Want to know what’s in store for the 2019 NBA Draft? Read on and find out where the biggest college stars will land!
Pick: PF Zion Williamson Duke
We did a lottery simulation, once again Cleveland has landed the number one pick, and here they take the consensus number one player in this class in Zion Williamson. Williamson appears to be the second coming of Lebron James, so it is only fitting that he takes Lebron’s place in Cleveland (sorry Zion). Hopefully the Cavs are able to turn this stroke of luck into another contending team.
2. Washington Wizards
Pick: PG Ja Morant Murray State
The Wizards take the best player available here in Morant, a dynamic point guard whose presence could allow them to cut bait with John Wall and trade him to a team looking to buy low on a potential superstar.
3. Memphis Grizzlies
Pick: SG Jarrett Culver Texas Tech
Culver looks like a special player as he has been the key to Texas Tech’s deep run in the NCAA tournament. He and Jaren Jackson can be an excellent duo for the Grizz to build around long term.
4. Minnesota Timberwolves
Pick: PG/SG Coby White North Carolina
This lottery generator gave us a really weird looking lottery (sorry Knicks, Hawks, Suns, and Bulls fans) so here we have the T-wolves at pick 4 taking the explosive guard from North Carolina, Coby White. They already have one Andrew Wiggins so why add another (R.J Barrett)?
5. New York Knicks
Pick: SF/SG R.J Barrett Duke
The Knicks don’t come away completely empty handed here, as they are able to land Barrett, a dynamic scoring wing with a very high ceiling. While he’s no Zion, he is a pretty good consolation prize.
6. Phoenix Suns
Pick: PG Darius Garland Vanderbilt
Garland could have been the top point guard in this draft were it not for a knee injury last fall. Here, the point guard needy suns land a player with a lot of potential.
7. Chicago Bulls
Pick: SF/PF Deandre Hunter Virginia
A tough, versatile defender with a high floor, Hunter seems like a player who would fit the current Bulls system.
8. Atlanta Hawks
Pick: C/PF Bol Bol Oregon
Bol has unbelievable upside on offense, as his has the skills of a 7’2 Kevin Durant. The Hawks can afford to add him to their hungry young roster
9. Atlanta Hawks (via Dallas Mavericks)
Pick: C Goga Bitadze Georgia
Bitadze is the top draft and stash prospect in this class, as he seems like he could develop into a Steven Adams type of player. Hawks go big instead of going home in this draft.
10. New Orleans Pelicans
Pick: PF/SF Rui Hachimura Gonzaga
A productive combo forward, Hachimura has the potential to be a very good starter in the NBA if he can continue to improve and grow as a shooter and playmaker.
11. Charlotte Hornets
Pick: SG/SF Cam Reddish Duke
Reddish would be better off going back to school, as he is an incredibly raw player at this stage in his career. Here the Hornets take him due to his immense upside.
12. Los Angeles Lakers
Pick: C Jaxon Hayes Texas
Hayes has a lot of upside offensively, as he is an athletic big who can also faceup and shoot from beyond the arc. His potential as a two-way player could realistically get him drafted much higher than this.
13. Orlando Magic
Pick: SG Nickeil Alexander-Walker Virginia Tech
The Magic cannot possibly draft another big man…
14. Boston Celtics (Via Sacramento Kings)
Pick: PF/C Brandon Clarke Gonzaga
Clarke is a high floor, high upside defensive player who could immediately be the top big man off the bench for Boston.
15. Miami Heat
Pick: PG/SG Carsen Edwards Purdue
A highly productive scorer in college, Edwards will find himself going in round one following an exceptional performance in the NCAA Tournament.
16. Brooklyn Nets
Pick: SF Nas Little North Carolina
Little’s defensive switchability and elite athleticism could easily get him drafted in the top 10 still, but here he joins the high energy Nets.
17. Detroit Pistons
Pick: SG Tyler Herro Kentucky
Another shooter for the very post centric Pistons.
18. Oklahoma City Thunder
Pick: SF/PF Sekou Doumbouya Guinea
The Thunder swing for the fences with one of the most gifted players in this class.
19. San Antonio Spurs
Pick: PF/C Jontay Porter Missouri
If it weren’t for his two ACL injuries, Porter would be in consideration for the top big in this class, as his combination of playmaking, shooting, and defense is highly sought after in the modern NBA.
20. Indiana Pacers
Pick: SG Romeo Langford Indiana
The hometown boy gets to stay in Indiana once again. Langford will be a fan favorite no matter how good he becomes for the Pacers.
21. Boston Celtics
Pick: SF/SG Matisse Thybulle Washington
Another high floor defensive player, Thybulle and Marcus Smart could make life hell for opposing wings and guards.
22. Boston Celtics (via Los Angeles Clippers)
Pick: PG Shamorie Ponds St John’s
Another excellent defender, Ponds can immediately slide into Terry Rozier’s role as backup point guard to Kyrie Irving. Beware the Celtics 2nd unit defense!
23. Utah Jazz
Pick: SF Keldon Johnson Kentucky
High upside slasher who could potentially become the team’s starting 3 when Joe Ingles leaves.
24. Philadelphia 76ers
Pick: SF/PF/C Killian Tillie Gonzaga
A shooter off the bench for the Sixers and given his injury history, a strong candidate to be trusting the process in 2019.
25. Portland Trail Blazers
Pick: SF/PF Deividas Sirvydis Slovenia
The first draft-and-stash of this mock.
26. Cleveland Cavaliers (via Houston Rockets)
Pick: SG Kevin Porter Jr USC
Best player available, Porter has lottery potential and could be a very solid 2 guard.
27. Brooklyn Nets (Via Denver Nuggets)
Pick: SF Darius Bazley USA
Bazley decided against playing college this year and he could find himself getting drafted by a team based purely on his potential. (Hi Anfernee Simons!)
28. Golden State Warriors
Pick: SF/PF Dylan Windler Belmont
He’s a shooter!
29. San Antonio Spurs (Via Toronto Raptors)
Pick: PF/SF Luka Šamanić Croatia
Draft-and-stash # 2.
30. Milwaukee Bucks
Pick: C Charles Bassey Western Kentucky
A high upside scoring big man, Bassey can be a very solid player in the NBA.