2019 NBA Mock Drafts: Kyle Boone

Kyle Boone

Just over 24 hours before Thursday night's NBA Draft we have more shuffling of the draft slots with yet another trade.

According to a bombshell report Wednesday from ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski, the Memphis Grizzlies, who are believed to be leaning heavily towards selecting point guard Ja Morant with their No. 2 pick, have traded away veteran point guard Mike Conley. The haul back: Grayson Allen, Kyle Korver, Jae Crowder, the 23rd pick in Thursday's draft, and a future first-rounder.
NBA Mock Draft - 06/20/2019
Round 1
1. New Orleans Pelicans
Zion Williamson, PF, Duke: The Pelicans need a player to build around long-term with Anthony Davis on his way out. Williamson provides that as the clear-cut best player -- and prospect -- in this draft. At No. 1, New Orleans won't even bother getting cute by dangling this pick or listening to offers. Williamson is New Orleans-bound.
2. Memphis Grizzlies
Ja Morant, PG, Murray State: Mike Conley is out, and Morant is in. He gives the Grizzlies a point guard to build around, and an exciting young asset they can pair with Jaren Jackson Jr.
3. New York Knicks
RJ Barrett, SF, Duke: Drafting prolific college scorers doesn't guarantee said prolific college scorer will be a prolific NBA scorer. That is not the case with Barrett, who in NBA spacing should be an instant impact scorer right away. After scoring 860 points at Duke -- an ACC freshman record -- he's ready to become a young player the Knicks can build around regardless of whether or not they win big or strike out in free agency.
4. Los Angeles Lakers (TRADE WITH ATLANTA)
De'Andre Hunter, SF, Virginia: In acquiring this pick on draft night, the Hawks should be targeting De'Andre Hunter, a good 3-point shooter and versatile defender who can be productive right away with the Hawks.
5. Cleveland Cavaliers
Darius Garland, PG, Vanderbilt: After drafting a point guard in last year's lottery, Cleveland can look to build its roster out elsewhere. And at a position of need, Hunter is both a roster fit and a cultural fit with new coach John Beilein. Hunter not only brings experience, but he's sharp as a whip and easily the most switchable wing inside the lottery.
6. Phoenix Suns
Jarrett Culver, SG, Texas Tech: Minnesota needs to upgrade its wing spot, and no better way to do that than Culver who brings length, shooting and defense.
7. Chicago Bulls
Coby White, PG, North Carolina: Like Phoenix, Chicago has been spinning its wheels trying to address its point guard conundrum. Enter White, UNC's one-and-done energetic star. He's a burst of energy who runs the floor at a frenetic pace, can score well off the catch, and is developing quickly as a passer. Anyone who can break a Michael Jordan record (he broke MJ's freshman scoring record at UNC) is a player worth considering with a high pick. And hey, Jordan worked out fine for the Bulls, wouldn't you say?
8. Atlanta Hawks (TRADE WITH NEW ORLEANS)
Cam Reddish, SF, Duke: New Orleans should be looking to add shooters to surround Zion Williamson immediately. While Reddish struggled to do exactly that at Duke, his shot mechanics suggest it'll come, making this a potential steal.
9. Washington Wizards
Sekou Doumbouya, PF, France: Washington's books are a mess largely because John Wall, the team's highest-paid player, will miss all of next season. That will stunt the Wizards in their roster construction, but it's incentive for them to think highest ceiling regardless of timeline. Doumbouya fits that timeline as an athletic, high upside play who, with development and season, could be a star. I'm betting on him if I'm Washington.
10. Atlanta Hawks
Jaxson Hayes, C, Texas: If the Hawks go wing at No. 8 with Reddish, they should think bigger -- literally. With uncertainty at center, Hayes provides a quality developmental option to put alongside burgeoning star John Collins. Hayes is ultra raw as an offensive weapon, but he can do two things at a high level: protect the rim and finish lobs. Trae Young would be an ideal lob-throwing fit for him.
11. Minnesota Timberwolves
Brandon Clarke, PF, Gonzaga: Regardless of whether Minnesota brings Taj Gibson back or not, the front office should strongly consider bringing in a more green, athletic player at the spot. Clarke is exactly that; despite an unimpressive wingspan, he's a phenomenal leaper who can block shots and finish at a high rate around the rim. After overhauling his jumper, he even has some floor-spacing upside with development.
12. Charlotte Hornets
Kevin Porter Jr., SG, Southern California: There's some uncertainty at shooting guard for the Hornets not only in who will start next season, but also in who they intend to build with. Porter Jr. can help the team reset with Jeremy Lamb entering free agency and Malik Monk still struggling to perform up to his draft level. He's a top 5 talent worth heavily investing in.
13. Miami Heat
Nassir Little, SF, North Carolina: The Heat are stuck in purgatory: good but not great, and with no real flexibility salary-wise. So Miami should swing for the fences here and hope to get an All-Star talent on a rookie deal. Little has a lot of untapped potential and was in an odd fit at UNC, but in the right system and right culture he has 3-and-D potential with defensive versatility Pat Riley craves.
14. Boston Celtics
Goga Bitadze, C, Georgia (Country): There is plenty of uncertainty around Boston and what its roster will look like next season, and most of its big men hitting the open market adds to that. Bitadze is a high upside play with plenty of room to grow, and what he provides as a versatile offensive weapon and rim protector could be a valuable skill to build around.
15. Detroit Pistons
Romeo Langford, SG, Indiana: After playing most of last season with a torn ligament in his shooting hand, concerns about Langford's inefficient scoring have been silenced significantly. If he can shake off the injury and score at a more effective clip, the Pistons could scoop up a lottery talent just outside it.
16. Orlando Magic
Tyler Herro, SG, Kentucky: Point guard is arguably the big priority, but unless the Magic intend to trade up or down, they should stick with best player available. Herro is a combo guard who can bolster their backcourt and provide a safety valve if Terrence Ross gets too expensive in free agency.
17. Brooklyn Nets (TRADE WITH NEW ORLEANS)
PJ Washington, PF, Kentucky: Julius Randle is headed for free agency, which gives New Orleans the chance to add a young replacement on a cheap deal via the draft. Washington can space the floor and knock down open shots to give the Pelicans another offensive weapon around Zion.
18. Indiana Pacers
Nickeil Alexander-Walker, SG, Virginia Tech: The Pacers should consider drafting a Tyreke Evans replacement after he was DQ'd from the NBA this offseason for two years. Alexander-Walker provides a positive replacement who could play well off Victor Oladipo and has shown capable of growing into a reliable ball-handler.
19. San Antonio Spurs
Rui Hachimura, PF, Gonzaga: The Spurs lack depth at power forward and with LaMarcus Aldridge quickly approaching his mid-30s (he'll turn 34 in July), they should turn to the future. Hachimura has guard skills but can play either forward spot, and his competitiveness could give him an edge to play early.
20. Boston Celtics
Keldon Johnson, SG, Kentucky: With an always-hot motor, adequate 3-point shooting and glue guy potential, Keldon Johnson could be an invaluable addition capable of playing well alongside Jayson Tatum and Boston's young core.
21. Oklahoma City Thunder
Cameron Johnson, SF, North Carolina: There is no better pure shooter in this draft than Johnson, and that's exactly what OKC needs. With Russell Westbrook and Paul George returning as primary offensive catalysts, Johnson would thrive as a spot-up shooter.
22. Boston Celtics
Mfiondu Kabengele, PF, Florida State: Marcus Morris is headed towards free agency and the Celtics need a player -- whether it's Morris, a free agent or a draft acquisition -- to be a floor-spacing power forward. Kabengele can do that after two strong seasons shooting from 3-point range at Florida State, and he provides upside as a rim protector, too.
23. Utah Jazz (TRADE WITH MEMPHIS)
Matisse Thybulle, SF, Washington: The Grizzlies are set to address the point guard position with Ja Morant after trading cornerstone player Mike Conley, and wing is the next need. While Thybulle's shooting stroke needs some work, he's a plug-and-play defensive player with 3-and-D potential.
24. Philadelphia 76ers
Ty Jerome, SG, Virginia: Philadelphia needs to add shooters to its roster who can allow them to space the floor and give Ben Simmons driving lanes. Jerome rated in the 99th percentile last season as a spot-up shooter, and he's a high IQ ball-handler who could wear a number of hats for them.
25. Portland Trail Blazers
Grant Williams, PF, Tennessee: Opinions vary on Williams, and while this may be seen as a reach for Portland, it would be a perfect fit. Williams can run the short roll in the Blazers' offense and give Damian Lillard and CJ McCollum another weapon to roll teams with. His physical presence and improving perimeter skills could help him grow into an even better form of the two-time SEC Player of the Year he was in college.
26. Cleveland Cavaliers
Nicolas Claxton, PF, Georgia: Should Cleveland go with a wing in the lottery, John Beilein could look bigger -- literally -- to a player like Claxton after he had a strong pre-draft process. Georgia ran its offense through him last season and he showed himself capable of being a good playmaker with time.
27. Brooklyn Nets
Bol Bol, C, Oregon: At this point in the draft, Bol Bol presents too much upside to pass on. Even with the injury risk, the motor concerns, the durability questions, the combination of his 3-point shooting and shot-blocking is undeniably worthy of a first-round flyer.
28. Golden State Warriors
Eric Paschall, PF, Villanova: Golden State is likely going to be well into the luxury tax next season, so grabbing an instant impact player on a cheap deal is imperative. Paschall, 22, can provide an immediate boost as a versatile defender and 3-point shooter.
29. San Antonio Spurs
Bruno Fernando, C, Maryland: The Spurs need also to address their depth at center, where Jakob Poeltl and Drew Eubanks were both stretched past what they should have been last season. Fernando can be an instant impact player at the position who can bring intensity, rebounding and a physical post presence that would play well off LaMarcus Aldridge.
30. Milwaukee Bucks (TRADE WITH DETROIT)
Luguentz Dort, SG, Arizona State: Even if Detroit can snag a backcourt player at 15, it should strongly consider another here. Dort brings excellent value as a do-it-all player with major defensive value.