NBA Draft: 5 Bold Predictions for the 2019 Draft

The 2019 NBA draft day is fastly approaching. Multi-talented, stupendously creative, Instagram goliath, Will Smith, back in 1991 brilliantly penned his timeless anthem aptly titled “Summertime”. It is the time of year, whether you are young or old, it is highly anticipated and all you can think about is how much fun it will be. Parents have vacations and summer camps to coordinate now that their kids are out of school. Kids are excited that they are out of school. The season brings gorgeous beach weather nationwide. Which places you in this peculiar position of deciding what days will you have fun. Whether it be in the sun by the water, travel, or attend family cookouts. Naturally, the kids are bold. They will place way too many irons in the fires and attempt to do it all.


Meanwhile, the parents understand that they do not have the time nor energy to everything that they would like and are very selective. Two juxtaposing positions, the kids have their cool all black Ray Ban aviator sunglasses on, in the driver seat of their 2009 Honda Accord, smiling from cheek to cheek screaming “YOLO” (You only live once). Meanwhile, parents understand that each decision they make have consequences.

Similarly, Thursday, June 20th, this summer’s NBA Draft at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, NY, is unequivocally the most anticipated draft in the history of the game. Why? Most notably, Duke’s freshmen sensation small/power forward, Zion Williamson from South Carolina, has every NBA franchise salivating at the mouth for his services. Zion is 6’7 285lbs, has the agility of former two-sport professional football/baseball player Bo Jackson, can jump like former Supersonic Phenom Shawn Kemp, and is marketable like current NBA King of the Court, Los Angeles savant, Lebron James. However, just like a room full of overweight kids skirmishing over the last piece of red velvet cake from Konditor Meister, there will only be one team that actually obtains Zion.

At this moment in time, The New Orleans Pelicans won the 2019 NBA Draft Lottery and has the rights to the #1 Draft pick. Nonetheless, owners, general manager, and coaches will exhaust all options to improve their ball clubs. As far as I know, there are only 3 ways to accomplish that objective. Trades, develop current players during the offseason, and the NBA Draft. The draft is comparable to life, given that it is short (two rounds) and unpredictable. However, for this unprecedented draft, it will surely be more unpredictable than short. With that in mind, below I have crafted 5 bold predictions for the NBA Draft.

1. Pair Duke’s Duo

There is a conspiracy theory circulating that I certainly subscribe to. Which is the magnificent NBA Commissioner, Adam Silver made sure the New Orleans Pelicans received the 1st pick in this year’s draft. Why? It was flat out embarrassing how the New Orleans franchise handled their superstar center Anthony Davis. As a result, Anthony Davis wants out and I endorse his wishes. Nevertheless, I am a big fan of new general manager David Griffin who facilitated the movement of players in Cleveland which resulted in a NBA championship trophy for Lebron James led Cavaliers.


I would recommend Griffin consider getting his hands on New York Knick’s 3rd pick of this year’s draft. Griffin’s team philosophy is he only wants players who are all in or he will ship them out. With Davis’ steadfast declaration of wanting out, Griffin should fulfill those wishes and send Davis to the Big Apple. In exchange, the Pelicans should receive this year’s 3rd pick and two future 1st round picks from the New York Knicks. Along with players as long as New York is willing to accept a couple of expiring contracts. With this year’s pick select RJ Barrett from Duke. It’s a no brainer Pelicans will select Zion Williamson with the number pick.

2. Pelican has a change of heart with Lakers

It is well documented about the fiasco between the New Orleans Pelicans and the Los Angeles Lakers surrounding the Anthony Davis trade. The current owner Mrs. Benson vehemently professed her commitment to not engage in any trade talks with the Los Angeles Lakers concerning Anthony Davis. I think new general manager David Griffin convinces Mrs. Benson due to his history with Davis’ sports agent Klutch Sports’ Rich Paul. Paul is best friends and business partners with Los Angeles Laker Lebron James. Griffin has a respectable relationship with James and Paul. Especially considering he was the general manager on the 2016 Cleveland Cavaliers championship team when both parties were present.

3. Washington Wizards gets over Wall

It is no secret Washington Wizards guards John Wall and Bradley Beal’s game to mesh. Individually they are both incredible talents. However, have not been able to prosper in taking their team to the promised land. Wall just signed a mammoth 4-year $170 extension, which begins in the 2019-2020 season. I will never be the guy that does not want players to get paid. Wall has massive talent, thus positioning and playing his way to receive such substantial financial compensation. However, the Washington Wizards will miraculously find a willing suitor to take that heavy financial franchise hand-cuffed burden off their books. Which will provide a much need fresh start for both Wall and the Wizards.


4. Minnesota wiggles from out of Wiggins

Minnesota owner Glen Taylor, prior to offering is star forward Andrew Wiggins his current 4-year $147M contract, allegedly arranged for a meeting with Wiggins so he can look into Wiggin’s eyes to determine if Wiggins will continue to work hard and develop his game. Taylor did not follow his gut on that occasion, but I foresee Taylor scouring the league and finding a partner who is willing to participate in the movement of Wiggins during this year’s draft.

5. Boston Keepers

Boston Celtics general manager Danny Ainge has done a masterful job and maneuvering and managing his draft picks. This year Ainge has a plethora of picks. I say he finally gets his versatile formidable big man.

What bold predictions do you have for the NBA Draft? Leave a comment below.

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