NBA Draft Order 2019: Fresh Mock Draft After Lottery Results

Joe Tansey@JTansey90Featured ColumnistMay 15, 2019

FILE - In this March 24, 2019, file photo, Duke forward Zion Williamson (1) attempts to shoot against Central Florida forward Chad Brown (21) during the first half of a second-round game in the NCAA men's college basketball tournament, in Columbia, S.C. Duke's Zion Williamson and R.J. Barrett are the second freshman teammates to earn first-team All-America honors.  Williamson and Barrett headed The Associated Press All-America team released on Tuesday, April 2, 2019, joined by Tennessee's Grant Williams, Murray State's Ja Morant and Cassius Winston of Michigan State. (AP Photo/Sean Rayford, File)
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Tuesday's NBA draft lottery delivered some unexpected results. 

The New Orleans Pelicans, who had a six percent chance of winning the top pick, won the lottery and the right to draft Duke freshman Zion Williamson.

Memphis and the Los Angeles Lakers were the other beneficiaries of the lottery. The Grizzlies moved up to No. 2 after having the eighth-worst regular-season record, while the Lakers moved from a projected No. 11 pick to fourth overall. 

The three worst teams in the NBA did not benefit from the new lottery process, as New York earned the No. 3 pick and Cleveland and Phoenix are set to pick at No. 5 and No. 6, respectively. 

The draft order determined by the lottery should not significantly change the order prospects come off the board. 

Williamson is the clear favorite for the top pick, while Ja Morant and R.J. Barrett have established themselves as the next-best prospects.


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2019 NBA 1st-Round Mock Draft

1. New Orleans Pelicans: Zion Williamson, F, Duke

2. Memphis Grizzlies: Ja Morant, G, Murray State

3. New York Knicks: R.J. Barrett, F, Duke

4. Los Angeles Lakers: Jarrett Culver, G, Texas Tech 

5. Cleveland Cavaliers: DeAndre Hunter, F, Virginia

6. Phoenix Suns: Darius Garland, G, Vanderbilt

7. Chicago Bulls: Coby White, G, North Carolina

8. Atlanta Hawks: Cam Reddish, F, Duke

9. Washington Wizards: Jaxson Hayes, C, Texas

10. Atlanta Hawks (from Dallas): Brandon Clarke, F, Gonzaga

11. Minnesota Timberwolves: Sekou Doumbouya, F, France

12. Charlotte Hornets: Rui Hachimura, F, Gonzaga

13. Miami Heat: Kevin Porter Jr., G, USC 

14. Boston Celtics (from Sacramento): P.J. Washington, F, Kentucky

15. Detroit Pistons: Nassir Little, F, North Carolina

16. Orlando Magic: Romeo Langford, G, Indiana

17. Brooklyn Nets: Bol Bol, C, Oregon

18. Indiana Pacers: Nickeil Alexander-Walker, G, Virginia Tech 

19. San Antonio Spurs: Goga Bitadze, C, Republic of Georgia

20. Boston Celtics (from Los Angeles Clippers): Tyler Herro, G, Kentucky

21. Oklahoma City Thunder: Grant Williams, F, Tennessee

22. Boston Celtics: Chuma Okeke, F, Auburn

23. Utah Jazz: Keldon Johnson, G, Kentucky

24. Philadelphia 76ers: Matisse Thybulle, G, Washington

25. Portland Trail Blazers: Cameron Johnson, F, North Carolina

26. Cleveland Cavaliers (from Houston): Ty Jerome, G, Virginia

27. Brooklyn Nets (from Denver): Talen Horton-Tucker, F, Iowa State

28. Golden State Warriors: Bruno Fernando, C, Maryland

29. San Antonio Spurs (from Toronto): Luguentz Dort, G, Arizona State

30. Milwaukee Bucks: KZ Okpala, F, Stanford 


Williamson, Morant Expected To Go 1-2

Williamson should start familiarizing himself with the New Orleans area.

The Pelicans will either bring in Williamson as a perfect complement to Anthony Davis or as the centerpiece of a rebuild with pieces from a potential Davis trade surrounding him.

No matter what happens with Davis this summer, the Pelicans are in line to acquire a generational talent who captured the college basketball world by storm. 

Williamson's athleticism and ability to get to the rim off the dribble would complement Davis' post-up play and shooting ability, but if he does not get a chance to play with Davis, the Duke freshman will establish himself as the star of the team right away. 

What occurs after the Pelicans take Williamson will be more interesting, but we might have to wait for drama to take place following the No. 2 pick. 

Memphis is in a perfect position to draft Morant as a replacement for Mike Conley, who the team tried to deal before the trade deadline. 

HARTFORD, CONNECTICUT - MARCH 23:  Ja Morant #12 of the Murray State Racers is defended by Anthony Polite #13 of the Florida State Seminoles in the second half during the second round of the 2019 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at XL Center on March 23,
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The Grizzlies could utilize Conley as a mentor for Morant for a year, or feel comfortable enough in the Murray State point guard to get a decent haul for Conley in a trade. 

Morant is the best point guard prospect in the draft class, and although RJ Barrett would be an intriguing pick, he fills a direct need that allows the Grizzlies to have more flexibility. 

Barrett is expected to be taken no later than No. 3 as a consolation prize for the New York Knicks, who missed out on winning the lottery despite having the league's worst regular-season record. 


Hawks Left In Difficult Spot 

An argument can be made that the Atlanta Hawks had the worst luck of any team Tuesday. 

The Hawks had the fifth-worst record in the regular season and dropped to the No. 8 pick after the rises of the Lakers, Grizzlies and Pelicans. 

In addition to their natural pick falling to No. 8, the Hawks obtained Dallas' pick, which dropped to No. 10.

Instead of picking up a top lottery prospect and another solid player, the Hawks are left with two back-end top-10 selections. 

Atlanta can still find good talent at Nos. 8 and 10, but all of the top prospects will be gone by the time it selects. 

With Phoenix and Chicago both looking at point guards, the Hawks could have Cam Reddish fall to them at No. 8, but he is seen as the most flawed of the three prospects coming out of Duke. 

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At No. 10, the Hawks could add a big man, like Brandon Clarke from Gonzaga, or they could take a flier on top international prospect Sekou Doumbouya. 

If the Hawks are able to find the right fits to pair with Trae Young and John Collins, they will come away from the draft happy.

But it still has to be a bit disappointing for the Hawks front office that they missed out on two chances to pick in the top five. 


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