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2019 NBA Mock Draft 2.0
Published at 5/15/2019 12:25:18 AM
With the official order in place I figured I'd do this.
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A shocking outcome to the NBA lottery that no one saw coming, the New Orleans Pelicans win the Zion sweepstakes. Pairing Zion with Anthony Davis and Jrue Holiday is an absolutely thrilling idea and not one that New Orleans should think of passing.
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Now, the undisputed #2 might be disputed depending on if Memphis really wants to hang on to Mike Conley. Taking RJ Barrett here and bringing back Conley makes a lot of basketball sense, but it might be better long term if they draft Morant here and move Conley for pieces to build around Morant. If Memphis does decide to Barrett here, they would pair him with Conley, Jaren Jackson, Valanciunas and Dillon Brooks. Memphis would be a solid team that would only improve.
Grizzlies's Needs via ESPN's RPM
The Knicks roster is absolutely awful and they have nothing that you can say can't be replaced potentially by this pick outside of Mitchell Robinson. The NBA is a wing league and is perimeter oriented in this age, Barrett is everything the NBA is becoming and would make sense for a Knicks team that was pathetic on both sides of the Ball.
Knicks's Needs via ESPN's RPM
The Lakers are a good defensive team, but were terrible shooting the ball last season and just had trouble scoring overall. They could take Darius Garland here and put Lonzo Ball at the 2 due to his ability to cover either back court position, but a guy like Hunter would give them a guy who excels playing off the catch and is an excellent team defender. This pick helps give the Lakers an elite role player type and could help them avoid the too many cooks problem a team like the Celtics had this season. Having a lineup of Lonzo, Ingram, Hunter, Kuzma and LeBron could give them elite size and quickness to match small ball teams in the west.
Lakers's Needs via ESPN's RPM
This was an absolute nightmare scenario for the Cavs. They miss Barrett and Hunter, but can give themselves a playmaker at the 2 guard with good size next to Colin Sexton. The Cavs are mounted with bad contracts and pretty much no future outside of Sexton. They have the bleakest future in the league currently.
Cavaliers's Needs via ESPN's RPM
Phoenix is another team that has to be upset with their positioning missing out on someone that would fit their biggest need and the BPA available in Ja Morant. Darius Garland is a dynamic offensive PG with the ball and can shoot in any which way from anywhere on the court. I think he or Coby White are the pick here, it depends on which they fall in love with during workouts.
Suns's Needs via ESPN's RPM
The Bulls are another team probably mad they couldn't have the chance to make their preferred choice here, but they have to let the Suns make their decision for them here of whether they're gonna get White or Garland here. White is another dynamic player with the ball who's also insanely quick and has good range.
Bulls's Needs via ESPN's RPM
The Hawks here probably make a decision between Jaxson Hayes, Langford and Reddish. I think Langford is a better player than Reddish and has a much higher floor currently than Reddish does, but I think the Hawks take Reddish here. There's no denying that Reddish has a monster ceiling of potentially becoming an elite two way player.
Hawks's Needs via ESPN's RPM
Thomas Bryant might get another look at center for them after having a solid year, their biggest need truly lies with the SF and PF position. Doumbouya is athletic and long enough to play both forward positions and makes sense for them seeing as he's a project and can have time to develop on a team going nowhere soon with John Wall out. If Doumbouya isn't the pick, I think the Wizards take Jaxson Hayes.
Wizards's Needs via ESPN's RPM
The Hawks a really, really up tempo basketball team that likes to shoot the 3 ball and need a stretch 5 who can also protect the rim next to John Collins and give Trae Young passing options. Bol Bol has huge upside just like Cam Reddish does, but he also has a very low floor just like Reddish does. I think this team is best case scenario for his development.
Hawks's Needs via ESPN's RPM
With White and Garland off the board, I gotta go with the consensus pick here and say Minnesota takes Brandon Clarke. They need someone athletic that can shoot the 3 ball and potentially have versatility as a pick and roll and rim protector defensively next to Karl Towns. Pairing Clarke with Covington and an improving Karl Towns defensively can help turn the Wolves around quickly. I don't think Clarke is top 20 prospect, but this seems to be the popular pick here and he's going to stick in rotation in the league and be a solid player.
Timberwolves's Needs via ESPN's RPM
The Hornets need someone besides Kemba Walker that's going to be dynamic with the basketball. I'm not too sure that Jeremy Lamb or Malik Monk are enough to stop them from drafting Langford here seeing as I think he's the BPA available here.
Hornets's Needs via ESPN's RPM
Talen Tucker is the pick here. Tucker for whatever reason at Iowa State wasn't a plus defender despite being 6'4 with a 7'1 wingspan and ample athleticism. Tucker is a creative offensive player with a number of ways to score on the drive, can shoot off the dribble and was a decent spot up shooter. Miami needs a guy who can create for himself and Tucker might be the best at that remaining on the board.
Heat's Needs via ESPN's RPM
Boston needs depth at PF regardless of Morris coming back or not. Gordon Hayward hasn't looked half as good as he did before his injury and with Morris potentially gone, they need to take Washington or Grant Williams here. Washington is excellent at moving without the basketball, he's a good mid range shooter and has good vision. I think that they could also take Alexander Walker here.
Celtics's Needs via ESPN's RPM
Detroit can choose to run it back with Reggie Jackson at point guard and instantly fill their biggest need at the wing position by drafting Nassir Little, but they could also move on from Jackson and draft Alexander Walker here. The Pistons shoot A LOT of 3 pointers, being top 10 in the league in 3's made, but were 2nd worst in shoot percentage. Basically, they shoot a lot of 3's and don't make as many as they should. Nassir Little was an excellent spot up 3 point shooter at UNC and has monster potential due to his size and athleticism.
Pistons's Needs via ESPN's RPM