2019 NBA Mock Draft Lottery Simulator 3.0: Would Zion to Lakers produce a Hollywood ending?
2019 NBA Mock Draft Lottery Simulator: Lakers get Zion?
1. Los Angeles Lakers: Zion Williamson
WES HALL: Bend the knee. What else can I say? Zion Williamson landing in Hollywood with LeBron James is better than what any film producer or new Lakers GM could imagine. It’s almost not fair, seriously.
One thing is for certain; Jack Nicholson will be the only person who can afford Lakers tickets with these two on the court.
NICK ASHOOH: Who says he stays in L.A.? I'm sure New Orleans would love to sell tickets with Zion's face all over them when they trade Anthony Davis to the Lakers to make GM LeBron happy.
2. Atlanta Hawks: RJ Barrett
WES HALL: Trae Young is already running point in Atlanta so with the addition of Barrett to their youthful lineup, the Hawks are doubling down on their commitment to loading up for the future.
NICK ASHOOH: This would throw a wrench in the projected order (yes an early one) that a lot are expecting.
Atlanta doesn't need a PG so it makes sense, but it lets another big name drop.
3. Cleveland Cavaliers: Cam Reddish
WES HALL: The run on Duke players is complete with Reddish landing in Cleveland. They already have an exciting PG in Colin Sexton, and Cam could very well be the piece they can slide right next to him to begin the recovery in “The Land.”
NICK ASHOOH: Just like Atlanta at No. 2, another team not needing a point guard means Ja Morant falls, which makes the next team pretty happy as a consolation prize for losing 1,000 games this past season.
4. New York Knicks: Ja Morant
WES HALL: What better place for a guy with a chip on his shoulder to play than in a city where everyone lives like they have something to prove?
Even though the Knicks spent last season hunting the bottom of the NBA, they still managed to show sparks with Allonzo Trier & Kevin Knox. Those two will welcome Morant to the Big Apple.
NICK ASHOOH: Morant can handle the New York media and they'll embrace his underdog attitude.
He'll be just as exciting above the rim as Zion too.
5. Phoenix Suns: De'Andre Hunter
WES HALL: The Suns add another youthful body to a team already chock full of it. Now, if they could only find someone to harness and channel all of it, then they might be on the right track.
NICK ASHOOH: Hunter isn't flashy, but does a lot well. The Suns have a ton of untapped potential, but also are just plain young. This is the type of pick that at least gives you a winner who also is willing to fill multiple roles.
6. Chicago Bulls: Jarrett Culver
WES HALL: With Zach Lavine still dunking on everyone who enters "Second City", the Bulls are wise to get a solid, energetic backup for him. Culver brings speed and a nose for the ball that the Bulls could really use on defense.
NICK ASHOOH: Culver's stock continued to rise during Texas Tech's run through the tournament. Defense and a guy coming from a winning culture is a big get for the Bulls in this spot.
7. Washington Wizards: Coby White
WES HALL: John Wall isn't likely to return to the court until the 2020-2021 season. It hurts, but it’s a reality Wizards fans have to embrace.
White, however, is someone the fans should wrap both arms around because he’s got a motor, and since he’s a Tar Heel he’s not going to disappear on the big stage.
Good pick for the Wizards!
NICK ASHOOH: This brings insurance for Wall's lingering injuries, but also depth when Wall comes back into the fold. White can play both guard spots, and that's exactly what the Wizards need more of... versatility.
8. New Orleans Pelicans: Jaxson Hayes
WES HALL: Anthony Davis is gone; soon or sooner.
Enter Jaxson Hayes. He’s long, aggressive, and his name has an X in it.
Hopefully he can try to fill in the crater left behind by Davis. It will take some time, but there is hope.
NICK ASHOOH: No one is filling Davis' role. That being said, you have to start somewhere. David Griffin has a lot on his plate this summer, and their pick here is just the very beginning.
9. Boston Celtics: Sekou Doumbouya
WES HALL: Does Boston NEED Sekou? No.
Then why take him? It’s simple… you can store him until you need him.
Brad Stevens and Danny Ainge are sterling talent developers so by the time you see Sekou and his 6-9frame he’ll be ready.
NICK ASHOOH: It starts with being able to pronounce his name. Once that's taken care of, the Celtics need to see how long it takes for Doumbouya to get meaningful minutes.
Lucky for them, they have bevy of first-round picks coming to an already deep and talented roster.
10. Atlanta Hawks: Bol Bol
WES HALL: Bol Bol completes the young trio for the Hawks future. We know he can shoot, but my only concern is his feet. Injuries can easily redirect a career so it would behoove the Hawks to make sure he can stand the test of 82 games.
NICK ASHOOH: At least in Atlanta, they're in a low-pressure situation. The Hawks can bring Bol along slowly and make sure he's taken care of by an elite training staff.
11. Minnesota Timberwolves: Brandon Clarke
WES HALL: Who couldn’t use a PF that has bounce, a passion for rebounding, and can shoot. Since the T-Wolves already have big cat down low in Karl Anthony-Towns, Clarke could spend some time behind Taj Gibson while learning how to stretch the floor
NICK ASHOOH: The Timberwolves are still so young, and a late lottery pick means they're looking for a depth guy. Clarke isn't filling a major hole, he's bringing energy to a bench and hoping to get some spot minutes early on.
12. Boston Celtics: Darius Garland
WES HALL: Kyrie is gone gone! That makes room for the Vanderbilt PG to jump in line to replace him. Depending on the Terry Rozier contract situation, that line could get shorter sooner than we expect.
All he has to do is stay healthy.
NICK ASHOOH: Well if you're buying into my theory Wes that Kyrie, Kevin Durant and Anthony Davis can all end up in NYC with the Knicks, this makes sense.
If he stays though, he could end up being the replacement for Terry Rozier, who likely will get more money elsewhere.
13. Miami Heat: Kevin Porter Jr.
WES HALL: Dwayne Wade has ridden off into the South Beach sunset and he will be missed. However, the game goes on and the SG from USC is out to prove the PAC-12 still has some talent stored away that should be respected when seen.
NICK ASHOOH: A lot of talent, but a lot of talk about how he is as a locker room guy. Sometimes though it takes a young guy being in a big boy culture to grow up.
This could work.
14. Charlotte Hornets: Romeo Langford
WES HALL: If, by some Christmas miracle, the Hornets manage to keep and pay Kemba Walker, then Romeo Langford may just have found his Juliet of a team. The Hornets would love to add some more off-ball talent to add to the likes of Jeremy Lamb and Miles Bridges.
NICK ASHOOH: I see what you did there. Well done. Also corny. That being said, Kemba is gone, so he'll be more than just a Juliet.