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Burning the Midnight Oil
Published at 6/17/2019 12:44:20 PM

Updated for trades on 6/20. I run my mock drafts like I am the GM of each team. In the NBA it's all about finding superstars. You need 2 to 3 of them to win a championship.

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Round 1

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

Easiest pick ever. Williamson will be the 1st player off the board. I don't see the Pelicans willing to trade this pick as Zion looks like the next superstar in the NBA and they are rebuilding anyway.

Pelicans's Needs via ESPN's RPM

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

Morant is a stud PG that can do everything. Not that he wasn't going to be the pick but now that Conley is traded he is definitely the pick.

Grizzlies's Needs via ESPN's RPM

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

The 1st three picks seem pretty locked in place. Barrett is a great all around player and the Knicks need everything.

Knicks's Needs via ESPN's RPM

4. Pelicans: Jarrett Culver, Shooting Guard, Texas Tech

#1 Pick = Zion Williams F
I was correct in my expectation that this pick was all but traded to the Pelicans for Davis and I was right. Culver is a real good player and I think he has a chance to be a solid starter in the NBA. Holiday is a solid PG, Zion mans the middle, so they could use some wing help.

Pelicans's Needs via ESPN's RPM

5. Cavaliers: Coby White, Point Guard, North Carolina

White and Sexton may appear to be very similar players at first but I think that White can play 2 guard with Sexton. White is a decent 3 pt shooter and he can also catch and shoot. This would give the Cavs 2 potential dynamic playmakers on the outside.

Cavaliers's Needs via ESPN's RPM

6. Suns: Darius Garland, Point Guard, Vanderbilt

The Suns really suffered in the draft lottery by not getting a top 3 pick. They lost their chances of getting Morant or White. Garland is not just a consolation prize as he was higher ranked coming out of high school than the other two. Garland should be able to man the PG position and give this Suns team another young piece to their future.

Suns's Needs via ESPN's RPM

7. Bulls: DeAndre Hunter, Small Forward, Virginia

The Bulls just aren't that good but I do really hope they give JaKarr Sampson a chance after he exploded in the last few games of the year. Hunter is an all around talent that will help any team he plays for.

Bulls's Needs via ESPN's RPM

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

Little is super athletic and a very capable scorer. I think he will be a real help to this young team. Plus they have a huge hole at SF after the Prince trade.

Hawks's Needs via ESPN's RPM

9. Wizards: Jaxson Hayes, Power Forward, Texas

I am torn between Hayes and Reddish. It's a toss up at this point so I am going with Hayes. Hayes has great length and athleticism to be a rim protector as well as an inside scorer. Hayes and Thomas Bryant should be a nice inside tandem.

Wizards's Needs via ESPN's RPM

10. Hawks: Cameron Reddish, Small Forward, Duke

#8 Pick = Nassir Little SF
What a great scenario for the Hawks to grab two strong players with different skills sets for the position of biggest weakness. Reddish is a very solid shooter and good size. Little and Reddish could also play together on wing as they should really complement each other.

Hawks's Needs via ESPN's RPM

11. Timberwolves: Rui Hachimura, Forward, Gonzaga

Hachimura is a smooth forward with a great all around game. He should be able to come right in and start of PF if they can't keep Gibson.

Timberwolves's Needs via ESPN's RPM

12. Hornets: Mfiondu Kabengele, Power Forward, Florida State

Mfiondu has great skills to his game. He lead the team in scoring as a bench player. Serious shot blocking ability and outside shooting. Could really develop into a new modern day big man. If the Hornets can resign Walker and land a homerun with this pick they could be a playoff team.

Hornets's Needs via ESPN's RPM

13. Heat: Bruno Fernando, Center, Maryland

With Whitehead being an unrestricted free agent the Heat could look to big man Bruno as the best available prospect instead of grabbing a PG (no value at this point) or SG (some value). Fernando has size and athleticism to be a quality big man in the NBA.

Heat's Needs via ESPN's RPM

14. Celtics: Goga Bitadze, Center, Republic of Georgia

With Al Horford becoming a free agent and Marcus Morris a FA, they need a big. I am sure they would love Fernando but he is off the board. Goga is young, 19, and played extremely well in Europe winning the EuroLeague's Rising Star award with pass winners including (Danilo Gallinaro, Nikola Mirotic, Bogdan Bogdanovic and Luke Doncic) who have all played well in the NBA. Goga shoots a high percentage from everywhere and shows more athleticism than he gets credit for. Getting a starter at this point in the draft is a plus.

Celtics's Needs via ESPN's RPM

15. Pistons: Sekou Doumbouya, Forward, France

The Pistons biggest weakness is at SF and Doumbouya is a young (he'll be the youngest player drafted since the rule change), well built (6'9" 220+lbs), versatile forward. He is athletic, he can score, pass and rebound. He needs time to develop and maybe he can learn from Blake Griffin as they could have very similar game styles.

Pistons's Needs via ESPN's RPM

Round 1: 1-15


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