2019 NBA Mock Drafts: Kyle Boone

Kyle Boone

The Atlanta Hawks and their shrewd management led by general manager Travis Schlenk made a calculated and cunning move Thursday by acquiring Allen Crabbe's hefty expiring contract from the Brooklyn Nets. In return for taking on the $18.5 million remaining on his deal, the Nets added a sweetener by offering up the No. 17 pick in this year's draft and a lottery-protected 2020 pick, giving us the first real shakeup to the first-round selection order ahead of the June 20 draft.
NBA Mock Draft - 06/10/2019
Round 1
1. New Orleans Pelicans
Zion Williamson, PF, Duke: Williamson is the most predictable No. 1 pick since the Pelicans last held the top selection. Williamson is an efficient star, having led all freshmen last season in field-goal percentage and recording a 40.8 PER (Player Efficiency Rating) -- the highest single-season PER in NCAA history. Whether six-time All-Star Anthony Davis rescinds his trade requests or upholds it, Williamson gives New Orleans a bona fide star to build around.
2. Memphis Grizzlies
Ja Morant, PG, Murray State: Memphis has already shown it is nearly ready to move on from the Mike Conley era, and getting the No. 2 pick -- and likely the rights to Morant -- makes that a much easier decision whenever the time comes. Morant is a crafty, ambidextrous passer. And athletically, he's in a world shared only with projected No. 1 pick Zion Williamson. Morant led college basketball in assists as a sophomore and became the only NCAA player ever to average at least 20 points and 10 assists in a single season since assists became an official stat in 1983. He and Jaren Jackson Jr. should form a young and exciting duo to build around long-term.
3. New York Knicks
RJ Barrett, SF, Duke: Should the Knicks ultimately win the Kevin Durant or Kyrie Irving (or both) sweepstakes, Barrett could feasibly be on the move. But with no guarantees, the Knicks should snag Barrett. He's a creative scorer who can carve space for himself and for others, operating as a lead ball-handler often at Duke. He broke records as a freshman both in the ACC and at a historical great program like Duke, scoring a team-high 860 points. When he's locked in, he's one of the more complete players in this class.
4. Los Angeles Lakers
Darius Garland, PG, Vanderbilt: Garland played just five games at Vanderbilt before a season-ending knee injury. But in those games he showed glimpses of All-Star potential with deep shooting range, crafty, tight handles and shot-initiation skills that should immediately translate. Don't worry about duplicative skills he and Lonzo Ball share -- he can be a secondary playmaker for a Lakers offense that ranked in the bottom 10 of the league last season.
5. Cleveland Cavaliers
Jarrett Culver, SG, Texas Tech: Culver went from star role player as a freshman to No. 1 option as a sophomore, leading to questions about his long-term upside after his efficiency as a scorer and 3-point shooter dipped. But Culver's more than just a shooter, he's also a defensive stalwart who can operate as a secondary ball-handler. For Cleveland, as it looks to build around Collin Sexton and new coach John Beilein, Culver presents an intriguing low-risk complement to what is already in place.
6. Phoenix Suns
De'Andre Hunter, SF, Virginia: Hunter saved his best performance for last at UVA, pouring in 27 points and grabbing nine boards en route to winning the national championship. It was a glimpse of what he can be at his best: an experienced and smart lockdown defender who can knock down 3-pointers and defend from the perimeter to the post. In Phoenix, he could be an excellent 3-point shooting assassin alongside Mikal Bridges, giving Devin Booker another weapon who can play both ways.
7. Chicago Bulls
Coby White, PG, North Carolina: Chicago's stumbled through point guards since the Derrick Rose era, but can hit reset at the position with a score-first ball-handler in White. He is an elite transition guard who enjoys a frenetically paced offense, and a bucket-getter who is quickly improving as a playmaker. While breaking Michael Jordan's freshman scoring record at UNC, he cemented himself as a top-10 player in the class with tremendous upside.
8. Atlanta Hawks
Cam Reddish, SF, Duke: Reddish was wildly inconsistent at Duke as a freshman, looking at times like a future No. 1 option and at other times like a zero. Was it a byproduct of a weird fit alongside two projected top-3 picks, or perhaps foreshadowing of a hyped player being overrated? The Hawks will bet on the former. Reddish has a super shooting stroke, an elite physical build for an NBA wing, and untapped potential that could be unleashed with the ball in his hands.
9. Washington Wizards
Sekou Doumbouya, PF, France: After a rocky start to his stint in the Pro A, France's top professional league, Doumbouya turned a corner fast and began putting it all together, showing off his all-around offensive game and defensive potential for NBA teams picking in the lottery. While it's unlikely he'll be an instant impact star in the NBA, Washington could find tremendous value here with a long-term play as it aims to climb the NBA mountain via a rebuild. Doumbouya could benefit from a big learning curve and long leash before reaching his potential.
10. Atlanta Hawks
Jaxson Hayes, C, Texas: Athletic big men are a dime a dozen, but Hayes is his own unique entity. He's a shot-swatting, rim-protecting human pogo stick who is still just scratching the surface. His first start as a basketball player came as a senior in high school, the culmination of a high school career that saw him shoot up 10 inches. He's raw, but his NBA skill stands out as a potential difference-maker for the young Hawks.
11. Minnesota Timberwolves
PJ Washington, PF, Kentucky: Minnesota's roster should be centered around who fits alongside Karl-Anthony Towns for the foreseeable future. And ironically, another former Kentucky product figures to be a nice fit. Washington won't be able to cover up KAT's defensive liabilities, but his offensive production and floor-spacing as a 3-point shooter will make up for whatever lost production a defensive stopper's value would provide. With Taj Gibson headed for free agency, Washington's talent and experience can be immediately injectable into Minneapolis.
12. Charlotte Hornets
Nassir Little, SF, North Carolina: Little was the No. 3 overall recruit coming out of high school and a projected top-5 draft pick before a rocky freshman season at UNC shot down his stock. But Little's potential as a switchable, competitive defender with athletic gifts to boot make him a worthwhile risk for the star-hungry Hornets in desperate need of a talent boost on the roster.
13. Miami Heat
Romeo Langford, SG, Indiana: Langford was a projected top-10 pick before an uneven freshman season at IU -- marred in part by a nagging injury to the right thumb on his shooting hand -- led to concerns about his ineffiency as a scorer. Langford has the tools to bounce back and be a steal, though. He's a prolific scorer with improving handles and a 6-foot-11 wingspan; the physical traits are in place for him to develop into a strong two-way player.
14. Boston Celtics
Brandon Clarke, PF, Gonzaga: Clarke is one of the oldest projected first-rounders in this class, and also one of the safest projected first-rounders because of what he brings to the table as an athletic leaper, shot-blocker and efficient scorer around the basket. After leading the NCAA in blocked shots and field-goal percentage last season, it's clear he can be an immediate impact player for a contender like the Celtics -- and he can create most of his production without requiring touches.
15. Detroit Pistons
Kevin Porter Jr., SG, Southern California: Porter Jr. is a risk -- he served a suspension at USC, and often looked disengaged when he wasn't suspended -- but Detroit should take the risk. He's one of the more crafty scoring wings in this draft class, and his shot-creation skills from the perimeter are rare to find, particularly at this point in the draft. If he reaches his potential, he can be a multi-year All-Star and a foundational piece for the Pistons to build around.
16. Orlando Magic
Tyler Herro, SG, Kentucky: The Magic have focused on acquiring length and upside in the first round in each of the first two years, now it's time to shift that focus to a backcourt player with gobs of potential. Tyler Herro can provide a boost for the Magic with his shooting and with his offensive upside to a young Orlando team still trying to establish itself as a consistent playoff contender. At 6-6, he's a solid shooter with picturesque mechanics and potential to develop into a larger role as a playmaker down the line.
17. Brooklyn Nets (TRADE WITH ATLANTA)
Goga Bitadze, C, Georgia: Atlanta's treasure trove of draft assets gives the front office a shot to swing for the fences. At No. 17, there's arguably no more enticing upside play than 6-11 center Goga Bitadze, who has steadily risen up draft boards over the last year. Bitadze is a marvel offensively with range that extends to the 3-point line, and he's got potential to, at worst, be a capable shot-alterer. While he's somewhat limited laterally and likely isn't a switchable perimeter defender, his offensive capabilities as a shooter and playmaker could give the Hawks yet another young weapon.
18. Indiana Pacers
Nickeil Alexander-Walker, SG, Virginia Tech: Alexander-Walker has the shot-making ability -- particularly as a spot-up 3-point shooter -- to be impactful from day one in Indiana. With Tyreke Evans being dismissed and disqualified from the NBA, he fits a need and can play a role early on because of his consistency as a shooter.
19. San Antonio Spurs
Rui Hachimura, PF, Gonzaga: The Spurs have built a reputation as one of the best talent-developing franchises in the NBA, which would bode well for Japanese-born Hachimura. While he's built like an ox and plays like a bull, his consistency as a shot-maker and offensive player needs plenty of polish. San Antonio will value his two-way ability and versatility to play either forward position.
20. Boston Celtics
Matisse Thybulle, SF, Washington: The Celtics don't lack for offense, particularly at small forward. So adding a defensive specialist inThybulle makes tons of sense here. While he needs to improve as a shooter to become a premium 3-and-D wing, his worth as a defensive stopper will be invaluable in Boston.
21. Oklahoma City Thunder
Cameron Johnson, SF, North Carolina: Shooting is what the Thunder lack, and it's what they can get at No. 21 with UNC forward Cameron Johnson. Johnson shot 45.7 percent from 3-point range last season and rated out in the 97th percentile as a spot-up shooter -- something he'd be doing often in Oklahoma City with Russell Westbrook and Paul George initiating all the offense.
22. Boston Celtics
Bol Bol, C, Oregon: Danny Ainge has enough equity as Boston's GM to afford a big risk in Bol Bol, Oregon's 7-2 center. Bol played just nine games last season before sustaining a season-ending stress fracture to the navicular bone in his left foot that required surgery, but he showed flashes of unicorn talents by shooting 52 percent from 3-point range and blocking 2.7 shots per game. Questions about his durability, frame and defense will keep him out of the top 10, but upside as a unique offensive weapon is worth a dart throw at No. 22.
23. Utah Jazz
Ty Jerome, SG, Virginia: The Jazz's focus this offseason is addressing how to better fit weapons around Donovan Mitchell. One solution: Give him Jerome. Jerome is an elite spot-up shooter with deep range, a high IQ decision-maker and a versatile guard who is capable of playing on or off the ball.
24. Philadelphia 76ers
Mfiondu Kabengele, PF, Florida State: The Sixers as currently constituted have built their success around Ben Simmons and Joel Embiid, but floor-spacing -- in part because of Simmons' lack of scoring punch from the perimeter -- is a legitimate concern. Philly can address that partly by adding a rare entity in Kabengele, a 6-10 power forward who has shot 38.5 percent and 36.9 percent in the last two seasons, respectively, at FSU. He's a floor-spacing big man with a 7-foot-3 wingspan who could operate well with a defensive anchor like Embiid already in place.
25. Portland Trail Blazers
Keldon Johnson, SG, Kentucky: Portland's two-guard attack -- Damian Lillard and CJ McCollum -- is as lethal a duo as they come. But the dropoff from the first unit to the second unit is steep. Johnson can bolster the depth at shooting guard, and he's long enough to play small forward, too. His 3-and-D skill set is plug and play for a team like the Trail Blazers.
26. Cleveland Cavaliers
Nicolas Claxton, PF, Georgia: Tristan Thompson and Josh Henson are off the books at the end of next season, and Cleveland is likely to opt for youth at center with a more modernized player like Claxton who can finish lobs, protect the rim and make plays. Claxton's versatility as a switchable defender and nimble feet make him well-suited to be a star center in the modern NBA.
27. Brooklyn Nets
Luguentz Dort, SG, Arizona State: Dort is a hard-nosed defender who plays with tremendous energy on both ends of the court. His dynamic game as an on- or off-ball guard offensively and his physical defense -- which will allow him to be a multi-positional defender -- are all premium traits for a Nets team in need of a role player with major upside.
28. Golden State Warriors
Bruno Fernando, C, Maryland: Golden State's lack of depth down low has been a major concern for the Warriors in the playoffs, and with Kevon Looney, DeMarcus Cousins and Andrew Bogut barreling towards unrestricted free agency, it could be a position the Warriors consider addressing via the draft. Fernando has limitations offensively, but his broad shoulders and rebounding instincts will bring value to a team that needs a productive player on a rookie deal.
29. San Antonio Spurs
KZ Okpala, SF, Stanford: Okpala is built like a player you'd craft in a lab at 6-10 with a 7-2 wingspan. He's still raw, and his shooting is still a question mark despite a strong sophomore season at Stanford, but his frame, obvious talents and upside long-term at this point in the draft are going to be too promising to pass on. The Spurs can think long-term here with Okpala as a potential development option at small forward.
30. Milwaukee Bucks
Dylan Windler, SG, Belmont: In a space-oriented system predicated on providing Giannis Antetokounmpo with weapons on the perimeter and enough space to slice through driving lanes, Windler's fit in Milwaukee is perfect. He was in the 97th percentile among all Division I players as a spot-up shooter last season, and his action off the ball will give the Bucks a dynamic and reliable offensive threat who doesn't need the ball to make an impact.