2019 NBA Mock Draft Lottery Simulator 7.0: Ja Morant becomes the PG of the future in New York
2019 NBA Mock Draft Lottery Simulator: Big markets in Top 3?
1. Cleveland: 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: LeBron, Kyrie, and now Zion. Cleveland has the Midas touch when it comes to 1st Overall picks. True, or not, they’re still going to sell a million Williamson jerseys.
2. New York: Ja Morant
NICK ASHOOH: If the Knicks can’t land Williamson, Morant is a great “consolation prize”. It might not end up even being a consolation really, because Morant has a chance to be great as well.
WES HALL: Morant in NY is actually the wisest way to convince free agents that you’re serious about the future. Murray State got a winner in Morant. The Knicks will get a monster.
3. New Orleans: RJ Barrett
NICK ASHOOH: The Pels have been looking for a wing for a while. Barrett is a decent ball-handler but great playmaker who could grow into a star in the right situation. Sure he was inefficient at times in his only season at Duke, but at just 18, he led the ACC in scoring.
WES HALL: RJ can get the Bayou excited again after Anthony Davis vacates the city. As the league continues to favor the more athletic playmakers, this is a win-win for both parties.
4. Phoenix: Darius Garland
NICK ASHOOH: The Suns pull a surprise here, taking Garland higher than a lot of people expected. There’s always one player that jumps, and Monty Williams and his staff want the young point to get in their system now as they try and grow this core.
WES HALL: Voltron is almost complete with the addition of Garland. He’s had some injury issues in the recent past, but he’s young enough to quickly bounce back. He’ll have fun with Booker and co.
5. Chicago: Cam Reddish
NICK ASHOOH: There we some questions about his motivation at times during the year at Duke, but Reddish still has a solid shot, a great base of fundamentals, and let’s be honest, the guy is still really young.
WES HALL: Cam is going to have a lot of fun playing alongside Zach LaVine. Since the Bulls are still rebuilding, he’ll have plenty of time to develop without overall heightened expectations.
6. Atlanta: Jarrett Culver
NICK ASHOOH: Trae Young is the face, but adding Culver to that backcourt gives the Hawks a nice young core to work with.
WES HALL: Atlanta has been quietly building a solid contender for the future. Culver can hurt you on the drive and he plays defense. Things could be looking up for the Hawks.
7. Washington: Coby White
NICK ASHOOH: With Sato a restricted free agent and John Wall possibly out all of next year, going guard is the right move if the Wizards end up at No. 7. White can play both backcourt spots and would bring some added insurance.
WES HALL: Love. This. Pick. This move is not only smart but it’s sexy, too. As a former Tarheel, White’s the kind of guy that’s looking to win on every possession. Wizards win!
8. Memphis: Bol Bol
NICK ASHOOH: His size and shooting ability is what everyone wants in the NBA today. His foot injury is not. Then again, he could just get traded anyway. Memphis decides to pair Bol with Jaren Jackson Jr. to help build their future around two long bigs.
WES HALL: If he’s healthy, then this is great for the Grizz. If not, it has the potential of going ‘Greg Odom’ real quick.
9. Atlanta (via Dallas): Jaxson Hayes
NICK ASHOOH: Add some size to at times pair with John Collins if you’re Atlanta. With Reddish going at No. 7, Hayes makes perfect sense here.
WES HALL: Big, young, and built with a motor are the three best ways to describe Hayes. He’s a Longhorn with long arms. With some guidance, he can make an impact.
10. Minnesota: Bruno Fernando
NICK ASHOOH: Minnesota opts for some rim-running and athleticism here. Some have compared him to Emeka Okafor.
WES HALL: He won’t start for awhile but he will bring some juice to the second unit. If it’s one thing the TWolves need it’s help on the bench.
11. Los Angeles Lakers: Nassir Little
NICK ASHOOH: A two-way athletic forward that will really enjoy hearing his name in trade rumors the minute GM LeBron drafts him and tries to package him in an Anthony Davis trade.
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.
12. Boston (via Sacramento): Rui Hachimura
NICK ASHOOH: Fits the Boston mold as an athletic forward and smart decision maker with a versatile skill set Boston just keeps adding young players because they have a thousand future picks.
WES HALL: Danny Ainge is a genius when it comes to talent evaluation, so whatever he does we just have to trust it. If Danny says Rui can play, then so be it. However, when that will happen is anybody’s guess.
13. Miami: Keldon Johnson
NICK ASHOOH: Solid win/scorer that can also rebound well for his size. Miami overspent on their entire roster so a cheap player that can fill multiple needs is solid for them at No. 13.
WES HALL: Big upside without a big price-tag works for the Heat. They just have to find space on the court for him. Wherever he fits he’s going to show out because that’s what UK guys do.
14. Charlotte: Nickeil Alexander-Walker
NICK ASHOOH: One of the best pure scorers in the 2019 draft. If Kemba is out they could opt for a PG here, or more shooting. You can never have enough shooting in the league today.
WES HALL: Charlotte may have just found the steal of the draft. Nickeil can put in a tornado trying to keep up with his athleticism. Opponents beware!