One month of NBA season has just past, but it’s time to do a 2019 Mock Draft!
The 2019 Draft Class already contains a couple of the most hyped-up collegiate players we’ve seen in a while, comprising of a couple of high school phenoms. Everyone who doesn’t live under a rock knows about Duke’s Big 3 of Zion Williamson, Cameron Reddish and R.J. Barrett, who are all so talented and fun to watch. In this draft class as well, is athletic dunker Mac McClung of Georgetown, the tall Bol Bol of Oregon State and more.
For now, we will be using the current standings (as of November 14, 2019) to serve as the position of the picks in the draft. Let’s begin.
1. Cavaliers —– Zion Williamson
You couldn’t really go wrong here, in choosing between Zion and the next guy, but with this pick, Cleveland would potentially be getting the next LeBron James. In contrast to what many scouts had him ranked prior to entering the college season (which was 2nd), his overall play, freakish athleticism and huge potential lands him over his Duke teammates to be projected as the number one overall pick based on the few college games he’s played so far. Zion is only 6’7″, similar to the heights of Klay Thompson and Kawhi Leonard. The main difference, is that he is also 285 POUNDS (129.5 kg). This would put him as the second heaviest player in the league, behind 7’3″ Boban Marjanovic.
Zion has mostly played Power Forward during his time in Duke so far, and his build helps him with that. Despite him being undersized, he has still managed to rack up 10.7 rpg along with 25.3 ppg, 2.7 apg, 0.7 spg and 3.0 bpg. Granted, it’s only been 3 games, but if this is what we can expect from Zion every night, then I don’t see why he can’t maintain his status as the projected number one overall pick.
And he can do stuff like this.
2. Suns —– R.J. Barrett
Barrett is Williamson’s teammate at Duke, and isn’t a pushover either. This Canadian is an excellent slasher and scorer and his been exceptional in college so far. Standing at 6’7″ and 207 lbs, he does not really seem like a good fit with the Suns, who are already filled with forwards such as Josh Jackson and Miles Bridges. Still, he was projected to go number one coming out of high school for a reason. At Duke, he’s been averaging 25.3 ppg, 4.7 rpg and 4.7 apg. While his numbers aren’t as eye-popping as Williamson’s, there is no doubt that Barrett is one of the most elite players in this class.
3. Hawks —– Cam Reddish
Reddish is the third and final member of the Duke Blue Devils’ Big 3 this season, but don’t count him out yet. He’s only been averaging 16.7 ppg, 4.0 rpg and 2.7 apg this season as the team’s third option, but don’t be fooled. He’s a 6’9″ forward who is more than capable of creating his own shot using his handles, and is also a pretty good shooter. Teaming up with Trae Young, Taurean Prince and John Collins could lead to some very exciting highlights for the young Hawks team.
4. Bulls —– Nassir Little
Nassir Little a hard worker, and it’s payed off. Little has been steadily improving since his high school days, but has gone relatively under-the-radar thanks to the Duke Big 3’s hype. He’s a 6’6″ forward who’s been averaging 12.0 ppg, 4.7 rpg on 57% from the field as a member of the Tar Heels, though he needs to improve in his horrible free throw shooting. If he were to be drafted to the Bulls, he’d find himself in contention for that starting Small Forward spot. A lineup of Dunn-Lavine-Little-Markannen-Carter Jr. would be incredibly fun to watch, and he’d fit right in as he is a team-first player who puts winning above all else.
5. Knicks —– Sekou Doumbouya
In 2015, the Knicks selected Kristaps Porzingis. In 2017, the Knicks selected Frank Ntilikina. Will they take Sekou Doumbouya in next year’s draft?
One thing to notice about Sekou is that he is easily one of the most athletic players in the draft. He currently plays in the Euroleague and is an extremely promising young player. His athleticism allows him to direct fast breaks, starting with a rebound and ending with a pass. He is also a capable slasher and a decent jump shooter, though it is pretty inconsistent. He is 6’9″ and should fit in well at the PF position for the Knicks. In fact, he’s actually played alongside Knicks point guard Frank Ntlikina before, so there should be some chemistry there already
6. Wizards —– Romeo Langford
If the Wizards want to start rebuilding, Langford is the best choice they can make here. Langford is a great scorer and ball handler, and is capable of running the offense. He has all-star potential, and could be what the Wizards need to make a deep playoff run if they don’t plan on trading Wall or Beal by then.
7. Timberwolves —– Bol Bol
The Timberwolves already have Karl-Anthony Towns running the center position. Why draft Bol? Well, moving KAT to the 4 may see him finally playing in his natural position. Bol Bol would have to gain some muscle to handle NBA bigs, but he can surprisingly shoot, dribble and is a good rim protector. There is no doubt that a KAT-Bol Twin Towers combo would be fun to see.
8. Heat —– Charles Bassey
If the Heat were to pick up Charles Bassey in the draft, they could potentially form the league’s best young defensive big man duo. Heat center Bam Adebayo and Charles Bassey are both physical rim protectors who are also good at scoring the ball in the paint, which should benefit Josh Richardson and Goran Dragic in pick-and-rolls.
9. Mavericks —– Daniel Gafford
There have already been rumblings of some locker room struggles involving all-star center DeAndre Jordan, who is only under contract for this season. In getting Gafford, the Mavericks get to pair up their dynamic backcourt in Luka Doncic and Dennis Smith Jr. with a low usage rate, team-first shot blocker in Gafford.
10. Rockets —– Kris Wilkes
The Rockets probably won’t be in the lottery by the time the NBA Draft starts next season. As of right now, Wilkes would provide the Rockets with a scoring punch off the bench, as he can easily contribute to the team in his rookie season.
11. Magic —– Ja Morant: The Magic desperately need a point guard, and Morant’s quickness and explosiveness could help push the tempo on a team with athletic wings such as Jonathan Isaac and Aaron Gordon,
12. Jazz —– Rui Hachimura: The Jazz would be getting an athletic freak of nature who also happens to be an elite scorer with potential. He could eventually replace Aussie Joe Ingles in the starting lineup as he gets older.
13. Pelicans —– Jaylen Hoard: The Pelicans would be selecting an athletic, quick scorer who should excel in the Pelicans fast-paced offense, whether he starts or he comes off the bench.
14. Hornets —– Nazreon Reid: Pairing up Kemba with a great rebounder and shot blocker like Reid would give the Hornets are formidable PG/C duo, assuming Kemba hasn’t already changed teams.
That’s it so far! Now keep in mind I don’t watch too much college basketball. But after seeing a couple of games and reading about them, I could say this is a pretty good list.
Stay tuned for picks 15-30.