NBA Mock Draft: Volume I

NBA Mock Draft: Volume I

2019 NBA Mock Draft

1

cavs

Zion Williamson
F
Duke
6'7"
285
Freshman

Zion is the real deal. Yes, he's worth the hype and more. Not only is the explosiveness off the charts, he's demonstrated an impressive ability to create for teammates this year at Duke. Williamson has also shown flashes of brilliance when it comes to his ability to defend in isolation. He possesses off the chart "once in a decade" type of explosiveness not just vertically but horizontally as well. We can go on and on, but this shouldn't be a hard decision for whoever lands #1 overall. 

2
Ja Morant
G
Murray St
6'3"
175
Sophomore

If you haven't had the chance to watch the Murray St point guard this year...change that as fast as you can. Morant is special to watch. He's an athletic explosive ball handler who is fearless when attacking the rim. You know the old phrase "he plays with a chip on his shoulder." Well, Morant plays with a boulder on his shoulder and you can see it. He's got the edge that Front Offices should want in their young PGs and he's going to be a treat to watch develop at the next level. Chicago could go Barrett here, but Morant makes too much sense given his high ceiling. 

3
Cameron Reddish
F
Duke
6'8"
220
Freshmen

This would put Phoenix in a tough spot. The Suns would be drooling for Ja Morant to somehow fall into their laps and solve their ongoing Point Guard problem, but if not they are going to have to go the BPA route. Yes, you guessed it...another forward. Phoenix will find themselves in a log potentially with the roster already containing names like Josh Jackson, TJ Warren and Mikal Bridges (Don't forget about Kelly Oubre too), but Reddish is going to be too good to pass up here. A lot of people will bang the table for Barrett here, but I think that Barrett might not be a great fit because of his need to get touches. Reddish can be a developmental piece that can.

4
RJ Barrett
G/F
Duke
6'7"
200
Freshmen

If Knicks fans can't win the lottery and land Zion, this might be the next best thing for them. Morant would be a heck of a get for the franchise as well, but I expect New York to find a solution at PG somewhere in Free Agency. Barrett would be a great get for this franchise. New York is going to find themselves trying to add as much elite talent as possible. Barrett has showcased the ability to score from 3 levels while at Duke this year and has shown an underrated ability to create offense. His knocks will be effieciency and shot selection, but Barrett would be a homerun for the Knicks.

5
Nassir Little
F
North Carolina
6'6"
220
Freshmen

A lot of people will say Little has been a big disappointment this year at North Carolina, and it's tough to disagree with them. But even though Little has disappointed, it shows how high his potential is that he's still thought of as a top 10 pick. Little has started to look better as of late for the Tar Heels, but he simply just isn't adapting to college basketball life like most hoop experts expected. Insert the Atlanta Hawks, a team that would be a perfect fit for Little moving forward in my opinion. Atlanta can stress patience with Little, as they continue their rebuild. Little would eventually fit in perfectly in the starting lineup alongside Trae Young and John Collins as well as Kevin Huerter who has started to come into his own as of late. 

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Kevin Porter Jr
SG
USC
6'5"
210
Freshmen

Ah yes, the Orlando Magic picking in the lottery again. Now look, with all fairness to the Magic, they have done well as of late with their draft picks. Jonathan Isaac has made strides this year and looks to be a legit part of this teams future. Mo Bamba is slowly developing as we all expected. How about we give Orlando someone that can contribute in a hurry...Kevin Porter Jr has been one of the biggest risers in College Basketball this season. The problem? Is that a recent injury and suspension have left him out of play for a while. Still, there's enough film on him lately to see how special KPJ can be at the next level. Orlando has committed a lot of their early picks to developmental young talent with a nose for defense. Now it's time to give them someone that can take over on the other side of the ball. 

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Romeo Langford
G
Indiana
6'6"
215
Freshman

Memphis will find themselves in rebuild mode shortly, especially if they are successful in moving Mike Conley and Marc Gasol so where does that leave them? Well, Romeo Langford would be a heck of a way to restart the process. Langford's play as of late has regressed, but the talent and tools are all there. The only thing holding Langford back is consistency with his outside shot. Otherwise, Romeo possesses the ability to score at all three levels, as well as create offense for his teammates. Langford would be a nice pairing with Jaren Jackson Jr for the Grizzlies organization. 

8
Jaxson Hayes
C
Texas
6'5"
210
Freshmen

This is where things could get a bit interesting in the NBA Draft. Every year, there's a team in the lottery that can throw a complete curveball. Washington should have plenty of questions to answer this year. I expect there to be plenty of rumors about if the Wizards decide to move on from Bradley Beal/John Wall. Beal seems like the more realistic of the two to get moved and I doubt a team will want to take on the John Wall contract for the future. So where does that put the Washington franchise moving forward? Well the Wizards have been needing a young promising big for years. Hayes has been one of the top risers in this class over the college basketball season. He's an energetic explosive big that can run the floor and impact games above the rim. He's still very raw in his development, but the tools are there. Washington might go the long route and take a flier on Hayes here. 

9
Darius Garland
G
Vanderbilt
6'3"
170
Freshmen

Yep, it's time Detroit...time for the Reggie Jackson experience to be done with. Garland suffered an ACL injury earlier this year that will have him out for the rest of the year, but there was PLENTY to like when he was playing. Garland isn't as "flashy" as the now top prospect Ja Morant, but he has everything you want in a ball handler. Expect for Garland's name to heat up as Draft time nears.

10
(via Dallas)
Jarrett Culver
G/F
Texas Tech
6'5"
195
Sophomore

The Sophomore wing out of Texas Tech has plenty of fans in the NBA circles. Culver has developed during his second year into a reliable scoring option. His pull up shooting is still a work in development but there's a lot of tools to like in his game. Culver could end up going earlier than this and it wouldn't surprise me but i'd love the fit here in Atlanta. Yes, I am well aware that the Hawks took Kevin Huerter last year. Hueter has actually started to look as if he's found his stride during his rookie year. Atlanta is in a position where they need to acquire as many pieces as possible. Culver would be a worthy selection, and a great developmental piece for this roster.

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DeAndre Hunter
F
Virginia
6'7"
225
Sophomore

Some might think this is a Thibs pick even though he is gone but don't let that fool you...DeAndre Hunter is the real deal. I would not argue with anyone saying that Hunter should go in the top 7. Yes you read that correct. I am very high on Hunter's ability and overall potential. Hunter is arguably the best defender in this draft class. He's a weapon when it comes to defending multiple positions and has fantastic defensive awareness and instincts away from the ball. Pairing all of that with an offensive game that is further ahead than most realize, and I'm all aboard the DH hype train. He'd be a great get for any franchise. For Minnesota, he'd be another solid piece for this roster. 

12
Rui Hachimura
F
Gonzaga
6'8"
230
Junior

The Rui Hype Train has lost a bit of it's steam as of late and it's not because of his play as of late. Rui is going to be one of the more fascinating prospects in entire draft class. He's listed as a Junior but is still only 20 years old. Rui has improved drastically over his three years at Gonzaga. He posseses a strong NBA body with good length and can guard multiple positons. Rui is at his best when he's attacking the rim and does a great job of getting downhill. His outside shot will be what keeps him from taking the next leap in his progression. If Rui can get his three ball to fall with more consistency, he's going to have a great career at the next level.  

13
(via Kings)
Sekou Doumbouya
F
Limoges
6'9"
230
Age(18)

If Boston is to end up with multiple 1st round picks next year, you can be sure they will look to find some players they can stash overseas for a little. Sekou would be a dream situation for Boston. Still only 18 years old, with an impressive variety of skills, Sekou could use some more time overseas before he is ready for the NBA. Doumbouya is a point forward with great size. His outside shot is still developing, but if all of the tools can come together, he could be something special. 

14

Keldon Johnson
G/F
Kentucky
6'6"
210
Freshmen

Johnson would be a great pick here for the Lakers. Keldon has a wide range right now, in my opinon, when it comes to his draft stock. He's developed into one of the most consistent scoring options on Kentucky, but I can see him slipping through the cracks on draft night. It would surprise me to see Keldon go in the 7-10 range, but he could also fall into the late lottery. Johnson would fit great for the Lakers who could use another big strong wing that can attack the basket. Watch out for Johnson though, if Kentucky makes some noise in the tourney, he could sky rocket up these boards with some good games.

15
Luguentz Dort
G
Arizona State
6'4"
215
Freshmen

Why not replace one former super athletic slashing wing with another? Out goes Dwayne Wade...in comes Lu Dort? After taking over the College Basketball world early this year, Arizona State has come back to reality a bit. During that stretch, Dort has had some of his weaknesses exposed. BUT, don't let that be a total buzzkill, Dort is still a fascinating prospect. He gets downhill in the lane like a freight train, and does a great job of getting to the line. He's going to need to develop his jumper and his defense against smaller guards is questionable, but there's a lot to like in his game. 

16
Bol Bol
F/C
Oregon
7'2"
235
Freshmen

I seriously have zero idea where Bol Bol is going to end up at this point. Look at how we are breaking ground in the trust tree are we not? I am terrified to project him so many places in a mock draft, I can't imagine having to debate drafting Bol Bol. On a serious note, Bol is a unique talent. He's got special length and can shoot it from outside. He's going to have his physical limitations at the next level, there's no doubt about that. But what GM is going to fall in love with him? He's going to get a GM an extension or get him fired. That's the reality of Bol Bol.

17
KZ Okpala
F
Stanford
6'9"
215
Sophomore

The more film I watch of Okpala the more excited I get for the player he COULD be. There's a lot of his game that intrigues me. He's got great size at 6'9" and he plays the game the right way. Okpala isn't the flashiest, but has shiftiness in his offensive game and often makes the smart plays to get his teammates in the best position to succeed. He's a name to circle throughout the draft process as he won't get enough attention but looks to have great long-term potential. 

18
(via Clippers)
Talen Horton-Tucker
G/F
Iowa State
6'4"
240
Freshmen

Horton-Tucker is going to be a favorite of Jay Bilas on draft night. Why do you ask? WINGSPAN. Talen has a 7'0"+ wingspan which is insane for a 6'4" guard. He's a lengthy combo guard who has great vision in the open court and is very crafty when getting in the lane. Tucker might go later than this range on draft night, but when you are getting to this part of the 1st round, you need to take the best talent and figure his role out later. Tucker is going to have some serious fans in certain Front Offices.  

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Houston

   
 
Daniel Gafford
F/C
Arkansas
6'10"
235
Sophomore

Gafford is too good of a talent to pass up here at 19 and the fact that he realistically can fall to here is amazing. He'd be a phenomenal get for the Rockets and would fit perfectly with Clint Capela. 

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Spurs

Brandon Clarke
F/C
Gonzaga
6'8"
215
Junior

Some might call me crazy for this pick. Get in line buddy. I will buy all of your Brandon Clarke long-term successful impactful career stock please. Clarke has become a defensive anchor for Gonzaga and at one point was leading the nation in blocked shots. That, as well as a developing basketball IQ and ability to run the floor? Yes that sounds like a Spur to me.

21
Louis King
F
Oregon
6'9"
205
Freshmen

King's freshman year at Oregon was delayed due to the fact that he was recovering from an ACL injury. He's a prime candidate to stay another year in Eugene but if he doesn't he could be a great get for a playoff caliber team in the 20s. Portland would jump at the chance. King has great size for a forward at 6'9" and has shown a nice touch from three point range so far. 

22
Jontay Porter
F
Missouri
6'11"
235
Sophomore

The other brother of Nuggets rookie Michael Porter Jr, NBA evaluators were excited to see what Jontay could do with another year under his belt at Missouri. Unfortunately, Porter suffered a season ending knee injury before they were able to see that happen. There's a lot to like about Porter's game though. In his freshmen year, Porter demonstrated a soft touch around the basket as well as the ability to stretch the defense from outside. He's going to be a worthy pick for a playoff team. 

23
Naz Reid
F/C
LSU
6'10"
250
Freshmen

One of my favorite prospects in this years draft is Naz Reid. Simply because I have NO idea where to project him at this moment. If you haven't watched him play and just look at him you'd think he's slow and overweight but Reid has lightning quick feet and can really be a weapon on the offensive side of the ball. I think he might find his way in the late part of the first round but he's going to be a potential steal. 

24
Ignas Brazdeikis
F
Michigan
6'7"
225
Freshmen

The Sixers could use a lot of pieces to help out their bench and I really like the idea of Ignas spotting a 76er uniform. The Michigan freshman reminds me sometimes of Joe Ingles with his play and swagger. Ignas is crafty and quicker than he looks, he's worthy of a flier here at 24. 

25
Coby White
G
North Carolina
6'5"
185
Freshmen

With Darren Collison and Cory Joseph potentially both leaving via Free Agency, look for the Pacers to look to add another piece to their backcourt. Last years first round pick Aaron Holiday looks to be a good one, it wouldn't surprise me to see Indiana add another piece to their depth. White has been sensational this year for the Tar Heels and deserves a lot more national attention. He's another name that could climb draft boards. 

26
Charles Bassey
F/C
Western Kentucky
6'10"
210
Freshmen

The once highly touted big man that shocked the world and signed with Western Kentucky. I am a little surprised to not see more love for Charles Bassey even though he's playing in a weaker conference than others. Bassey is legit. The problem? He's an old-school big. Teams might scare away from him because they don't know if he can work at the next level with how the NBA is today. This is a type of player that falls to an organization that can't pass him up. So basically the Celtics or Spurs. 

27
(via Denver)
 Tre Jones
G
Duke
6'2"
185
Freshmen

I like the idea of Brooklyn adding another asset to the backcourt. A lot is going to depend on what happens with De'Angelo Russell in FA. I expect Brooklyn to hold on to him, and DR would be wise to stay with Brooklyn as long as possible. But still, adding another young guard to the bunch like Tre Jones would be a wise decision for the Nets here. Jones is one of the best defenders in college basketball this year and hasn't been asked to do much for Duke's offense because of his company. Don't sleep on Tre in the draft.

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Spurs
(via Toronto)
Admiral Schofield
G/F
Tennessee
6'5"
240
Senior

I AM COMPLETELY OFF THE TRAIN TRACKS NOW. You really think the Spurs aren't going to take a guy that makes everyone furious that "he's such a Spur." Schofield might be 2nd round material on everyone's boards but I love the way he plays the game. He's a productive veteran in college basketball that plays the game tough. The Spurs tend to have this ability to not care if a guy is a Senior or a Freshmen, they just take players they know will buy into their system and play hard.

Thank you. 

29
Tyler Herro
SG
Kentucky
6'5"
210
Freshmen

This is the part of the mock draft where we project the Warriors to draft another three-point shooter.

 

30
Carsen Edwards
G
Purdue
6'0"
190
Junior

Carsen Edwards is a guard that no one will talk about. No one will like him "enough." Everyone will try to figure out something wrong with him. People will say he's too small. But he's currently averaging 24.2 points per game and the shots he's hitting on a regular basis are not easy. Edwards is TOUGH and he's a serious sleeper candidate. 

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