2019 NBA Draft: Lottery Mock Draft – Is it Zion at One?
With the 2019 NBA Draft Lottery now settled, which college players will go where when the 2019 NBA Draft occurs on June 20?
1. New Orleans Pelicans: Zion Williamson, F, Duke
Williamson is going to be a star for years to come in the NBA. The Pelicans would not have gotten the number one pick if there wasn’t a lottery. With the possibility of drafting Zion, it is possible that New Orleans does not trade Anthony Davis, but you never know. If they stay together, it will be a nice combination in the NBA for a while.
2. Memphis Grizzlies: Ja Morant, G, Murray State
Morant was an electrifying player for Murray State and he was one of the reasons why they won a round in the NCAA tournament. Ja Morant plays 100 percent every single night. He will be a key cornerstone piece in the near future with Jaren Jackson Jr. It is very likely now that Memphis will trade point guard Mike Conley.
3. New York Knicks: R.J. Barrett, F, Duke
A lot of Knicks fans would have loved to have Zion Williamson, but R.J. Barrett will be a nice consolation prize for them. Barrett has the potential to be a very good pro. He is a very good defender and R.J. Barrett has the potential to score 20 points a game or more night in and night out.
4. Los Angeles Lakers: Jarrett Culver, G, Texas Tech
I could very well see the Lakers trading this pick for Anthony Davis but if they don’t, Culver would be an excellent pick here. His mental toughness is another level. Jarrett Culver has the potential to be a superstar in the NBA. Los Angeles needs a two guard in the worst way.
5. Cleveland Cavaliers: De’Andre Hunter, F, Virginia
Hunter was an absolute monster for the Virginia Cavaliers in the NCAA tournament and he was one of the reasons why Virginia won the National Title this past season. DeAndre Hunter is a very good post player, defender, and spot up shooter. He could also be effective in the pick-and-roll game with Collin Sexton.
6. Phoenix Suns: Darius Garland, G, Vanderbilt
Garland missed a ton of the 2018-2019 season, but he is still the best point guard in this draft. Phoenix could use one and Darius Garland would be a nice player to play alongside with Devin Booker. This team is still years away from making it back to the playoffs, but this player could give them some hope for the future. Phoenix was supposed to get the number two pick in the NBA Draft, but they slipped all the way to the sixth spot and it doesn’t help their cause right now but they could still find a good player with this selection.
7. Chicago Bulls: Coby White, G, North Carolina
The Bulls slipped from having possibly the fourth pick in the draft to the seventh pick in the draft. Chicago has their frontcourt set in the future with Wendell Carter Jr. and Lauri Markannen. They need some players in the backcourt and Coby White would be a good start for them here. He was very underrated for the North Carolina Tar Heels during the season.
8. Atlanta Hawks: Rui Hachimura, F, Gonzaga
Even though the Hawks slipped to the number eighth pick, Hachimura is going to be a nice player in the frontcourt for years to come. He will be able to pick and roll with Trae Young. Rui Hachimura averaged 19.7 PPG, 6.5 RPG, and 1.5 APG last season at Gonzaga. He might be the most underrated player in this draft.
9. Washington Wizards: Nassir Little, SF, North Carolina
The Wizards are settled in the backcourt even though they can’t stay healthy. Washington traded away Otto Porter Jr. at the trade deadline last season and they need a small forward in the worst way. Little would be a very good pick here. He is raw coming out of college, but Nasir Little has a ton of upside. If he pans out, Little will be a very good NBA player.
10. Atlanta Hawks (from Dallas Mavericks): Cam Reddish, SG, Duke
I expect Reddish to slip in the draft. He was supposed to be a Top 5 pick before the NCAA season started, but Cam Reddish did not exactly prove himself during his freshman year at Duke. However, I think he would be a good fit here for the Atlanta Hawks. Reddish could either start or come off the bench.
11. Minnesota Timberwolves: Keldon Johnson, F/G, Kentucky
Johnson is another player in the NBA Draft that is very underrated. He will probably be the best player available by the time Minnesota picks at number 11. Keldon Johnson averaged 13.5 PPG, 5.9 RPG, and 1.6 APG during his freshman season with the Kentucky Wildcats.
12. Charlotte Hornets: Jaxson Hayes, C, Texas
Hayes would be a good interior player for the Charlotte Hornets. He is only 18 years old and Hayes has a lot of upside. He averaged 10 PPG, 5 RPG, 0.3 APG, 2.2 BPG, and 0.6 SPG during his freshman season at the University of Texas. Mohamed Bamba was taken in the first round last year as well from the University of Texas by the Orlando Magic. They are both similar players, but Jaxson Hayes could be better offensively. It wouldn’t be a surprise to see him go in the Top 10.
13. Miami Heat: Brandon Clarke, F, Gonzaga
Clarke is a forward who could score the basketball and that is something the Miami Heat could desperately use. He averaged 16.9 PPG, 8.6 RPG, 1.9 APG, 3.2 BPG, and 1.2 SPG. Brandon Clarke is also very good defensively and he would fit perfectly in Erik Spoelstra‘s system. Miami is a defensive minded team.
14. Boston Celtics (from Sacramento Kings): Bol Bol, C, Oregon
Boston might take the best player available here and go with Bol Bol from Oregon. He has range from downtown and Al Horford is also not getting any younger. They could also look to draft a guard in this slot because Kyrie Irving and Terry Rozier might be bolting town this summer. The Celtics got this pick in a trade with the Sacramento Kings a few years ago.
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