On this week’s 2019 NBA Mock Draft, we break down how the Lakers’ collapse impacts the draft lottery.
As all the time, projected standings are based mostly upon FiveThirtyEight’s CARM-Elo rankings. This model of the mock makes use of projections as of March 10, with a current run by the Suns pushing Cleveland again into the highest two.
We additionally focus on two high-pressure performances by Ja Morant to win the Ohio Valley Conferene and get into the NCAA match, in addition to Jarrett Culver’s profession scoring evening to seize a share of the B1G crown for Texas Tech and Duke-North Carolina Half II.
With out additional ado:
Schofield is a good match throughout the 3-jacking, read-and-react system Milwaukee runs on offense and would give higher energy to their scary constricting protection.
Fernando is likely one of the few large males on this draft you possibly can see taking part in crunch time towards the NBA’s most versatile groups. It might imply he goes far increased than this, however Toronto might steal him as a bench/improvement possibility behind veterans Serge Ibaka and Marc Gasol.
Jordan Bell and Kevon Looney are free brokers this summer time. Golden State wants wings, however possibly they draft one other large man if Gafford falls — the sophomore is able to contribute.
C, Mega Bemax
This choose is a relic of the Kenneth Faried commerce. Brooklyn provides to its deep trove of worldwide prospects with the massive, versatile Bitadze.
Try our full scouting report on Goga Bitadze.
G, North Carolina
Boston goes greatest participant accessible because it makes an attempt to cobble collectively a bundle for Anthony Davis that doesn’t embrace Jayson Tatum.
Try our full scouting report on Coby White.
Because of the Rockets, Cleveland can have the prospect to take a threat on somebody like Bol. If nobody takes the freshman — who’s recovering from a foot damage — by this level, the Cavaliers ought to absolutely convey him in if just for his skyscraping ceiling.
Try our full scouting report on Bol Bol.
Ty Jerome has gotten a variety of consideration at this spot, most likely as a result of he’s older and subsequently believed to be extra NBA-ready, however Herro is larger and not less than nearly as good a shooter, plus he’s two years youthful. Herro might play for Philadelphia in 2019.
G, Arizona State
Backup items for Portland that embrace CJ McCollum and Seth Curry have appeared nice this yr, scoring 113.9 factors per 100 possessions, which means Portland might lastly have discovered stability on the third guard spot. Including Dort, somebody who might contribute on protection instantly, can be one other attention-grabbing chew on the apple for the perennially guard-needy Path Blazers.
Try our full scouting report on Luguentz Dort.
Okpala is a participant whose expertise is lottery-level however who might fall relying on what they do in March and the way they measure on the mix. He’s a sophomore as nicely, so maybe that further yr in faculty will value him just a few spots on draft evening.
But when Okpala have been to finish up in Oklahoma Metropolis, he would be a part of Terrance Ferguson, Andre Roberson and Jerami Grant and create a flexible group of younger position gamers to fill out the rotation round Paul George and Russell Westbrook.
G, Virginia Tech
Alexander-Walker is likely one of the safer picks within the draft however, like Okpala, that would imply he falls into the 20s, notably if Virginia Tech falls early within the NCAA match once more. Pairing him with Donovan Mitchell would give Utah a really intriguing guard tandem, if they’re OK drafting yet one more backcourt participant this yr.
Williams is the massive, bodily wing defender Indiana wants in the event that they transfer on from veterans Thaddeus Younger and Tyreke Evans and transfer towards a system that matches Victor Oladipo even higher on each ends.
F, Iowa State
This choose comes through the Clippers and drops a participant in Boston’s lap whom some imagine is a top-five prospect on this class contemplating his age, intelligence and statistical output.
Porter is recovering from a preseason knee damage however can be a pleasant stability for San Antonio’s array of younger, athletic guards on the elbow and spacing the ground.
Try our full scouting report on Jontay Porter.
With an incredible 3.71 assist-to-turnover ratio and and unbelievable 3.four steal proportion given his diminutive stature and competitors within the ACC, Jones is the prototypical level guard to play subsequent to Blake Griffin because the All-NBA large man finishes his prime.
Try our full scouting report on Tre Jones.
For the sake of Hachimura’s profession, let’s all pray he leads to a participant improvement state of affairs nearly as good as Kenny Atkinson’s in Brooklyn. He has an excessive amount of expertise to be wasted below a coach that may green-light his worst habits.
Kevin Porter Jr.
Our hunch is that Porter will get again into the lottery by June (maybe on the expense of Nassir Little or Keldon Johnson), but when Orlando has the prospect, they need to 100 p.c pull the set off on the sensible, explosive combo guard.
Try our full scouting report on Kevin Porter Jr.