Here is our 2nd edition of the 2019 NBA Mock Draft. Click the link below to see our 1st edition:
The NBA Withdrawal Deadline was just last week which means that we know which players decided to remain in this year’s draft. (You can listen to the breakdown of the deadline and a full recap from our guys on the Tank You NBA Draft Podcast here.)
It’s starting to become a little clearer which players teams are targeting specifically, but the mock drafts are still just a guessing game for the most part given how much of a mystery the NBA Draft is. With that being said, we do the best we can to predict the picks based off of team needs and the talent of the players we have scouted.
Here is our 2nd version of the 2019 NBA Mock Draft:
Most of the players’ names are linked to their scouting report page so be sure to click on their name to read more about their game.
1. New Orleans Pelicans – Zion Williamson
Like we said last time, there is not much that has to be said here. He’s the best player in this draft by a large margin. Take care of him New Orleans.
2. Memphis Grizzlies – Ja Morant
Mike Conley is still under that massive contract with the Grizzlies for 2 more years (player option in the 2nd). With that being said, it’s still hard not to imagine the Grizzlies taking a chance on Ja, who seems to unanimously be known as the 2nd best prospect among NBA teams.
3. New York Knicks – RJ Barrett
This seems like a trading spot for the Knicks, but if they keep it, they probably go best player available and that seems to be RJ Barrett.
4. Los Angeles Lakers – Darius Garland
Rumors have been flying with the possibility of Darius Garland landing on the Lakers. While we at Basketball Society see this as a bit of a reach, the Lakers need a scoring guard to pair with Lonzo. If they keep this pick, Garland does make some sense.
5. Cleveland Cavaliers – Jarrett Culver
The Cavs have a lot of work to do with their roster. Collin Sexton was a solid start. If they can land Jarrett Culver here, it’d be a fantastic value pick.
6. Phoenix Suns – Coby White
The Suns BADLY need a point guard. While a true point guard who will defend seems like the best route, Coby White is the best point guard you’ll get without a doubt if both Morant and Garland are off the board.
7. Chicago Bulls – DeAndre Hunter
Hunter might not fall this far in the draft, but if he does it’s unlikely that they’ll let him pass. He cemented himself as a top 10 pick following his Tournament play.
8. Atlanta Hawks – Cam Reddish
Although he had a tough season shooting the rock, Cam Reddish has a very unique talent. He’ll have a lot of work to do when he gets to the league, but there isn’t a better location than Atlanta where he’ll have Trae Young and plenty of spacing.
9. Washington Wizards – Bol Bol
With John Wall out next season and Bradley Beal likely being shipped elsewhere, the timeline has to once again change for the Wizards. Time to take a chance on someone like Bol Bol who has one of the highest ceilings of any of the prospects in the draft.
10. Atlanta Hawks (via Dallas) – Jaxson Hayes
The obvious need is a center for the Hawks with their 2nd pick. Goga Bitadze is a realistic choice here, but Hayes might end up translating as the better compliment to John Collins. A lineup of Trae Young, Kevin Huerter, Cam Reddish, and Jaxson Hayes is so attractive for the future.
11. Minnesota Timberwolves – Rui Hachimura
Brandon Clarke would make a lot more sense here, but it’s been rumored that Rui Hachimura was given a draft promise from the Timberwolves. It sounds like he’ll be their pick here at 11.
12. Charlotte Hornets – Nassir Little
Nassir Little has great potential on defense. His offense is a different story. Little is much of a question mark, but could be a nice compliment to the young core of Monk, Bacon, and Bridges.
13. Miami Heat – Brandon Clarke
Just imagine a front-court of Bam Adebayo and Brandon Clarke…
14. Boston Celtics (via Sacramento Kings) – Nickeil Alexander-Walker
Justise Winslow seems like the point guard of the future for the Heat with J-Rich at the 3. Throw NAW in there as a shooter who can also take some ball handling responsibilities from Winslow if needed and you have an even brighter future.
15. Detroit Pistons – Romeo Langford
Romeo Langford is supremely skilled and has the potential to be an offensive savant. While Reggie Jackson is the current point guard, the idea of a Langford/Bruce Brown backcourt could be quite good in the future.
16. Orlando Magic – Keldon Johnson
Keldon Johnson at 16 would be quite a steal for the Magic. He’s still just 19 years old and showed us a lot at Kentucky. The Magic showed tons of promise this past year, but need a little help offensively.
17. Brooklyn Nets – Kevin Porter Jr.
The Nets had a very promising season and will want to continue to build their young core. Kevin Porter Jr. had an odd year, but still has unbelievable talent and the quickest crossover we’ve seen from a college freshman in some time.
18. Indiana Pacers – Cam Johnson
With Victor Oladipo’s recovery going better than expected, the Pacers are going to want to draft someone who can contribute right away. Cam Johnson will be able to provide a 3 point game that isn’t matched by many prospects in this draft.
19. San Antonio Spurs – Goga Bitadze
Goga has been impressing many teams with his play and workouts lately. He’s skyrocketed up boards and the Spurs are always a team to get a steal like this one.
20. Boston Celtics (via Los Angeles Clippers) – Grant Williams
He’s a 2 time SEC Player of the Year with one of the highest IQs in this draft. There’s some concerns of how his game will translate to the NBA, but he’s someone who will probably just figure it out.
21. Oklahoma City Thunder – Matisse Thybulle
Another rumor we’ve heard is that Thybulle has received a draft promise from the Thunder. If he falls this far, he won’t pass the Thunder.
22. Boston Celtics – Sekou Doumbouya
While this would be the 3rd pick in the 1st round for the Celtics and they are unlikely to use all 3, Sekou could be a fantastic edition if they do. He has the chance to be a vital 3 and D player for a team in the future.
23. Utah Jazz – Admiral Schofield
Following a phenomenal career in Tennessee, Admiral Schofield moves onto the NBA with a lot of promise. He’ll be able to help a contending team right away.
24. Philadelphia 76ers – Tyler Herro
Tyler Herro’s shot is picture perfect. His FT% in college is very indicative of future success from beyond the 3-point arc.
25. Portland Trail Blazers – PJ Washington
PJ Washington probably won’t fall this far in the draft, but if he does he would be a PERFECT fit in Portland. They lacked a big who could provide a similar impact as Draymond while also not being able to stop Green himself. PJ could be that player.
26. Cleveland Cavaliers (via Houston Rockets) – Bruno Fernando
The Cavs got Collin Sexton last year and if they get Jarrett Culver with their first pick then Bruno Fernando makes sense as their second one. Cleveland has been lacking a promising and young big for quite some time.
27. Brooklyn Nets (via Denver Nuggets) – Luguentz Dort
Although we had Dort being drafted a lot higher in the last version, it seems that the market for him is not as popular as we’d originally thought.
28. Golden State Warriors – Mfiondu Kabengele
Kabengele was awesome at Florida State particularly late last season and deserves to be a first round pick. If he could fall this far to the draft and get selected by the Warriors, it would be such an ideal situation for him.
29. San Antonio Spurs (via Toronto Raptors) – Iggy Brazdeikis
Iggy Brazdeikis has all of the offensive tools to succeed in the NBA, but what he needs is the right organization to get him on the right path. The Spurs are that organization.
30. Milwaukee Bucks – Daniel Gafford
Brook Lopez is a free agent as well as Nikola Mirotic. The Bucks will need a big and it might be the right route to go through the draft and to grab someone like Daniel Gafford.