The 2019 NBA Draft is just a few short weeks away, taking place on Thursday, June 20th. Below is the 2019 NBA mock draft, as forecasted by our associate editor Tyler Marling, and staff writers Chase Gage, Loreal Nix, and Thomas Tittley.
2019 NBA Mock Draft – First Round
1.) New Orleans Pelicans – Zion Williamson, Forward
This is as easy of a number one pick as there has been in recent memory. Williamson has unlimited potential and can be a building block going forward. Since Anthony Davis has been traded to the Los Angeles Lakers, the Pelicans will be able to feature Williamson in the offense. With Holiday, Brandon Ingram, Lonzo Ball, and the number four pick in the draft, the Pelicans have accelerated their rebuild.
2.) Memphis Grizzlies – Ja Morant, Guard
If Williamson is the jackpot, Ja Morant is one of the best consolation prizes in the history of the NBA Draft. The Grizzlies would get an absolute stud and potential franchise cornerstone for the future in Morant. The Murray State standout is a do-it-all guard with great athleticism that can make an immediate impact for a franchise in need of a boost. Morant did recently undergo a knee procedure but is expected to make a speedy recovery. The point guard position is wide open now that Memphis has dealt Mike Conley to the Utah Jazz.
3.) New York Knicks – R.J. Barrett, Guard
Most people are claiming this is a three player draft, with Barrett being the third potential superstar. There are rumors that the Knicks are openly shopping this pick as they believe that Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving could sign there in the offseason. If not, Barrett would be a great selection as he has superstar potential. Barrett is an elite athlete who is capable of changing speeds when going to the rim. The most underrated part of Barrett’s game is his passing ability. Although he’s not always a willing passer, he has shown that he is capable of making high-level plays for others. Barrett is also an extreme competitor and loves the spotlight, so the New York media and pressure would not be a major issue for
4.) New Orleans Pelicans – Jarrett Culver, Guard
This will be an interesting pick for the Pelicans. They acquired this selection in the Anthony Davis trade. The Pelicans received enough back in the deal to be able to select the best available player with this pick.
Another interesting route the Pelicans could make with this selection is making a trade for a veteran. The Pelicans don’t necessarily need another young player with high potential as they have an abundance of those. A veteran guard or big may be perfect for their roster composition.
However, they should target the best available player with this pick and that is Culver.
Jarrett Culver is an exceptional all-around player that can do a multitude of things. He can defend at an elite level as well as knock down open shots. A defensive trio in the backcourt of Holiday, Ball, and Culver would make this one of the best defensive backcourts in the NBA.
5.) Cleveland Cavaliers – Darius Garland, Guard
Darius Garland is a bit of a wildcard in the draft. He missed the majority of his freshman campaign, appearing in only five games due to injury. His lack of sample size may turn some teams away, but he may be the most talented player left in the draft, and the Cavaliers shouldn’t overvalue positional need and fit when they are lacking talent. Although Collin Sexton was great over the last two months, Garland should be the pick here based on talent.
6.) Phoenix Suns – Coby White, Guard
The Phoenix Suns could go a few different directions with a couple of great wings still on the board. However, they will go with White, who they appear to be very high on and pair him with their excellent young guard, Devin Booker, in the backcourt.
7.) Chicago Bulls – Cam Reddish, Forward
Cam Reddish has been an enigma all year. He is an elite athlete with elite skill, there is a reason that most scouts compare him to Paul George. But he can sometimes go missing and look uninterested while on the floor. The Chicago Bulls already have two great offensive weapons in Lauri Markkanen and Zach LaVine. Reddish has a smooth shooting stroke and is very capable of attacking closeouts. If the Bulls can convince him to become a defensive stopper and allow him to grow in the Bulls offense and regain his confidence then Reddish could be the steal of a draft.
8.) Atlanta Hawks – De’Andre Hunter, Forward
The Atlanta Hawks would be ecstatic with De’Andre Hunter dropping to eight. They have Trae Young and John Collins but are weak on the wing. Hunter would fill that need. Hunter is someone who can come in right away and defend the opposing teams’ best wing scorer on a nightly basis. De’Andre Hunter is also a player who doesn’t need the ball in his hands to score. He would fit seamlessly with Young, who does need the ball in his hands to be effective.
9.) Washington Wizards – Sekou Doumbouya, Forward
The Washington Wizards could go a few different ways here. They could select a big, they could draft a guard in the event they blow it completely up and move either Bradley Beal or John Wall, or they could draft a wing to fit the current roster. In drafting for fit as the roster is constructed today, the Wizards should select Sekou Doumbouya. He is a long forward who has a very similar game to that of rising star Pascal Siakam. Doumbouya has excellent size and is athletic and long enough to guard both forward positions. If the Wizards are intent on trying to compete with their current roster, Doumbouya has the upside to help
10.) Atlanta Hawks – Jaxson Hayes, Forward
The Atlanta Hawks have done a great job of building a young core for the future. Trae Young and John Collins look like future stars. Adding another long and athletic prospect could add another layer to the Hawks amidst their rebuild. Hayes could develop alongside Collins at either the power forward or center position and make an immediate impact. He is a raw talent, but his upside could prove to be tremendous for Atlanta.
11.) Minnesota Timberwolves – Brandon Clarke, Forward
Although he will be turning 23 during the NBA season, Brandon Clarke has shot up draft boards during his latest season at Gonzaga. Clarke is a 6’8’’ forward who is arguably the best defender in college basketball. In the NBA he will genuinely be able to guard four positions because of his lateral quickness and basketball instincts. Clarke had more blocked shots than missed field goals last season, even though he averaged 16 points per game. He is an elite finisher at the rim and has a terrific floater game. His free-throw percentage improved drastically over his three years in college and he shows promise of developing a respectable outside shot. Clarke would be a great fit on the defensively inept Timberwolves.
12.) Charlotte Hornets – Romeo Langford, Guard
A torn ligament in his shooting hand most likely dropped Langford’s stock as he scored efficiently in his last season at Indiana (49 percent from the field, 27.2 percent from three-point range). While Langford is a talented finisher under the rim, he has a predictable offensive style and struggles to change speeds. Still, Charlotte should take a chance drafting him with the 12th pick, as Langford’s scoring talent will help the Hornets be more efficient on the offensive end of the floor.
13.) Miami Heat – Nassir Little, Forward
When looking for an NBA wing player, Little has a bevy of tools — strength, agility and a great ability to matchup on the perimeter. However, Little is a little shaky playing off the dribble and shooting from distance. The Miami Heat need someone on the perimeter who can defend larger wings. Little can do that. They also have Justise Winslow handling the ball the majority of the time, Little is not someone who needs the ball to be effective, so he fits in well with Winslow.
14.) Boston Celtics – Bol Bol, Center
There has been no shortage of rumors surrounding Boston’s lottery pick. Bol Bol could prove to be a solid pick for Boston to add both size and length, two areas that doomed them in the playoffs against the Milwaukee Bucks. There are plenty of question marks surrounding Bol’s durability and long-term upside, but perhaps his potential will outweigh those concerns. In the right system, he could turn into a star player at the next level.
15.) Detroit Pistons – Keldon Johnson, Forward
Keldon Johnson is the prototypical three-and-D player that is so coveted in the modern-day NBA. At 6’7’’ and 215 pounds, Johnson has all of the physical tools to be a long and versatile defender on the perimeter. Johnson also shot 38 percent from three in his lone season in college and has the type of shooting stroke that should translate to the deeper NBA line. Johnson could be the wing defender and shooter that the Pistons have been looking for since they drafted Stanley Johnson.
16.) Orlando Magic – P.J. Washington, Forward
At 6’8”, Washington is a modern-day stretch forward. He’s an excellent mid-range shooter who can step out and hit the occasional three. He has excellent length which helps to make him a multi-positional defender. The Orlando Magic love long, multi-faceted prospects, so picking Washington 16th is a no-brainer for them.
17.) Atlanta Hawks – Kevin Porter Jr., Guard
After the Nets sent their 17th pick to Atlanta, the Hawks can now steal Kevin Porter Jr., who has the requisite talent to be a top 10 draft pick. He slides here because of some maturity issues that cost him some time as a USC Trojan. Porter has the size, shooting, athleticism, and defensive potential that you look for in a shooting guard. If he can mature, the Hawks will have their backcourt solidified as Porter would slide into the starting shooting guard position next to Trae Young.
18.) Indiana Pacers – Nickeil Alexander-Walker, Guard
If Nickeil Alexander-Walker is still available at the when the Pacers pick rolls around at 18, he will be an absolute steal. There could be some questions as to how he would fit alongside All-Star shooting guard Victor Oladipo, but one could argue their play styles would mesh well. He functions well off the ball and has a plethora of offensive tools. His length and defensive instincts will translate well at the NBA level. He would be a great second option for a team like Indiana.
19.) San Antonio Spurs – Grant Williams, Forward
Potentially one of the steals of the draft, Grant Williams is the type of player who would thrive in the San Antonio Spurs system. Grant Williams is the two time SEC player of the year and is a jack of all trades type player. He is an elite passer and help side defender and he is always willing to do the little things to help his team win. He is a terrific rebounder for his size and is able to make plays for himself when needed. The only question mark about Williams is whether or not he will be able to shoot at a high level from three. If he is able to improve this part of his game he could become an athletic Boris Diaw.
20.) Boston Celtics – Rui Hachimura, Forward
Gongaza big man Rui Hachimura looks like a good fit for the Boston Celtics at the 20th pick. He is an efficient scorer that has the tools for his position that will help the Celtics right away. While Hachimura needs to work on diversifying his offense, his solid defensive effort is good enough for the Celtics to take a chance on him.
21.) Oklahoma City Thunder – Tyler Herro, Guard
The Oklahoma City Thunder lack in the outside shooting department. Paul George was excellent from deep last season, but that was about it. Herro didn’t shoot it consistently great at the University of Kentucky last season, but he has the ability to get scorching hot. He also has excellent form on his jumper and may have been the best free throw shooter in the college basketball last year. Herro may struggle with on-ball defense, but he has the length to a good help side defender.
22.) Boston Celtics – Ty Jerome, Point Guard
Jerome is an elite shooter and passer who has an extremely high basketball IQ. He would be teaming up with former Virginia Cavalier Joe Harris. In the modern day NBA, you can never have enough shooters and floor spacers. He has obvious question marks about his athleticism and ability to stay in front of NBA athletes. But his intelligence should be able to keep him on the floor. He has is very similar to former Virginia Cavalier, Malcolm Brogdon. If he is put around good defenders he can be a valuable backup point guard in the NBA. The Celtics will be in need of a point guard with Kyrie Irving and Terry Rozier looking to be on their way out of Boston.
23.) Memphis Grizzlies – Cam Johnson, Forward
Following the trade of longtime star point guard, Mike Conley, the Memphis Grizzlies will look to add some firepower on the wing. They will pair Cam Johnson with Ja Morant and promising young big, Jarren Jackson. The Grizzlies are now in a full blow rebuild and will need big minutes out of Johnson right away.
Bruno Fernando’s draft stock has risen through workouts. He would be a great addition to the 76ers. Fernando fits in with their reliance on length on the defensive end of the floor, measuring in with a 7’3” wingspan. His offensive ceiling may be limited, but he would be far from the first option in Philadelphia. He could add depth immediately and transition into a backup role very easily.
25.) Portland Trail Blazers – Goga Bitadze, Center
Goga Bitadze is a very similar player to current injured Portland big man Jusuf Nurkic. Meyers Leonard had a breakout performance in the Western Conference Finals, however, he has been a bit of a bust since being drafted in the lottery in the 2012 NBA Draft. The Trail Blazers have the ability to make a little bit of an insurance pick with Bitadze being the best remaining center on the board.
26.) Cleveland Cavaliers – Mfiondu Kabengele, Power Forward/ Center
Kabengele is arguably the best shooting big man in this draft as he has become lethal in the pick and pop. A terror in transition and a great lob threat, Kabengele could be the perfect big man to pair with their earlier selection, Darius Garland. Kabengele boasts a 7’3” wingspan and great leaping ability. He has the potential to be an elite shot-blocker and interior defender in the NBA.
27) Brooklyn Nets – Eric Paschall, Forward
Eric Paschall is the perfect player for small ball lineups as he has great length for his height and is very mobile. More importantly, Paschall gives 100 percent effort every time he is on the floor. An older player, Paschall is the type of guy that can thrive in the NBA because of his high IQ and high motor. A good enough shooter where he has to be respected, Paschall is not someone that defenses can sag off of. He will struggle to rebound with bigger and stronger players and does not have the ball skills to make plays off of the bounce.
28.) Golden State Warriors – Darius Bazley, Forward
Darius Bazley is an enigma. He skipped out on college to play professionally, but he has tantalizing tools. Bazley has elite length for a small forward, however, he needs to add some weight. He has shown a much better frame throughout his workouts and the Warriors are thin on the wing with the question marks surrounding Kevin Durant and Klay Thompson. Bazley has a very high upside that the Warriors can afford to take a chance on.
29.) San Antonio Spurs – Matisse Thybulle, Wing
Matisse Thybulle feels like a Spurs pick. He doesn’t necessarily do one thing spectacularly, but he does everything well. Thybulle was a do-it-all wing for the Washington Huskies last season. For the Huskies, Thybulle was their defensive star. He played at the “top” of a tweaked 2-3 zone defense. And he was a nightmare for opposing teams. Thybulle has a high motor, he is very quick, and he is very long. Deflections were commonplace for Thybulle. He will fit splendidly with the Spurs and their team first mentality.
30.) Detroit Pistons – KZ Okpala, Forward
Okpala is a freakish athlete at 6’9’’ with a 7’2’’ wingspan and has the ability to put the ball on the floor. Capable of playing small forward or power forward, Okpala projects as an excellent defender who can create his own shot and get to the rim. Detroit will immediately upgrade their perimeter defense with this selection, an area they struggled with last season. He is reminiscent of Maurice Harkless with his versatility. Okpala improved his three-point percentage from 23 percent to 37 percent over his two seasons at Stanford.
31.) Brooklyn Nets – Admiral Schofield, Guard/Forward
Schofield is a solid shooter and is one of the most physical players in this draft. He could easily slide into the first round, specifically to the Celtics as Danny Ainge reportedly loved his workout. Brooklyn would be thrilled to snag Schofield in the second round.
32.) Phoenix Suns – Luka Samanic, Forward
Luka Samanic is a long versatile forward. He can do just about anything on the offensive end, include step out and hit jump shots. Samanic has a great shot at being a first round pick so Phoenix would love to have him in the first part of the second round.
33.) Philadelphia 76ers – Nazreon Reid, Forward
Nazreon Reid might be one of the best athletes in the 2019 NBA Draft. Reid would be an exciting player to add to young stars Ben Simmons and Joel Embiid. He would be a good fit with Simmons and Embiid because he has the ability to shoot the basketball, although he was a bit inconsistent.
34.) Philadelphia 76ers – Chuma Okeke, Forward
The Sixers have two stars set to hit free agency this summer, both at the forward position. Chuma Okeke is a small forward/power forward hybrid and could help fill either gap if Jimmy Butler and/or Tobias Harris decide to leave town in July. Okeke was climbing draft boards with his standout performances in the NCAA Tournament but then tore his ACL in the Sweet 16. There isn’t a specific timeline for his return, which could negatively affect his draft stock. However, he brings a ton of upside for whichever team takes the gamble.
35.) Atlanta Hawks – Luguentz Dort, Guard
Dort is a strong, explosive wing that has drawn comparisons to Marcus Smart. His hustle is unmatched, and he can get to the rim with relative ease. Dort would fit in excellent with Trae Young in Atlanta as most of his strengths are that of playing off the ball.
36.) Charlotte Hornets – Dylan Windler, Guard
In his last few seasons at Belmont, Windler shot 42.9 percent, 42.6 percent, and 39.8 percent from three-point range as he showed he is a very good outside shooter. Windler has proven that he is a consistent three-point threat, as well as the ability to make contested shots. This pick in the second round is perfect for the Hornets as they need wing shooters.
37.) Dallas Mavericks – Carsen Edwards, Guard
Carsen Edwards put on one of the greatest performances in NCAA Tournament history in Purdue’s loss in the elite eight to the eventual national champion Virginia Cavaliers. Edwards has an incredible shot-making talent and he is a lights out shooter. The knock on him is he is undersized. As things currently stand for the Mavericks, they need a point guard. Luka Doncic handled most of the ball-handling duties for Dallas last year, but they could use a secondary ball handler. Edwards is a great fit because he can be a spark plug off the bench and he can get hot in a hurry.
38.) Chicago Bulls – Isaiah Roby, Forward
The Chicago Bulls are loaded with offensive talent already, and will likely look for a stout defender at this point in the draft. Isaiah Roby is just the type of prospect they’ll be looking for. He has drawn comparisons to Andre Roberson, and for good reason. He has a very polished defensive game, but won’t wow spectators on offense very often, which could keep him off the floor at times. However, he could still be a great fit in Chicago.
39.) New Orleans Pelicans – Talen Horton-Tucker, Shooting Guard
At 6’5’’ and 240 pounds, Horton-Tucker is a beefy wing player out of Iowa State who has a natural feel for basketball. He is most comfortable in transition and creating for others as he is an excellent passer. Horton-Tucker is capable defensively because of his 7’1’’ wingspan and tremendous strength. He is a great rebounder for his size and carves out space down low. He needs to become a better shooter if he wants to stick in the NBA.
40.) Sacramento Kings – Daniel Gafford, Center
Gafford is an effective finisher and rebounds the ball well; he doesn’t have to score much to impact the game, as his elite defense creates has a major impact on the game. The Kings would love to have Gafford fall to them in the second as he could very well sneak into the first with his potential.
41.) Atlanta Hawks – Nicolas Claxton, Forward
Grabbing Nicolas Claxton with the 41st pick in the draft would be a major boon for the Atlanta Hawks. After adding Nassir Little, Jaxson Hayes, and Kevin Porter Jr. earlier in the draft, Nicolas Claxton is a luxury pick. The Hawks would have an exciting, young frontcourt with John Collins, Little, Hayes, and Claxton. Claxton could eventually develop into an excellent stretch big shooter, which is exactly what Atlanta needs.
42.) Philadelphia 76ers – Terrence Davis, Guard
Davis is a strong combo guard who is an excellent scorer. He is also an excellent playmaker. Davis averaged nearly 16 points and 4 assists per game in his final season for Mississippi. The 76ers would be thrilled with Davis dropping to the middle of the second round.
43.) Minnesota Timberwolves – Zach Norvell Jr., Guard
Zach Norvell Jr. is either going to be J.R. Smith or James Young. A streaky shooter who can create his own shot whenever he wants and is never afraid to pull the trigger. The Timberwolves need guys who can score when Andrew Wiggins or Karl-Anthony Towns are double teamed and Norvell can fill it up. He is not the athlete of J.R. Smith which is concerning but he has shown flashes as a passer. He is a risk that the Timberwolves should be willing to take this late in the draft.
44.) Atlanta Hawks – Jordan Bone, Guard
Bone has a good feel of ball-movement and excellent athletic ability. While he doesn’t create a lot of offense for himself, he does a good job of limiting turnovers and hitting big shots. The Atlanta Hawks taking Bone would be a steal for them.
45.) Detroit Pistons – Louis King, Forward
At Oregon, King made outside shots with impressive consistency down the stretch. Still, he has some struggles attacking the paint and needs to improve his game off the dribble. His size and ability the play on the perimeter is exactly what the Pistons need.
46.) Orlando Magic – Kris Wilkes, Forward
In the mid-second round, talent is the most important thing to look for. Kris Wilkes has plenty of that. He is a high-motor prospect that flourishes in transition on top of being a solid scorer. He’s drawn comparisons to Harrison Barnes, Rudy Gay, and Khris Middleton. Pair a guy like that with the young core in Orlando and you’ve got a recipe for success.
47.) Sacramento Kings – Ignas Brazdeikis, Forward
Ignas Brazdeikis is a crafty lefty who is almost more comfortable going right than he is going left. The 6’8’’ small forward projects to be a really good role player in the NBA as he is capable of making open shots, can make plays for others and has a strong feel for the game offensively. Although he is not a great athlete, his size, strength, and instincts often make up for these issues.
48.) Los Angeles Clippers – Terrance Mann, Guard
Mann’s perimeter shooting can be questionable. Still, he delivers the ball well and makes his teammates better with his elite passing ability. Mann would be a great addition to the Clippers who could add some depth to their backcourt.
49.) San Antonio Spurs – Adam Mokoka, Guard
This is a low risk, high reward pick for the Spurs. Mokoka has a lot of things to improve on, but he is a very athletic combo guard who has a lot of potential. He will need to improve on his jump shot and decision making to have a successful run in the NBA.
50.) Indiana Pacers – Jalen McDaniels, Forward
Jalen McDaniels would add some depth at the forward position for the Pacers. He’s a solid ball handler and can play multiple positions. His defense needs some work, but his size and wingspan leave room for legitimate defensive potential. He won’t make an immediate impact on a playoff team, but with some development, he can become a rotational player.
51.) Boston Celtics – Brian Bowen, Guard
Bowen is a 6’7’’ guard who signed with Louisville out of high school but never played as he was suspended indefinitely. After weighing his options for the following season, he decided to turn pro and signed with the Sidney Kings in Australia. A highly-touted prospect coming out of high school, Bowen has all of the tools to be a very good player. He is a capable defender, shooter, and ball-handler, but he lacks consistency. The Boston Celtics have a lot of depth at the wing position but Bowen has the natural talent where they could be convinced to take a flyer on him late in the draft and stash him in the G-League.
52.) Charlotte Hornets – Jalen Lecque, Guard
Lacque is an explosive, athletic talent who has nice defensive potential. However, he isn’t a natural point guard and doesn’t shoot well from the perimeter. There will be a strong emphasis on player development with the Charlotte Hornets taking Lecque.
53.) Utah Jazz – Tacko Fall, Center
Tacko Fall is the largest player in the 2019 NBA Draft, he stands 7’6” and weighs in at over 300 pounds. Fall is an excellent finisher around the rim due to his size, but he struggles with lateral movement and as a result, is in foul trouble often. Fall is a depth pick for the Jazz, someone who can provide six to ten minutes off the bench a night.
54.) Philadelphia 76ers – Jaylen Hands, Guard
The 76ers shipped Markelle Fultz away last season, opening up a backup slot behind Ben Simmons. Jaylen Hands could fill that role as a much smaller point guard that brings an essence of flash and explosiveness to the table. He could give the Sixers a nice shakeup at the position. His quick, fearless play will surely translate to the next level.
55.) New York Knicks – Jaylen Nowell, Guard
A 6’4’’ guard, Nowell is an elite shooter when given some space. He only took 3.3 threes per game but made an incredible 44 percent of them during his second season at the University of Washington. Nowell is a guy who could do well to return to college and improve his playmaking ability, Nowell is a projected G-League player. If the Knicks are patient and give him a few seasons, he could turn into a serviceable bench scorer and shooter in the NBA.
56.) Los Angeles Clippers – Sagaba Konate, Forward/Center
Based on his defense alone, Konate is elite. He has tremendous strength and a quick leaping ability. He has perfect timing as a shot blocker and can defend the rim. The Clippers can add Konate to potentially fill a role in their rotation.
57.) New Orleans Pelicans – Aubrey Dawkins, Wing
Aubrey Dawkins put on a fantastic display in an NCAA Tournament loss to Duke. Dawkins is a fantastic shooter, and it is by far his greatest strength. He has above average athleticism but does not possess a quick first step, so he will have trouble beating NBA defenders off the dribble. The Pelicans can use some help on the wing and Dawkins would have a chance at making the roster due to his shooting ability.
58.) Golden State Warriors – Zylan Cheatham, Forward
Cheatham has excellent size and length and would be an excellent late round selection for the Warriors. He averaged a double-double in his final season at Arizona State and led them to a great finish in the PAC-12 conference. Cheatham has improved his draft stock by showing his versatility and athleticism in draft workouts.
59.) Toronto Raptors – Simisola Shittu, Power Forward
Simisola Shittu was a five-star recruit coming off of a torn ACL in his senior year of high school who happened to play on one of the worst teams in the power five conferences in Vanderbilt. The Toronto Raptors are in the NBA Finals with a number of guys who spent significant time on their G-League team the Raptors 905. Pascal Siakam, Fred VanVleet, Norman Powell, and former Raptor Delon Wright, all played in the developmental league. Shittu is a naturally gifted athlete who runs the floor well, can finish at the rim, and on occasion, he shows elite vision. He is a terrific rebounder and is able to lead the fast-break as a primary ball-handler. A non-existent jump shot is the only thing keeping him out of the first round. The Raptors are the perfect team for him to go to where he can develop into a solid NBA player.
60.) Sacramento Kings – Jontay Porter, Forward/Center
Jontay Porter has a terrific feel for the game and has already developed a great all-around skill set for a big early into his style of play. While his productivity during his freshman year is a strong resume point, it’s unclear on how his conditioning while coming back from injuries and his body type will affect him going forward. With the last pick in the draft, it’s worth the risk for the Kings to take him as they are looking for a reliable defender.
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