BallnRoll Official NBA Mock Draft: 1.0
The lottery is in the books! The craziness has resulted in a far different mock draft than what many anticipated before the lottery.
Here is our post-lottery mock draft:
1. New Orleans Pelicans: Zion Williamson (Duke, F, Freshman)
No Anthony Davis? No problem. All of the sudden, the Pelicans future looks extremely bright as they will be able to build their franchise around the most sought-after, transcendent prospect since LeBron James.
The Pelicans will select Zion. The odds Vegas is putting out there, tells you all you need to know.
Wonder who the Pelicans will take ?
— Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) May 15, 2019
2. Memphis Grizzlies: Ja Morant (Murray State, G, Sophomore)
The Grizzlies shot up the lottery seemingly out of nowhere and now find themselves with the second overall pick. With Mike Conley on the tail-end of his career, surely this is the perfect opportunity to draft not only youre future point guard, but a future star in Memphis, to build around. The pick here has to be Ja Morant.
3. New York Knicks: RJ Barrett (Duke, G, Freshman)
To the dismay of Knicks fans, they didn’t get the #1 pick, but the third overall pick is just fine when considering that they will have a good chance of selecting RJ Barrett. The Knicks have holes to fill at every position and depending on what they do this summer in free agency, it’s difficult to predict what this team will look like. With that said, they would be wise to select Barrett, a dynamic wing who has all of the tools to be a perennial All-Star.
4. Los Angeles Lakers: Cam Reddish (Duke, G/F, Freshman)
This is where things get very interesting as 1) there is a significant drop-off in talent after the top three and 2) it is very possible that the Lakers trade this pick. Assuming the Lakers hold onto the pick and select at #4, Cam Reddish makes sense. A LeBron James-led team needs shooters, and in Reddish the Lakers would be adding one of the best shooters in the draft.
5. Cleveland Cavaliers: DeAndre Hunter (Virginia, F, Sophomore)
The Cavaliers must be feeling pretty bummed falling to #5, and really they can go in any direction here. DeAndre Hunter’s stock rose and rose all throughout the year as he showed that he is a shot-creating combo forward who stretches the floor, defends multiple positions and has the making of a solid NBA pro. With Collin Sexton and Kevin Love in the fold, Hunter could fit in well in Cleveland.
6. Phoenix Suns: Darius Garland (Vanderbilt, G, Freshman)
The Phoenix Suns are legitimately cursed. They can’t seem to get anything to go their way. After tanking all year in hopes of landing (at least) a top 3 pick, they now fall all the way down to number 6. With a roster full of young players, I would strongly consider trading the pick for a more established player. Should they hold onto the pick, this team is in desperate need of a point guard, and Darius Garland represents a high-risk, high-reward option. He missed this past season with a torn meniscus but has legitimate star-power if healthy.
7. Chicago Bulls: Jarrett Culver (Texas Tech, G, Sophomore)
The Bulls are another team very disappointed with the outcome of the lottery. Slipping down to number 7, Chicago’s best bet is to take a chance on Jarrett Culver. He may not have the ceiling that some others do in the draft but he has a pretty darn high floor. Expect him to come in and be able to defend NBA wings from day 1. With a team that includes the offensive firepower of Zach Lavine and Lauri Markkanen, Culver’s defense could be the perfect complement.
8. Atlanta Hawks: Romeo Langford (Indiana, G, Freshman)
Despite question marks surrounding his three-point shooting, Romeo Langford is a smooth 6 ‘6”, shooting guard, whose slashing and driving style of play could complement Trae Young very well in Atlanta’s backcourt. At number 8, he represents a solid pick for the up-and-coming backs.
9. Washington Wizards: Coby White(North Carolina, G, Freshman)
I think it’s time for the Wizards to do something drastic in an effort to change the trajectory of their franchise; it’s time to let John Wall go. That, of course, won’t be easy as he is still under contract (a huge one, at that) and few times would be interested in him after his subpar play in the last few seasons. Should Washington find a trade partner for Wall, here is the perfect opportunity to find his successor in Coby White. White improved in the second half of the season and can bring a breath of fresh air into Washington.
10. Atlanta Hawks (via Mavericks): Bol Bol (Oregon, C, Freshman)
With two picks in the top 10, the Hawks can afford to take a bigger risk here. After the top three prospects, Bol Bol probably has a higher ceiling than anyone. He also has arguably the highest bust-potential, but the thought of pairing him with John Collins could be enough to lure the Hawks into taking a swing. At 7 ‘2” with the ability to handle the ball and shoot from long range, Bol Bol could turn into a superstar, but remember that he only played in nine games this past season at Oregon before fracturing his foot.
11. Minnesota Timberwolves: Rui Hachimura (Gonzaga, F, Junior)
The Timberwolves need to shake up their roster and get a better balance of two-way players on their team. Rui Hachimura would fit in well between Andrew Wiggins and Karl-Anthony Towns. He has all of the necessary physical attributes to succeed in the NBA and fits the bill of a modern NBA four-man. He can create of of the dribble and score in transition though he will need to improve his defence and 3-point shooting.
12. Charlotte Hornets: Jaxson Hayes (Texas, C, Freshman)
At only 18 years old, Jaxson Hayes has the mold of your prototypical NBA big man as the Hornets would be getting a elite finisher and rim protector to potentially be their defensive anchor for years to come. He isn’t the most skilled big, but has all of the physical attributes and raw tools to succeed in the NBA.
13. Miami Heat: Kevin Porter (USC, G/F, Freshman)
The Miami Heat are in desperate need of a point guard, but due to a lack of point guard options at this stage in the draft in the draft, they would be best off targeting someone like Kevin Porter. Porter’s scoring ability, handle and athleticism makes him a worthy upside pick. Do not be surprised if he continues to climb up draft-boards as we near draft night.
14. Boston Celtics (via Kings): Sekou Doumboya (France, F)
At only 17 years old, Sekou Doumboya’s draft stock is almost solely based on potential. The Celtics have a plethora of young players and additional first round picks later in the first round, so they can take a risk on the youngster here. As the Celtics are in no rush, they can stash Doumboya overseas and allow him to develop for a few years.