The 2019 NBA Draft is upon us!
With the draft lottery in the books, we know the order of the lottery teams and where the biggest stars will land.
Are the New Orleans Pelicans a lock to land Zion Williamson? Is Ja Morant the guard that turns around the Grizzlies? Will R.J. Barrett be the pick for the Knicks at No. 3 or is a trade down in the works? Which trades will go down?
Here’s a look at how the first round of the 2019 NBA Draft could play out, with analysis on the most intriguing picks.
1. New Orleans Pelicans: Zion Williamson, PF, Duke
Williamson will be a good player, but the Pelicans are passing up on the best prospect in this class—Ja Morant.
2. Memphis Grizzlies: Ja Morant, PG, Murray State
Memphis lands the best player in the class.
3. Atlanta Hawks: R.J. Barrett, SG, Duke (TRADE)
We have a trade! In a quest to build the most win-now team possible, the Knicks pass up on Barrett, a prolific scorer with big NBA potential, for a pair of picks (No. 8 and No. 10) from the Hawks.
4. Los Angeles Lakers: De’Andre Hunter, PF, Virginia
Much like the Knicks, the Los Angeles LeBron’s go with less upside here. But don’t discount what Hunter is. We’re looking at a Jimmy Butler-type of defensive asset.
5. Cleveland Cavaliers: Darius Garland, PG, Vanderbilt
6. Phoenix Suns: Sekou Doumbouya, PF, Guinea
7. Chicago Bulls: Cam Reddish, SF, Duke
Chicago continues to add to an intriguing front court with a steal at No. 7. Reddish has some Rashard Lewis to his game.
8. Sacramento Kings: Jason Hayes, C, Texas (TRADE)
The Knicks ship the recently acquired No. 8 pick to the Kings for 25-year-old big man Willie Cauley-Stein. The idea behind it? Cauley-Stein can be a rim protector for any type of team, and won’t need the ball in his hands if stars arrive to New York this summer.
9. Washington Wizards: Jarrett Culver, SG, Texas Tech
10. New York Knicks: Coby White, SG, North Carolina (TRADE)
White could have a slew of open shots if surrounded by superstars grabbing all the attention.
11. Minnesota Timberwolves: Bol Bol, C, Oregon
12. Charlotte Hornets: Romeo Langford, SF, Indiana
13. Miami Heat: Brandon Clarke, PF, Gonzaga
14. Boston Celtics: Nassir Little, SF, UNC
15. Detroit Pistons: PJ Washington, PF, Kentucky
16. Orlando Magic: Tyler Herro, SG, Kentucky
17. Brooklyn Nets: Goga Bitadze, C, Georgia
18. Indiana Pacers: Rui Hachimura, PF, Gonzaga
19. San Antonio Spurs: Talen Horton-Tucker, SF, Iowa State
20. Boston Celtics: Nickeil Alexander-Walker, SG, Virginia Tech
21. Oklahoma City Thunder: Keldon Johnson, SF, Kentucky
22. Boston Celtics: Grant Williams, PF, Tennessee
23. Utah Jazz: Cameron Johnson, PF, North Carolina
24. Philadelphia 76ers: Nicholas Claxton, PF, Georgia
Do-it-all power forward that could develop into a long-term backup for Joel Embiid. Shot-blocking ability is there already.
25. Portland Trail Blazers: Kevin Porter, SG, USC
26. Cleveland Cavaliers: KZ Okpala, SF, Stanford
27. Brooklyn Nets: Admiral Schofield, SF, Tennessee
28. Golden State Warriors: Ty Jerome, SG, Virginia
29. San Antonio Spurs: Mfiondu Kabengele, C, Florida State
30. Milwaukee Bucks: Eric Paschall, PF, Villanova
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