Bleacher Report's Final 2019 NBA Mock Draft
The Anthony Davis trade set the stage for what could be a wild, unpredictable NBA draft.
And it hasn't stopped there. Two top-six picks were traded in the hours leading up to the draft.
Where will Bol Bol go after returning from a foot injury? How high will Nassir Little climb back up the board? Who goes first, Cam Reddish or De'Andre Hunter?
There are plenty of storylines to follow and new ones likely to emerge.
1. New Orleans Pelicans: Zion Williamson (Duke, PF/C, Freshman)
After trading Anthony Davis, the New Orleans Pelicans' focus is now on what to do with the No. 4 pick, which they acquired from the Los Angeles Lakers. The No. 1 overall pick is as good as made.
New Orleans will take Zion Williamson to replace Davis as the franchise centerpiece. He projects as an impact player right away, with a combination of power, explosion, quickness, ball skills and motor the league hasn't seen.
With Lonzo Ball now at point guard, Williamson will have a terrific passer to feed him for easy baskets. And between Ball, Jrue Holiday and Williamson, the Pelicans will have a solid defensive core.
2. Memphis Grizzlies: Ja Morant (Murray State, PG, Sophomore)
Ja Morant would help change the Memphis Grizzlies' identity with his pace and explosiveness. The team will have to move on from Mike Conley in the near future, and now is a good time to capitalize on the chance at acquiring a replacement star point guard since Memphis could have a tough time signing one in free agency.
The Grizzlies will give thought to RJ Barrett, particularly given their weak group of wings. But Morant is perceived to offer more upside with his mix of athleticism, playmaking and flashes of shooting improvement that could put his offensive game over the top.
Memphis could soon have an exciting young core featuring Morant and Jaren Jackson Jr.
3. New York Knicks: RJ Barrett (Duke, SG/SF, Freshman)
The New York Knicks will likely play it safe by taking RJ Barrett, a player scouts have been tracking and coveting since his sophomore year in high school.
He'd be set up for heavy minutes and a green light right away even if they sign Kevin Durant, who's expected to miss next season after rupturing his Achilles.
There are pros and cons to Barrett being featured as a rookie alongside Kevin Knox and Mitchell Robinson. One one hand, he'd earn plenty of reps and the chance to play through mistakes. It could also be a recipe for inefficiency, as he'd have no star talent in the lineup to take off pressure.
4. Atlanta Hawks (via Pelicans): De'Andre Hunter (Virginia, SF/PF, Sophomore)
The Atlanta Hawks have moved up to No. 4 by trading No. 8, No. 17 and No. 35, per ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski.
They'll likely take De'Andre Hunter to give them a three-and-D forward between Trae Young and John Collins. Hunter helped himself in the national title game by scoring 27 points and locking down Jarrett Culver, who will also be in the top-five mix.
Hunter is viewed as one of the draft's safest prospects for his NBA tools, consistent shooting and defensive versatility.
5. Cleveland Cavaliers: Darius Garland (Vanderbilt, PG, Freshman)
The Cleveland Cavaliers won't be worrying about position or needs. Their best player on the board will be the pick.
If the Cavaliers don't trade the pick, it's likely to come down to Darius Garland, Coby White or Cam Reddish. Of the three, there is a sense that only Garland has the chance to outproduce No. 5 overall value.
Teams saw Garland averaged 19.8 points through four games—and that's it. A knee injury, which occurred early in Game 5, ended Garland's season early before any red flags could appear.
The Cavaliers could feel both safe and adventurous drafting Garland, whose shooting creates a high floor, but also fuels upside. A Garland-Collin Sexton backcourt could put serious pressure on defenses.
6. Minnesota Timberwolves: Coby White (North Carolina, PG, Freshman)
The Minnesota Timberwolves have moved up to No. 6 by dealing No. 11 and Dario Saric to the Phoenix Suns, per ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski.
Chances are, they did it to grab either Garland or White to get a premier point guard. In this case, White is the one left on the board.
He could give Minnesota a new initiator to build with for the future as well as a versatile scorer and shot-maker who can play off the ball.
7. Chicago Bulls: Jarrett Culver (Texas Tech, SG, Sophomore)
Signs point to Jarrett Culver as both a best-player-available option for the Chicago Bulls, who won't have a point guard to grab if White and Garland are off the board.
Culver gives the Bulls a two-way shooting guard with size, length and secondary playmaking.
His transformation from spot-up shooter to lead scorer and creator has led to widespread NBA interest. It also helped propel Texas Tech to the national title game.
While there are some questions about his explosiveness, three-ball and upside, Culver is viewed by teams as one of the draft's safest, most well-rounded prospects.
8. New Orleans Pelicans: Jaxson Hayes (Texas, C, Freshman)
Jaxson Hayes would give the New Orleans Pelicans a rim protector behind Zion Williamson.
Their core is missing a center, and this is a good opportunity to grab one who specializes in defense and offensive efficiency.
He isn't the flashiest pick, as he lacks ball skills and shooting, but he's viewed as a safe option in the mold of Mitchell Robinson who can make plays just by tapping into his physical tools, athleticism and motor.
9. Washington Wizards: Sekou Doumbouya (France, SF/PF, 2000)
The Washington Wizards are in a tough spot where they'd likely want to move up, but they don't have pieces to trade and Bradley Beal is too much for a pick that isn't No. 1 overall.
The draft's youngest prospect, Sekou Doumbouya is mostly potential over production, though a 34-point outburst in May strengthened his case. His physical tools mirror Pascal Siakam's, but Doumbouya's shooting appears further along than Siakam's did when Siakam was 18.
10. Atlanta Hawks (via Mavericks): Cam Reddish (Duke, SF, Freshman)
Cam Reddish falls after a flurry of trades, but the Atlanta Hawks could be there to catch him.
He'd benefit from having talent to play off but also enough touches and shots to rebuild his confidence and rhythm. He'd fit right in between Trae Young and John Collins.
At worst, he figures to settle in as a three-and-D wing with effortless shooting range and defensive quickness.
11. Phoenix Suns (via Wolves): PJ Washington (Kentucky, PF, Sophomore)
NBA interest picked up for Washington this year, as he expanded his shooting range and improved his body. His skill level, basketball IQ and defensive switchability should create a high role-playing floor.
12. Charlotte Hornets: Rui Hachimura (Gonzaga, PF, Junior)
Hachimura's physical tools, athleticism and scoring versatility point to mismatch potential at power forward. How high he climbs the NBA ladder could come down to his three-point shooting and defensive development.
13. Miami Heat: Nassir Little (North Carolina, SF/PF, Freshman)
A reserve at North Carolina, Little has used the predraft process to win over executives during interviews and shooting drills. He needs to improve his feel for the game, but he has an impressive frame—6'6", 220 pounds with a 7'1¼" wingspan—and is more skilled than he was able to show off North Carolina's bench.
14. Boston Celtics (via Kings): Tyler Herro (Kentucky, SG, Freshman)
Teams are throwing Herro's shooting percentages from Kentucky out the window while he scorches the nets during workouts. For a 6'6" guard, his form and accuracy off spot-ups and movement should look highly convincing and appealing to general managers who see value in adding an NBA-ready shot-maker on a rookie contract.
15. Detroit Pistons: Goga Bitadze (Georgia, C, 1999)
Bitadze figures to draw interest from teams in the mid-first round for his revamped scoring repertoire that now includes a smooth-looking three-point shot. He can only play and defend at center, but his offensive game for the position is highly advanced for a 6'11", 19-year-old.
16. Orlando Magic: Nickeil Alexander-Walker (Virginia Tech, PG/SG, Sophomore)
Alexander-Walker should look like a fit for multiple teams drafting in the teens based on his backcourt versatility. He earned an invitation to the green room after expanding his off-the-dribble game and playmaking while continuing to shoot threes with comfort.
17. New Orleans Pelicans (via Hawks): Brandon Clarke (Gonzaga, PF, Junior)
An explosive athlete and active defender, Clarke flies around to make plays at the rim at both ends. He's not a high-level shot-creator or shooter. Instead, he's an off-ball energizer who can impact games with his mobility, fearlessness, nose for the ball and effort.
18. Indiana Pacers: Romeo Langford (Indiana, SG, Freshman)
Langford was a terrific mid-range shot-creator and scorer inside the arc for Indiana, and with 6'6" size, he has a physical profile that aces the eye test for a 2-guard. All eyes will be on his three-point shot moving forward, a possible swing skill that could determine his NBA value.
19. San Antonio Spurs: Mfiondu Kabengele (Florida State, C, Sophomore)
The ACC Sixth Man of the Year, Kabengele adds an effective mix of power, athleticism and perimeter skill with his budding shot-making ability. He could settle in playing the same energy/scoring role off an NBA bench.
20. Boston Celtics (via Clippers): Bol Bol (Oregon, C, Freshman)
At some point, the potential reward with Bol is worth the risk that's tied to his thin legs and trouble with physicality. For a 7'2½" center, his shooting range and general scoring fluidity create extra spacing and mismatch potential.
21. Oklahoma City Thunder: Nicolas Claxton (Georgia, C, Sophomore)
Defensive versatility has driven Claxton up into the first-round discussion, though his offense remains behind. This late, it's worth betting on his defensive upside as a switch-big, and it's a bonus that he has flashes of face-up scoring and open shot-making.
22. Boston Celtics: Darius Bazley (USA, SF/PF, 2000)
Bazley brings scoring and defensive versatility, but not any college film, having spent the year training instead of playing at Syracuse (decommitted) or the G League. He turned 19 years old earlier in the month and could be a Silly Putty prospect to mold.
23. Memphis Grizzlies (via Jazz): Keldon Johnson (Kentucky, SG, Freshman)
Johnson offers an appealing mix of downhill attacking, soft scoring touch around the key, spot-up shooting and impressive defensive tools.
24. Philadelphia 76ers: Matisse Thybulle (Washington, SF, Senior)
Thybulle has gone dark since the season, having skipped the combine and not held any workouts for public knowledge. He could have a promise, though it's also possible a team snatches him before that promise can be fulfilled. He's being viewed as a potential defensive specialist with remarkable instincts and a three-ball that's just good enough.
25. Portland Trail Blazers: KZ Okpala (Stanford, SF, Sophomore)
Okpala made enough improvements with his offensive finesse and shooting for teams to start feeling confident in his development and trajectory. He's still on the raw side, but his positional size (6'9½") for a face-up scorer remains enticing.
26. Cleveland Cavaliers (via Rockets): Kevin Porter Jr. (USC, SG, Freshman)
Porter could fall with questions over a suspension and his approach. But he has too much talent this late to pass. Porter combines strength, athleticism, shot-creation and shot-making that could translate to volume scoring outbursts.
27. Brooklyn Nets (via Nuggets): Chuma Okeke (Auburn, PF, Sophomore)
Okeke could miss next season after tearing his ACL in March, but before going down, he emerged as a potential first-round riser for his shooting and defense. With shades of Robert Covington in his game, he has become an interest buy-low play.
28. Golden State Warriors: Dylan Windler (Belmont, SF, Senior)
One of the nation's most efficient scorers, Windler projects as a fit for a team with stars in place. The Pistons would value his off-ball offense as a spot-up shooter and cutter.
29. San Antonio Spurs (via Raptors): Bruno Fernando (Maryland, C, Sophomore)
Teams are split on Fernando, who's a lottery prospect on some boards and ranked in the 20s to 30s on others. He's appealing for power around the rim, energy and competitiveness that hint at a high floor. He'll need to improve his postgame execution and shooting range to reach his ceiling.
30. Detroit Pistons (via Bucks): Cameron Johnson (North Carolina, SF, Senior)
After shooting 45.7 percent from three in his senior season, Johnson comes off as an NBA-ready shot-maker. Already 23 years old, his upside is limited, but his floor is high based on his speciality skill and value tied to it.
31. Brooklyn Nets (via Knicks): Luka Samanic (Croatia, PF, 2000)
Samanic validated his status as a borderline first-rounder at the combine, standing out as the best player during Thursday's scrimmage against mostly second-round prospects. His production and impact overseas have wavered, but the 19-year-old possesses a fitting mix of shooting range, face-up ball skills and strength for post play.
32. Indiana Pacers (via Suns): Ty Jerome (Virginia, PG/SG, Junior)
Jerome possesses appealing role-player qualities with his shooting, passing IQ and defensive pressure. At 6'5½", he comes off as a backup guard behind either backcourt spot.
33. Philadelphia 76ers (via Cavaliers): Carsen Edwards (Purdue, PG/SG, Junior)
Edwards will receive first-round looks for his shot-making and ability to catch fire, strengths that could translate to sixth-man scoring. He's only 6'0" without playmaking skills, but he'll be valued for instant offense off the bench.
34. Philadelphia 76ers (via Bulls): Terence Davis (Ole Miss, SG, Senior)
Davis used the predraft process to fly up boards by showcasing his athleticism and shot-making, particularly during scrimmages at the NBA combine. He's a versatile 2-guard who can work out of pick-and-rolls, score in bunches and pressure defensively.
35. New Orleans Pelicans (via Hawks): Eric Paschall (Villanova, SF/PF, Senior)
Paschall doesn't have a speciality skill, but his mix of explosiveness, power and scoring versatility could earn him first-round looks. He'll turn 23 in November. Becoming a consistent shooting threat remains the priority.
36. Charlotte Hornets (via Wizards): Grant Williams (Tennessee, PF, Junior)
Limited athleticism and shooting range raises questions that could lead to Williams falling to No. 36. He's a possible value pick for his potential to defy the laws of upside with special defensive instincts, advanced post skills and a high basketball IQ.
37. Dallas Mavericks: Luguentz Dort (Arizona State, SG, Freshman)
A physical driver and defender, Dort just needs to improve his finesse and decision-making. He'll be valued for the pressure he can apply at both ends with his attacking and competitiveness.
38. Chicago Bulls (via Grizzlies): Talen Horton-Tucker (Iowa State, SG/SF, Freshman)
Horton-Tucker's below-the-rim athleticism, heavy frame and inefficiency have raised questions. His strength, length, ball skills, shooting confidence and youth (18 years old) create intrigue.
39. New Orleans Pelicans: Jalen Lecque (Brewster Academy, PG/SG, 1999)
Lecque had the highest max vertical at this year's combine (43"), and though his skill level and feel are behind, his athleticism for a 19-year-old is worth betting on this late.
40. Sacramento Kings (via Wolves): Daniel Gafford (Arkansas, C, Sophomore)
Gafford's stock dipped with his falling block rate, but his finishing potential and inside presence are still worth targeting. He can be a cheap backup center option.
41. Golden State Warriors (via Hawks): Alen Smailagic (Serbia, PF/C, 2000)
The Warriors traded for the No. 41 pick, potentially to grab the 18-year-old Serbian who's been developing with the Santa Cruz Warriors. He finishes in traffic, can make open threes and anticipates defensively.
42. Philadelphia 76ers (via Kings): Jordan Poole (Michigan, SG, Sophomore)
Inconsistency has turned scouts off over the past two years. This late, however, it's worth gambling on his advanced shot-creation and shot-making that could translate to streak scoring.
43. Minnesota Timberwolves (via Heat): Naz Reid (LSU, PF, Freshman)
Reid was viewed as a first-round talent to start the season, but questions about his shot selection, effort, conditioning and defense have hurt his stock. He's still a potential value pick in the 40s for his size, offensive skill, shooting and the possibility his weaknesses were overblown.
44. Miami Heat (via Hawks): Isaiah Roby (Nebraska, PF, Junior)
Roby checks the right boxes for a big with his athleticism, three-point range, ability to face up and score and block shots. Limited toughness and three years of pedestrian production have raised enough skepticism for Roby to last until the 30s.
45. Detroit Pistons: Jontay Porter (Missouri, C, Sophomore)
With multiple picks in each round, the Hawks could gamble on Porter, once thought of as a potential lottery pick before he went down with his second ACL tear in the same year. His shooting, passing and basketball IQ scream NBA fit in today's league.
46. Orlando Magic (via Nets): DaQuan Jeffries (Tulsa, SG, Senior)
Jeffries helped himself at the combine, where his body, shooting and overall efficient brand of ball stood out. He's an eye-test standout, though he didn't produce in volume in college.
47. Sacramento Kings (via Magic): Admiral Schofield (Tennessee, SF, Senior)
Schofield will need to rely on making jump shots, but he's been a consistent shooter at Tennessee for three years, and one team is bound to be drawn to his powerful frame and maturity off the floor.
48. Los Angeles Clippers: Miye Oni (Yale, SG, Junior)
Oni couldn't capitalize in the NCAA tournament's spotlight, but he bounced back to make shots at the NBA combine. And between his 6'6" size, athleticism and scoring attack, he's a flier worth taking in the Nos. 45-60 range.
49. San Antonio Spurs: Terance Mann (Florida State, SG/SF, Senior)
Mann is missing a core offensive skill, but he's well-rounded as a cutter, passer, finisher, defender and decision-maker. He can carve out a glue-guy role if he becomes an adequate shooter.
50. Indiana Pacers: Tremont Waters (LSU, PG, Sophomore)
Waters has a chance to stick as a change-of-pace scorer and playmaker off the bench. He lacks athleticism and good decision-making skills, but he can generate offense in a hurry.
51. Boston Celtics: Deividas Sirvydis (Lithuania, SF, 2000)
The Celtics could look overseas with Sirvydis, who has the right profile—but not much production to show for it. He's a 6'9" wing with three-point range and slashing ability.
52. Charlotte Hornets (via Thunder): Louis King (Oregon, SF, Freshman)
King opened eyes with 6'8" size and smooth shot-making skills out to the arc. He'll need his jumper to carry him and his knee to gain back lost explosiveness from a meniscus injury during his senior year of high school.
53. Utah Jazz: Zylan Cheatham (Arizona State, PF, Senior)
Cheatham's role and path to an NBA roster spot will call for high motor and off-ball activity. He's already 23 years old, and if given a chance and defined role, he could have something to offer right away in terms of energy and hustle.
54. Philadelphia 76ers: Joshua Obiesie (Germany, SG, 2000)
Obiesie missed on a chance to improve his stock at the Nike Hoop Summit, but his ball skills, passing and shooting had registered on scouts' radars long before.
55. New York Knicks (via Rockets): Quinndary Weatherspoon (Mississippi State, SG, Senior)
Weatherspoon earned an invite to the combine, and he appears to have more fans in NBA front offices than his limited media attention would suggest. He's a 6'4" scoring 2-guard with a consistent shot and defensive quicks.
56. Los Angeles Clippers (via Blazers): Cody Martin (Nevada, SG/SF, Senior)
Martin may be worth drafting for his point-wing skills. He's a forward who can handle the ball, play-make or pull up in the mid-range.
57. Atlanta Hawks (via Pelicans): Charles Matthews (Michigan, SG, Senior)
Despite tearing his ACL during workouts, Matthews could be an interest value pick in the 50s for his elite defensive instincts.
58. Golden State Warriors: Ignas Brazdeikis (Michigan, SF, Freshman)
Brazdeikis lacks ideal athleticism for a wing, but he's a versatile scorer with ball-handling skills and shooting range. And he plays with a competitive edge.
59. Toronto Raptors: Jaylen Nowell (Washington, SG, Sophomore)
Nowell has the NBA 2-guard body, advanced scoring skill and both improved three-point range and playmaking ability. Whether he can execute efficiently within a pro offense is a question teams ask.
60. Sacramento Kings (via Bucks): Yovel Zoosman (Israel, SF, 1998)
The 6'7", 21-year-old wing earned a small role with Maccabi Tel Aviv for his shooting and well-rounded skill set.