NBA Draft: A Look Back on a Crazy, Trade-Filled Night

The NBA Draft wasn’t a surprise early as Zion Williamson from Duke went to the New Orleans Pelicans at number one, Ja Morant from Murray State went number two to the Memphis Grizzlies, and R.J. Barrett from Duke went number three to the New York Knicks.

The Atlanta Hawks took Forward De’Andre Hunter from the University of Virginia with the number four pick. Atlanta traded up from the number eight spot to select him. They also traded the 17th and the 35th pick. The Hawks also acquired Solomon Hill in that trade as well.

Guard Darius Garland missed of the 2018-2019 season with Vanderbilt. The Cleveland Cavaliers selected him with the fifth overall pick. Cleveland wants to pair him up with Colin Sexton and they feel it could be a solid backcourt in the next future. The Cavaliers are in a rebuild mode.

The Minnesota Timberwolves traded up for the sixth pick from the Phoenix Suns for the 11th pick and Dario Saric. Minnesota took shooting guard Jarrett Culver from Texas Tech. He is a player that will be very good in the long run. Culver will be an excellent two-player and he has very good mental toughness.

The Chicago Bulls needed a point guard in the worst way. Thus with the seventh pick and they selected Coby White from North Carolina. White will now be a part of one of the youngest cores in the NBA. Chicago drafted Lauri Markannen and Wendell Carter Jr. over the last couple of drafts. They could be a playoff team in a couple of years from now and the Bulls could be good for a very long time.

The New Orleans Pelicans selected Center Jaxson Hayes from the University of Texas with the eighth overall pick. They got the rim protector they desperately need now that Anthony Davis is gone.

The Washington Wizards took a risk with the ninth pick in selecting forward Rui Hachimura from Gonzaga. I think this pick will be worth it in the long run because he scores on all ends of the floor and Hachimura is also a very elite defender.

The Atlanta Hawks took forward/guard Cam Reddish with the 10th pick in the NBA Draft. I thought Reddish was going to slip further down in the draft. He didn’t have a very good season at Duke and Atlanta hopes he turns into a very good player, but this pick could easily be a bust.

I am not a fan of the Phoenix Suns taking forward Cameron Johnson from North Carolina with the 11th pick. In fact, I did not hear any rumors or any mock drafts of this player being taken in the Top 15 of the NBA Draft. I also did not think Johnson would go way ahead of his teammate Nassir Little in this draft. Cameron Johnson could shoot the ball, but he is not much of a defender. This is a typical Phoenix pick.

The Charlotte Hornets got a very good player with the 12th pick in forward P.J. Washington from the University of Kentucky. He can score in many different ways and Washington gets to the free throw line often. He is also a better defender than people give him credit for.

The Miami Heat needed a scorer in the worst way with the 13th pick in the NBA Draft and they took P.J. Washington’s teammate, Tyler Herro with that pick. Herro is a shooting guard and he can score from anywhere on the floor. It is very possible Tyler Herro could be starting as a rookie at the two.

The Boston Celtics took shooting guard Romeo Langford from Indiana University with the 14th pick in the NBA Draft. It was interesting Boston decided to go this route because they already have Jaylen Brown at the two. It is important that they got this pick right because of how many potential players might be leaving in free agency.

Other first round picks I like

The Detroit Pistons picked Power forward Sekou Doumbouya from France with the 15th pic. Center Goga Bitadze from Georgia (not the college) was taken with the 18th pick by the Indiana Pacers, power forward Luka Samanic from Croatia was taken with the 19th pick by the San Antonio Spurs, power forward Brandon Clarke from Gonzaga was taken with the 21st pick by the Memphis Grizzlies, point guard Ty Jerome from the University of Virginia was taken with the 24th overall pick by the Phoenix Suns, small forward Nassir Little from the University of North Carolina was taken with the 25th overall pick by the Portland Trail Blazers, small forward Keldon Johnson from the University of Kentucky was taken with the 29th pick by the San Antonio Spurs, and shooting guard Kevin Porter Jr. from USC was taken with the 30th pick by the Cleveland Cavaliers.

Other first round picks I’m not sure of

Shooting guard Nickeil Alexander-Walker was taken with the 17th overall pick by the New Orleans Pelicans, power forward Grant Williams from the University of Tennessee was taken with the 22nd pick by the Boston Celtics, small guard Dylan Windler from Belmont was taking with the 26th pick by the Cleveland Cavaliers, and power forward Mfiondu Kabenegle from Florida State was taken by the Los Angeles Clippers with the 27th pick.

Other first round picks I do not like

Power forward Chuma Okeke from Auburn University was taken with the 16th pick by the Orlando Magic, small forward Mathias Thybulle was taken with the 20th overall pick in the NBA Draft by the Philadelphia 76ers from the University of Washington, small forward Darius Bazely was taken with the 23rd pick in the NBA Draft by the Oklahoma City Thunder, and shooting guard Jordan Poole was taken with the 28th pick in the NBA Draft by the Golden State Warriors and he is from the University of Michigan.

Second round steals

First, the Brooklyn Nets with the 31st pick selected power forward Nicolas Claxton from the University of Georgia. Second, the Miami Heat with the 32nd pick selected KZ Okpala from Stanford University. Next, the Boston Celtics selected point guard Carsen Edwards from the University of Purdue. After that, the Atlanta Hawks selected center Bruno Fernando with the 34th pick. Then, small forward Caleb Martin was taken with the 36th pick by the Dallas Mavericks.

That is not all. Power forward Eric Paschall was taken with the 41st pick by the Golden State Warriors from Villanova University. He was followed by shooting guard Admiral Schofield taken with the 42nd pick by the Washington Wizards from the University of Tennessee. Next, center Bol Bol from Oregon was taken with the 44th pick by the Denver Nuggets. Furthermore, the Boston Celtics took point guard Tremont Waters from LSU with the 51st overall pick. Finally, the Sacramento Kings took shooting guard Kyle Guy from the University of Virginia with the 55th overall pick.

Even though some players went undrafted, some of them will still maybe make an impact at the NBA level.

Some of the teams that I thought did well on NBA Draft night was the New Orleans Pelicans, the Memphis Grizzlies, the Atlanta Hawks, the Cleveland Cavaliers, the New York Knicks, and the San Antonio Spurs.

Some of the teams that I thought didn’t do well on NBA Draft night was the Boston Celtics, the Philadelphia 76ers, the Golden State Warriors, the Phoenix Suns, and the Sacramento Kings.

What are your thoughts on the 2019 NBA Draft? Leave a comment below.

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