Zion Williamson, Cam Reddish, Marques Bolden, RJ Barrett

Duke's Zion Williamson, center, reacts with Marques Bolden (20), Cam Reddish (2) and RJ Barrett (5) following a play against St. John's during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game in Durham, N.C., Saturday, Feb. 2, 2019. Duke won 91-61. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome) ORG XMIT: NCGB107

New Orleans became the center of the NBA universe on Tuesday night, pulling off an improbable win in the NBA draft lottery to score the top pick in the upcoming, talent-loaded draft.

Even before the lottery win, the Pelicans were considered the major player in the offseason after star forward Anthony Davis requested a mid-season trade that didn't materialize.

Now with Davis still on the roster, the Pelicans are almost certain to draft Duke superstar Zion Williamson with the No. 1 overall pick.

That leads to plenty of questions, right? Let's see how many we can answer to help Pelicans fans sort things out a bit.

With New Orleans set to draft someone like Williamson, will a player of that caliber entice Davis to stay in New Orleans?

The Athletic reports that Davis' feelings on staying in New Orleans haven't changed after the team's lottery win.

The Advocate reports Davis has a sit-down meeting scheduled for later this month. Griffin will show off the freshly refurbished franchise, starting from upper management and trickling down to the most intensely coveted rookie since Davis himself. 

In reality, the news is good for the Pelicans whether Davis stays or goes.

For perspective, the New York Knicks and Los Angeles Lakers have reportedly tried to trade for Davis. Those teams own the Nos. 3 and 4 picks, respectively, in the upcoming draft.

Imagine the Pelicans owning two of the top five picks in the NBA draft. And a trade with either team would almost certainly involve more than just a draft pick.


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Who exactly is Williamson? And why is everyone so hyped about him?

Williamson is billed by scouts and league executives as a transcendent talent, much in the same way Davis was described coming out Kentucky.

“He’s the most unique prospect since LeBron [James],” former Suns general manager Ryan McDonough told Yahoo Sports in February. “If you remember back to when they started televising LeBron’s [high school] games on ESPN, it was must-see TV. That’s what Zion is now. People tune in to see what he’s doing.”

Click here to read more from Yahoo Sports' breakdown of Williamson, with input from several scouts.


The Pelicans have had superstar talent in the past with Chris Paul and Anthony Davis. And they never got past the second round of the playoffs. What will be different this time?

You can't predict the future, but it's undeniable the Pelicans -- from an organizational standpoint -- have never been stronger.

Owner Gayle Benson has charged the newly hired Griffin with completely remaking the franchise's structure.

For one, Griffin won't answer to New Orleans Saints executive Mickey Loomis, instead receiving a direct line to Benson and removing one of the strangest ownership structures in the league.

General Manager Dell Demps was fired last season.


What pieces do the Pelicans have to pair with someone like Williamson?

Guard Jrue Holiday has asserted himself as one of the league's most underrated players.

If Davis is traded the Pelicans’ goal is to remain competitive in the present by maximizing the talent around Holiday while simultaneously building a future around the assets netted. 

But their strategy requires gaining young, talented players and valuable picks to come across in exchange for Davis, who has one year remaining on his deal and is reluctant to make a long-term commitment to any trade partner.

Outside of Holiday, and possibly Davis, New Orleans doesn't have a ton on the roster as it stands. 

Julius Randle, Solomon Hill and E'Twaun Moore are the most recognizable names on the roster.

The NBA draft, by the way, is June 20.

Advocate's Scott Kushner contributed to this report.