2019 NBA Mock Draft: Top three picks appear to be set, but trades could create chaos
We've got the Lakers taking De'Andre Hunter at No. 4 for now, but could a trade change who will be picking then?
The NBA Draft is in less than a week and when NBA Commissioner Adam Silver steps to the podium Thursday, June 20 it will be the earliest date for the NBA Draft since 1986. And with the NBA Finals over, things are about to get nuts.
This year's draft is unusual in that not only is there an undisputed No. 1 choice, the same is acknowledged of the second pick and the third. After that, chaos could likely reign.that the New Orleans Pelicans and the Los Angeles Lakers were in talks to get a trade done between the organizations that would move perennial All-Star Anthony Davis from NOLA to LA.
If that happens, the Pelicans would own two of the top four picks in the draft, a rarity for any NBA franchise in any era. The Pels are also engaging with Boston for Davis. The single biggest question of the 2019 Draft doesn't have to do with any draftee -- it's about A.D. and his fate.
We wait to see if that answer comes before, or on, draft night.
Beyond whatever happens with the Lakers' fourth pick, it's anticipated that this year's draft will feature more day-of trades than maybe any prior draft. We could have north of 20 picks swapping teams. With that in mind, it's important to note that the mock draft below -- beyond the lottery, most particularly --- is not so much a forecast of players going to specific franchises, but rather how the prospects align in this year's pool.
Check with the results of any mock draft today, then circle back once all 60 picks are made next week, and you'll see a lot of teams in a lot of different spots. For the purposes of this mock, I'm looking at the viability of the prospects and how they rate vs. each other.
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Round 1 - Pick 1
Duke • Fr • 6'7" / 285 lbs
The lock of all locks. With Williamson going to New Orleans all but a formality, let's stop to note here, right now, how there are so few dissenters on his NBA future. What will Zion look like and where will he rate in the league three years from now? And Five? Ten? Is he going to be a top-three player, a reliable All-Star, a solid starter or a bust? I haven't found one person predicting the worst, which is refreshing. It's almost impossible to argue against him being taken first, which is why I find his future to be so fascinating. There are no guarantees. And given how he plays, Williamson's bound to be the most tracked rookie to enter the league since LeBron James.
Round 1 - Pick 2
Ja Morant PG
Murray State • Soph • 6'3" / 175 lbs
Whereas Williamson's body brings about questions in regard to long-term health and viability, Morant's style and natural position of point guard appear to make him less of a risk. He was the first player in NCAA history to average at least 20 points and 10 assists. It's his intrinsic improvisational skills that set him apart from all other point guards in this year's draft. Morant uses the pick-and-roll beautifully, but he anticipates how defenses try to adapt to him on such a level that it's a mystery how he wasn't more highly regarded coming out of high school. Few players become true superstars at the college level when playing for small-conference schools. Morant was such.
Round 1 - Pick 3
RJ Barrett SF
Duke • Fr • 6'7" / 202 lbs
When's the last time the NBA Draft's first, second and third picks were locked in like this year? I can't recall a consensus this concrete. And don't buy into some of the chatter about how Barrett was overshadowed at Duke or is undervalued now. No. Not at all. He was Duke's leading scorer, was responsible for its success when Williamson didn't play for multiple games, and is easily acknowledged as being in the same class as Williamson and Morant now. He's also very Knicksy. This feels like destiny. He's going to average 20 per game and probably not make the Knicks that much better than before. It's not his fault.
Round 1 - Pick 4
Virginia • Soph • 6'7" / 225 lbs
This is where things get interesting, and not just because the Lakers may well shop this pick for Anthony Davis. Regardless of who gets the pick, let's go with best prospect available. For me, Hunter is an easy choice at No. 4. He outplayed Texas Tech's Jarrett Culver on the biggest of college stages -- the national title game -- and rates more impressively than Culver in a number of measurables. He's more experienced, better defensively and sturdier. When Virginia needed him to come up big in Minneapolis, he provided. Trust the tape, trust the player, trust the coaching staff, trust the program's history. You take De'Andre Hunter if you have the fourth pick.
Round 1 - Pick 5
Texas Tech • Soph • 6'7" / 194 lbs
Since Cleveland has no pressing needs at point guard, Culver is the best option here. His work ethic is unquestioned, his athleticism is underrated, if anything, and he can be a starting-level player within two years. Hell, maybe a year from now. Cleveland is going to need to get younger before it gets better, and I see no more ideal fit for the Cavs in terms of need and what will be available in this spot than the standout from Texas Tech.
Round 1 - Pick 6
Vanderbilt • Fr • 6'2" / 175 lbs
Given that Garland didn't work out for Los Angeles, I'm sliding him to a spot where he'll be coveted if not needed. Phoenix is taking longer than expected to turn its franchise around, but with Garland you have a smart floor leader who checks a lot of boxes NBA executives look for. He's heady, he's reliable, he carries a good reputation, he can play the point but also shoot. He has good size. Getting injured (ACL) while at Vanderbilt has, somewhat remarkably, not damaged his stock. If anything, it's a bit stronger.
Round 1 - Pick 7
Coby White PG
North Carolina • Fr • 6'5" / 191 lbs
Few players were more entertaining last season than White, who Roy Williams told me was the second fastest point guard he ever had (only behind Ty Lawson). White's a lock to go top-10 because he's a solid 6-5, can pass, shoots well enough, can drive to the lane in myriad ways and is regarded as a good teammate. Defensively, White has upside, it's just a question of if he'll embrace that side of the floor. Without him, UNC would have not been a No. 1 seed last season, not even close.
Round 1 - Pick 8
Texas • Fr • 6'11" / 220 lbs
I'll gamble high here and place Hayes and his skyscraper-type ceiling in the top eight. He's tantalizing because of his natural athleticism and length. Sometimes NBA teams put immense value on the god-given gifts players have, then hope to coach them up into something staunch. That could be Hayes. Jaren Jackson Jr.'s rookie season might be flashing in the minds of some general managers, who couldn't be faulted for seeing a hybrid of JJJ in Hayes, who has much to learn but could be a top-five player in terms of potential in this year's draft.
Round 1 - Pick 9
Cam Reddish SF
Duke • Fr • 6'8" / 208 lbs
It's no fault of his own, but Reddish has been overhyped for two-plus years at this point. I didn't see star power from him as a high school prospect, and while at Duke, he was a fourth wheel; Tre Jones was more valuable to Duke's success than Reddish. But he has good size and will be drafted on his shooting potential and smoothness playing off the ball. The reality: Reddish was worse from 3-point range last season than Zion Williamson. Defensively, there's a lot of work there. I'm not all negative on him, but I don't have him in my top 15 on my big board. This is a relative evaluation, and I think he goes in the top 10. With Washington probably due for significant roster alteration, bringing in Reddish could add needed scoring capability.
From Dallas Mavericks
Round 1 - Pick 10
Gonzaga • Jr • 6'8" / 207 lbs
Among players invited to the green room for this year's draft, I don't think anyone has a wider net of teams that are interested than Clarke. One source told me been seriously looked at as high as No. 6 and as low as No. 19. Clarke is the second-best defender in this draft, only behind Washington's Matisse Thybulle. He's also a top-five athlete in the crop. Great shot-blocker, terrific rebounder, considerable help defender. I even think his mid-range game has promise. The Hawks swooping in to get him would be a coup.
Round 1 - Pick 11
France • 6'9" / 209 lbs
Your most coveted international prospect of 2019. With a green-room invite and the buzz about him growing louder, Doumboyua seems a lottery lock at this point. The forward from France is young (18) and although he's spent all his time overseas, he's no secret to every front office at this point. His ceiling is No. 8 and floor No. 15. Given his age, it's quite possible that even if he goes 11th, the pick is traded by Minnesota.
Round 1 - Pick 12
North Carolina • Fr • 6'6" / 224 lbs
Every year the draft has a player or two who winds up 10-15 spots higher on mocks than his production in college warrants. Little, who was a top-10 player in his 2018 high school class, is that guy. He didn't earn big minutes at North Carolina, though he showed high-level potential in flashes. In reality, Little arrived in Chapel Hill behind the 8-ball in terms of his basketball acumen. He improved greatly from November to March, but there's still a lot to chip away at. If it all clicks, he will be a top-six or -seven guy in this draft. No surprise if Jordan were to take the UNC guy here.
Round 1 - Pick 13
Gonzaga • Jr • 6'8" / 230 lbs
From all I've been told, Hachimura is secure and firm in the 10-14 range. One of the teams in that window is taking him there. The most talented Japanese player in history is built to have a successful NBA career because of his size, three-level scoring ability, balanced attack from the left and right sides, in addition to his fairly good athleticism. Defensively he used to be awful, whereas he became serviceable in the past 12 months. He's just the kind of player Miami needs next season.
From Sacramento Kings
Round 1 - Pick 14
Tyler Herro SG
Kentucky • Fr • 6'6" / 192 lbs
Workout warrior who impressed a lot in recent weeks and wound up as Kentucky's most important player by the time the NCAA Tournament got going. Herro's Boston workout in particular got a lot of run for how good it was. His tools and his potential role with Boston as a rookie feel perfect for Danny Ainge and Brad Stevens. Offensively oriented UK players have found moderate-or-better amounts of success as of late in the league. Herro's got a stern confidence about him that also makes him a desirable prospect in what's a fairly fluid pool of prospects in the 12-18 range.
Round 1 - Pick 15
Virginia Tech • Soph • 6'5" / 204 lbs
I'm high on Alexander-Walker. Within two years time, I think he'll prove capable of playing the point guard, shooting guard or small forward at the next level. He has athleticism that's respectable and plays the gaps well. He never fully unlocked his toolkit playing for Buzz Williams at Virginia Tech. I could see him, in the right spot like Detroit, busting out immediately and having a top-five season of any rookie in 2019-2020.
Round 1 - Pick 16
Indiana • Fr • 6'6" / 215 lbs
He played hurt much of the season at Indiana (bad thumb), where he had more pressure put on him than maybe any Hoosier -- ever. Scouts are split on Langford's potential. He's great at getting to the rim, but if you check the raw data and the advanced analytics, his shot is not as good as it might seem on the surface. That said, he's a pure scorer who doesn't need a lot of help facilitating his offense, but he'll obviously get that at the next level. Orlando could use someone of his caliber.
From Brooklyn Nets
Round 1 - Pick 17
Kentucky • Soph • 6'8" / 230 lbs
I think Washington winds up falling this far, and in doing so, in three years time will prove to have been picked six or seven spots too late. He was Kentucky's emotional leader last season and rounded out his game so nicely. Remember, he would have been picked last season had he left, albeit in the mid-to-late second round. Instead, he came back and unequivocally bumped his stock and bettered himself. The mid-range game is fading among NBA offenses, but it still has its use. Washington is a power forward with the touch from 16 feet.
Round 1 - Pick 18
North Carolina • Sr • 6'9" / 205 lbs
Though I don't think he'll go higher than this, I wouldn't fault any team between 13 and 20 with taking Johnson. He's a long wing who's got terrific form and is going to be a plug-and-play guy on offense. When given a chance, Johnson is capable of guarding small forwards and power forwards. But his bread and butter is making 3-pointers. I'd be shocked if he doesn't stick in the league for a decade. Terrific shooter and scorer (there is a difference) and mentally will be a quick study.
Round 1 - Pick 19
Florida State • Soph • 6'10" / 256 lbs
This man is a baller. He is smart, can handle beyond the perimeter, plays in this confident style that was different -- materially -- from most other players in college. Weirdly, he came off the bench the entire season at FSU. Kabengele plays both ends of the floor at what I'd grade as a B-plus level. He'll be drafted in the first round because of his size, smarts, soft hands and, mostly, because he proved in April and May that he was underutilized and has more to give than what he was afforded in college.
From Los Angeles Clippers
Round 1 - Pick 20
Kentucky • Fr • 6'6" / 216 lbs
Could wind up as a suitable No. 4 scoring option in a best-case scenario four or five years down the road. Johnson was Kentucky's best player the first half of last season, then drifted in and out as his role mutated. He has good size and fills the wing role well. In short: a well-rounded first-rounder.
Round 1 - Pick 21
Bol Bol C
Oregon • Fr • 7'2" / 208 lbs
No one can know for sure, but if you told me that Bol was as high as No. 7 or 8 on some teams' boards and as low as 45 or 46 on others, I'd believe it. He's coming off an injury and has had questions about his work ethic hang over him for years. But his natural talent can't be denied. He's a better player right now than his father was at his age, and look what his dad became. Can Bol Bol be unlocked? Fascinating case.
Round 1 - Pick 22
Georgia • 6'11" / 245 lbs
The center is not dead in the NBA. In Bitadze, you have a player who is considered top-three in this draft at his position. He reportedly excelled in limited time in Euroleague and has been a riser on mocks over the past four months. Peek through this mock and you'll see that there's fewer international prospects than what we saw even three years ago.
Round 1 - Pick 23
Washington • Sr • 6'5" / 200 lbs
One of my five favorite players in this draft. Thybulle's poise on defense is rare for a player coming out of college. He's a mature wing who I can't see lasting any fewer than 12 years in the NBA, injuries aside. For Utah, he'd be a boon to a fledgling group that needs two more pieces to elevate to top-tier status in the league. Thybulle would be a top-20 defender, immediately, in the NBA.
Round 1 - Pick 24
Southern California • Fr • 6'6" / 216 lbs
What will draft night bring for Kevin Porter Jr.? I had talent evaluators tell me last fall that he was lottery material. Some still believe that. Then came a bumpy season at USC. He never displayed the kind of consistency that would validate being a top-15 pick, and off-court issues have hurt his stock. There are still a lot of unknowns with Porter Jr., and his game, but his physical tools will ensure he gets a guaranteed first-round contract.
Round 1 - Pick 25
Ty Jerome SG
Virginia • Jr • 6'5" / 194 lbs
No player in this year's draft has had the word "killer" associated with him more than Jerome, who had a medley of marvelous moments this past season in helping Virginia win a national title. Jerome has good handle with both hands, plays tough -- always -- makes the right pass often and shoots well even while being toughly guarded. He can play outside-in or vice-versa. To me, a no-brainer first-round pick.
From Houston Rockets
Round 1 - Pick 26
Georgia • Soph • 7'0" / 217 lbs
He's shut down his workouts, which could be an indication that a promise has been made by a franchise. (This is sometimes not the case, of course.) Classic case of an SEC talent who toiled on a bad team. Claxton could go as high as 20th or fall as low as 35th. His length and mobility make for a fun wrinkle to Cleveland's roster. Had he returned to Georgia, the Bulldogs would be knocking on the door of top-25 status.
From Denver Nuggets
Round 1 - Pick 27
Tennessee • Jr • 6'7" / 240 lbs
Back-to-back SEC Player of the Year. That hadn't been done in that league in 25 years. Williams wasn't a highly rated prospect. He's not a physical wonder. But he knows how to use his body in all the right ways, uses the rim to his advantage and wins so many one-on-one battles by anticipating angles. Smart player. Brooklyn would be lucky to have him.
Round 1 - Pick 28
KZ Okpala SF
Stanford • Soph • 6'9" / 210 lbs
Young talent who emerged from a forgettable situation at Stanford. Okpala's a good interview, quick study and has a 7-2 wingspan. Had he been a better shooter last season, he'd be a top-20 lock. Unless he can massage his offensive skillset to a B-plus level in the NBA, he'll probably never be a starter, but talent evaluators view him as an ideal career backup in the frontcourt.
From Toronto Raptors
Round 1 - Pick 29
Luka Samanic PF
Croatia • 6'11" / 227 lbs
A spindly power forward who would fit ideally in San Antonio's scheme. But remember, as with many of these picks, we're targeting player slots as opposed to franchise destination. By the time we get to the 29th pick, it's possible if not likely that we'll already have seven or eight trades that have gone through.
Round 1 - Pick 30
Maryland • Soph • 6'10" / 237 lbs
There's a few big men who are tough targets to pin. At one point in his life, Fernando was a borderline lock for top-20 status as a draft pick. And in recent weeks, there's been speculation he could fall as far as the 40s. Truth is, he'll land somewhere in between. Fernando has impressive size, reliable rebounding instincts and doesn't act as a vacuum with the ball. He's a bit of a steep learning curve, but I'm saying he goes in the first round because I think his predraft workout tour is going to convince a franchise, likely via a draft-day trade.
From New York Knicks
Round 2 - Pick 1 (No. 31 overall)
Tennessee • Sr • 6'5" / 241 lbs
Schofield is on the cusp of first-round status, which means he did more for his stock in a year's time than any player listed above him, Zion included. A year ago at this time Schofield was not viewed as a draftable player. After helping Tennessee to its best season in school history, he proved himself as a shooter (41.8% from 3-point range) and reinforced his reputation as a viable defender and terrific vocal leader.
Round 2 - Pick 2 (No. 32 overall)
Belmont • Sr • 6'8" / 196 lbs
Learned a great system under Rick Byrd at Belmont, and has the intuitiveness to make a 10-year career in the NBA possible. Windler played the four-out-one-in offensive style, which has led to him being generously graded on many NBA teams' big boards. He understands spacing, shoots well, can rebound, passes in and out of the post. I think he's one of the surest second-round picks out there (and could sneak in on the back end of the first).
From Cleveland Cavaliers
Round 2 - Pick 3 (No. 33 overall)
Arizona State • Fr • 6'4" / 222 lbs
Hyper-fun athlete who can belligerently tilt the court, attack with ferocious ease and has a great second pop around the rim. Not efficient, though. Dort is a workout-winner who requires a lot of touches to do his damage. If modern NBA analytic philosophy wins the day here, Dort will likely fall to the second round. But he's a fun potential player, no question about it.
From Chicago Bulls
Round 2 - Pick 4 (No. 34 overall)
Arkansas • Soph • 6'11" / 238 lbs
A first-round sleeper, we'll likely see Gafford cash in on just a little of the stock he had from a year ago. Had Gafford not returned to Arkansas, he was a likely going in the top 25 in 2018. That in mind, he wasn't a bust as a sophomore. Hard to square how he'd fall beyond the 30s now. He has a good shot, good form, a little wiry, but plenty to work with.
Round 2 - Pick 5 (No. 35 overall)
Villanova • Sr • 6'7" / 254 lbs
Athletic prowess, smart player, good rebounder, good ballhandler, great teammate. Villanova is putting players into the league at an accelerated rate. Paschall will max out as a role player in the pros, but he'll be the quintessential kind of energy guy off the bench. Plus, he's got muscle and can shoot from the perimeter. Firmly falls in the 28-35 range.
From Washington Wizards
Round 2 - Pick 6 (No. 36 overall)
Iowa State • Fr • 6'4" / 235 lbs
Crazy length (7-1 wingspan on a 6-4 frame) and nice hoops acumen. Horton-Tucker is an outside-the-box prospect. He's got years to go on the defensive end, but if you saw him at Iowa State you saw someone who, most of the time, made his teammates better. I think he would have been a top-15 player in college basketball had he returned. Yes, you'll hear the word "intangibles" when his name is called on draft night. That's code for unathletic.
Round 2 - Pick 7 (No. 37 overall)
Purdue • Jr • 6'0" / 199 lbs
It won't be just his absurd run in the NCAA Tournament that will get Edwards drafted in the 30s. I can assure you the combo guard won over every pre-draft interview he had with teams. Edwards plays three inches taller and 15 pounds heavier than he is. Major question with Edwards is how he integrates into an offense when he was so ball dominant the past two years at Purdue.
From Memphis Grizzlies
Round 2 - Pick 8 (No. 38 overall)
Princeton HS (OH) • 6'9" / 208 lbs
Remember the name? Bazley originally committed to Syracuse in 2018, then reneged, then planned to play in the G League, but ultimately decided to take the year off from organized basketball. It hasn't plummeted his stock. He's going to get picked, but he's considered one of the hardest prospects to target in this year's draft. Whatever team takes him is going to try to do so via a bargain trade, I bet.
Round 2 - Pick 9 (No. 39 overall)
Chuma Okeke PF
Auburn • Soph • 6'8" / 230 lbs
Drops 10-12 spots on my mock due to his injury (he tore his ACL during the NCAA Tournament) and the ensuing reality that he'll miss much of his rookie season. But his size, defensive aptitude and strong handles will lead to a team taking him.
Round 2 - Pick 10 (No. 40 overall)
Naz Reid PF
LSU • Fr • 6'10" / 256 lbs
I think Reid's spectrum for getting picked is as wide as any player projected in the second round. If he popped as high as 25th I wouldn't be shocked, and he fell into the low 50s that wouldn't surprise me either. Reid is a power forward with gentle long-range touch and innate athleticism and feel that makes him an intriguing long-term prospect.
From Los Angeles Lakers
Round 2 - Pick 11 (No. 41 overall)
Lithuania • 6'8" / 190 lbs
Young prospect (19) who will likely be a draft-and-stash guy. If anything, this year's draft will have fewer of these players than normal. With the potential for this draft to have as many trades as any in history, Sirvydas getting picked is inevitable. There are question marks but he will tickle some team's fancy.
From Sacramento Kings
Round 2 - Pick 12 (No. 42 overall)
St. John's • Jr • 6'1" / 180 lbs
The phrase "he's a bucket" has become a thing in the past year in basketball. Ponds fits the description as well as any player outside the first round. His hoops IQ needs work, but he's a gamer, plays stronger than he looks and has big-play capability.
From Miami Heat
Round 2 - Pick 13 (No. 43 overall)
Jaylen Hoard PF
Wake Forest • Fr • 6'9" / 213 lbs
This is more ambitious than you'll see in most other spots, but Hoard was highly touted as a prospect, has length, played in a bad system and should have the physical tools to be a decade-long backup in the NBA. And it's about this point in the draft where things get murky in a hurry. Players viewed in the 45-75 range are highly interchangeable this year.
From Charlotte Hornets
Round 2 - Pick 14 (No. 44 overall)
Isaiah Roby SF
Nebraska • Jr • 6'8" / 214 lbs
After a good showing at the NBA Draft Combine in Chicago, Roby is a top-30 athlete in this year's crop. Roby is a sure thing to be picked because of his length, solid handle for a player of his size and commitment to playing defense.
Round 2 - Pick 15 (No. 45 overall)
Ole Miss • Sr • 6'4" / 192 lbs
I'm not sure any player since the start of April has done more good for his draft stock than Davis, who would be a stunner if he went undrafted. From the Portsmouth circuit to elite camp for G League to shining at the NBA Draft Combine and continually impressing in workouts, Davis has been an inspiring story the past 10 weeks. Great rebounder for a guard, too.
From Brooklyn Nets
Round 2 - Pick 16 (No. 46 overall)
San Diego State • Soph • 6'10" / 192 lbs
Two years in relative obscurity at San Diego State make McDaniels one of the best second-round sleepers in this draft. If Sacramento were to wind up with him, the amount of length and athleticism on that young Kings team would potentially turn it into one of the real must-watch clubs for NBA diehards next season.
From Orlando Magic
Round 2 - Pick 17 (No. 47 overall)
Missouri • Soph • 6'11" / 210 lbs
The ACL injury that ended his season is heartbreaking. Between him and his brother, Michael, it's been a lot of what-could-have-been for the family so far. Ultimately, Porter's on the mend and has a high hoops IQ and strong innate feel for the game. It would be a mistake if he went undrafted.
Round 2 - Pick 18 (No. 48 overall)
Round 2 - Pick 19 (No. 49 overall)
Tulsa • Sr • 6'5" / 216 lbs
The sleeper name of this draft. Jeffries played at Tulsa, where he didn't even rank as one of the five most efficient/proficient players in the AAC last season. But he stands 6-5 with a 7-foot wingspan and has the specs of an enticing second-round type. Jeffries was a four-year player who worked his way to this point, and it's great to see him regarded almost universally as a second-round pick.
Round 2 - Pick 20 (No. 50 overall)
Gonzaga • Soph • 6'5" / 206 lbs
Norvell's a hard one to target. If he doesn't get drafted it won't be a surprise at all, but ultimately there's enough athleticism, shooting and raw talent to warrant taking him in the mid-to-late second round. Again, since Boston has so many picks on the table, there's probable cause that this choice could get shipped elsewhere.
Round 2 - Pick 21 (No. 51 overall)
Brazil • 6'6" / 190 lbs
Goes by the name "Didi." A 19-year-old that some franchise is going to pluck in the final hour of Thursday's draft. Brazilian-born shooting guard who's a bit slender but has been a steady riser the past three years. Many talent evaluators regard him as a top-60 guy this year, so draft night should bear that out.
Round 2 - Pick 22 (No. 52 overall)
Kyle Guy SG
Virginia • Jr • 6'1" / 167 lbs
Unending confidence, a reliable 3-point shot, a highly-rated player coming out of high school, a player who just helped Virginia win its first national championship. Plenty of mock drafts don't have Guy getting picked, but I think his predraft process, his interviews and his coaching is going to wind up getting him picked. Where better than the franchise that Tony Bennett was drafted to?
Round 2 - Pick 23 (No. 53 overall)
LSU • Soph • 5'11" / 172 lbs
Undersized point guard who is unafraid of the big moment. Waters did not shoot well enough from 3-point range last season (32.7%) to vault him into the 30s or 40s in this draft. But a team that needs a third option at point guard will take him.
Round 2 - Pick 24 (No. 54 overall)
Louis King SF
Oregon • Fr • 6'8" / 195 lbs
I am lower on King than maybe anyone. He's absolutely going to be drafted, but his one and only season at Oregon left plenty to be desired. King will be drafted on potential and is at best a two-year project in adapting to the next level. A little undersized and plenty to grow with, defensively.
From Houston Rockets
Round 2 - Pick 25 (No. 55 overall)
Jalen Lecque PG
Brewster Acad. (NH) • 6'4" / 185 lbs
Had the option of attending college next season, but instead spurned NC State to take his chance at the NBA. I'm of the belief that Lecque had enough intel that he opted to bypass college with the understanding it was likely he would be drafted. The Knicks have plenty to tinker with, and taking Lecque in this spot -- if they don't trade out -- would be a good gamble for the relatively low risk of the 55th spot.
Round 2 - Pick 26 (No. 56 overall)
UCF • Sr • 7'7" / 289 lbs
The man is 7-6 and markedly improved every year he was in college. Has the NBA really moved on from the prospect of drafting a human who is 7-6? That's hard to accept, but could prove true. Then again, he played well vs. Duke! There is a place for someone this big in the modern NBA, even with Fall's faults. Clippers make for the best fit of any team in the final 10.
From Denver Nuggets
Round 2 - Pick 27 (No. 57 overall)
Germany • 6'6" / 195 lbs
A 6-6 point guard who's only 19 years old and could be viewed as one of the premier back-end value picks of the second round. If New Orleans gets wild with its draft-day movement, he makes sense as a long-term what-if.
Round 2 - Pick 28 (No. 58 overall)
Kansas • Jr • 6'8" / 233 lbs
Not an efficient big, not a long-range big, but too good of a player last season not to warrant being taken in this year's draft. It's not a strong, and among lengthy power forwards, it's not exceedingly deep. Lawson was one of the 10 best players in college basketball last season, although the question with him will be usage. He put up good stats at Memphis and great stats at Kansas, but much of that was because he commanded the ball, which won't happen in the NBA.
Round 2 - Pick 29 (No. 59 overall)
Miye Oni SG
Yale • Jr • 6'6" / 206 lbs
An under-the-radar value pick out of Yale, Oni is a draftnik's dream of a late-second-round prospect. Well-built, efficient, projects well enough and has the tools to adapt. I've got him sliding in on the back end of the draft, but it would not stun me to see him go as high as 48th.
From Milwaukee Bucks
Round 2 - Pick 30 (No. 60 overall)
Jordan Poole PG
Michigan • Soph • 6'5" / 191 lbs
Poole is the only one of three Michigan underclassmen -- Charles Matthews and Ignas Brazdeikis are the other two -- I have getting drafted. I think the latter two just miss out on getting their names called, Matthews in particular because of his torn ACL during a workout for Boston recently. As for Poole, even though his decision to leave the Wolverines was questioned, he's still only 19 and has plenty of potential. There's enough there that I think he gets picked. Poole is unquestionably a top-70 talent in this year's draft pond.
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For the first time in nearly a decade, the NBA is thrown into a beautiful chaos
"AD on da way!!" LeBron wrote on Instagram