2019 NBA Mock Draft Lottery Simulator 12.0: Zion Williamson is a major piece of the rebuild in Memphis
NBA Draft Lottery 2019: What if the Wizards fall in lottery spots?
1. Memphis Grizzlies: Zion Williamson
NICK ASHOOH: Zion is such a brand already that if he were to land in Memphis he’d have the No. 1 selling jersey instantly. This would happen anywhere, but think to yourself, how many Grizzlies jerseys do you see on a regular basis? Would you buy one if it were Williamson? I bet you would. Even WES would, so we know that’s a big deal
WES HALL: I’m buying a jersey ONLY if he comes to DC, but I promise you the entire state of Tennessee would catapult Zion jerseys to the top of the league sales. Hopefully the NBA is ready to see Memphis become a major draw.
2. New York Knicks: Ja Morant
NICK ASHOOH: Missing out on Zion only means the easy choice at No. 2 for the Knicks and Morant. For all the talk about how Zion can fly, do yourself a favor and watch some Ja highlights. Either way, those two have the potential to be the next great player rivalry in the NBA.
WES HALL: The Knicks struck basketball gold by landing Morant. He’s the juice the city needs to rejuvenate Knicks fans, and he could possibly be the draw for free agents to join in bringing pride back to the Big Apple.
3. New Orleans Pelicans: RJ Barrett
NICK ASHOOH: Barrett needs to work on his shot selection and his right hand, but there’s no denying his scoring ability. He also showed he can take the lead when Zion Williamson was out this past season at Duke.
WES HALL: RJ in the N.O. sounds like fun to me. If by some chance they can manage to keep Anthony Davis, then this could be as good as a beignet on Bourbon street.
4. Cleveland Cavaliers: Jarrett Culver
NICK ASHOOH: Culver comes from a program that emphasizes defense. Pairing him with Colin Sexton would be a solid start for the once-again rebuilding Cavs,
WES HALL: Cleveland is about to turn itself into the Indy 500 with Culver and Sexton together. I don’t know how the scoring is going to manifest, but I’m certain they’ll be entertaining.
5. Phoenix Suns: Darius Garland
NICK ASHOOH: Great ball handler that can also find his own shot. The Suns need someone to pair in the backcourt with Devin Booker, and Garland really fits the mold for them.
WES HALL: Coming from the SEC, it’s a wonder how Garland got the love of the scouts with Kentucky drawing their usual attention. However, those who saw him before his injury know he’s got what it takes to ball out in the league.
6. Chicago Bulls: Cam Reddish
NICK ASHOOH: There were so many ups and downs for Reddish this past season. The size (6-8) and ability to play multiple positions makes him such a tempting prospect, but the times he was invisible reminds you of another Chicago Bull, Otto Porter. Either way, Reddish is still very young and his potential at No. 6 makes him a great pick for the Bulls.
WES HALL: How fortunate are the Bulls for being able to snag this ‘sneaky-good’ talent from Duke? Reddish is the guy that you can pair with Zach Levine and have a good foundation to build upon.
7. Atlanta Hawks: Jaxson Hayes
NICK ASHOOH: Pairing the long Hayes with John Collins gives the Hawks some serious young rim protectors that bring athleticism and a high ceiling moving forward. Hayes will take some time to really develop, but the Hawks don’t have super high expectations right now anyway.
WES HALL: The best part of this pick is the fact that you give Trae Young another piece of ammunition to utilize. Atlanta appears to be looking to take the Southeastern division by storm...if they know what they’re doing.
8. Washington Wizards: DeAndre Hunter
NICK ASHOOH: A lot see Hunter as the best one-on-one defender in the draft this year, which is something the Wizards could desperately use. His ability to stretch the floor is also in need, so Hunter’s 3-and-D potential makes him a great fit for the Wizards here.
WES HALL: One thing the Wizards need is depth across the board. Hunter is someone that can definitely give the second unit defensive unit something to work with.
9. Atlanta Hawks (via Dallas): Nassir Little
NICK ASHOOH: Little didn’t live up to expectations during his time at UNC, but when someone is 6-7 with a 7-1 wingspan, he’s just the right fit for today’s NBA. Teams want versatility, and if you look at the Bucks, so much of their success is based on long guys defending the perimeter.
WES HALL: You can never have too much talent on a team, so Atlanta is about to find out if they can manage and channel all of that energy into wins.
10. Minnesota Timberwolves: Brandon Clarke
NICK ASHOOH: Clarke isn’t flashy, but Minnesota has enough young stars they need to get it together. Clarke brings a solid dependability that would work well on their roster.
WES HALL: The T-Wolves are one of those teams that need to figure out what to do with all the talent they have. I hope they figure it out sooner than later.
11. Los Angeles Lakers: Kevin Porter
NICK ASHOOH: Porter has talent but baggage from his lone season at USC. A suspension, a leg injury that caused him to miss a ton of time, and the Lakers will have to really like him if they talk to him before the draft. His talent is there, but the risk is as well.
WES HALL: You can’t go wrong having a SoCal guy stay put in LaLa-Land. He knows the market and the people that love hoops. Best part is he knows how to deal with the limelight that comes with being a Laker.
12. Boston Celtics (via Sacramento): PJ Washington
NICK ASHOOH: Washington had his big moments at Kentucky, but also had his quiet ones as well. Whether the Celtics have major turnover or not this offseason, Boston is a good fit simply on the fact that Washington won’t have to play a major role right away.
WES HALL: Washington is going to love working with Brad Stevens to mature his game. It’s not often you get to learn from a guy who runs a pro team with a collegiate offense.
13. Miami Heat: Grant Williams
NICK ASHOOH: Williams might be undersized at 6-6, but he can crash the boards and plays hard as hell. He’s the guy with not the biggest upside, but the potential to be a solid pro for a long time.
WES HALL: Miami needs cheap young talent. They already have the league’s highest payroll. Now all they need are some wins to come with it.
14: Charlotte Hornets: Rui Hachimura
NICK ASHOOH: Another guy with major length in this draft at 6-8 and a 7-2 wingspan. The athleticism is there, but the shot and defense need to grow. Luckily going late lottery gives him a chance to do that without too much pressure.
WES HALL: Oh Charlotte. What will Rui do without Kemba? Will Walker stay and help Hachimura grow? Who knows? Only time will tell.