2019 NBA Mock Draft: Post-Combine edition
1. New Orleans Pelicans
Zion Williamson, PF, Duke
The only real question here is what Anthony Davis will decide to do. He reportedly still wants to be traded, but GM David Griffin knows how to build a winner and a Big Three of Davis, Zion Williamson and Jrue Holiday can contend.
2. Memphis Grizzlies
Ja Morant, PG, Murray State
The Grizzlies will field offers for Mike Conley now that they've got their new point guard of the future. Morant and Jaren Jackson Jr. make for one heckuva duo to rebuild around.
3. New York Knicks
R.J. Barrett, SG, Duke
The Knicks' consolation prize from the NBA Draft Lottery results is the *other* Duke freshman. Barrett is a work in progress but has the talent and skill set to suceed in today's NBA. Learning behind Kevin Durant wouldn't be a bad thing.
4. Los Angeles Lakers
Darius Garland, PG, Vanderbilt
LeBron James has fared well in the past playing alongside scoring point guards with good 3-point shooting. That's what Garland brings to the table.
5. Cleveland Cavaliers
Jarrett Culver, SG, Texas Tech
It's best player available for the Cavaliers, who need to get better defensively in a hurry and will also benefit from Culver's dribble-drive offensive game. He's a jump shot away from being a special player.
6. Phoenix Suns
Coby White, PG, North Carolina
He reportedly has a promise from a team before the Bulls pick at No. 7, and it would make sense if it were from the Suns. He pushes pace and shoots well off the ball, which would allow Devin Booker to remain in a ball handling role.
7. Chicago Bulls
De'Andre Hunter, SF, Virginia
The Bulls have been among the league's worst defensively each of the last two seasons, and they aren't all that great from beyond the arc. Those are Hunter's two best NBA traits, and at 21 years old he should be an immediate contributor on a Bulls team looking to get better in a hurry.
8. Atlanta Hawks
Cam Reddish, SF, Duke
He's simply too talented to fall this far. Reddish was terrible as a freshman but has a perfect NBA frame and the potential to be an All-Star. The Hawks have had plenty of success in the draft the last three seasons and can go for a high-risk, high-reward pick here, especially with another pick at 10.
9. Washington Wizards
Brandon Clarke, PF, Gonzaga
The Wizards could lose both Bobby Portis and Jabari Parker in free agency, leaving a void at power forward that Clarke - perhaps the best defender in this class - could fill from Day 1. Washington could go any direcetion at this spot in the draft.
10. Atlanta Hawks (via DAL)
Jaxson Hayes, C, Texas
This one just feels like the perfect fit. Hayes can be the Clint Capela to the Hawks' 3-point-happy offense and complement power forward John Collins on the other end of the floor.
11. Minnesota Timberwolves
Sekou Doumbouya, SF, France
The Timberwolves would love to pair Clarke with Karl-Anthony Towns but settle for a project in Doumbouya. He should help Minnesota's defense right away with a chance to be special if his raw offensive game improves.
12. Charlotte Hornets
Bol Bol, C, Oregon
Depending on what Kemba Walker decides to do, the Hornets could be entering a rebuild this summer. If they do, drafting a high-upside guy with a unique skill set in Bol makes sense.
13. Miami Heat
Romeo Langford, SG, Indiana
The Heat need an influx of talent, and while Langford's freshman season at Indiana was incredibly inefficient he still provides upside at a position where the Heat could use help. He's good value at this point in the Lottery with real potential.
14. Boston Celtics (via SAC)
Kevin Porter, SG, USC
It's anyone's guess what the Celtics roster will look like in a few months after free agency and potential trades shake out. For now, they'll go with the best player left on the board and a potential scoring option in the backcourt if Kyrie Irving and/or Terry Rozier bolt.
15. Detroit Pistons
Rui Hachimura, PF, Gonzaga
The Pistons are in win-now mode and could use some frontcourt depth behind Andre Drummond and Blake Griffin. Jon Leuer, Thon Maker and Zaza Pachulia didn't exactly cut it last season. They get a high-floor prospect in Hachimura who should contribute from Day 1.
16. Orlando Magic
P.J. Washington, PF, Kentucky
Call this pick Nikola Vucevic insurance. The All-Star center could bolt in free agency and open up a frontcourt spot for the Magic, who could use some depth behind Aaron Gordon and Jonathan Isaac at the position. Washington was excellent in his second season at Kentucky.
17. Brooklyn Nets
Nikeil Alexander-Walker, SG, Virginia Tech
The Nets will have a handful of openings on the wing going into next season, so grabbing the best one available here also fills a need. Alexander-Walker is one of the more underrated and versatile prospects in the class.
18. Indiana Pacers
Nassir Litte, SG, North Carolina
He could wind up going higher than this but the Pacers would love to grab a defensive-minded wing with great upside this late into the first round. It gives them some Darren Collison insurance in the backcourt if the veteran point guard departs in free agency.
19. San Antonio Spurs
Goga Bitadze, C, Georgia
The Spurs got Jakob Poeltl in the DeMar DeRozan-Kawhi Leonard trade but could use some depth behind both him and LaMarcus Aldridge. Bitadze is a quickly rising prospect who could work himself into the Lottery discussion by June 20.
20. Boston Celtics (via LAC)
Talen Horton-Tucker, SF, Iowa State
Horton-Tucker is a jack of all trades who would give Brad Stevens a versatile option on the wing, especially if one of Jaylen Brown or Jayson Tatum is on the move in a potential Anthony Davis del this summer.
21. Oklahoma City Thunder
Tyler Herro, SG, Kentucky
The Thunder will continue to try and surround Russell Westbrook and Paul George with as many shooters and wing scorers as possible. Herro fits the bill and is probably the best talent on the board at this point.
22. Boston Celtics
Mfiondu Kabengele, C, Florida State
Kabengele would give the Celtics a more stretch big man option than what they've had behind Al Horford in Aron Baynes and Daniel Theis, both of whom could hit free agency this offseason. In reality, the Celtics will likely attempt to move one of their three first-round picks for future assets.
23. Utah Jazz
Keldon Johnson, SF, Kentucky
Kyle Korver and Jae Crowder will both be free agents after next season, so Johnson would act as second-year insurance if one of those two players depart in 2020. The Jazz roster is pretty well set up for success, so they can opt for a project here like Johnson.
24. Philadelphia 76ers
Bruno Fernando, C, Maryland
Boban Marjanovic will be a free agent and the Sixers will need an option at center behind Joel Embiid. Fernando makes sense as a high-motored, defensive-minded center to patrol the second unit.
25. Portland Trail Blazers
Cameron Johnson, SF, North Carolina
The Blazers could be in the market for a wing scorer if they lose Rodney Hood in free agency and Johnson provides size and versatility in that area. He's also a player who could contribute immediately for a contending Blazers team.
26. Cleveland Cavaliers (via HOU)
Matisse Thybulle, SF, Washington
The Cavaliers need to get better on the defensive end and get one of the best in the class in Thybulle, the NCAA's Defensive Player of the Year who can defend four positions.
27. Brooklyn Nets (via DEN)
Lugentz Dort, SG, Arizona State
The Nets could wind up packaging this pick in a trade that involves Allen Crabbe. If they keep it, they'll role the dice on a combo guard in Dort who gives them insurance if D'Angelo Russell leaves in free agency this summer.
28. Golden State Warriors
Ty Jerome, PG, Virginia
The Warriors don't really have any needs but could find a replacement for Shaun Livingston in Jerome, who should see his stock rise considerably during the pre-draft process.
29. San Antonio Spurs (via TOR)
Grant Williams, PF, Tennessee
The Spurs need to get deeper in the frontcourt, and this feels like a typical Spurs pick of an upperclassman who outshines some of his younger draft class peers. Gregg Popovich will get the most out of Williams' versatile skill set.
30. Milwaukee Bucks
Jontay Porter, C, Missouri
The Bucks don't have all that many needs so they draft for upside in Porter, who is a Lottery talent but currently out with a torn ACL. The Bucks should re-sign Brook Lopez but Porter could be a potential starter at some point in the future.