The Anthony Davis trade may end up turning the 2019 NBA Draft on its head, especially if the fourth pick is dealt. With less than a week until the draft, here is my most updated mock draft
New Orleans – Zion Williamson (Freshman Power Forward, Duke)
With Anthony Davis gone, Zion will be a franchise player from day one. Now surrounded with other young, athletic players, his game could thrive in an up-tempo system. With a solid rookie season from Williamson, the Pelicans should return to the playoffs next year.
Memphis – Ja Morant (Sophomore Point Guard, Murray State)
Morant is the type of player that you want to succeed, going from an unknown recruit to a sure-fire top-three NBA pick. The grit-and-grind Memphis teams are gone, but Morant and Jaren Jackson will bring a new breed of energy and excitement to the Grizzlies.
New York – R.J. Barrett (Freshman Small Forward, Duke)
I’m a firm believer that the Knicks are going to head into next season without an All-Star addition. That would mean Barrett, an All-American at Duke, would be primed to become a go-to option very early in his career.
New Orleans (via LA Lakers) – De’Andre Hunter (Sophomore Forward, Virginia)
I expect Phoenix to offer a player like T.J. Warren or Josh Jackson with the sixth pick to move up and draft Darius Garland here. If the Pelicans hold on to the pick, it should come down to Hunter and Jarrett Culver out of Texas Tech. With a thin frontcourt and playoff expectations for next year, adding a league-ready defender and reliable shot-maker like Hunter makes sense.
Cleveland – Darius Garland (Freshman Point Guard, Vanderbilt)
The more tape I watch of Garland, the more I am convinced he has star potential. His creativity as a pick-and-roll ball-handler and three-level scoring remind me of Trae Young a year ago. Even with Collin Sexton, you have to think the Cavs would struggle to pass up on Garland and create a Dame-and-CJ lite.
Phoenix – Coby White (Freshman Point Guard, North Carolina)
Let’s say the Suns can’t get Darius Garland. White is a speedy floor general that can fill it up. Playing with a capable distributor like Devin Booker would give White some more freedom to excel as a scorer while he develops as a passer.
Chicago – Jarrett Culver (Sophomore Shooting Guard, Texas Tech)
Point guard seems to be goal #1 this offseason for the Bulls. Barring any trade for an established player, the point guards outside of Morant, Garland, and White are not lottery talents. Culver has a nice combination of length, playmaking, defense, and scoring ability. He’s a bit like Caris Levert. Chicago could use Culver in lineups next to Zach LaVine or have him be the driving force in their underdeveloped second unit.
Atlanta – Cam Reddish (Freshman Shooting Guard, Duke)
Reddish’s inconsistency at Duke is following him into his draft stock. From a pure upside standpoint, Reddish is a definite top-five player in this draft. As a smooth shooter with slithery scoring ability, his fit next to Trae Young and Kevin Huerter feels right.
Washington – Bol Bol (Freshman Center, Oregon)
Bol’s pro day served to reassure some teams of his health and remind them why he was considered a unicorn in high school. A comfortable ball-handler and outside shooter, Bol would bring a lot of dimensions to a Washington frontcourt with plenty of questions this summer.
Atlanta (via Dallas) – Jaxson Hayes (Freshman Center, Texas)
Hayes should be an Atlanta Hawk by Thursday night. He is more of a project pick than most players at this point, but the need and defensive readiness is too good to pass up.
Minnesota – Brandon Clarke (Junoir Power Forward, Gonzaga)
The likely loss of Taj Gibson is going to leave a big hole in the defensive identity of a young Timberwolves team. Despite lacking superior size for a post, Clarke is a tenacious presence on the defensive end and should become a switching stopgap.
Charlotte – Nassir Little (Freshman Forward, North Carolina)
Little flashed his potential in his workout with the Hornets. The NBA game is more suited for Little’s style of play than his situation at Carolina playing behind seasoned upperclassmen. If he can focus on being a lockdown defender, he will be a steal this late.
Miami – Romeo Langford (Freshman Shooting Guard, Indiana)
After having solid depth in their backcourt, the Heat are going to be actively trying to reenergize their guard positions. Langford is a jump shot and left hand away from being a nearly unguardable offensive weapon. Count on the Heat’s excellent player development team to help bring out the best in the Indiana star.
Boston (via SAC) – Sekou Doumbouya (Forward, France)
As his workouts continue, Doumbouya’s two-way versatility is being highlighted. I expect him to be in discussions as high as the seventh pick. I wonder if Boston will be able to bring back Marcus Morris. To add some insurance, the 18-year old combo forward from France could be an option.
Detroit – Nickeil Alexander-Walker (Sophomore Shooting Guard, Virginia Tech)
Alexander-Walker addresses a couple big needs for the Pistons: shooting and wing playmaking. After taking a huge jump as a sophomore, NAW is a guard that will defend, snap the ball around, and knock down a high rate of his three-point attempts.
Orlando – Tyler Herro (Freshman Shooting Guard, Kentucky)
Herro is a good complementary piece to add to the Magic, who are going to be in discussions with swingman Terrance Ross to bring him back to Orlando. Arguably the purest shooter in the class, his ability to move without the ball and find open teammates will be coveted.
Atlanta (via BKN) – Rui Hachimura (Junior Power Forward, Gonzaga)
There is a reason Hachimura got an invite to the green room. The Japan native can impact the game in so many ways and has overcome a huge language learning curve to become an All-American at Gonzaga. With his ball-skills and shooting taking large steps, the Hawks could use their third first-rounder to add more frontcourt talent.
Indiana – Kevin Porter Jr. (Freshman Shooting Guard, USC)
Tyreke Evans is banned from the league, Victor Oladipo is hurt, and Wes Matthews is a free agent. The Pacers need help at the two. Porter Jr. has some question marks with consistency, but his talent and athleticism are off the charts. Bringing in an elite isolation scorer could bridge the gap for Oladipo’s return and then bring a punch with the bench group.
San Antonio – PJ Washington (Sophomore Power Forward, Kentucky)
Washington isn’t an exciting prospect in terms of explosive athleticism or All-Star upside, but he is a solid four-man that has a rare combination of power and finesse. He worked on his body and fine-tuned his outside jumper without sacrificing his ability to bully smaller opponents. As an intelligent passer too, the Spurs would be able to utilize Washington in multiple roles.
Boston (via LAC) – Keldon Johnson (Freshman Shooting Guard, Kentucky)
The Celtics have to prepare for the departures of Kyrie Irving and possibly Terry Rozier. Guard play could take a serious hit, making a gritty off-guard like Johnson a culture and system fit for Boston.
Oklahoma City – Mfiondu Kabengele (Sophomore Power Forward, Florida State)
There are some rumblings of a Bradley Beal trade that could potentially include this pick. I wouldn’t count on it at this point. Kabengele is a strong big that protects the rim and spaces the floor. College basketball’s best sixth man has no problem making the most of his minutes.
Boston – Goga Bitadze (Center, Georgia)
Young international players are usually seen as projects. That’s not the case with Bitadze. He is a big, mobile center that is going to be a great value pick for a playoff contender like Boston.
Utah – Luka Samanic (Power Forward, Croatia)
Samanic worked out for the Jazz and remains an option in that 15-20 range. The NBA Draft combine allowed him to answer some questions about his physicality. I’ve said Samanic is really a small forward trapped in a center’s body, but that’s more of a compliment than a cause for concern for a team that lacks versatility at their big spots.
Philadelphia – Nicolas Claxton (Sophomore Power Forward, Georgia)
Claxton shut down workouts for non-lottery teams, hinting at a promise from a mid-first round team. If he falls this low, Philadelphia would have a nice project piece to work with alongside their young core. Teams have been drawn to his stretch big upside and defensive mobility.
Portland – Kezie Okpala (Sophomore Small Forward, Stanford)
The Blazers have been an offensive wing away from being a serious title contender. Okpala can’t fix all of Portland’s needs by himself. What he can do is chip in at a lot of different spots, primarily as a wing that can make plays off the dribble.
Cleveland (via HOU) – Bruno Fernando (Sophomore Center, Maryland)
Fernando’s grown man physique may actually hurt him when teams project his growth. I’m not falling for it. His game is still a raw big that plays with full force all the time. As Tristan Thompson ages, Fernando could step in as a rotation big for the future.
Brooklyn (via Denver) – Dan Gafford (Sophomore Center, Arkansas)
The Nets cannot miss out on the chance to add a post player in the draft. Gafford has a little bit of Clint Capela in him and could become a very solid big for many years.
Golden State – Luguentz Dort (Freshman Shooting Guard, Arizona State)
Golden State may be in for a down year by their standards. Without Klay Thompson and Kevin Durant for most of the season, they will need players to fill in and play bigger roles. Dort is an overwhelming athlete at the guard spot and could be a rotation player from day one.
San Antonio (via TOR) – Jaylen Hoard (Freshman Forward, Wake Forest)
Hoard will be considered heavily by Portland. San Antonio shouldn’t pass up the chance to get a moldable, multi-purpose wing that has just scratched the surface.
Milwaukee – Ty Jerome (Junior Guard, Virginia)
Jerome’s steadiness, shooting, and ability to guard multiple spots on the perimeter will fit seamlessly with a Bucks team that should return most of its key pieces.
|31. Brooklyn (via NY)||Talen Horton-Tucker||SG/SF||FR||Iowa State||6’4||238|
|32. Phoenix||Eric Paschall||PF||SR||Villanova||6’9||255|
|33. Philadelphia (via CLE)||Carsen Edwards||PG||JR||Purdue||6’0||195|
|34. Philadelphia (via CHI)||Cameron Johnson||SF||SR||North Carolina||6’9||210|
|35. Atlanta||Jontay Porter||PF/C||SO||Missouri||7’0||236|
|36. Charlotte (via WAS)||Admiral Schofield||SF||SR||Tennessee||6’5||240|
|37. Dallas||Ky Bowman||PG||JR||Boston College||6’1||190|
|38. Chicago (via MEM)||Dylan Windler||SG/SF||SR||Belmont||6’8||200|
|39. New Orleans||Jalen Lecque||PG||HS||High School||6’4||190|
|40. Sacramento (via MIN)||Deividas Sirvydis||SG||2000||Lithuania||6’8||190|
|41. Atlanta (via LAL)||Grant Williams||SF/PF||JR||Tennessee||6’5||234|
|42. Philadelphia (via SAC)||Matisse Thybulle||SF||SR||Washington||6’5||190|
|43. Minnesota (via MIA)||Louis King||SF||FR||Oregon||6’9||204|
|44. Atlanta (via CHA)||Jaylen Hands||PG||SO||UCLA||6’3||179|
|45. Detroit||Jalen McDaniels||PF||SO||San Diego State||6’10||195|
|46. Orlando (via BKN)||Sagaba Konate||C||JR||West Virginia||6’8||246|
|47. Sacramento (via ORL)||Isaiah Roby||PF||JR||Nebraska||6’8||230|
|48. LA Clippers||Zach Norvell||SG||SO||Gonzaga||6’5||205|
|49. San Antonio||Mike Daum||PF||SR||South Dakota State||6’9||235|
|50. Indiana||Kyle Guy||SG||JR||Virginia||6’2||170|
|51. Boston||Darius Bazley||PF||FR||N/A||6’9||200|
|52. Charlotte (via OKC)||Moses Brown||C||FR||UCLA||7’1||241|
|53. Utah||Chuma Okeke||PF||SO||Auburn||6’8||220|
|54. Philadelphia||Jordan Poole||SG||SO||Michigan||6’5||195|
|55. New York (via HOU)||Brian Bowen||SF||1998||Australia (USA)||6’7||200|
|56. LA Clippers (via POR)||Shamorie Ponds||PG||JR||St. John’s||6’1||170|
|57. New Orleans (via DEN)||Miye Oni||SG/SF||JR||Yale||6’6||210|
|58. Golden State||Naz Reid||PF/C||FR||LSU||6’10||240|
|59. Toronto||John Konchar||SG||SR||Fort Wayne||6’5||207|
|60. Sacramento (via MIL)||Jaylen Nowell||SG||SO||Washington||6’4||200|