2019 NBA Mock Draft Lottery Simulator 14.0: Wizards fill need as Duke freshman falls into their lap
NBA Draft Lottery 2019: Who would the Wizards select at No. 3?
1. Cleveland Cavaliers: Zion Williamson
NICK ASHOOH: Once again the Cavs get a consolation prize after LeBron leaves. With everyone comparing Zion to LeBron (which is crazy by the way), this would be the perfect way for the Cavs and that roster of misfits to start their Post-LeBron Rebuild 2.0.
WES HALL: For some reason the Cavs keep getting thrown a life preservers. First LeBron, then Kyrie, and now Zion. I’m beginning to think the stadium is built on a hidden diamond mine.
2. New York Knicks: Ja Morant
NICK ASHOOH: Morant can fly, and already has a solid outside shot. I’ve been comparing him tom Damian Lillard, and if The Garden doesn’t get Zion, they’ll be more than happy with Ja.
WES HALL: It’s been a long time since the Knicks had someone that just wanted to win. Even though he didn’t get it done in the NCAA tournament, he still brings the necessary chip on his shoulder to impress the NY fans.
3. Phoenix Suns: RJ Barrett
NICK ASHOOH: He can score, but needs to get better at going to his off hand. When Zion went down for Duke, Barrett showed he could take over the scoring load. He’d be a great running mate with Devin Booker.
WES HALL: Monty Williams is going to have a great problem on his hands. He’s got a team full of youth that loves to run, and all he has to do is give them some guidance.
4. Chicago Bulls: Darius Garland
NICK ASHOOH: Health is always something we can’t really control in sports. You take the risk drafting a player hoping he stays on the court, and if Garland does, Chicago has another solid piece to build around.
WES HALL: He didn’t play much at Vandy, but when he did it was electric. Zach LaVine will enjoy cutting to the basket knowing Garland can set him up to put it down.
5. Atlanta Hawks: DeAndre Hawks
NICK ASHOOH: Nothing flashy, but can be a solid piece to a team trying to rebuild. Don’t expect him to be an All-Star, but Hunter can fill a lot of holes in Atlanta with his versatility.
WES HALL: He a utility guy that will fit in the growing Atlanta Hawks. They need him in a variety of places.
6. Washington Wizards: Cam Reddish
NICK ASHOOH: Reddish had his ups and downs during his freshman year at Duke. That being said, when you’re used to being the man all through high school and then have to share time with all those stars, it’s an adjustment. He’d be a great get with the Wizards at No. 6 with a ton of upside.
WES HALL: This is a guy that wants to remind you who was getting all the love before Zion joined the crew. He can ball and he’s just itching for you to challenge him.
7. New Orleans Pelicans: Jaxson Hayes
NICK ASHOOH: He can’t be AD, but Hayes can certainly fill that void on a smaller scale. If Davis is traded, you have a raw talent that can grow into something special as a rim protector and rebounder in New Orleans.
WES HALL: Long and athletic is the model and Hayes fits it quite well. It’ll take time before he’s on Davis’ level but the potential is there.
8. Memphis Grizzlies: Jarrett Culver
NICK ASHOOH: Still needs to work on his decision making and a consistent shot, but Culver was the Big 12's best player as a sophomore and showed he was willing to create shots for others, as well as find his own.
WES HALL: Selflessness is essential for survival with the Grizz. Thankfully, Culver is just that and more.
9. Atlanta Hawks (via Dallas Mavericks): 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: Most people look for offense as a defining characteristic of success, but Little proves you can be a baller by playing defense, too. Who would’ve thought?
10. Minnesota Timberwolves: Bruno Fernando
NICK ASHOOH: Minnesota opts for some rim-running and athleticism here. Some have compared him to Emeka Okafor.
WES HALL: It appears that teams in the midwest want to run big. Fernando could be a depth creator for the T-wolves.
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: Upside: He’s local. Downside: They’re probably going to trade him.
12. Boston Celtics (via Sacramento Kings): Keldon Johnson
NICK ASHOOH: Solid win/scorer that can also rebound well for his size. Boston has a lot of guys that are part of their future, but also may need to fill some spots of players like Kyrie Irving and Terry Rozier leave in free agency.
WES HALL: Ainge has built a team based on versatility. Johnson is going to have to be dependable and versatile to fit in Boston.
13. Miami Heat: Nickeil Alexander-Walk
NICK ASHOOH: One of the best pure scorers in the 2019 draft. You can never have enough shooting in the league today, and Miami needs ways to add talent with no cap room really available to them.
WES HALL: He’s cheap and durable so Miami should be happy with him. Buckets will be had and you can take that to the bank.
14. Charlotte Hornets: Bol Bol
NICK ASHOOH: His size and shooting ability is what everyone wants in the NBA today. His foot injury is not.
WES HALL: IF, and that’s huge if, Charlotte can keep Kemba, then they get something else to smile about in the acquisition of Bol.