No. 2 to the Grizzlies

Jeremy Woo of Sports Illustrated: No. 2 to the Grizzlies

(Photo by Sarah Stier/Getty Images)

3. New York Knicks — R.J. Barrett, SG (Duke)

Where the experts projected this player to be drafted ...

Jonathan Givony of ESPN: No. 3 to the Knicks

Sam Vecenie of The Athletic: No. 3 to the Knicks

Gary Parrish of CBS: No. 3 to the Knicks

The Ringer: No. 3 to the Knicks

Jeremy Woo of Sports Illustrated: No. 3 to the Knicks

(Photo by Sarah Stier/Getty Images)

4. Atlanta Hawks (from Los Angeles Lakers) — De'Andre Hunter, F (Virginia)

Where the experts projected this player to be drafted ...

Jonathan Givony of ESPN: No. 4 to the Pelicans

Sam Vecenie of The Athletic: No. 4 to the Pelicans

Gary Parrish of CBS: No. 4 to the Pelicans

The Ringer: No. 4 to the Pelicans

Jeremy Woo of Sports Illustrated: No. 5 to the Cavaliers

(Photo by Sarah Stier/Getty Images)

5. Cleveland Cavaliers — Darius Garland, PG (Vanderbilt)

Where the experts projected this player to be drafted ...

Jonathan Givony of ESPN: No. 5 to the Cavaliers

Sam Vecenie of The Athletic: No. 5 to the Cavaliers

Gary Parrish of CBS: No. 5 to the Cavaliers

The Ringer: No. 5 to the Cavaliers

Jeremy Woo of Sports Illustrated: No. 6 to the Suns

(Photo by Sarah Stier/Getty Images)

6. Minnesota Timberwolves (from the Phoenix Suns) — Jarrett Culver, SG (Texas Tech)

Where the experts projected this player to be drafted ...

Jonathan Givony of ESPN: No. 7 to the Bulls

Sam Vecenie of The Athletic: No. 7 to the Bulls

Gary Parrish of CBS: No. 7 to the Bulls

The Ringer: No. 7 to the Bulls

Jeremy Woo of Sports Illustrated: No. 4 to the Pelicans

(Photo by Sarah Stier/Getty Images)

7. Chicago Bulls — Coby White, PG (North Carolina)

Where the experts projected this player to be drafted ...

Jonathan Givony of ESPN: No. 6 to the Timberwolves

Sam Vecenie of The Athletic: No. 6 to the Timberwolves

Gary Parrish of CBS: No. 6 to the Suns

The Ringer: No. 6 to the Timberwolves

Jeremy Woo of Sports Illustrated: No. 7 to the Bulls

(Photo by Sarah Stier/Getty Images)

8. New Orleans Pelicans (from the Atlanta Hawks) — Jaxson Hayes, C (Texas)

Where the experts projected this player to be drafted ...

Jonathan Givony of ESPN: No. 8 to the Pelicans

Sam Vecenie of The Athletic: No. 8 to the Pelicans

Gary Parrish of CBS: No. 10 to the Hawks

The Ringer: No. 10 to the Hawks

Jeremy Woo of Sports Illustrated: No. 10 to the Hawks

(Photo by Sarah Stier/Getty Images)

9. Washington Wizards — Rui Hachimura, PF (Gonzaga)

Where the experts projected this player to be drafted ...

Jonathan Givony of ESPN: No. 12 to the Hornets

Sam Vecenie of The Athletic: No. 12 to the Hornets

Gary Parrish of CBS: No. 13 to the Heat

The Ringer: No. 12 to the Hornets

Jeremy Woo of Sports Illustrated: No. 11 to the Timberwolves

(Photo by Sarah Stier/Getty Images)

10. Atlanta Hawks — Cam Reddish, SF (Duke)

Where the experts projected this player to be drafted ...

Jonathan Givony of ESPN: No. 10 to the Hawks

Sam Vecenie of The Athletic: No. 10 to the Hawks

Gary Parrish of CBS: No. 8 to the Hawks

The Ringer: No. 8 to the Hawks

Jeremy Woo of Sports Illustrated: No. 8 to the Hawks

(Photo by Sarah Stier/Getty Images)

11. Phoenix Suns (from the Minnesota Timberwolves) — Cam Johnson, SF (North Carolina)

Where the experts projected this player to be drafted ...

Jonathan Givony of ESPN: No. 30 to the Pistons

Sam Vecenie of The Athletic: No. 33 to the 76ers

Gary Parrish of CBS: Not projected in the first round

The Ringer: No. 33 to the 76ers

Jeremy Woo of Sports Illustrated: No. 24 to the 76ers

(Photo by William Howard/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

12. Charlotte Hornets — P.J. Washington, PF (Kentucky)

Where the experts projected this player to be drafted ...

Jonathan Givony of ESPN: No. 13 to the Heat

Sam Vecenie of The Athletic: No. 13 to the Heat

Gary Parrish of CBS: No. 12 to the Hornets

The Ringer: No. 13 to the Heat

Jeremy Woo of Sports Illustrated: No. 13 to the Heat

(Photo by Sarah Stier/Getty Images)

13. Miami Heat — Tyler Herro, SG (Kentucky)

Where the experts projected this player to be drafted ...

Jonathan Givony of ESPN: No. 14 to the Celtics

Sam Vecenie of The Athletic: No. 14 to the Celtics

Gary Parrish of CBS: No. 14 to the Celtics

The Ringer: No. 16 to the Magic

Jeremy Woo of Sports Illustrated: No. 14 to the Celtics

(Photo by Sarah Stier/Getty Images)

14. Boston Celtics — Romeo Langford, SG (Indiana)

Where the experts projected this player to be drafted ...

Jonathan Givony of ESPN: No. 16 to the Magic

Sam Vecenie of The Athletic: No. 23 to the Grizzlies

Gary Parrish of CBS: No. 16 to the Magic

The Ringer: No. 15 to the Pistons

Jeremy Woo of Sports Illustrated: No. 22 to the Celtics

(Photo by Sarah Stier/Getty Images)

15. Detroit Pistons — Sekou Doumbouya, PF (France)

Where the experts projected this player to be drafted ...

Jonathan Givony of ESPN: No. 9 to the Wizards

Sam Vecenie of The Athletic: No. 11 to the Suns

Gary Parrish of CBS: No. 9 to the Wizards

The Ringer: No. 11 to the Suns

Jeremy Woo of Sports Illustrated: No. 9 to the Wizards

(Photo by Sarah Stier/Getty Images)

16. Orlando Magic — Chuma Okeke, PF (Auburn)

Where the experts projected this player to be drafted ...

Jonathan Givony of ESPN: No. 22 to the Celtics

Sam Vecenie of The Athletic: No. 35 to the Pelicans

Gary Parrish of CBS: No. 30 to the Pistons

The Ringer: No. 39 to the Pelicans

Jeremy Woo of Sports Illustrated: No. 34 to the 76ers

(Photo by Michael Hickey/Getty Images)

17. New Orleans Pelicans (from the Atlanta Hawks) — Nickeil Alexander-Walker, SG (Virginia Tech)

Where the experts projected this player to be drafted ...

Jonathan Givony of ESPN: No. 18 to the Pacers

Sam Vecenie of The Athletic: No. 16 to the Magic

Gary Parrish of CBS: No. 15 to the Pistons

The Ringer: No. 14 to the Celtics

Jeremy Woo of Sports Illustrated: No. 16 to the Magic

(Photo by Sarah Stier/Getty Images)

18. Indiana Pacers — Goga Bitadze, C (Georgia)

Where the experts projected this player to be drafted ...

Jonathan Givony of ESPN: No. 15 to the Pistons

Sam Vecenie of The Athletic: No. 15 to the Pistons

Gary Parrish of CBS: No. 18 to the Pacers

The Ringer: No. 19 to the Spurs

Jeremy Woo of Sports Illustrated: No. 12 to the Hornets

(Photo by Sarah Stier/Getty Images)

19. San Antonio Spurs — Luka Samanic, PF (Croatia)

Where the experts projected this player to be drafted ...

Jonathan Givony of ESPN: No. 35 to the Pelicans

Sam Vecenie of The Athletic: No. 19 to the Spurs

Gary Parrish of CBS: Not projected in the first round

The Ringer: No. 31 to the Nets

Jeremy Woo of Sports Illustrated: No. 29 to the Spur

(Photo by Sarah Stier/Getty Images)

20. Philadelphia 76ers (from the Boston Celtics) — Matisse Thybulle, SF (Washington)

Where the experts projected this player to be drafted ...

Jonathan Givony of ESPN: No. 24 to the 76ers

Sam Vecenie of The Athletic: No. 24 to the 76ers

Gary Parrish of CBS: Not projected in the first round

The Ringer: No. 24 to the 76ers

Jeremy Woo of Sports Illustrated: No. 25 to the Trail Blazers

(Photo by Sarah Stier/Getty Images)

21. Oklahoma City Thunder — Brandon Clarke, PF (Gonzaga)

Where the experts projected this player to be drafted ...

Jonathan Givony of ESPN: No. 17 to the Pelicans

Sam Vecenie of The Athletic: No. 17 to the Pelicans

Gary Parrish of CBS: No. 17 to the Hawks

The Ringer: No. 17 to the Pelicans

Jeremy Woo of Sports Illustrated: No. 17 to the Hawks

(Photo by Sarah Stier/Getty Images)

22. Boston Celtics — Grant Williams, PF (Tennessee)

Where the experts projected this player to be drafted ...

Jonathan Givony of ESPN: No. 32 to the Pacers

Sam Vecenie of The Athletic: No. 31 to the Nets

Gary Parrish of CBS: No. 27 to the Nets

The Ringer: No. 29 to the Spurs

Jeremy Woo of Sports Illustrated: No. 36 to the Hornets

(AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)

23. Oklahoma City Thunder (from the Utah Jazz) — Darius Bazley, SF (United States)

Where the experts projected this player to be drafted ...

Jonathan Givony of ESPN: No. 29 to the Spurs

Sam Vecenie of The Athletic: No. 29 to the Spurs

Gary Parrish of CBS: Not projected in the first round

The Ringer: No. 30 to the Pistons

Jeremy Woo of Sports Illustrated: No. 31 to the Nets

(AP Photo/Gregory Payan)

24. Phoenix Suns (from the Philadelphia 76ers) — Ty Jerome, PG (Virginia)

Where the experts projected this player to be drafted ...

Jonathan Givony of ESPN: No. 26 to the Cavs

Sam Vecenie of The Athletic: No. 26 to the Cavs

Gary Parrish of CBS: No. 23 to the Grizzlies

The Ringer: No. 26 to the Cavs

Jeremy Woo of Sports Illustrated: No. 26 to the Cavs

(AP Photo/Michael Conroy)

25. Portland Trail Blazers — Nassir Little, F (North Carolina)

Where the experts projected this player to be drafted ...

Jonathan Givony of ESPN: No. 11 to the Suns

Sam Vecenie of The Athletic: No. 9 to the Wizards

Gary Parrish of CBS: No. 11 to the Timberwolves

The Ringer: No. 9 to the Wizards

Jeremy Woo of Sports Illustrated: No. 15 to the Pistons

(AP Photo/Julio Cortez)

26. Cleveland Cavaliers — Dylan Windler, SF (Belmont)

Where the experts projected this player to be drafted ...

Jonathan Givony of ESPN: No. 33 to the 76ers

Sam Vecenie of The Athletic: No. 28 to the Warriors

Gary Parrish of CBS: Not projected in the first round

The Ringer: No. 32 to the Pacers

Jeremy Woo of Sports Illustrated: No. 28 to the Warriors

(AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)

27. Los Angeles Clippers (from the Brooklyn Nets) — Mfiondu Kabengele, C (Florida State)

Where the experts projected this player to be drafted ...

Jonathan Givony of ESPN: No. 19 to the Spurs

Sam Vecenie of The Athletic: No. 20 to the Celtics

Gary Parrish of CBS: No. 19 to the Spurs

The Ringer: No. 23 to the Grizzlies

Jeremy Woo of Sports Illustrated: No. 23 to the Grizzlies

(AP Photo/Julio Cortez)

28. Golden State Warriors — Jordan Poole, G (Michigan)

Where the experts projected this player to be drafted ...

Jonathan Givony of ESPN: No. 42 to the 76ers

Sam Vecenie of The Athletic: No. 41 to the Warriors

Gary Parrish of CBS: Not projected in the first round

The Ringer: No. 47 to the Kings

Jeremy Woo of Sports Illustrated: No. 45 to the Pistons

(AP Photo/Julio Cortez)

29. San Antonio Spurs — Keldon Johnson

Where the experts projected this player to be drafted ...

Jonathan Givony of ESPN: No. 27 to the Nets

Sam Vecenie of The Athletic: No. 18 to the Pacers

Gary Parrish of CBS: No. 22 to the Celtics

The Ringer: No. 18 to the Pacers

Jeremy Woo of Sports Illustrated: No. 19 to the Spurs

(AP Photo/Julio Cortez)

30. Cleveland Cavaliers (from the Detroit Pistons) — Kevin Porter, G (USC)

Where the experts projected this player to be drafted ...

Jonathan Givony of ESPN: No. 31 to the Nets

Sam Vecenie of The Athletic: No. 22 to the Celtics

Gary Parrish of CBS: No. 24 to the 76ers

The Ringer: No. 20 to the Celtics

Jeremy Woo of Sports Illustrated: No. 21 to the Thunder

(AP Photo/Julio Cortez)
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