2019 NBA Mock Draft

Written by David Kay – @david_kmiecik.

This 2019 NBA Mock Draft was updated: June 20, 2019 at 6:32 p.m.

2019 NBA Mock Draft: Round 1 – Picks 16-30
2019 NBA Mock Draft: Round 2

  1. New Orleans Pelicans: Zion Williamson, F, Duke, 6-7, Fr.
    Williamson is a very unique prospect in that he is an undersized power forward but crazy athletic, explosive and physical forward. He separated himself as the clear-cut No. 1 pick and now becomes the face of the post-Anthony Davis rebuild in New Orleans.

  2. Memphis Grizzlies: Ja Morant, PG, Murray State, 6-3, Soph.
    Morant took the college basketball world by storm due to his athleticism and tremendous ability to distribute the ball. The Grizzlies trading Mike Conley cements Morant as the No. 2 pick and the cornerstone of a rebuilding franchise.

  3. New York Knicks: R.J. Barrett, SF, Duke, 6-7, Fr.
    A complete all-around player, the Canadian is an elite athlete who has great handles and can score from all over the floor. The Knicks have holes on the wing, so he actually fits in perfectly, and I think he could end up being the best player to come out of the 2019 NBA Draft.

  4. Atlanta Hawks: DeAndre Hunter, SF, Virginia, 6-7, Soph.
    The Hawks packaged three picks to move up to No. 4 and reportedly have their eyes on Hunter. Hunter makes perfect sense for Atlanta, where the team could use an impactful wing, especially since dealing Taurean Prince. Hunter can do a little bit of everything on the floor and makes a lot of sense here.

  5. Cleveland Cavaliers: Jarrett Culver, SG, Texas Tech, 6-5, Soph.
    I can’t see the Cavaliers taking Garland or White here since they drafted Collin Sexton last year. As a result, Cleveland adds some needed talent on the wing.

  6. Minnesota Timberwolves: Coby White, PG, North Carolina, 6-3, Fr.
    White was the engine running North Carolina this past season and can hold his own as a scorer and distributor. The Timberwolves have Jeff Teague entering the final year of his contract and could use a point guard of the future.

  7. Chicago Bulls: Darius Garland, PG, Vanderbilt, 6-2, Fr.
    Garland’s freshman season was cut short due to a season-ending injury, but he is a true creator and distributor with great floor vision who can also get buckets when needed. He would be a better long-term floor general than Kris Dunn and another nice young piece for the Bulls’ re-building.

  8. New Orleans Pelicans: Cameron Reddish, SF, Duke, 6-7, Fr.
    Reddish was overshadowed by fellow freshman Zion Williamson and R.J. Barrett this season at Duke but could now team with Williamson in New Orleans. With great size and an effortless outside stroke, Reddish has some risk/reward to this pick, but he is too talented for the Pelicans to pass up here.

  9. Washington Wizards: Sekou Doumbouya, F, France, 6-9, 2000.
    The Wizards could really use an upgrade in talent inside, and although this is a weaker draft at the top for bigs, they have to address their need at frontcourt. With great length and solid build, the Guinea native is a versatile talent who should be able to play either forward position.

  10. Atlanta Hawks (from Dallas): Jaxson Hayes, C, Texas, 6-11, Fr.
    Upside is the name of the game for Hayes, who really saw his stock rise during his freshman campaign in Austin. He has the makings of being a difference-maker inside, but he will likely need some time to develop his skill and physicality.

  11. Phoenix Suns: Rui Hachimura, F, Gonzaga, 6-8, Jr.
    Born in Japan, Hachimura is a versatile forward who is at his best when attacking the tin but is also a respectable outside shooter. The Heat acquired this pick and Dario Saric from Minnesota, but they could use another frontcourt option since they also traded T.J. Warren.

  12. Charlotte Hornets: Mfiondu Kabengele, PF/C, Florida State, 6-10, Soph.
    If the Hornets don’t feel they can re-sign Kemba Walker, they will be desperately needing a point guard, but there isn’t one worth taking at this point. Instead, they turn their attention to adding talent inside. My sleeper of the NBA 2019 NFL Draft, Kabengele put up impressive numbers despite not seeing a ton of minutes at Florida State. He can use his size and strength inside but also has a promising face-up game.

  13. Miami Heat: Nassir Little, SF, North Carolina, 6-7, Fr.
    Miami is another team that could use a point guard, but goes in a different direction because there is no floor general worth taking at this point. Little is always in attack mode due to his athleticism and strength, but he has also developed a good stroke from the outside.

  14. Boston Celtics (from Sacramento): Goga Bitadze, C, Republic of Georgia, 6-11, 1999.
    With Al Horford choosing to opt out of the last year of his contract, the Celtics really have a pressing need to add some young talent up front. Goga Bitadze is not overly athletic but is a skill post who can step out and knock down jumpers.

  15. Detroit Pistons: Keldon Johnson, G/F, Kentucky, 6-6, Fr.
    The Pistons’ biggest offseason need will be improving their wing. Johnson is a high-flying wing who is at his best in the open floor and driving the rock. He is also capable of locking down on the defensive end.

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Written by David Kay – @david_kmiecik.

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