The college basketball season is over and the NBA Playoffs are underway. Teams not in the playoffs are already looking ahead to the draft, so now is as good of a time as any to look ahead. Here is the 2019 NBA Mock Draft May 1. The draft order is from NBADraft.net.
1. New York Knicks- Zion Williamson, F, Duke
Williamson has gotten to show off his skills at Duke this season. He is really athletic, but is more than just a highlight reel player. The Knicks got their point guard via the Kristaps Porzingis trade in Dennis Smith Jr. and can now pair him with Williamson to start to build a core.
2. Cleveland Cavaliers- R.J. Barrett, G/F, Duke
Barrett has a polished offensive game, but does need to distribute the ball more. The Cavaliers took their point guard, Collin Sexton, in last year’s draft, so they can get a nice young wing player to go with him.
3. Phoenix Suns- Ja Morant, PG, Murray State
Morant may have gone to a small school, but proved he could play with the best of them in NCAA Tournament. He’s got great athleticism and sets up his teammates well. Phoenix needs a point guard to run the team next to Devin Booker and DeAndre Ayton.
4. Chicago Bulls- Cam Reddish, G/F, Duke
At Duke, Reddish took a backseat to Williamson and Barrett, but still has great athletic ability and traits that help him score. The Bulls have decent players at several positons, but need them to develop. Reddish can be another one of those players, but has the potential to turn into a star.
5. Atlanta Hawks- Rui Hachimura, F, Gonzaga
Hachimura can play either forward spot and can shoot, which would help take some pressure off of Trae Young and John Collins. The Hawks will need to get a potential star with this pick and Hachimura fits that bill.
6. Washington Wizards- DeAndre Hunter, F, Virginia
Hunter has athleticism and can shoot. Being that he plays at Virginia, it is a given that he knows how to defend. The Wizards are in a precarious position with John Wall’s injury, but could always use a solid wing player.
7. New Orleans Pelicans- Jarrett Culver, G/F, Texas Tech
Culver has played so well he could be an All-American. He has a solid three-point shot and plays good defense. One thing that the Pelicans have needed for years is a wing player that can get his own shot.
8. Memphis Grizzlies- Nassir Little, F, North Carolina
While Little was one of the most highly-touted prospects in this recruiting class, he hasn’t quite lived up to the hype. The Grizzlies kept Mike Conley and have a rising star in Jaren Jackson, but could use another perimeter player who can get to the basket.
9. Atlanta Hawks- Nickeil Alexander-Walker, G/F, Virginia Tech
There were a lot of improved players in college basketball, but Alexander-Walker was right up there with all of them. After averaging 10.7 points as a freshman, he is now putting up 16.2 points per game. If he can get to the basket well, he can play the off-ball guard next to Young.
10. Minnesota Timberwolves- Darius Garland, PG, Vanderbilt
Garland missed the season with a meniscus injury. Due to a limited number of quality point guards in this draft class and his talent, he still could be drafted early. He can develop behind Jeff Teague and Derrick Rose.
11. Los Angeles Lakers- Jaxson Hayes, PF/C, Texas
The Lakers didn’t have good play from their bigs and also didn’t have great shooters surrounding LeBron James. They’ll target one or the other with their first-round pick. Hayes is far from fully developed, but has good body control for his size.
12. Charlotte Hornets- Coby White, PG, UNC
White started off the season slow, but really heated up down the stretch. He has good speed and size for the point guard position. The Hornets can pick White in case Kemba Walker leaves in free agency.
13. Miami Heat- Keldon Johnson, G/F, Kentucky
The Heat have a weirdly constructed roster, especially because they will be without Dwyane Wade next season. Johnson can fit the bill of an athletic wing, but he can also knock down the outside shot. Because of his defensive effort, he could turn into a great “three and D” player.
14. Boston Celtics- Bruno Fernando, C, Maryland
Fernando is a great rebounder and inside scorer. Boston has a lot of guards and wings, but could use some more depth on the interior in case last year’s first-round pick Robert Williams doesn’t pan out.
15. Detroit Pistons- Romeo Langford, SG, Indiana
While the Pistons are set on the interior with Andre Drummond and Blake Griffin, they need some better perimeter play. Langford can create his own shot, but isn’t the best outside shooter.
16. Orlando Magic- KZ Okpala, G/F, Stanford
Orlando traded for Markelle Fultz and now has a point guard to develop. They can take Okpala as a player that jumped off the stat sheet this season for Stanford to help him out.
17. Brooklyn Nets- Sekou Doumbouya, F, France
Doumbouya is just 18 and looks like a player that could thrive if a good coach gets his hands on him. The Nets could use a good forward or two, even if it takes a few years for Doumbouya to develop.
18. Indiana Pacers- Bol Bol, C, Oregon
The Pacers have Myles Turner, but could take Bol Bol and play them both or wait for Bol to develop more.
19. San Antonio Spurs- Goga Bitadze, C, Republic of Georgia
Bitadze is a physical player who can be a force if given the opportunity.
20. Boston Celtics- Louis King, G/F, Oregon
Danny Ainge has shown that he loves athletic, tall wings and could take one late in the first round. King is athletic, but can also shoot the three well.
21. Oklahoma City Thunder- Tyler Herro, SG, Kentucky
The Thunder need a player who can shoot and spread the floor for Paul George and Russell Westbrook. Herro can really help them space the floor, as he is a pure scorer.
22. Boston Celtics- Charles Bassey, C, Western Kentucky
Bassey may have played at Western Kentucky, but he was a good prospect who went on to average 14.6 points per game.
23. Utah Jazz- Brandon Clarke, F, Gonzaga
Gonzaga found a great player in Clarke, who transferred in for this past season. He is a rim protector and has the athleticism that not too many people with his size have.
24. Philadelphia 76ers- Mfiondu Kabengele, PF, Florida State
Although he came off the bench for the Seminoles, Kabengele was probably their best player. He can score in bunches and is a good athlete.
25. Portland Trail Blazers- Naz Reid, C, LSU
Reid can go inside, but is also a solid shooter from the outside and could provide an extra offensive threat for the Trail Blazers.
26. Cleveland Cavaliers- Daniel Gafford, C, Arkansas
He may not be the best offensive player, but Gafford has the necessary athleticism and finishing ability to be selected in the first round.
27. Brooklyn Nets- P.J. Washington, PF, Kentucky
Washington was another player who vastly improved his game this season. He can score in the post and stretch the floor, but may lack the athleticism to become a star.
28. Golden State Warriors- Carsen Edwards, PG, Purdue
Shaun Livingston is 33 and Quinn Cook has one more year before hitting restricted free agency. What better way to keep the Warriors rolling than selecting the player who was compared to Steph Curry multiple times in the 2019 NCAA Tournament.
29. San Antonio Spurs- Cameron Johnson, F, UNC
The Spurs need to hit on one of their first-round picks if they want to get back to competing for championships. Johnson has great size and shooting ability, but lacks great foot speed.
30. Milwaukee Bucks- Jalen McDaniels, F, San Diego State
McDaniels fits the current mold of a big man, as at 6-foot-10 he can handle and shoot better than most bigs in the class.