Projecting Where Coby White Will Be Selected After 2019 NBA Draft Lottery

Tyler Conway@jtylerconwayFeatured ColumnistMay 15, 2019

CHICAGO, IL - MAY 14: Coby White poses for a portrait at the 2019 NBA Draft Combine on May 14, 2019 at the Chicago Hilton in Chicago, Illinois. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2019 NBAE (Photo by David Sherman/NBAE via Getty Images)
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Now that the 2019 NBA draft order has been finalized, we can begin the mock draft process and assess the best fits for the top prospects in this class.

North Carolina's Coby White is among the most intriguing players and one of those most likely to ascend on boards. White, a 6'5" athletic guard who has flashed an ability to hit threes off the dribble, has the makings of an ideal modern guy on the wing.

His lack of strength can dog him a bit at times, but moving forward, there's reason to believe he could be the best player in this class aside from the Zion Williamson-Ja Morant-RJ Barrett trio. His off-the-dribble shot creation is among the best in this class, and he has made strides making plays for others as a primary ball-handler. 

"Being the overall point guard," White told WFZN. "When I got to Carolina, Coach told me I had to become a point guard, and become a playmaker, and get my teammates involved and trust my teammates... I had to figure out the part of when to score, when to pass and when to create."

White could come off the board as high as No. 5 to the Cleveland Cavaliers or No. 6 to the Phoenix Suns, both locations at which he could work on and off the ball. Collin Sexton needs work on his distribution skills but hit 40.2 percent of his threes as a rookie. He and White could easily trade off the primary ball-handling duties based on matchup and situation.

Same goes for Phoenix, where Devin Booker has too often been tasked with being a "point guard" despite being best suited for a secondary role. Booker's three-point percentage started to dip last season because he was working too much with the ball in his hands. Getting him next to a more trusted and improving point guard in White would be a solid fit.

Don't expect White to sit on the board any longer than No. 10 to the Atlanta Hawks. He could go to Atlanta with either of their top-10 picks. 

While he is currently ranked 10th in ESPN's top 100, there's a real chance he forces his way into the top-five conversation by June. 

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