NBA Mock Draft: How the Anthony Davis trade shakes things up
1. New Orleans Pelicans
Zion Williamson, PF, Duke
This has been the pick since the moment the Pelicans won the Lottery.
2. Memphis Grizzlies
Ja Morant, PG, Murray State
This has been the pick since the Grizzlies moved up to No. 2 on Lottery night.
3. New York Knicks
R.J. Barrett, SG, Duke
This has been the pick since the Knicks moved up to No. 3 on Lottery night.
4. New Orleans Pelicans (via LAL)
Jarrett Culver, SG, Texas Tech
If the Pelicans keep this pick - and it seems like there's a real chance they don't - Culver fills an obvious need at shooting guard and is the best prospect on the board. That makes it an easy pick for GM David Griffin.
5. Cleveland Cavaliers
De'Andre Hunter, SF, Virginia
There's a chance they consider a point guard - Collin Sexton can play off the ball, too - but in the end they opt for the safer play and a 3-and-D specialist who can help the Cavaliers defense that was the league's worst (116.7) a year ago.
6. Phoenix Suns
Darius Garland, PG, Vanderbilt
There are reports that Phoenix prefers Coby White to Garland, but we'll need to see it to believe it. Garland is the better prospect and the Suns gladly take him here.
7. Chicago Bulls
Coby White, PG, North Carolina
The Bulls need more shooters on the perimeter and someone to get the ball moving in transition. White checks both boxes, and he's able to play off the ball if the Bulls want to run offense through Zach LaVine.
8. Atlanta Hawks
Cam Reddish, SF, Duke
The Hawks' rebuild is well on its way and they can take a swing for the fences with a player like Reddish. They also have an opening on the wing after trading Taurean Prince to the Nets. Reddish is the ultimate boom-or-bust prospect in this class.
9. Washington Wizards
Sekou Doumbouya, SF, France
The Wizards are looking at a lost season without John Wall in 2020 and can afford to draft Doumbouya, who essentially gets a redshirt rookie season as Washington attempts to avoid a full-scale rebuild.
10. Atlanta Hawks (via DAL)
Jaxson Hayes, C, Texas
There isn't a better fit in the top 10 than Hayes to the Hawks. He's a perfect complement next to John Collins on the defensive end and is an excellent pick-and-roll man, meaning more easy dimes for Trae Young in the Hawks' high-flying offense.
11. Minnesota Timberwolves
Brandon Clarke, PF, Gonzaga
Clarke should slot in perfectly next to Karl-Anthony Towns on both ends of the floor. This pairing feels like a match made in heaven. Clarke is an elite shot blocker and finishes well around the rim, complementing a player in Towns.
12. Charlotte Hornets
Bol Bol, C, Oregon
The Hornets haven't exactly drafted high-upside centers with former picks - Frank Kaminsky, Cody Zeller, Noah Vonleh - but they swing for the fences in selecting Bol, as unique a prospect as there is in the class (including Zion Williamson).
13. Miami Heat
P.J. Washington, PF, Kentucky
He's a perfect complement to Bam Adebayo, a player the Heat love and plan to build around moving forward. Washington had an outstanding sophomore season at Kentucky and is just scratching the surface of what he could become.
14. Boston Celtics (via SAC)
Rui Hachimura, PF, Gonzaga
This one makes sense, too, as the Celtics use the first of three first-round picks on a player who should be able to step in right away and contribute. Hachimura makes Boston more versatile and adds a toughness on defense that Brad Stevens covets.
15. Detroit Pistons
Nassir Little, SG, North Carolina
The Pistons have their shooters on the perimeter but could use some help on the other end. Little can provide elite defense and runs the floor well, giving the Pistons a player who fills a need with considerable upside.
16. Orlando Magic
Tyler Herro, SG, Kentucky
The Magic made a huge jump from beyond the arc last season and grab some insurance here in Herro with guys like Terrence Ross and Jerian Grant entering free agency.
17. Atlanta Hawks
Nickeil Alexander-Walker, SG, Virginia Tech
The Hawks don't have all that much versatility in their backcourt - though their talent in that area is evident. NAW could give them a player who is a natural on the wing but also comfortable with the ball in his hands.
18. Indiana Pacers
Romeo Langford, SG, Indiana
The Pacers have needs in the backcourt with Victor Oladipo recovering from his quad injury and Tyreke Evans suspended by the NBA for drug use. Langford has his flaws but his upside this late in the first round is too much to pass up. He's also a hometown kid.
19. San Antonio Spurs
Keldon Johnson, SG, Kentucky
Shocker, but the Spurs pick up excellent value in the second half of the first round. Johnson does a bunch of things well and needs to be molded into a specific skill set. What better person to do that than Gregg Popovich?
20. Boston Celtics (via LAC)
Goga Bitadze, C, Georgia
The Celtics will be looking for a few raw prospects with three first-round selections. Bitadze has a versatile offensive skill set and could wind up being one of the steals from this draft.
21. Oklahoma City Thunder
Mfiondu Kabengele, C, Florida State
The Thunder have an incredibly versatile roster at four positions. At center, Steven Adams and Nerlens Noel have tremendous value but don't exactly space the offense. Kabengele would do just that once he's ready to join the rotation.
22. Boston Celtics
Kevin Porter Jr., SG, USC
The Celtics could be looking to replace a whole lot of scoring in their backcourt this summer, and Porter would give them a player who does it as well as any guard in this class.
23. Utah Jazz
Ty Jerome, PG, Virginia
The Jazz are reportedly front runners for Mike Conley in a potential deal with the Memphis Grizzlies. Even still, they'll need more depth if Ricky Rubio leaves in free agency. They simply can't rely on Dante Exum any longer.
24. Philadelphia 76ers
KZ Okpala, SF, Stanford
It'll be interesting to see what happens with the Sixers and free agents Jimmy Butler and Tobias Harris. JJ Redick needs a new deal, too. The Sixers could give themselves some insurance by drafting a talented wing like Okpala.
25. Portland Trail Blazers
Cameron Johnson, SF, North Carolina
The Blazers also get some draft insurance in Johnson, who could fill in rotation spots left by free agents Al-Farouq Aminu and Rodney Hood. Johnson is also ready to play right away, something the Blazers need.
26. Cleveland Cavaliers (via HOU)
Carson Edwards, PG, Purdue
John Beilein knows all about Edwards after coaching against him for four seasons. He provides a stable option behind Collin Sexton and someone whose 3-point shot will play at the next level despite his smaller frame.
27. Brooklyn Nets (via DEN)
Nic Claxton, C, Georgia
The Nets want a backup center for Jarrett Allen - Ed Davis is probably on the way out - and Claxton is the best center prospect left at this point. The Nets' real offseason begins July 1.
28. Golden State Warriors
Talen Horton-Tucker, SF, Iowa State
The Warriors of course need plenty of help on the wing in the wake of both Kevin Durant's and Klay Thompson's season-ending injuries. Horton-Tucker is a jack-of-all-trades who could wear multiple hats in Golden State.
29. San Antonio Spurs (via TOR)
Matisse Thybulle, SF, Washington
Leave it to Gregg Popovich to get the most out of college basketball's National Defensive Player of the Year who will fall on draft night because he's already 22 years old.
30. Milwaukee Bucks
Luguentz Dort, PG, Arizona State
The Bucks could use some depth behind Eric Bledsoe if indeed Malcolm Brogdon departs in free agency. Dort can play both guard positions and has nice upside as a value pick down the line for Milwaukee.