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Portfolio: The 2019 NBA Draft Class

22 Jun 2019
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Taylor Baucom/The Players' Tribune
Photo by
Taylor Baucom/The Players' Tribune
The Players' Tribune
The Voice of the Game
22 Jun 2019

The NBA Draft class of 2019 took to New York this week to prepare for Thursday’s main event at the Barclay’s Center. Each player — from lottery locks to projected free agents — came to the city with their own style and swagger. The Players’ Tribune photographed many of the soon-to-be rookies this week using both modern-day cameras and a mid-XIX century photographic process known as “wet plate collodion,” which produces images, called tintypes, on a sheet of aluminum. Here’s a look at a portfolio from our best images of the NBA’s incoming rookie class.


RJ Barrett, New York KnicksTaylor Baucom/The Players' Tribune

Kevin Porter Jr., Keldon Johnson, Bruno FernandoGuillermo Hernandez Martinez/The Players' Tribune

Jarrett Culver, Minnesota TimberwolvesTaylor Baucom/The Players' Tribune

Ja Morant, Memphis GrizzliesGuillermo Hernandez Martinez/The Players' Tribune

Cam Reddish, Atlanta HawksThe Players' Tribune

Tyler Herro, Jordan Poole, Keldon JohnsonGuillermo Hernandez Martinez/The Players' Tribune

Bol Bol, Denver NuggetsTaylor Baucom/The Players' Tribune

Brandon Clarke, Memphis GrizzliesTaylor Baucom/The Players' Tribune

Tyler Herro, Miami HeatTaylor Baucom/The Players' Tribune

Jordan Poole, Golden State WarriorsTaylor Baucom/The Players' Tribune

Brandon Clarke, Jarrett Culver, Ty JeromeGuillermo Hernandez Martinez/The Players' Tribune

Keldon Johnson, San Antonio SpursTaylor Baucom/The Players' Tribune

Kevin Porter Jr., Cleveland CavaliersTaylor Baucom/The Players' Tribune

Louis King, Detroit PistonsTaylor Baucom/The Players' Tribune

Luguentz Dort, Oklahoma City ThunderTaylor Baucom/The Players' Tribune

Bol Bol, Louis King, Cam ReddishGuillermo Hernandez Martinez/The Players' Tribune

Terance Mann, Los Angeles ClippersTaylor Baucom/The Players' Tribune

Ty Jerome, Phoenix SunsTaylor Baucom/The Players' Tribune

Tyus Battle, Minnesota TimberwolvesTaylor Baucom/The Players' Tribune

Zylan Cheatham, New Orleans PelicansTaylor Baucom/The Players' Tribune

Terance Mann, Los Angeles ClippersGuillermo Hernandez Martinez/The Players' Tribune

Bennie Boatright, Detroit PistonsTaylor Baucom/The Players' Tribune

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