With the 2019 NBA draft just a few days away, I wanted to go back and revisit the last couple of drafts and redo them the way I think they should've gone. I decided to re-draft the first 20 picks from the 2016, 2017, and 2018 drafts. The 2016 draft was by far the hardest re-draft with a lot of picks already looking like busts. The 2016 draft class was so week that I had 4 UDFAs make the top-20. The 2017 draft looks to be the strongest with players such as Donovan Mitchell, De'Aaron Fox, Jayson Tatum, and Lauri Markkanen possibly becoming future all-stars, but #1 pick Markelle Fultz already looks like a potential bust. The biggest risers from their original spots include Mitchell Robinson, Kyle Kuzma, Malcolm Brogdon, and Pascal Siakam. Some busts include Frank Ntilikina, Dragan Bender, and Marquese Chriss.
2018 NBA Re-draft
1. Dallas Mavericks- Luka Doncic (3rd Overall)
Original Pick: DeAndre Ayton
2. Sacramento Kings- Jaren Jackson Jr. (4th Overall)
Original Pick: Marvin Bagley
3. Atlanta Hawks- Trae Young (5th Overall)
Original Pick: Luka Doncic (traded to Atlanta for Trae Young)
4. Memphis Grizzlies- DeAndre Ayton (1st Overall)
Original Pick: Jaren Jackson Jr.
5. Dallas Mavericks- Marvin Bagley (2nd Overall)
Original Pick: Trae Young (traded to Atlanta for Luka Doncic)
6. Orlando Magic- Shai Gilgeous-Alexander (11th Overall)
Original Pick: Mo Bamba
7. Chicago Bulls- Wendell Carter Jr (7th Overall)
Original Pick: Wendell Carter Jr.
8. Cleveland Cavaliers- Collin Sexton (8th Overall)
Original Pick: Collin Sexton
9. New York Knicks- Mitchell Robinson (36th Overall)
Original Pick: Kevin Knox
10. Philadelphia- Kevin Huerter (19th Overall)
Original Pick: Mikal Bridges (Traded to Phoenix)
11. Charlotte- Michael Porter Jr. (14th Overall)
Original Pick: Shai Gilgeous-Alexander (Traded to L.A. Clippers)
12. L.A. Clippers- Mikal Bridges
Original Pick: Miles Bridges (Traded to Charlotte)
13. LA Clippers- Landry Shamet (26th Overall)
Original Pick: Jerome Robinson
14. Denver Nuggets- Kevin Knox (9th Overall)
Original Pick: Michael Porter Jr.Jr.
15. Washington Wizards- Mo Bamba (6th Overall)
Original Pick: Troy Brown
16. Phoenix Suns- Miles Bridges (12th Overall)
Original Pick: Zhaire Smith
17. Milwaukee- Rodions Kurucs (40th Overall)
Original Pick: Donte Divincenzo
18. San Antonio- Troy Brown Jr. (15th Overall)
Original Pick: Lonnie Walker IV
19. Atlanta- Josh Okogie (20th Overall)
Original Pick: Kevin Huerter
20. Minnesota- Donte Divincenzo (17th Overall)
Original Pick: Josh Okogie
1. Zhaire Smith (16th Overall)
2. Lonnie Walker (19th Overall)
3. Grayson Allen (21st Overall)
4. Jalen Brunson (33rd Overall)
5. Jerome Robinson (13th Overall)
1. Mitchell Robinson +27
2. Rodions Kurucs +23
3. Landry Shamet +13
4. Kevin Huerter +9
5. Shai Gilgeous-Alexander +5
2017 NBA Re-draft
1. Philadelphia- Donovan Mitchell (13th Overall)
Original Pick: Markelle Fultz
2. LA Lakers- Jayson Tatum (3rd Overall)
Original Pick: Lonzo Ball
3. Boston- De'Aaron Fox (5th Overall)
Original Pick: Jayson Tatum
4. Phoenix- Kyle Kuzma (27th Overall)
Original Pick: Josh Jackson
5. Sacramento- Lauri Markkanen (7th Overall)
Original Pick: De'Aaron Fox
6. Orlando- John Collins (19th Pick)
Original Pick: Jonathan Isaac
7. Minnesota- Lonzo Ball (2nd Pick)
Original Pick: Lauri Markkanen (Traded to Chicago)
8. New York Knicks- Jonathan Isaac (6th Overall)
Original Pick: Frank Ntilikina
9. Dallas- Josh Jackson (4th Overall)
Original Pick: Dennis Smith Jr.
10. Sacramento- Bam Adebayo (14th Overall)
Original Pick: Zach Collins (Traded to Portland)
11. Charlotte- Dennis Smith Jr.
Original Pick: Malik Monk
12. Detroit- Jarrett Allen (22nd Overall)
Original Pick: Luke Kennard
13. Denver- Josh Hart (30th Overall)
Original Pick: Donovan Mitchell (Traded to Utah)
14. Miami- Derrick White (29th Overall)
Original Pick: Bam Adebayo
15. Portland- OG Anunoby (23rd Overall)
Original Pick: Justin Jackson (Traded to Sacramento)
16. Chicago- Markelle Fultz (1st Overall)
Original Pick: Justin Patton (Traded to Minnesota)
17. Milwaukee- Zach Collins (10th Overall)
Original Pick: D.J. Wilson
18. Indiana- Terrance Ferguson (21st Overall)
Original Pick: T.J. Leaf
19. Atlanta- Sterling Brown (46th Overall)
Original Pick: John Collins
20. Portland- Luke Kennard (12th Overall)
Original Pick: Harry Giles (Traded to Sacramento)
1. Monte Morris (51st Overall)
2. D.J. Wilson (17th Overall)
3. Thomas Bryant (42nd Overall)
4. Harry Giles (20th Overall)
5. Malik Monk (11th Overall)
1. Sterling Brown +27
2. Kyle Kuzma +23
3. Josh Hart +17
4. Derrick White +15
5. John Collins +13
2016 NBA Re-draft
1. Philadelphia- Ben Simmons (1st Overall)
Original Pick: Ben Simmons
2. L.A. Lakers- Jamal Murray (7th Overall)
Original Pick: Brandon Ingram
3. Boston- Malcolm Brogdon (36th Overall)
Original Pick: Jaylen Brown
4. Phoenix- Pascal Siakam (27th Overall)
Original Pick: Dragan Bender
5. Minnesota- Brandon Ingram (2nd Overall)
Original Pick: Kris Dunn
6. New Orleans- Buddy Hield (6th Overall)
Original Pick: Buddy Hield
7. Denver- Jaylen Brown (3rd Overall)
Original Pick: Jamal Murray
8. Sacramento- Caris LeVert (20th Overall)
Original Pick: Marquese Chriss (Traded to Phoenix)
9. Toronto- Fred VanVleet (Undrafted)
Original Pick: Jakob Poltl
10. Milwaukee- Domantas Sabonis (11th Overall)
Original Pick: Thon Maker
11. Orlando Magic: DeJounte Murray (29th Overall)
Original Pick: Domantas Sabonis (Traded to OKC)
12. Utah Jazz- Malik Beasley (19th Overall)
Original Pick: Taurean Prince (Traded to Atlanta)
13. Phoenix Suns- Kris Dunn (5th Overall)
Original Pick: Georgios Papagiannis (Traded to Sacramento)
14. Chicago- Taurean Prince (12th Overall)
Original Pick: Denzel Valentine
15. Denver- Jakob Poltl (9th Overall)
Original Pick: Juan Hernangomez
16. Boston- Alex Caruso (Undrafted)
Original: Guerschon Yabusele
17. Memphis- Bryn Forbes (Undrafted)
Original: Wade Baldwin
18. Detroit- Juan Hernangomez (15th Overall)
Original: Henry Ellenson
19. Denver- Dorian Finney-Smith (Undrafted)
Original: Malik Beasley
20. Indiana- DeAndre Bembry (21st Overall)
Original: Caris LeVert (Traded to Brooklyn)
1. Derrick Jones Jr. (Undrafted)
2. Yogi Ferrell (Undrafted)
3. Ryan Arcidiacono (Undrafted)
4. Jake Layman (47th Overall)
5. Denzel Valentine (14th Overall)
1. Malcolm Brogdon +33
2. Pascal Siakam +23
3. DeJounte Murray +18
4. Caris LeVert +12
5. Bryn Forbes, Alex Caruso, Dorian Finney-Smith, Fred VanVleet (Undrafted)
2019 NBA Mock Draft (Updated)
The Los Angeles Lakers and New Orleans Pelicans have agreed to terms on a trade sending Anthony Davis to the Lakers in return for Brandon Ingram, Lonzo Ball, Josh Hart, and three first-rounders. Before trading for Anthony Davis, the Lakers, according to Sportsline, were predicted to win 42.4 games this season with a 54% chance at making the playoffs. After making the trade, the Lakers are now predicted to win 50.6 games next season with a 96.9% chance of making the playoffs. The Lakers went from the projected #8 seed in the West to now being projected #3. According to SportsLine, the trade increases the Lakers win% by 10% (51.7% to 61.7%) while also increasing their championship odds by 6.0% (0.4% to 6.4%). That is even with the assumption that Davis misses at least 10 games next season.
I think the trade is a win-win. The Lakers were able to get one of the best players in the league in Anthony Davis, while keeping a big piece in Kyle Kuzma. The Lakers are in win now mode, and this trade certainly helps their chances at a championship with the SportsLine odds as evidence. With both Klay Thompson and Kevin Durant both possibly missing all of next season for the Warriors (both are Free Agents and could leave as well), the West is a lot more open for teams such as the Lakers. The Pelicans, meanwhile, gain some very valuable assets in their rebuild. Ingram, although currently dealing with health concerns (blood clot in right arm), is still just 21 years-old after being the #2 selection in the 2016 NBA Draft and has some star potential. Josh Hart is a solid role player, and Lonzo Ball can possibly be the Pelicans PG of the future or even a trade asset. The Pelicans will build around #1 pick Zion Williamson and now have several solid pieces around him.
One of the first-rounders included is this year's #4 pick which will shake up the beginning of the draft. There are several scenarios that can play out which will affect what the pelicans do at #4. The Pelicans can possibly try to repackage Lonzo Ball and select Garland at 4, or they might decide Lonzo is their point guard and draft Jarrett Culver or De'Andre Hunter. I think the Pelicans are now going to go with De'Andre Hunter at #4. The Suns could be winners of the Davis trade with the possibility of Darius Garland now falling to them at #6.
Manute Bol's son, Bol, is probably the biggest question mark of the draft with his foot injury. Bol could end up going anywhere in the first-round depending on team's medicals. I have the Charlotte Hornets surprising many by snagging Bol in the lottery at #12. The Hornets, who have not had recent success in the lottery, could be intrigued by a 7'2 power forward with 3-point range. Among the lottery selections, I think Nassir Little has the highest likelihood to be a bust. At just 6'6, Little is caught in between positions and will need to shoot the ball better from behind the arc than he showed in his Freshman season (27%). I would compare Little to Stanley Johnson, who looks like a bust himself after going 8th overall in the 2015 draft. Sekou Doumbouya and Bol Bol (if he does go in the lottery) are boom-or-bust players. Doumbouya is coming from the French Pro A league and hasn't faced athleticism like he will in the NBA, and Bol Bol comes with the aforementioned injury risk. A player that I am higher on then most is Purdue PG Carsen Edwards, who I have mocked to Utah at pick #23. Edwards, although undersized, is a walking bucket. Edwards dropped 42 points twice in the NCAA tournament and can be a very good NBA player if he is drafted by the right team.
The devastating Kevin Durant Achilles injury is going to send ripples throughout the league, starting with the NBA Draft. Teams that were planning to go after Durant in Free Agency might have to draft day trades to land a star player. Don't be surprised if a lot of deals go down on the draft, but this is how I would mock the draft as it stands today. The NBA season is almost over, but remember if you are interested in gambling and fantasy advice for all major sports remember to visit SportsLine.
1. New Orleans- Zion Williamson/ Fr. Forward (Duke)
Thoughts: This pick is a no-brainer. With Anthony Davis most likely on the way out, Zion Williamson will become the face of the franchise as soon as he is drafted.
2. Memphis- Ja Morant/ So. Point Guard (Murray State)
Thoughts: Morant put up ridiculous numbers this past season (24.5 PPG/ 5.7 RPG/ 10.0 APG). This pick would most likely mean that Mike Conley is on his way out of Memphis and could be a candidate to be moved on draft day. I see Morant as having a Damian Lillard type of impact in the future. The Grizzlies have a long way to go in terms of their rebuild but would have several solid pieces with Morant and Jaren Jackson Jr.
3. New York Knicks- RJ Barrett/ Fr. Small Forward (Duke)
Thoughts: Unless the Knicks trade this pick, Barrett should be the Knicks selection at #3. Barrett has made it known that he wants to be a Knick and with the Knicks not likely to land Anthony Davis at this time, he should be a Knick on draft day. R.J. Barrett must improve his range at the next level and compares to a left-handed DeMar DeRozan at this stage.
4. (Updated) New Orleans (From L.A. Lakers)- De'Andre Hunter/ RS So. Small Forward (Virginia)
Thoughts: The Pelicans can now focus on their future after finally completing the Anthony Davis trade. The Pelicans are going to build around Zion, and De'Andre Hunter is an excellent piece to add in their rebuild. The future looks bright with Zion, Brandon Ingram, De'Andre Hunter, Josh Hart, Lonzo Ball, Jrue Holiday, and several more first-rounders and pick-swaps from the Lakers.
(Original) Darius Garland/ Fr. Point Guard (Vanderbilt)
Thoughts: This is where things become very interesting. I believe that the Lakers ultimately end up trading this pick. If the Lakers do keep this pick, I would expect Darius Garland to be the choice. Garland, who only played 5 games before going down with a knee injury, offers a higher upside than some other players at this position.
5. Cleveland- Jarrett Culver/ So. Guard (Texas Tech)
Thoughts: Although Culver's 3-point shooting dropped his Sophomore season (30% 3P% in 2018), Culver is a supreme athlete that has more ball-handling skills than De'Andre Hunter. Culver averaged 18.5 PPG as a Sophomore and could mesh well with PG Collin Sexton in John Beilein's first season as the Cavs' Head Coach. With a team that is not in position to win anything now, the Cavaliers should look at moving Kevin Love this summer for the right price.
6. (Updated) Phoenix- Darius Garland/ Fr. Point Guard (Vanderbilt)
Thoughts: The Suns are in dire need of a point guard. With the Pelicans now owning the #4 pick, it looks as if there is a good chance that Darius Garland falls to the Suns. The Suns add an excellent shooting PG to complement Devin Booker and DeAndre Ayton.
(Original) Coby White/ Fr. Point Guard (North Carolina)
Thoughts: The Suns need a Point Guard to pair with Devin Booker and last year's No. 1 overall pick DeAndre Ayton. Coby White is a scoring PG, but he has above average passing and handling abilities. Roy Williams has even stated that Coby White is the best scorer that he's had at the point, which is very high praise from a Hall of Fame coach. The Suns would love for Garland to fall to them but opt to select White with Garland gone at 4. De'Andre Hunter might be higher on most team's draft boards, but he is very similar to Mikal Bridges and not as big of a need. (I wouldn't be shocked if the Suns end up being part of an Anthony Davis trade to the Lakers to land a point guard.)
7. (Updated) Chicago- Coby White/ Fr. Point Guard (North Carolina)
Thoughts: Chicago adds yet another scoring guard in White. It will be interesting to see how White would mesh with Zach LaVine with both players not afraid to shoot the ball.
(Original)Cam Reddish/ Fr. Small Forward (Duke)
Thoughts: Reddish, the third option for Duke last season, is more of a projection at this point. At 6'8, Reddish has the prototypical size of an NBA Small Forward. Reddish has a good looking 3-point stroke but was largely inconsistent from downtown (33% 3P%). With Reddish, the Bulls would be pairing upside with Lauri Markkanen and Wendell Carter Jr.
8. (Updated) Atlanta- Cam Reddish/ Fr. Small Forward (Duke)
Thoughts: Reddish is more of a project than most of these other top-10 selections. Reddish flashed All-Star potential at times for Duke last season, but he faded away far too often last season for the Blue Devils. The Hawks, who are still rebuilding, can afford to take a risk on a player with immense upside like Reddish.
(Original) De'Andre Hunter/ RS So. Small Forward (Virginia)
Thoughts: Hunter came up clutch for Virginia in the National Championship, scoring 22 points in the second half and overtime en route to a career-high 27 points. Hunter is more of a spot up 3-point shooter at this point, but he is an excellent defender. Hunter takes the place of Taurean Prince who was dealt to Brooklyn in exchange for the 17th pick and Allen Crabbe. The Hawks are going to build this team around PG Trae Young, and Hunter would be a solid addition. The Hawks are projected to finish the season with 36.0 wins according to pre-draft simulations. Adding a shooter and defender like De'Andre Hunter can help the Hawks exceed this projection. The Southeast is likely the most wide-open division heading into 2019, and I wouldn't be surprised to see the Hawks topping expectations.
9. Washington- Sekou Doumbouya Small Forward (France)
Thoughts: Doumbouya broke out in 2016 after averaging 25 points at the FIBA U18 European Championship at just 15 years-old. Doumbouya missed most of this season due to injury, but he recently put up a career-high 34 points for Ligomes on May 18th. Doumbouya has all the traits to be a successful pro, but he is also a big risk like many other European prospects. According to a video posted posted by ESPN's NBA Draft Analyst Mike Schmitz on twitter, Doumbouya knocked down 15 threes in a row.
10. Atlanta (From Dallas)- Jaxson Hayes/ Fr. Center (Texas)
Thoughts: Hayes went from averaging 1.1 PPG in 7.1 minutes as a High School Junior to an NBA lottery selection in just two seasons. Hayes who still needs to refine his offensive skills could be a very good pair with Hawk's PF John Collins. Hayes doesn't quite have the touch of former Texas Center Jarrett Allen, but he has the potential to make a similar defensive impact right away.
11. Minnesota- Nassir Little/ Fr. Small Forward (North Carolina)
Thoughts: Little was the MVP of both the McDonald's All-American Game and the Jordan Brand Classic, but he struggled as a Freshman at North Carolina. Little shot just 26.9% from 3-point range last season, but he has an NBA build and athleticism. The T-Wolves opt for upside with Little at 11.
12. Charlotte- Bol Bol/ Fr. Power Forward (Oregon)
Thoughts: Bol Bol, Manute's son, is a bit of an enigma at 7'2 208 and after missing most of his Freshman season due to injury. Bol is rail thin and his foot injury could scare off teams. Foot injuries like Bol's can linger for a while, as we saw with Joel Embiid a few years ago. Bol averaged 21.0 PPG and 9.6 RPG in the few games he played last season, and those numbers warrant a possible lottery selection. The Hornets have been in the lottery a lot recently with little success since selecting Kemba Walker No. 9 in 2011. Malik Monk, Frank Kaminsky, Noah Vonleh, Cody Zeller, and Michael Kidd-Gilchrist all look like duds at this point. The Hornets will look to turn things around with Bol Bol.
13. Miami- P.J. Washington/ So. Forward (Kentucky)
Thoughts: Washington began to show much improved range (42.3% 3P%) in a much-improved Sophomore season. Washington is a player that really benefited from returning to school and looks to be a lottery selection after being a fringe first-round prospect last season. Washington would be an immediate upgrade over Kelly Olynick and could be a key frontcourt piece along with Bam Adebayo for years to come with the Heat trying their hardest to move on from Center Hassan Whiteside and his huge contract.
14. Boston (From Sacramento)- Brandon Clarke/ RS JR. Power Forward (Gonzaga)
Thoughts: Brandon Clarke was outstanding in his one season at Gonzaga after transferring in from San Jose State. Despite measuring in with just a 6'8 ¼ wingspan at 6'8 ¼ at the NBA Combine, Clarke managed to block 3.2 shots per game last season. That is an amazing testament to Clarke's athleticism and timing. Clarke can make an immediate impact with the Celtics and is a player that I compare to John Collins despite a little shorter.
15. Detroit- Rui Hachimura/ Jr. Forward (Gonzaga)
Thoughts: Hachimura, whose Mother is Japanese and father is from Benin, came to Gonzaga from Japan a couple of seasons ago knowing very little English. Hachimura is the latest in a long line of international success stories under Gonzaga HC Mark Few, who recruits international talent perhaps better than anyone. Hachimura improved each year he was in Spokane and finished last season averaging 19.7 PPG and 6.5 RPG as a Junior. Despite shooting over 40 percent from 3-point range last season, Hachimura is more of a mid-range specialist.
16. Orlando- Romeo Langford/ Fr. Shooting Guard (Indiana)
Thoughts: Langford, a 5-star recruit, came to Indiana surrounded by a tremendous amount of hype. Langford was hampered by a thumb injury throughout the season and it showed in his 3-point shooting (27.2% 3P%). Langford has elite measurables with a 6'11 wingspan and an innate scoring ability (16.5 PPG). The Magic have gone upside the last two drafts with Mo Bamba and Jonathan Isaac and continue this trend with Langford. The Pre-Draft projections have the Magic finishing with 31 wins this season after ending last season with 42. I don't think Langford would be a major contributor right away, but I expect the Magic to exceed 31 wins, especially if they are able to re-sign Nikola Vucevic. Romeo Langford would ease the loss of SG Terrence Ross if he were to bolt in free agency.
17. Atlanta (From Brooklyn)- Cameron Johnson/ RS Sr. Small Forward (North Carolina)
Thoughts: Johnson is the best 3-point shooter in this draft. After graduating from Pitt in just three seasons, Johnson transferred to UNC with two years of eligibility and impressed in both of his seasons in Chapel Hill. Pairing Johnson with Kevin Huerter and De'Andre Hunter could make the Hawks one of the best 3-point shooting teams in the NBA. Johnson would be a very solid piece on a young Hawks' roster.
18. Indiana- Nickeil Alexander-Walker/ So. Shooting Guard (Virginia Tech)
Thoughts: Alexander-Walker, the cousin of L.A. Clipper's young star and first-round pick last season Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, had a big Sophomore season after an uneven Freshman season. He would fit well alongside Victor Oladipo in the Pacers' offense. With the possibility of losing Bojan Bogdanovic in Free Agency, Alexander-Walker offers the scoring skills to replace some of his production.
19. San Antonio- Goga Bitadze/ Center (Georgia Europe)
Thoughts: Bitadze is from Georgia- the European country not the U.S. state. The Spurs scouting department has had success with finding international talent and land a player in Bitadze with lots of helium heading into the draft.
Thoughts: Herro is not just a 3-point shooter like many think. Herro is a scorer, who can finish with "jelly" around the rim. Herro's combine measurements were not particularly impressive, but he has apparently been impressive in workouts.
21. OKC- Kevin Porter/Fr. Shooting Guard (USC)
Thoughts: Porter has elite athleticism but didn't truly get to display his talent after missing time due to both injury and suspension during his Freshman season. Porter can go in the lottery because of his potential and probably wouldn't fall past this pick. The Thunder land a supreme athlete with several question marks in back-to-back years after getting Hamidou Diallo in the second-round last season.
22. Boston- Keldon Johnson/ Fr. Small Forward (Kentucky)
Thoughts: Johnson has a relentless motor and is perhaps the fiercest competitor in this draft class. Johnson hit 38% of his 3-pointers in his lone season in college, but his hustle might be his calling card as a pro. Johnson would join his college teammate and projected #20 pick, Tyler Herro, if the draft plays out this way.
23. Utah- Carsen Edwards/ Jr. Point Guard (Purdue)
Thoughts: Edwards put up video game numbers in Purdue's run to the Elite 8 this season. Although just 6'0 tall, Edwards can light it up from deep and even get up for some highlight reel dunks. Utah is rumored to be moving on from Ricky Rubio this offseason, and Edwards is an experienced player who can provide immediate production. A Carsen Edwards/Donovan Mitchell backcourt could be very fun to watch.
24. Philadelphia- Mfioundu Kabengele/ So. Power Forward (Florida State)
Thoughts: Kabengele, the nephew of Dikembe Mutombo, impressed at the combine when measuring in at 6'10 256 lbs with a 7'3 wingspan. Kabengele has shown the ability to hit the long ball, shooting 36.9% from deep this year. Kabengele averaged 24.5 PPG and 11.0 RPG Per 40 this season. He can learn quite a bit as Joel Embiid's understudy in Philadelphia.
25. Portland- KZ Okpala/ So. Small Forward (Stanford)
Thoughts: Okpala, like Kabengele, has elite measurables at 6'9 with a 7'2 wingspan. Okpala is incredibly raw but produced (16.8 PPG) as the focal point of Stanford's offense. Okpala had the tendency to dribble the ball too much at Stanford and will greatly benefit playing off ball with Damian Lillard at the point
26. Cleveland (From Houston)- Bruno Fernando/ So. Center (Maryland)
Thoughts: Tristan Thompson and Larry Nance are solid big men, but the Cavs are still lacking plenty of production down low. Fernando doesn't offer much offensive help down low but can provide a similar defensive impact to Thompson who enters Free Agency in 2020.
27. Brooklyn (From Denver)- Ty Jerome/ Jr. Point Guard (Virginia)
Thoughts: D'Angelo Russell is entering restricted Free Agency, and the Nets might let him walk if his price demands are too steep or if they land Kyrie Irving and decide to let Russell walk. Jerome, a New York native, has range and finished around the hoop better than any other guard in the country while leading Virginia to a National Championship. Pre-Draft projections have the Nets winning 40.1 games next season and if the Nets add an experienced guard like Jerome in the draft and a big-name Free Agent, they should certainly exceed those projections next season. Don't be surprised when the Nets finish in the top half of the East next season.
28. Golden State- Nic Claxton/ So. Forward (Georgia)
Thoughts: The Warriors are in an interesting spot. Kevin Durant went down with a devastating Achilles injury and is a Free Agent, Klay Thompson is a Free Agent, and Boogie Cousins is also a Free Agent after proving to be largely ineffective in his lone season with the Warriors. The finals have shown that Warriors need more of an interior presence. Claxton needs to add weight but is a 7-footer with range and length. Tom Crean even had Claxton run some point-forward at Georgia last season.
29. San Antonio- Dylan Windler/ Sr. Shooting Guard (Belmont)
Thoughts: Windler, a lefty shooter, ended the 2018-19 season with 35 points against Maryland in the NCAA tournament. Although Belmont came up short in the game, Windler proved he could score at all three levels. While I won't compare Windler to a player of Manu Ginobili's caliber, a lefty scorer might excite some Spurs fans.
30. Milwaukee- Daniel Gafford/ So. Power Forward (Arkansas)
Thoughts: Gafford hurt his stock by returning to school for his Sophomore season. Gafford was talked about being a lottery pick before deciding to return last season and is now a fringe first-rounder. The Bucks need more of an interior post presence and Gafford could compliment Giannis nicely.
1. Brooklyn- Luka Samanic/ Power Forward (Croatia)
2. Phoenix- Talen Horton-Tucker/ Fr. Small Forward (Iowa State)
3. Philadelphia- Luguentz Dort/ Fr. Guard/ (Arizona State)
4. Philadelphia- Admiral Schofield/ Sr. Small Forward (Tennessee)
5. Atlanta- Matisse Thybulle/ Sr. Shooting Guard (Washington)
6. Charlotte- Isaiah Roby/ Jr. Small Forward (Nebraska)
7. Dallas- Eric Paschall/ Sr. Power Forward (Villanova)
8. Chicago- Chuma Okeke/ So. Forward (Auburn)
9. New Orleans- Grant Williams/ Jr. Power Forward (Tennessee)
10. Sacramento- Darius Bazley/ Forward (USA)
11. Atlanta- Deividas Sirvydas/ Small Forward (Lithuania)
12. Philadelphia- Jalen Lecque/Guard (Brewster Academy HS)
13. Minnesota- Louis King/ Fr. Small Forward (Oregon)
14. Atlanta- Naz Reid/ Fr. Center (LSU)
15. Detroit- Jalen McDaniels/ RS So. Power Forward (San Diego State)
16. Orlando- Tremont Waters/ So. Point Guard (LSU)
17. Sacramento- Robert Franks/ Sr. Small Forward (Washington State)
18. L.A. Clippers- Terence Davis/ Sr. Shooting Guard (Ole Miss)
19. San Antonio- Ky Bowman/ Jr. Point Guard (Boston College)
20. Indiana- Ignaz Brazdeikis/ Fr. Small Forward (Michigan)
21. Boston- Zach Norvell/ RS So. Shooting Guard (Gonzaga)
22. Charlotte- Brian Bowen/Small Forward (NBL Australia)
23. Utah- Miye Oni/ Jr. Small Forward (Yale)
24. Philadelphia- Jontay Porter/ RS Fr. Center (Missouri)
25. New York Knicks- Dedric Lawson/ RS JR. Power Forward (Kansas)
26. L.A. Clippers- Zylan Cheatham/ RS Sr. Small Forward (Arizona State)
27. New Orleans- Kris Wilkes/ So. Small Forward (UCLA)
28. Golden State- Jordan Bone/ Jr. Point Guard (Tennessee)
29. Toronto- Paul Eboua/ Power Forward (Cameroon)
30. Sacramento- Jaylen Nowell/ So. Shooting Guard (Washington)