|Selection||Player/ Position||School||Draftnasty Take|
|Round 1 Pick 1: New Orleans Pelicans||Zion Williamson/ Forward||Duke||Williamson was the consensus best player in the Draft and DraftNasty agreed. The former Duke standout should be an instant performer on the boards and on defense.|
|Round 1 Pick 2: Memphis Grizzlies||Ja Morant/ Point Guard||Murray State||With longtime point guard, Mike Conley being traded, Memphis now has its point guard of the future.|
|Round 1 Pick 3: New York Knicks||R.J. Barrett/ Small Forward||Duke||The Knicks have plenty of holes and work left to do but R.J. Barrett is an immediate contributor offensively.|
|Round 1 Pick 4: Atlanta Hawks||De'Andre Hunter/ Small Forward||Virginia||Hunter can score without the ball in his hands and should be a great complement to offensive standouts like Trae Young, Kevin Huerter and Cam Reddish.|
|Round 1 Pick 5: Cleveland Cavaliers||Darius Garland/ Point Guard||Vanderbilt||Cleveland now has two small point guards. John Beilein might've wanted to draft his own guy at point guard instead of work with Collin Sexton.|
|Round 1 Pick 6: Minnesota Timberwolves||Jarrett Culver/ Shooting Guard||Texas Tech||Culver provides Minnesota with a defensive specialist on the wing and can take offensive pressure off Andrew Wiggins and Karl Anthony Towns.|
|Round 1 Pick 7: Chicago Bulls||Coby White/ Point Guard||North Carolina||White should bring stability to the Bulls point guard position and allow them to move on from Kris Dunn.|
|Round 1 Pick 8: New Orleans Pelicans||Jaxson Hayes/ Center||Texas||Hayes and Williamson will combine to form a stout defensive duo on the low block.|
|Round 1 Pick 9: Washington Wizards||Rui Hachimura/ Power Forward||Gonzaga||DraftNasty predicted the Wizards to take an international player but not Rui Hachimura. Hachimura is small for the power forward position but has a polished offensive game.|
|Round 1 Pick 10: Atlanta Hawks||Cam Reddish/ Small Forward||Duke||Reddish was up and down at Duke last season but he is used to playing with top offensive talent. The Hawks should be a place where he can grow into his potential.|
|Round 1 Pick 11: Phoenix Suns||Cameron Johnson/ Small Forward||UNC||Phoenix is getting a sharpshooter, who will space the floor for Devin Booker and DeAndre Ayton.|
|Round 1 Pick 12: Charlotte Hornets||P.J. Washington/ Small Forward||Kentucky||Washington will play alongside last year's first round pick, Miles Bridges. The duo provides toughness and versatility on the wing.|
|Round 1 Pick 13: Miami Heat||Tyler Herro/ Shooting Guard||Kentucky||DraftNasty predicted the Heat would take Washington but they ended up with another Wildcat. Herro is an excellent shooter, who can also put the ball on the floor occasionally.|
|Round 1 Pick 14: Boston Celtics||Romeo Langford/ Small Forward||Indiana||The Boston Celtics have a lot of wing players already but Brad Stevens is very familiar with basketball in the Hoosier state and must have a role for Langford.|
|Round 1 Pick 15: Detroit Pistons||Sekou Doumbouya/ Small Forward||French||Doumbouya, Drummond and Blake Griffin will be hard to defend in transition. This pick gives Detroit athleticism on the wing, which they lacked.|
|Round 1 Pick 16: Orlando Magic||Chuma Okeke/ Small Forward||Auburn||Okeke is coming off an ACL injury but DraftNasty had him as a first rounder because of his ability to score in bunches.|
|Round 1 Pick 17: New Orleans Pelicans||Nickeil Alexander-Walker/ Shooting Guard||Virginia Tech||Alexander-Walker is best when playing with a traditional point guard and should fit nicely alongside Lonzo Ball.|
|Round 1 Pick 18: Indiana Pacers||Goga Bitadze/ Center||Georginan||Bitadze joins a crowded room of skilled big men in Indiana which features guys like Myles Turner and Domantas Sabonis. However, this marriage gives him time to develop.|
|Round 1 Pick 19: San Antonio Spurs||Luka Samanic/ Power Forward||Croatian||DraftNasty mocked the Spurs grabbing a skilled big man such as Nic Claxton but Samanic fits the mold as well.|
|Round 1 Pick 20: Philadelphia 76ers||Matisse Thybulle/ Small Forward||Washington||Thybulle is a classic "3 and D" prospect. Jimmy Butler and Tobias Harris are free agents and the 76ers needed another wing just in case.|
|Round 1 Pick 21: Memphis Grizzlies||Brandon Clarke/ Power Forward||Gonzaga||Clarke is an athletic prospect, who gives the Grizzlies another scoring punch in the front court with Jaren Jackson Jr.|
|Round 1 Pick 22: Boston Celtics||Grant Williams/ Power Forward||Tennessee||If the Celtics lose Marcus Morris in free agency, Williams can fill in with his experience, toughness and shooting ability.|
|Round 1 Pick 23: Oklahoma City Thunder||Darius Bazley/ Small Forward||N/A||Bazley decided to not attend Syracuse but has the physical tools (6'9, 200) to play in the NBA. The former McDonald's All-American is a mystery because scouts haven't seen him play in a competitive game in a year.|
|Round 1 Pick 24: Phoenix Suns||Ty Jerome/ Point Guard||Virginia||The Suns needed a point guard and DraftNasty had them drafting one in the Top 10. Jerome is used to playing with top level talent and putting them in positions to succeed.|
|Round 1 Pick 25: Portland Trail Blazers||Nassir Little/ Small Forward||North Carolina||Al-Farouq Aminu is a free agent and Moe Harkless is in his last year of his contract. Little fits the mold of a NBA small forward and could provide depth if one of the two leaves.|
|Round 1 Pick 26: Cleveland Cavaliers||Dylan Windler/ Small Forward||Belmont||Windler is an efficient scorer who could take pressure off whoever is running the point guard position in Cleveland.|
|Round 1 Pick 27: Los Angeles Clippers||Mfiondu Kabengele/ Center||Florida State||Kabengele is a stretch big man and should help the floor spacing playing next to Montrezl Harrell.|
|Round 1 Pick 28: Golden State Warriors||Jordan Poole/ Shooting Guard and Small Forward||Michigan||Poole had an inconsistent season at Michigan but he is talented and should get a chance to develop since the Warriors' depth is unclear at the present moment.|
|Round 1 Pick 29: San Antonio Spurs||Keldon Johnson/ Small Forward||Kentucky||Johnson slipped in the draft but the Spurs may have gotten a steal because of the former Wildcat's defensive- minded, physical game.|
|Round 1 Pick 30: Cleveland Cavaliers||Kevin Porter Jr. / Shooting Guard||USC||The Porter, Jr. and Windler selections are evidence that Cleveland valued shot makers and shot creators to fill out their roster.|
|Round 2 Pick 1: Brooklyn Nets||Nic Claxton/ Center||Georgia||Claxton is a rim protector but also has good mechanics on his jump shot. This is a good spot for him to develop.|
|Round 2 Pick 2: Miami Heat||KZ Okpala/ Small Forward||Stanford||Okpala gives the Heat some size on the wing, where behind Josh Richardson and Justise Winslow, the Heat need someone to produce.|
|Round 2 Pick 3: Boston Celtics||Carsen Edwards/ Point Guard||Purdue||The Celtics point guard position is murky with Kyrie Irving being rumored to test free agency. If Irving leaves, Rozier will be the starter, but Edwards has the potential to compete for bench minutes.|
|Round 2 Pick 4: Atlanta Hawks||Bruno Fernando/ Center||Maryland||The Hawks drafted a bruiser who is a throwback low post scorer. Fernando's game should complement fellow Hawks big man John Collins.|
|Round 2 Pick 5: New Orleans Pelicans||Marcos Louzada Silva/ Small Forward||Brazilian||Silva might be able to crack the young Pelicans roster because of his sharp three- point shooting (47 percent).|
|Round 2 Pick 6: Charlotte Hornets||Cody Martin/ Small Forward||Nevada||Martin can play forward but also showed his ability to play point guard. He is another tough-minded wing, which general manager Mitch Kupchak has shown to covet, by drafting the likes of P.J. Washington and Miles Bridges.|
|Round 2 Pick 7: Detroit Pistons||Deividas Sirvydis/ Small Forward||Lithuanian||The Pistons went overseas to draft another wing player in the second round. Sirvydis, 19, could spend a few more years overseas before joining the Pistons.|
|Round 2 Pick 8: Chicago Bulls||Daniel Gafford/ Center||Arkansas||Gafford is a rim protector who is best when out in transition. Look for Gafford to get significant playing time in the Summer League.|
|Round 2 Pick 9: Golden State Warriors||Alen Smailagic/ Center||Serbian||Smailagic, 18, caught scouts eyes in the G-League. The Warriors showed a need for young athletic big men after center Kevon Looney injured his shoulder in the Finals.|
|Round 2 Pick 10: Sacramento Kings||Justin James/ Small Forward||Wyoming||James has an offensive repertoire that made him worth a selection. How he plays within a team setting at summer league could determine his roster fate.|
|Round 2 Pick 11: Golden State Warriors||Eric Paschall/ Small Forward||Villanova||His toughness and ability to defend, despite being just 6'7", could remind folks of Draymond Green. DraftNasty had him going in the first round.|
|Round 2 Pick 12: Washington Wizards||Admiral Schofield/ Forward||Tennessee||Schofield is a physical player but, at 6'5", he doesn't have a true NBA position. Size limitations aside, Schofield can contribute as a spot-up shooter with a high motor.|
|Round 2 Pick 13: Minnesota Timberwolves||Jaylen Nowell/ Shooting Guard||Washington||The Pac-12's Player of the Year was an efficient scorer, posting 16 points per game on 50-percent shooting and 44-percent from beyond the three- point line.|
|Round 2 Pick 14: Denver Nuggets||Bol Bol/ Center||Oregon||The Nuggets don't mind taking players with injury risks (see the Michael Porter Jr. selection last year). If Bol Bol is healthy, he could be an impact floor spacer with his shooting.|
|Round 2 Pick 15: Detroit Pistons||Isaiah Roby/ Small Forward||Nebraska||Roby showed a little bit of everything offensively at Nebraska, with his ball handling, shooting and rebounding skill. However, too many times he was inconsistent. The Pistons put a premium on drafting wing players in this draft and Roby will get a chance to prove his worth.|
|Round 2 Pick 16: Los Angeles Lakers||Talen Horton-Tucker/ Small Forward||Iowa State||The Lakers could trade Horton-Tucker to save money in order to fill out the rest of their roster, but if he is retained, he brings position versatility.|
|Round 2 Pick 17: New York Knicks||Ignas Brazdeikis/ Small Forward||Michigan||Brazdeikis plays with a confidence and swagger that Knicks fans will appreciate. However, his defense is the reason he slid this far.|
|Round 2 Pick 18: Los Angeles Clippers||Terance Mann/ Small Forward||Florida State||DraftNasty had Mann going in the first round. His height (6'7") and position versatility could give him a chance to make the Clippers roster.|
|Round 2 Pick 19: San Antonio Spurs||Quinndary Weatherspoon/ Shooting Guard||Mississippi State||Weatherspoon enjoyed a productive senior season. We've seen the Spurs draft four-year college players and turn them into starters, and former Michigan State shooting guard Bryn Forbes comes to mind.|
|Round 2 Pick 20: Utah Jazz||Jarrell Brantley/ Power Forward||Charleston||Brantley is one of two CAA players drafted in the second round by the Jazz, Hofstra's Justin Wright-Foreman is the other. Brantley was one of the most productive mid-major players in the draft and was named All-CAA for four years.|
|Round 2 Pick 21: Boston Celtics||Tremont Waters/ Point Guard||LSU||Waters pushes the pace offensively and will join Purdue's Edwards in competing for a roster spot and potential minutes.|
|Round 2 Pick 22: Charlotte Hornets||Jalen McDaniels/ Power Forward||San Diego State||McDaniels averaged 15 points and almost nine rebounds per game at San Diego State. He has a thin build but being drafted at this stage gives him a chance to develop his body and overall game.|
|Round 2 Pick 23: Utah Jazz||Justin Wright-Foreman/ Point Guard||Hofstra||Wright-Foreman was the definition of a "bucket getter" at Hofstra, averaging 27 points per game. I'm interested to see how he performs in the summer league, where he won't be asked to take 20 shots a game to keep his team competitive.|
|Round 2 Pick 24: Philadelphia 76ers||Marial Shayok/ Small Forward||Iowa State||Shayok is another athletic wing that the 76ers could use depending on how free agency shakes out for them.|
|Round 2 Pick 25: Sacramento Kings||Kyle Guy/ Point Guard||Virginia||Guy, like former Kings second round pick, Frank Mason, is undersized but confident and has excelled in big moments. Guy will have to play well to distinguish himself on a point guard-heavy roster.|
|Round 2 Pick 26: Brooklyn Nets||Jaylen Hands/ Point Guard||UCLA||Hands is a former McDonald's All American, who got better in his second season after an inconsistent freshman campaign.|
|Round 2 Pick 27: Detroit Pistons||Jordan Bone/ Point Guard||Tennessee||Bone impressed on a talent- rich roster at Tennessee with his leadership abilities and intelligence in clutch situations.|
|Round 2 Pick 28: Utah Jazz||Miye Oni/ Point Guard||Yale||The Jazz didn't target players from major colleges in the second round. Oni averaged 17 points, six rebounds and three assists. He got better every year in college and the Jazz hope to see that trend continue in the pros.|
|Round 2 Pick 29: Toronto Raptors||Dewan Hernandez/ Center||Miami||Hernandez, at 6'10", has terrific length and plays with a lot of energy. The Raptors have been one of the best organizations in player development recently and Hernandez has a chance to crack the roster in the future because of it.|
|Round 2 Pick 30: Sacramento Kings||Vanja Marinkovic/ Shooting Guard and Small Forward||Serbian||Marinkovic, 22, is a little older than most "draft-and- stash" European prospects. However, he is experienced and can shoot, which gives him a chance to be successful at the next level.|
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DraftNasty’s NBA 2019 1st Round Mock Draft
As draft night approaches on Thursday, DraftNasty’s Troy Jefferson takes a look at how he believes the first round will pan out.
Editor’s note: the mock draft doesn’t necessarily reflect the top 30 players on the DraftNasty big board but takes a peek into how each individual team will draft based on their need(s).
1. New Orleans Pelicans- Zion Williamson 6’7 285 PF-Freshman Duke
Willamson is the consensus best player in the draft and will serve as the face of the franchise in New Orleans now that Anthony Davis has been traded to the Lakers. Williamson and new point guard Lonzo Ball should be a terror in transition.
2. Memphis Grizzlies- Ja Morant 6’3 174 PG-Sophomore Murray State
With longtime point guard Mike Conley rumored to be on the trading block, it’s time for the Grizzlies to find a new face of the franchise.
3. New York Knicks- R.J. Barrett 6’7 203 SF- Freshman Duke
The Knicks missed out on Zion Williamson but fans should be happy about his Duke teammate R.J. Barrett. The godson of former two-time MVP Steve Nash, Barrett is polished and has a number of offensive tools to work with.
4. New Orleans Pelicans (From Los Angeles Lakers)- De’Andre Hunter 6’7 225 SF- Sophomore Virginia
The Pelicans will use their other top five pick, which they acquired from the Lakers, to bring in a small forward who can do a little bit of everything. Jrue Holliday, Ball and Williamson will command the bulk of the offensive load while Hunter can crash the glass and serve as a spot-up shooter.
5. Cleveland Cavaliers- Jarrett Culver 6’7 195 SG- Sophomore Texas Tech
Culver should be able to contribute right away for new Cavaliers coach John Beilein. The former Michigan coach should be very familiar with Culver, who scored 22 points, four assists and four rebounds against his Wolverines in the 2019 NCAA Tournament.
6. Phoenix Suns- Darius Garland 6’2 174 PG- Freshman Vanderbilt
Garland would add to a young core that already features Devin Booker and DeAndre Ayton. Garland is a masterful passer who should make life easier on the Suns star players.
7. Chicago Bulls- Coby White 6’5 185 PG-Freshman North Carolina
The Bulls are trying to solidify their point guard position after underwhelming results from Kris Dunn. Chicago could look to Chapel Hill, which has given them a good return on investment in the past.
8. Atlanta Hawks- Cam Reddish 6’8 208 SF- Freshman Duke
Reddish’s inconsistent play could cause a slight slide to the Hawks with the eighth pick. Offensively, Reddish possesses enough skill to take pressure off of Trae Young.
9. Washington Wizards- Sekou Doumbouya 6’9 203 SF- France
Under former executive Ernie Grunfeld, the Wizards had a tendency to draft Europeans. Names like Jan Vesely (2011 NBA Draft, 1st Round, 6th overall) and Tomas Satoransky (2012 NBA Draft, 2nd Round, 32nd overall) immediately come to mind. However, in terms of fit, Doumbouya exhibits the ability to defend at a high level and he excels in transition. Washington could use a player that plays hard and doesn’t take plays off. Doumbouya is that guy.
10. Atlanta Hawks (from Dallas Mavericks)- Brandon Clarke 6’8 215 PF- Junior Gonzaga
Clarke is the more NBA-ready forward between him and his Gonzaga counterpart, Rui Hachimura. The Hawks could package this pick for a veteran player, but if they decide to keep it look for them to take a player ready to contribute from the onset.
11. Minnesota Timberwolves- Nassir Little 6’7 220 SF-Freshman North Carolina
Little will bring grit and effort to the Timberwolves. Little’s offensive game needs polishing, but head coach Ryan Saunders has made his name in player development.
12. Charlotte Hornets- Nickeil Alexander-Walker 6’5 205 SG-Sophomore Virginia Tech
If the Hornets lose Kemba Walker in free agency, they will need someone to pick up the scoring load. Alexander-Walker has a lot of tools in his toolbox and averaged 16/4/4 last year at Virginia Tech.
13. Miami Heat- P.J. Washington 6’8 228 SF-Sophomore Kentucky
Pat Riley likes two things: toughness and Kentucky basketball. Washington fits the mold of a Riley pick and would be an immediate contributor.
14. Boston Celtics (from Sacramento Kings)- Tyler Herro 6’5 195 SG-Freshman Kentucky
The Celtics have to try and retain Kyrie Irving but whether he leaves or stays, Boston has shown how much they value three-point shooting (finished seventh in the NBA). Herro (35-percent from the three-point line) fits the bill.
15. Detroit Pistons- Jaxson Hayes 6’11 220 C-Freshman Texas
The Pistons have an abundance of big men and guard may be a bigger need. However, Hayes would be the best prospect on the board and hard to pass up.
16. Orlando Magic- Romeo Langford 6’6 216 SG-Freshman Indiana
The Magic need someone who can create on the perimeter and Langford can do just that. His shooting will be questioned (44- percent overall and 27-percent from the three-point line.)
17. Atlanta Hawks (from Brooklyn Nets)- Rui Hachimura 6’8 230 PF-Junior Gonzaga
If the Hawks decide to take two Zags in the first round, Hachimura would be a great complement to Brandon Clarke and John Collins.
18. Indiana Pacers- Keldon Johnson 6’6 211 SF-Freshman Kentucky
Johnson could provide another weapon for the Pacers to take pressure off Victor Oladipo. He averaged 13 points on 46-percent shooting from the field and 38-percent from the three-point line.
19. San Antonio Spurs- Matisse Thybulle 6’5 201 SF-Senior Washington
Thybulle boasts a 7’1″ wingspan and is a terror on defense. Thybulle (35-percent from the three-point line) projects as a “3 and D” wing.
20. Boston Celtics (from Los Angeles Clippers)- Bol Bol 7’2 236 C- Freshman Oregon
If he stays healthy, Bol Bol can have a productive career. A 7’2″ center who can shoot and run the floor is hard to find, and if he’s here at this pick Boston could take a chance.
21. Oklahoma City Thunder- Bruno Fernando 6’10 240 C-Sophomore Maryland
Fernando is a bruiser in the mold of Steven Adams. The Maryland big man could provide a low post threat for the Thunder, who have opted to use draft picks on wing players and guards in the past.
22. Boston Celtics- Ty Jerome 6’5 195 PG- Junior Virginia
Jerome would give the Celtics another option behind Terry Rozier and could be a solid backup if Kyrie Irving leaves via free agency.
23. Utah Jazz- Cameron Johnson 6’9 210 SF- Graduate Senior North Carolina
Johnson is an experienced silky smooth shooter. Utah could look to draft an immediate contributor who can help them take the next step in the Western Conference.
24. Philadelphia 76ers- Eric Paschall 6’9 255 F-Senior Villanova
The 76ers don’t have to look far for depth in the front court. Paschall can do a little bit of everything and would be good glue guy off the bench for Philadelphia. His game is reminiscent of Paul Millsap’s (Denver Nuggets).
25. Portland Trail Blazers- Kevin Porter Jr. 6’6 218 SG/SF- Freshman USC
Portland could look to stay on the West Coast and add bench scoring from the perimeter with an athletic wing like Porter, Jr.
26. Cleveland Cavaliers (from Houston Rockets)- Goga Bitadze 6’11 251 C-Georgian
Bitadze is a skilled big man that already has an NBA body. Beilein has been known to value international players and Bitadze is an intriguing prospect.
27. Brooklyn Nets (from Denver Nuggets)- Chuma Okeke 6’8 229 SF-Sophomore Auburn
Brooklyn has three small forwards that will test free agency this season (DeMarre Carroll, Jared Dudley and Rondae Hollis-Jefferson). Okeke averaged 12 points on 49-percent shooting during his sophomore year at Auburn.
28. Golden State Warriors- Terance Mann 6’7 215 SG/SF-Senior Florida State
With injuries to Klay Thompson and Kevin Durant, the Warriors will need immediate contributors to start the season. Mann played four years at Florida State and can play shooting guard or small forward.
29. San Antonio Spurs (from Toronto Raptors)- Nicolas Claxton 6’11 220 C- Sophomore Georgia
Claxton is an effective passer who can guard multiple positions, He fits the mold of a Spurs big man.
30. Milwaukee Bucks- Grant Williams 6’7 236 PF-Junior Tennessee
Williams can contribute right way for a team that’s equipped to win now. He can score in a variety of ways within the three-point line.