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2019 Mock 3.0
Published at 6/20/2019 6:19:32 PM
In my final mock for 2019, I will give my honest thoughts.
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There is no doubt about this pick.
Pelicans's Needs via ESPN's RPM
It will be interesting to see what Memphis does with Mike Conley leading up to Thursday night. Morant may start the season in the back court with Conley himself playing a 2 point guard set which in the modern NBA really isn't a rarity. The gap between Morant and Barrett is closer than Morant and Zion.
Grizzlies's Needs via ESPN's RPM
Barrett isn't exactly a great shooter, average actually which to me scares me about his play at the NBA level after watching him playing and seeing his play style. His shot selection should be improved after being coached in the NBA. His defense is inconsistent, but that's not a big concern for someone with his size and quickness at his age. The Knicks need a guy like Barrett who can create and handle the ball desperately.
Knicks's Needs via ESPN's RPM
New Orleans shouldn't hold on to this pick, they should try to swing it for a center or a wing player who can come in and establish a defensive focus and presence. But, if they hold on to this pick I think it should be Garland. I don't see it with Culver as a top 5 pick, I think he has major issues that won't be fixed in the league. If New Orleans doesn't see Holiday as a long term fit with their time frame, Garland could replace him and pair nicely with Lonzo Ball in their backcourt. Garland is insanely quick, can shoot from anywhere on the court either spotting up or off the dribble and is an elite ball handler. Garland of course has his concerns that he will be a poor defender, his court vision isn't very good and his ability to finish will be questionable. He reminds me a lot of Trae Young without the elite passing ability. I think New Orleans should try to acquire a veteran SF to fill that position.
Seems like New Orleans will swing this pick to the Wolves tonight for Robert Covington and #11.
Pelicans's Needs via ESPN's RPM
Like I said, I don't believe in Culver as a top 5 pick, but I do think he will be picked 4th or 5th in the draft. Cleveland could possibly trade down here, but I can't see why Atlanta would trade up rather than trade those picks for a veteran player.
Cavaliers's Needs via ESPN's RPM
I believe Phoenix should trade this pick for a veteran guard, but if they do keep the pick it seems like Coby White will be the pick here. The Suns need to move players off their own roster to acquire a salary like Mike Conley with this draft pick due to salary concerns. White to me isn't a top 10 prospect, but Phoenix might have to force their own hand here. I think DeAndre Hunter would be the better pick here due to Phoenix's need at the PF position also.
Suns's Needs via ESPN's RPM
If Chicago makes this pick, they will now have Markannen, Hunter, Valentine and Otto Porter which gives them a deep forward rotation and versatility. Hunter has his own concerns with his lack of explosiveness and quickness. There's a good chance the Bulls land Pat Beverley in free agency.
Bulls's Needs via ESPN's RPM
I don't think Cam Reddish should be the pick here, I'd take Sekou Doumbouya here and hope that Reddish is available at 10 if Atlanta really wants him, if not take Langford or try to trade 8 and 17 for a veteran player. Atlanta's biggest needs sit at SF and C.
Hawks's Needs via ESPN's RPM
The Wizards have a need at SF, PF and C. They could opt to take Jaxson Hayes here, but they might want to give Thomas Bryant another look, though he isn't good enough to justify passing on Hayes if they think he's the best player for them here. I think this will be the first surprising pick of the night, Washington needs to recognize that the NBA is a wing driven league and their biggest needs are at the wing position. Little has the size and athleticism to play either forward position.
Wizards's Needs via ESPN's RPM
I think Goga Bitadze is a better fit for the Hawks here, but Atlanta hasn't worked out either guy. It seems like Atlanta will try to move number 8 and 17 for a veteran center and take the best wing player available at 10.
Hawks's Needs via ESPN's RPM
Minnesota is kind of at a cross road right now with their salary cap issues and lack of ceiling. Saric has been a poor fit next to Karl Towns which makes Minnesota's biggest need the PF position. The Wolves aren't going anywhere soon, so letting Doumbouya develop for a few seasons might be the best result for them and give them exactly what they need next to Towns and Covington in their frontcourt.
If the Pelicans are picking here, there's a good chance that they draft Jaxson Hayes or Goga Bitadze. Possibly Tyler Herro to give them much needed shooting.
Timberwolves's Needs via ESPN's RPM
Reading Charlotte's stats has me a bit baffled. They were amazing at hitting FT's, hit a lot of 3 pointers per game (ranked within the top 12 actually), but finished towards the bottom half in points per game and their defensive and rebounding stats were awful. This sounds like they're a team that plays a very poised style of basketball, they're patient with the ball and look for good shots and averaged the 2nd least amount of turnovers per game. This team is in desperate need of rim protection which makes Clarke the pick here in my mind. I feel like he will fit in with their play style.
Hornets's Needs via ESPN's RPM
I think the pick for Miami here will be either Herro or Langford. Herro is a terrifc shooter off the dribble and off the catch, perhaps the best pure shooter in this draft. He can slide in nicely in between Richardson and Winslow and give Miami a dynamic they haven't had in a few years. They can also help cover up his defensive deficiencies.
Heat's Needs via ESPN's RPM
It will be interesting to see if Boston moves their picks to move up to acquire Darius Garland or even to acquire a veteran player. If they hold the pick, I think it comes down to PJ Washington or his teammate, Keldon Johnson.
Celtics's Needs via ESPN's RPM
The Pistons need more creators and ball handlers at their SG/SF positions. Langford will more than likely play at the SF position which is their biggest need.
Pistons's Needs via ESPN's RPM