Final Mock Draft a Day Away from the NBA Draft
The NBA Draft is a little bit over 24 hours away.
Touted as a very top heavy class, this year’s draft has some intriguing names across the board. It will be a night of high risk gambles, but as we all have come to know, a certain number of these gambles will eventually pan out. The very top of this class is predictable, but following the second or third pick, things will definitely turn interesting.
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One day out from the big day, check out BallnRoll’s final installment of it’s 2019 NBA Mock Draft.
1. New Orleans Pelicans: PF Zion Williamson, Duke
The consensus number one overall pick will have rather large shoes to fill as the Pelicans just parted ways with their franchise superstar in Anthony Davis. Nevertheless, Williamson has all the makings to be a star on the NBA stage. Calling his body NBA-ready is an understatement, as the 6’7”, 285 lbs forward has freakish athleticism, underrated court vision, and a developing jump shot.
- NBA Comparison: Charles Barkley
2. Memphis Grizzlies: PG Ja Morant, Murray State
With Mike Conley’s time with the Grizzlies coming to an end, it seems as though Memphis has found a suitable replacement in the Murray State “Point God”. An electric and lanky athlete who is comfortable playing above the rim, Morant has an incredible feel for pushing the tempo and directing the offense. His perimeter shooting shows potential, while his incredible athletic ability and length projects him to becoming a plus defender.
- NBA Comparison: De’Aaron Fox
3. New York Knicks: SG RJ Barrett, Duke
Jamal Murray said it best, while Williamson is an absolute freak of nature, Barrett has a more complete offensive game. He is not wrong, as Barrett enters the draft as one of the more offensively polished freshmen. While his three-point shooting was a definite concern in college (30.8% from the perimeter), the general consensus is that Barrett’s perimeter shot will improve with development. With that in mind, Barrett’s ability to create his own space and generate his own offense is elite for a player of his age. Moreover, Barrett is an above average play-maker and a lefty who plays aggressively and attacks the rim at will. Lauded for his makeup, primarily his competitiveness, as well as his physical profile, the Canadian has the chance to turn into a special player on the next level.
- NBA Comparison: Jayson Tatum
4. New Orleans Pelicans: SG Jarrett Culver, Texas Tech
With the assortment of point guards stationed in New Orleans, it is hard to envision the Pelicans rolling the dice with Darius Garland. With that in mind, Culver feels like the perfect fit alongside Jrue Holiday and a young and developing team. An average play-maker, Culver by no means is a finished product as he does appear to look raw on the offensive end. Nevertheless, he has all the physical attributes necessary to evolve into a legitimate 3-and-D wing in the NBA, with the ability and length to become an above average two-way player.
- NBA Comparison: Caris LeVert
5. Cleveland Cavaliers: SF De’Andre Hunter, Virginia
Outside of Williamson, no one’s body is more prepared for the NBA than Hunter. Proving himself on the national stage as he led the Virginia Cavaliers to a National Championship, Hunter is the most fierce defender in the class with an underrated offensive game. Athletic and versatile with a long frame, Hunter has an excellent mid-range shot, is a good shooter off the catch, but may struggle with creating his own offense in the NBA. Similar to Malcolm Brogdon in the sense that he can eventually evolve into an exceptional role player, it will be interesting to see how his offensive game translates over from the college game. At the very least, Hunter can turn into a versatile defender who can guard multiple positions while being a reliable catch-and-shoot option on the wing.
- NBA Comparison: OG Anunoby
6. Phoenix Suns: PG Darius Garland, Vanderbilt
The self-proclaimed best point guard in the draft only played five games in Vanderbilt before undergoing knee surgery. The 6’2”, 175 lbs guard has returned healthy and has been leaving quite the impression for NBA teams in pre-draft workouts, and realistically, should be a top-5 pick in this draft. Unfortunately, point guard depth will push him to the Suns at the sixth pick. An outstanding play-maker, Garland is a shifty and twitchy athlete with an legitimate perimeter shot. The downside is, Garland has a relatively skinny frame and lacks the strength to finish at the rim against contact. If he continues to add more size to what is a wiry frame, the Suns can finally find the star point guard they’ve been missing for years.
- NBA Comparison: Damian Lillard
7. Chicago Bulls: PG Coby White, UNC
Kris Dunn might not seem to be the long-term fit for the Bulls at the point guard spot, but Coby White looks to be exactly that. Possessing explosive quickness, White’s speed can match up favorably with just about any player in the class. At 6’5”, he is bigger than most players at his position. White has a quick first step, is an aggressive scorer, but currently lacks the ability to create for others and is a below-average rebounder despite his height. He does display exceptional court vision and passing ability at times, which suggests that he can develop into a legitimate point guard on the NBA level. As he gets stronger and improves as a point guard, the Bulls may have a cornerstone piece in White.
- NBA Comparison: Jamal Murray
8. Atlanta Hawks: SG/SF Cameron Reddish, Duke
I’ll go out on a limb with this hot take and state that Cameron Reddish will be the best player in this draft.
Ahead of his freshman season at Duke, Reddish was labeled a top-three player in the 2019 Draft, but his stock has fallen slightly after a year marred by injury, inefficient shooting, and often questionable makeup. With all things considered, Reddish has one of the highest ceilings in the entire class. He has the potential to transform into a fierce two-way player with a legitimate perimeter shot and a dangerous offensive skillset. With elite size for his position, Reddish has the feel and the mechanics to become a good shooter on the NBA level. He has a quick release, a clean follow-through and simply put, when he is focused, Reddish can make the game of basketball look easy. Raw at times, Reddish has displayed elite athleticism in workouts, a versatile offensive game, and with a 7’1” wingspan, can turn into an above average shot blocker and rebounder.
Labeled as a bit too passive at times, the key for Reddish will be to become more assertive as he continues to mature both physically and as a basketball player. If everything comes together for him, Reddish will turn into a superstar.
- NBA Comparison: Paul George
9. Washington Wizards: C Jaxson Hayes, Texas
The Dwight Howard experiment has failed to this point and it might seem time for the Washington Wizards to start getting younger and look to retool. Bradley Beal’s time with the Wizards may soon be coming to an end, but the Wizards possess one of the more immovable contracts in John Wall. There’s a pretty sizable drop off in terms of guards after Morant, Garland, Culver, and White come off the board, meaning the Wizards may opt to go big with Hayes.
Hayes looks to be a carbon copy of former Texas Longhorn Jarrett Allen. Both 6’11” centers who move exceptionally well for their size, Hayes has great natural instincts and the ability to become an elite rim protector on the next level. Defense will be his calling card in the NBA, but he also shot a surprising 74% from the free throw line, which suggests that there may be some room for Hayes to become more than just a big man who can finish at the rim off of lobs.
The advantage of having big men such as Allen and Rudy Gobert are very clear in today’s NBA. If surrounded by the right players, Hayes can develop into an important piece to a winning team.
- NBA Comparison: Jarrett Allen
10. Atlanta Hawks (from Dallas): SF Sekou Doumbouya, International (France)
There are rumours that the Hawks are looking to trade up in the draft, but with that being said, Atlanta can very well strike gold in the latter half of the lottery by selecting some high-upside, raw talent that can turn out to be great additions to an already young and talented core.
Taking into consideration the youth of this current roster, the Hawks are in a good position to role the dice with their second lottery pick of the night. The 18-year old Sekou Doumbouya may just be worth the gamble for a team that will emphasize development over winning over the next couple of seasons.
Young and unpolished, Doumbouya has benefited by playing in the top professional league in France last season and the raw talent is unquestionable. A relative unknown on this side of the planet, the 6’9” forward has above average athleticism, good strength, and has the potential to become an elite two-way player if he is able to develop a consistent shot and find a consistent handle.
What is most exciting about a player like Doumbouya is watching him in the open floor, running with or without the ball on the fast break. Looking like a slightly thicker version of Pascal Siakam, Doumbouya has a high motor and can finish at the basket against contact. Add that to his ability to guard up to four positions, the gamble should look very appealing to the Hawks. With the likes of Trae Young, Kevin Huerter, and Reddish providing more than enough shooting, the Hawks should take a shot at the Frenchman and if he pans out, Atlanta will have one of the more versatile and explosive young cores in basketball. High rewards are often worth the big risks.
- NBA Comparison: Pascal Siakam
11. Minnesota Timberwolves: SF Brandon Clarke, Gonzaga
Few people may realize this fact, but Brandon Clarke has quietly been the second most effective player in college basketball this past season – obviously, second behind the human wrecking ball, Williamson. Older the most prospects in the draft, Clarke blew up this past year. His lack of size and shooting may be a question mark, but being paired with Karl-Anthony Towns in the front court can easily cover up his deficiencies, while allowing Clarke to complement Towns in the front court.
A strong finisher at the rim who can score off the dribble and even create his own shot, Clarke is an exceptional defender and surprisingly, an above average shot blocker. He has some of the highest basketball IQ in the entire draft and despite having some clear limitations, he has an incredibly wide range of tools that if picked by the right team, the Canadian forward can flourish. The Wolves are desperate for the defensive tenacity that Clarke can bring in, which makes this match too perfect for Minnesota to pass up.
- NBA Comparison: Larry Nance Jr.
12. Charlotte Hornets: SF Nassir Little, UNC
We can’t expect His Royal Airness to pass up on a raw and athletic stud out of his alma mater, UNC, can we?
Of course, his stock fell considerably after the entire basketball world realized just how raw he is, but with that being said, Little was an explosive talent on the high school circuit and has shown glimpses of potential and brilliance in limited playing time with the Tar Heels. Lost on a deep UNC squad, Little was still able to display his elite athleticism and with a great mix of size (7’1” wing span) and good ball handling ability, he is still a very attractive lottery pick.
In his lone year in college, he scored primarily off of Coby White’s penetration and defensive collapses. On the NBA level, Little will struggle finding his own offense or scoring off the pass, but the potential and upside are worth the risk in the latter part of the lottery.
- NBA Comparison: Jaylen Brown
13. Miami Heat: PF PJ Washington, Kentucky
Washington showed remarkable toughness returning to play for Kentucky in the National Tournament. that combined with his natural talent should see him go in the lottery on Thursday night.
After making just five three-pointers as a freshman, the sophomore, stepped up his game by making 42% of his 33 attempts from long range this year. Not at all a flashy prospect, Washington is a solid inside-out scorer who can also defend his position. He may not have one elite skill, but he does just about everything across the board on the offensive end. His lack of size has led to questions, but he has good present strength and good instincts for the game.
A stretch-four with range, who can finish at the cup, put the ball on the floor a fair bit, and use his length to both defend and rebound the ball, Washington still definitely has a few glaring holes in his game. It will be important for a team to find the right positional fit for Washington on the next level.
- NBA Comparison: Thaddeus Young
14. Boston Celtics (from Sacramento via Philadelphia): PF Rui Hachimura, Gonzaga
With Al Horford on his way out, the Boston Celtics will require a definite influx in size.
He will not replicate the defensive efforts of Horford, but offensively, he is one of the more polished forwards in college basketball. At 6’8”, 220 lbs, he is listed as a combo-forward, but has a wide enough offensive skillset and the present strength to excel despite questionable size. With a high motor, Hachimura plays with a certain tenacity that not many have. An elite offensive rebounder, who can finish in the paint and can handle the basketball, Hachimura is limited with his range, but his solid free throw shooting suggests that a more consistent perimeter shot may come with further development.
A tough and rugged player with great makeup is just the guy the Celtics need at a time where it seems as though everything is falling apart.
- NBA Comparison: Paul Millsap
15. Detroit Pistons: SG Tyler Herro, Kentucky
16. Orlando Magic: SG Keldon Johnson, Kentucky
17. Atlanta Hawks: SF Cameron Johnson, UNC
18. Indiana Pacers: SG Romeo Langford, Indiana
19. San Antonio Spurs: SG Nickeil Alexander-Walker, Virginia Tech
20. Boston Celtics (from Clippers via Memphis): C Goga Bitadze, Georgia
21. Oklahoma City Thunder: C Bol Bol, Oregon
22. Boston Celtics: SG Kevin Porter Jr., USC
23. Memphis Grizzlies: SF Grant Williams, Tennessee
24. Philadelphia 76ers: PF Nic Claxton, Syracuse
25. Portland Trailblazers: C Mfiondu Kabengele, Florida State
26. Cleveland Cavaliers (from Houston): PF Eric Paschall, Villanova
27. Brooklyn Nets (from Denver): SG Matisse Thybulle, Washington
28. Golden State Warriors: PG Ty Jerome, Virginia
29. San Antonio Spurs (from Toronto): SF Chuma Okeke, Auburn
30. Milwaukee Bucks: SF Darius Bazley, Princeton HS
31. Brooklyn Nets: PG Carson Edwards, Purdue
32. Phoenix Suns: SF Luka Samanic, International (Greece)
33. Philadelphia 76ers (from Cleveland via Orlando and New York): SF Dylan Windler, Belmont
34. Philadelphia 76ers (from Chicago via Lakers): C Bruno Fernando, Maryland
35. Atlanta Hawks: SF Talen Horton-Tucker, Iowa State
36. Charlotte Hornets (from Washington via Denver and Atlanta): SF KZ Okpala, Stanford
37. Dallas Mavericks: C Naz Reid, LSU
38. Chicago Bulls (from Memphis): SG Luguentz Dort, Arizona State
39. New Orleans Pelicans: C Jontay Porter, Mizzou
40. Sacramento Kings (from Minnesota via Portland and Cleveland): PF Isaiah Roby, Nebraska
41. Atlanta Hawks (from Lakers via Cleveland and Indiana): PF Daniel Gafford, Arkansas
42. Philadelphia 76ers (from Sacramento via Brooklyn and Milwaukee): SG Jordan Poole, Michigan
43. Minnesota Timberwolves (from Miami via Charlotte): PG Jalen Lecque, Brewster Academy
44. Atlanta Hawks (from Charlotte): SF DaQuan Jeffries, Tulsa
45. Detroit Pistons: SF Admiral Schofield, Tennessee
46. Orlando Magic (from Brooklyn via Memphis and Charlotte): SG Terance Mann, Florida State
47. Sacramento Kings (from Orlando via New York): SF Louis King, Oregon
48. Los Angeles Clippers: SG Terrence Davis, Mississippi
49. San Antonio Spurs: PG Ky Bowman, Boston College
50. Indiana Pacers: SF Kyle Guy, Virginia
51. Boston Celtics: PG Tremont Waters, LSU
52. Charlotte Hornets (from Oklahoma City): SG Miye Oni, Yale
53. Utah Jazz: SG Zach Norvell, Gonzaga
54. Philadelphia 76ers: PG Jaylen Hands, UCLA
55. New York Knicks (from Houston): SF Oshae Brissett, Syracuse
56. Los Angeles Clippers (from Portland via Detroit and Orlando): PF Jalen McDaniels, San Diego State
57. New Orleans Pelicans (from Denver via Milwaukee): SF Kris Wilkes, UCLA
58. Golden State Warriors: PG Jordan Bone, Tennessee
59. Toronto Raptors: PF Ignas Brazdeikis, Michigan
60. Sacramento Kings (from Milwaukee): SF Jaylen Hoard, Wake Forest