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2019 NBA mock 1
Published at 4/29/2019 12:49:12 AM
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Zion Williamson is one of the most insane athletes basketball has seen. Standing in at 6'6 with a 6'10 wingspan at 270 pounds with an explosive vertical, pure power and elite quickness, the league really hasn't seen anyone like this. Zion is unstoppable near the rim and when going downhill, he's an elite rebounder at his size, can protect the rim and has the ability to defend perimeter players when he's fully locked in. Zion is not like the other first overall picks in the last few years. He's a great leader, a fierce competitor and has high levels of intensity. The Knicks need a guy like Zion desperately. Any team that wins the lottery needs to pick Zion here. He needs to work on his defensive discipline, his jumper and could stand to develop more dribble moves. Jerry West said passing on Zion would be like passing on Michael Jordan.
Knicks's Needs via ESPN's RPM
Ja Morant is the pick here. The Suns get their biggest need here at this pick and perhaps BPA. Morant is an electric athlete at the PG position at 6'3. He's as quick as they come, can jump out of the building. Morant is an excellent ball handler, a great passer and seems like his shooting is there seeing as he made a lot of 3 point shots this season at Murray State and shot 80% from the free throw line. He has his downsides though, seeing as he can get careless with the ball at times, doesn't try very hard on defense and has a streaky jumpshot.
Suns's Needs via ESPN's RPM
The Wizards need to move forward on rebuilding their wing position. Troy Brown showed flashes of brilliance when Scott Brooks would actually play him, but that's not enough of a reason to pass on Barrett. The Wizards have also desperately needed a 3rd scorer behind Wall and Beal for years, but with Wall's injury and the rumors around Beal being traded who knows what Washington will look like. The Wizards need to take BPA here and it might be Barrett. Barrett is a 6'7 SF/SG with high potential to be an elite scorer in the league, has good length and is a great athlete in transition. Barrett was a poor 3 point shooter at Duke as well as shooting a bad percentage from the free throw line and his upside is questionable.
Wizards's Needs via ESPN's RPM
The Bulls might get the 2nd best player of the draft here in Darius Garland. Garland is elite with the basketball. He's a good passer in the pick and roll and is a good passer all around. He has great handles and competes intensely on both ends of the ball. He had struggles finishing near the rim and struggled defending bigger guards. He can shoot from basically everywhere on the floor. Hopefully his elite quickness wasn't hampered by the meniscus injury.
Bulls's Needs via ESPN's RPM
Hunter might not have the highest upside here (one can argue that Culver does), but the Cavs need to establish a culture with guys who are going to put their heads down and work hard. Having Collin Sexton leading the charge as an ultra competitive, fiery player is a great start. Adding a guy like Hunter begins the start of a blue print. The Cavs need help on the wing and they had one of the worst defenses in league history this season. De'Andre Hunter is arguably the best defensive player in this draft and his versatility adds to it. Hunter is an instinctive player who knows when to cut, has tremendous defensive discipline, knows how to defend the pick and roll and knows how to rotate effectively. He did have his struggles with players who were much quicker than him and doesn't make many steals or blocks. He isn't very quick with the ball and doesn't have many offensive moves which limits his scoring upside. I think he will be a very good NBA player.
Cavaliers's Needs via ESPN's RPM
Jarrett Culver is the pick here. Culver is multi positional ball handler at 6'6 with a 6'10 wingspan. Culver showed ability to make plays with or without the ball and showed ability to defend multiple positions. His shot selection is questionable, isn't a great ball handler and his kind of a slow release. I think he could excel in a secondary ball handler role next to Trae Young.
Hawks's Needs via ESPN's RPM
New Orleans might be getting ready to move on from both Anthony Davis and possibly Jrue Holiday. They might go with a guard here, but if they move both of those guys they're gonna need an upgrade at basically every position. Sekou has one of the highest upsides in the draft, but also one of the lowest floors seeing as no one knows how he's going to respond to the level of competition in the NBA. Doumbouya is barely 18 years old, is 6'9 and has a 6'11 wingspan. He plays in the LNB pro a which is the top league in France. He shot 34% from 3 this season, showed flashes of being able to defend both positions due to his quickness, he can beat people off the dribble with that quickness and has good shooting mechanics. Watching him though, you can clearly see he is still raw and you can see why some people don't even have him ranked in the lottery. The workouts with scouts and GM's are going to make or break his stock.
Pelicans's Needs via ESPN's RPM
Coby White is the pick here. The Grizzlies were the worst offensive team in the league this season, came as no surprise seeing as they struggled with health and they're overall just not talented at all outside of a few players. Coby White is a talented scorer as he proved this year at UNC averaging 16 PPG with 80% from the FT line and shooting 35% from 3. At 6'5, White can play either guard position with a good handle, ability to spot up from 3, has an elite first step and moves well laterally on defense. He isn't the best shooter off the dribble, doesn't have an advanced dribble package and needs to improve his technique with his defense.
Grizzlies's Needs via ESPN's RPM
Via Dallas. Goga Bitadze is the pick here. A lot of people have Jaxson Hayes here, but I think Travis Schlenk who came up through the Miami Heat system and the Warriors system probably has a huge focus on players who can pass the ball, shoot the 3 and a player that is going to play hard. A huge question for the Hawks is if they believe Collins is a PF or a center. I think regardless here they will take Bitadze. Bitadze can handle the basketball well for a center, he shoot the ball from mid-range and from 3 as well as having a hard nose for the ball, he fights for rebounds. He's also a talented passer at his position and can defend pretty well for a guy his size because he has good defensive techniques. despite being very slow on defense. Inside, he can finish with a number of moves and can finish with both hands. He lacks athleticism and is basically useless in a pick and roll situation.
Hawks's Needs via ESPN's RPM
I think the Wolves are going to start thinking about replacing Andrew Wiggins. He hasn't improved at all in the league and has become a massive negative with his huge contract. Langford has massive upside as both a scorer and a defender. There's concerns with his jumper, but he shot 80% from the FT line which is a good sign for his future shooting development. He knows how to get to the line, but needs to improve his jump shot and ball handling. The Wolves would have Keita Bates, Okogie, Wiggins and Robert Covington on the wing. Of course they could take Brandon Clarke here, but I think this pick makes more long term sense.
Timberwolves's Needs via ESPN's RPM
Tyler Herro is the pick here.
The Lakers were one of the best teams defending, they allowed a low shooting percentage from the 3 and just from the field overall and even had a pretty good defensive rating as a team. On the other hand, their offense was horrid. Their offensive rating was in the bottom 10 of the league, they finished in the bottom 10 of the league in 3PM, the 2nd worst 3 point percentage, had the 2nd worst FT percentage in the league and ranked 7th worst in FTM in the league. Having guys like LeBron James, Kyle Kuzma, Lonzo Ball and Brandon Ingram makes this baffling. The Lakers have a need at the 2 guard spot, I'm not sure Josh Hart is a true starting 2 guard in the league. Herro is one of the best shooters in this league and he pairs that with intensity, hustle, intelligent play on offense, crafty finishing and showed ability to shoot off of the dribble at a high rate. I think this is exactly the type of player that they need to pair next to Lonzo Ball in their backcourt and gives LeBron James a consistent shooting option.
Lakers's Needs via ESPN's RPM
The Hornets need to rebuild their wing position. Batum had a poor year at his salary, Miles Bridges seems like he's going to be a 4 going forward, MKG experiment is over, I'm not sure Bacon is a true starting SF in the league and Lamb has proven that he's adequate enough to play the 2 guard next to Kemba Walker (who might not be a Hornet after this off season and I don't think they'd take a guard here because next year's class is loaded if the situation of Kemba leaving does arise.) Little might be the 2nd best athlete in this class behind Zion and has massive potential. He was surprisingly a great spot up shooter at UNC and when he has the ball you can see the elite athleticism flashing his monster upside. He's still really raw and there's concerns about his motor.
Hornets's Needs via ESPN's RPM
Talen Horton-Tucker is the pick here. I know that right now, this pick seems like a reach, but I think eventually it'll make sense. Tucker is only 18 years old, he's 6'4 with a 7'1 wingspan who's shown elite ability to create his own shot, good ability to rebound the ball and push it in transition and has been an effective spot up shooter. His length can lead to him being a very good defender, especially being drafted to Miami who has been one of the best teams at developing players in the league. Miami desperately needs someone who can put the ball in the basket.
Heat's Needs via ESPN's RPM
Via Sacramento. Grant Williams is the pick here.
The Celtics may need to replace Marcus Morris after this season and getting a guy in Grant Williams who is a similar type of all around player and could probably start right away due to his IQ would be a great fit for the Celtics. Williams doesn't have many flaws at all and is one of my favorite players in the draft.
Celtics's Needs via ESPN's RPM
Detroit had one of the worst offenses in the league. They finished bottom 10 in the league in scoring, 2nd worst in shooting percentage, despite being top 10 in 3's made, they finished bottom 10 in 3 point percentage and finished bottom 10 in FT percentage. Basically, they jack up a bunch of 3's and don't make nearly as much as they should. Reggie Jackson is not a long term answer at PG, he's had plenty of seasons to prove that he is the guy. Walker is a 6'6 PG with a 6'9 wingspan with fluid ball handling ability, ability to spot up from 3, can pass with either hand and has shown flashes of scoring from the post. He's not overly athletic, but is competitive on the defensive end of the ball.
Pistons's Needs via ESPN's RPM