2019 NBA Mock Draft Lottery Simulator 15.0: Heat snag Morant at No. 2
2019 NBA Mock Draft Lottery Simulator: Who would the Wizards take at No. 3?
1 New York Knicks: Zion Williamson
WES HALL: Well, well, well…look who landed in the Big Apple! At this point, we all should be glad the speculation is over. Now, it’s time to see if all the hype was worth it. Hey Knicks fans, you’re welcome.
NICK ASHOOH: The tanking is totally worth it if you’re the Knicks. You get the star, the brand, and the hype all packaged together with possibly two max contracts this summer as well.
2. Miami Heat: Ja Morant
WES HALL: Miami is back! Yeah, Morant is that good. The Murray State product is the kind of guy that draws eyes and crowds, and after watching D. Wade ride off into the sunset, the Heat are primed for the next superstar to land on South Beach.
NICK ASHOOH: Oh man did Miami get lucky here. Morant brings just as much excitement on the court as Zion, just a little less hype. He’ll have to mix with Goran Dragic, but take the talent here without question.
3. Washington Wizards: R.J. Barrett
WES HALL: It’s hard to contain my excitement about snagging Barrett off the board! He’s fast, athletic, and has played with big names. That considered, he’ll look real nice standing next to Beal and Wall, when the latter returns.
NICK ASHOOH: Barrett is a perfect fit for the Wizards. Get a scorer and major talent with a ton of upside. This is the major shot in the arm with Wiz need.
4. Cleveland Cavaliers: Jarrett Culver
WES HALL: He and Colin Sexton are going to have fun running the court. Add the acquisition of coach John Beilein and you have something to work with. Oh yeah, he plays defense, too!
NICK ASHOOH: Culver really earned a lot of attention during Texas Tech’s run through the tournament. He may not be the big name like the three going before him here, but he’d be a solid addition in Cleveland for John Beilein’s team.
5. Phoenix Suns: Coby White
WES HALL: Monty Williams just got the biggest smile on his face knowing he’s got a monster from UNC coming his way. The main thing the Suns have needed is direction. They’ve got the youth and ambition, but now they have a coach and a player that’ll work and grow together!
NICK ASHOOH: The Suns need a point guard, and White is their guy. Pair him with Devin Booker in the backcourt and you have a solid young core to help Monty Williams turn this group back into a playoff team.
6. Chicago Bulls: Bol Bol
WES HALL: The Bulls haven’t been known for taking big men but this time they couldn’t pass up the chance to snag a guy that could give them some paint presence for the foreseeable future. The only thing they have to monitor are his feet.
NICK ASHOOH: Oh man, this would be a shocker if Bol went this high. The talent is there, but someone his size with foot injuries is a major concern.
7. Atlanta Hawks: Cam Reddish
WES HALL: It was only a matter of time before Reddish found a new home. In Atlanta, he’ll have a ton of fun running with Trae Young and John Collins. Since he felt a little forgotten, he’ll be eager to remind people why he was so coveted by Duke.
NICK ASHOOH: Reddish playing alongside Trae Young means you could get a lot of buckets. Reddish needs to be more consistent, but the pressure is low in Atlanta right now.
8. New Orleans Pelicans: Jaxson Hayes
WES HALL: He’s a long and intense player out of Texas with a football mentality on the court. Good luck to anyone in his path; especially considering he’s going to have to be aggressive to fill the shoes left unfilled after Davis inevitably leaves the Pelicans.
NICK ASHOOH: No where near the talent level of Davis, but Hayes has raw talent. He can protect the rim with that length, and rebound the ball well. Work on his offensive game, and you have a nice young prospect.
9. Boston Celtics (via Memphis): Sekou Doumbouya
WES HALL: Boston is one of those teams that understand how to identify and cultivate talent. Although their season ended prematurely in their eyes, they are looking to strike back with an asset that doesn’t even have to produce immediately.
NICK ASHOOH: Doumbouya is someone the Celtics could depend on down the road. They really don’t even want a lottery pick this summer apparently. Even after a disappointing season, the Celtics still have an embarrassment of riches.
10. Atlanta Hawks (via Dallas): Keldon Johnson
WES HALL: The Hawks are priming themselves to be a genuine threat in the Southeastern Division. Kentucky guys know you can’t get used to people staying around for a long time, but in today’s NBA you have the advantage of building for the future. Good pickup by the Hawks.
NICK ASHOOH: Wes, you love the Hawks a lot more than me. They’re still a couple years off. That being said, they’re stocking up on young talent, and Johnson could add to that with him being the second lottery pick of this draft.
11. Minnesota Timberwolves: Bruno Fernando
WES HALL: The T'wolves are wise to snag Fernando as a backup or sidekick to Karl-Anthony Towns. He brings the size and fearlessness required to be proficient in the paint. He’s not flashy, but he’s most definitely effective.
NICK ASHOOH: He’s a rim runner, and has value in today’s NBA. Fernando will likely play limited minutes early, but could provide some energy off the bench in Minnesota
12. Los Angeles Lakers: Nassir Little
WES HALL: His name is Little and that’s how much time he’ll spend in LA. He’s got a lot of potential and unfortunately that’s what makes him valuable enough to packaged and shipped out.
NICK ASHOOH: GM LeBron will try and bring every star he can to LA after a disaster season. Little brings upside and scoring potential that wasn’t reached at UNC, to whatever team he ends up suiting up for.
13. Boston Celtics (via Sacramento): Rui Hachimura
WES HALL: I don’t know how I feel about this pick because I don’t know how I feel about Boston continuing to rack up talent on that already talented bench. They haven’t really NEEDED anyone in awhile thanks to Brad Stevens’ coaching style, but they can do well by hiding assets from the rest of the league.
NICK ASHOOH: Hachimura would be the second long-term pick up for the Celtics in this draft, which would make sense. A roster already pretty stocked even with key guys hitting free agency means low pressure for these rookies coming in.
14. Charlotte Hornets: Nickeil Alexander-Walker
WES HALL: Charlotte may have just found the steal of the draft. Nickeil can put you in a tornado trying to keep up with his athleticism. IF Kemba leaves it won’t crush the Hornets because this kid has a motor. Opponents beware!
NICK ASHOOH: Great shooter and strong upside. At this point in the draft that’s about what you can hope for late lottery.