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2019 NBA Mock Draft by The Champ - 6.2
Published at 6/2/2019 6:27:51 AM

First crack at this. Will change as more info becomes available.

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Round 1

Round 1: 1-15
2. Grizzlies: Ja Morant, Point Guard, Murray State

It's not a given that Morant really is the second-best player in this draft, but he absolutely is perceived as such, and reports are that Memphis will not pass on him. Look for Mike Conley to be moved.


Grizzlies's Needs via ESPN's RPM

3. Knicks: R.J. Barrett, Small Forward, Duke

I think the Knicks end up with Kevin Durant in free agency, but Barrett will probably be the player that Knicks brass sees as the BPA. And it's not like Kevin Knox lit the world on fire last season.


Knicks's Needs via ESPN's RPM

4. Lakers: Darius Garland, Point Guard, Vanderbilt

I believe this would be the best pick for the Lakers if they kept the pick. However, I think this pick will be sent to the Pelicans in a trade for Anthony Davis. I think David Griffin will love the potential shot gravity that Garland will bring, and, similar to Memphis, I'd look for the Pelicans to move Jrue Holiday.


Lakers's Needs via ESPN's RPM

5. Cavaliers: Cameron Reddish, Small Forward, Duke

Who is ready for a reach? The Cavs are, if they make this pick. That said, Reddish will probably look outstanding shooting the ball in workouts, and John Beilein loves shooters. They will have to hope that his poor shooting in his lone season at Duke was an aberration.


Cavaliers's Needs via ESPN's RPM

6. Suns: Coby White, Point Guard, North Carolina

It's quite possible that the Suns are the team that gave Garland a draft promise, and it's no secret that the Suns are on the hunt for a quality point guard. That may come in free agency, but the guess here is that the Suns would not pass on White (or Garland) if available. White needs to tighten up his handle in traffic, but has athletic upside along with shooting potential.


Suns's Needs via ESPN's RPM

7. Bulls: Jarrett Culver, Shooting Guard, Texas Tech

I've seen several Jimmy Butler comps for Culver, and he should be an active and helpful defender right away, at the very least. He can get his own shot off the dribble, though his shooting numbers with a higher-volume role in his sophomore season at Tech took a bit of a hit. Still, there's a lot of potential with this kid, who has plus athleticism, if not plus length.


Bulls's Needs via ESPN's RPM

8. Hawks: DeAndre Hunter, Small Forward, Virginia

Hunter has one of the safest floors in this draft. He's not as athletic as Culver, but he is a better shooter, and could be a prototypical 3-and-D wing. With another pick at #10, the Hawks go "safe" here; perhaps they will gamble with their next pick.


Hawks's Needs via ESPN's RPM

10. Hawks: Bol Bol, Center, Oregon

Why not gamble here? The Hawks take the risk that Bol could be a unicorn, and won't be an injury washout.


Hawks's Needs via ESPN's RPM

11. Timberwolves: Rui Hachimura, Forward, Gonzaga

There's been some speculation that Hachimura is connected to the Wolves with this pick.


Timberwolves's Needs via ESPN's RPM

12. Hornets: Brandon Clarke, Power Forward, Gonzaga

Older prospect, but could be an elite pick-and-roll big that can also protect the rim. Pogo stick athleticism.


Hornets's Needs via ESPN's RPM

Round 1: 1-15



 








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