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2019 NBA Mock Draft by dahuffma - 6.3
Published at 6/5/2019 4:32:15 PM

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Round 1

Round 1: 1-15
1. Pelicans: Zion Williamson, Forward, Duke

The Pelicans will make the obvious choice here.

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2. Grizzlies: Ja Morant, Point Guard, Murray State

Everything points to the Grizzlies taking Morant and then trading Conley this summer or closer to the trade deadline.

Grizzlies's Needs via ESPN's RPM

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

The Knicks sound like they are exploring all other options, but this still seems like the most likely pick. Hopefully they land a star or two in free agency and Barrett can be a 3rd option to start his career.

Knicks's Needs via ESPN's RPM

4. Lakers: DeAndre Hunter, Small Forward, Virginia

This is where the draft really begins as there is no obvious answer. The Lakers will likely try to use this pick as part of a package for another superstar, but if they can't Hunter feels like the best bet to step in immediately and help the team maximize LeBron.

Lakers's Needs via ESPN's RPM

5. Cavaliers: Jarrett Culver, Shooting Guard, Texas Tech

Culver exploded this past year for Texas Tech. He should play off the ball more in the NBA, which should make him a good fit next to Sexton in Cleveland. He's also a solid defender which is something the Cavs could use.

Cavaliers's Needs via ESPN's RPM

6. Suns: Darius Garland, Point Guard, Vanderbilt

Garland is a risk after he only played a handful of college games. He showed he can shoot in those few games though and the Suns would be happy to see him fall. The Suns may also go after a veteran PG which could change this pick.

Suns's Needs via ESPN's RPM

7. Bulls: Coby White, Point Guard, North Carolina

White is an electric scorer who improved his passing and defense as the year progressed for Carolina. If he continues to develop, he should help round out Chicago's young core.

Bulls's Needs via ESPN's RPM

8. Hawks: Jaxson Hayes, Center, Texas

Hayes rim protection and ability to get easy buckets down low should provide a good compliment to John Collins.

Hawks's Needs via ESPN's RPM

9. Wizards: Cameron Reddish, Small Forward, Duke

Reddish was inefficient for Duke this year but still flashed. With Beal a possible trade candidate and the team stuck with Wall's contract, the Wizards should bet on Reddish's upside at this point.

Wizards's Needs via ESPN's RPM

10. Hawks: Nassir Little, Small Forward, North Carolina

Little looked out of sorts a lot at Carolina this year, but he still flashed the talent that made him a 5-star recruit. Atlanta has done a good job developing players recently and this would be an ideal situation for Little as he gets the coaching he needs without the expectation of contributing routinely right off the bat. With a second top-10 pick, Atlanta can bet on the upside of Little.

Hawks's Needs via ESPN's RPM

11. Timberwolves: Sekou Doumbouya, Forward, France

His versatility should play well on Minnesota's roster as he continues to develop.

Timberwolves's Needs via ESPN's RPM

12. Hornets: Romeo Langford, Shooting Guard, Indiana

Langford didn't shoot well last year, but he was able to score. Charlotte needs a second scorer if Kemba returns. If Kemba doesn't return, then Charlotte needs everything.

Hornets's Needs via ESPN's RPM

13. Heat: Nickeil Alexander-Walker, Guard, Virginia Tech

Alexander-Walker is a versatile guard who can be developed to play both on and off the ball. If he continues to develop with the ball in his hand, he could ease the Heat's eventual transition away from Dragic.

Heat's Needs via ESPN's RPM

14. Celtics: Brandon Clarke, Power Forward, Gonzaga

The Celtics don't have a ton of holes (unless free agency leaves them with a hole at backup PG), but they have some aging pieces in the frontcourt. Clarke is skilled and efficient even if he isn't the best athlete or a great shooter. His effort and ability to execute the little things should have value to a contender like the Celtics immediately.

Celtics's Needs via ESPN's RPM

15. Pistons: Mfiondu Kabengele, Power Forward, Florida State

It feels like Detroit is nearing a rebuild after the first round sweep. Whether Drummond is traded or not, Kabengele gives them a long-term option in the post.

Pistons's Needs via ESPN's RPM

Round 1: 1-15


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