Mock Draft Friday (On A Tuesday)

Breaking down the top five picks from the updated 2019 NBA mock draft

Every Friday during the season we update our 2019 and 2020 mock draft’s. Due to the amount of games in the NCAA tournament on Thursday-Sunday, we held off on updating the mock’s until the first and second round had been played.

*Click on the players stats to watch highlights of that particular game

1. Zion Williamson Freshman 6’7″ 285 Power Forward

Last 2 Games:

32 Points, 11 Rebounds, 4 Assists, 1 Block vs. UCF

25 Points, 3 Rebounds, 1 Steal, 1 Block vs. North Dakota State

Going into the game against UCF, the narrative was centered around the Tacko Fall vs. Zion Williamson matchup, considering the amount of production that the Duke freshman provides inside. Outside of his missed free throw that would have tied the game in the closing seconds, Williamson played great while going 3 for 7 on three pointers when UCF was basically daring him to shoot. He did struggle at times with Central Florida’s size, which is the downside to his projection at the next level, but he managed to figure it out and finished the game with and impressive performance. In the first round against NDSU, Williamson dominated inside as per usual against inferior opponents, going 12 for 16 from the field as well as making a three. He continues to be the overwhelming favorite to go number one overall, and the city of New York would instantly have their new star. 

 

2. RJ Barrett Freshman 6’7″ 202 SG/SF

Last 2 Games:

16 Points, 8 Rebounds, 4 Assists, 1 Steal vs. UCF

26 Points, 14 Rebounds, 3 Assists, 1 Steal vs. North Dakota State

Barrett completely dominated North Dakota State in the first round showing off his versatile game on the inside, outside and in transition. An underrated aspect of his game is the ability to rebound as well as set his teammates up at a high level, which translates very well into the modern NBA game. He took somewhat of a backseat to Zion Williamson in the UCF game, but he hit the big game winning put back after Williamson missed a free throw late in the game. The freshman has gone 4 for 7 from deep in the first two rounds of the NCAA tournament, which if he can continue that going forward should alleviate some of the concerns around his efficiency. If Phoenix ends up with the number two pick, this selection could easily be Ja Morant, but Barrett and Devin Booker could co-exist as a 1-2 scoring punch in the backcourt with their versatile skill sets. 

3. Ja Morant Freshman 6’3″ 170 Point Guard

Last 2 Games:

28 Points, 5 Rebounds, 4 Assists, 2 Steals, 1 Block vs. Florida State

17 Points, 11 Rebounds, 16 Assists vs. Marquette

Another highly anticipated game from the first two rounds was the Marquette and Markus Howard facing Murray State and Ja Morant showdown. The game itself turned out to be a blowout, having much to do with Morant’s impressive play. He finished with a rare NCAA tournament game triple double leading Murray State to face Florida State in the second round. The FSU game begin with Morant dominating on offense with his outside shot, but as the game went on the lack of talent on the Murray State roster and Florida State’s size wore down the Racers. Their star still finished the game with 28 points and showed he can play against some of the best athletes that college basketball has to offer. Cleveland picking at three would be an interesting scenario. On the one hand, if the Suns choose Morant then they will most likely select Barrett no questions asked but on the other hand they could be left with a decision of choosing between their current point guard Collin Sexton and Morant. There is also the argument that these two players could play together like CJ Mccollum and Damien Lilliard but Sexton and Morant would need to improve their outside shooting for that be a realistic possibility. 

4. Cam Reddish Freshman 6’8″ 218 Small Forward

Last 2 Games: 

13 Points, 4 Rebounds, 2 Assists, 1 Block vs. UCF

12 Points, 4 Rebounds, 3 Assists, 2 Steals, 1 Block vs. North Dakota State

Reddish did not have his usual big game followed by a bad game trend continue, he had a more consistent first two games in the tournament. He hit a big three late in the game against UCF which helped saved Duke who looked like there season was coming to an end, which is a good sign that he has shown the ability in multiple games to make the clutch shots. As long as he shooting efficiency can improve in the NBA, Reddish has all of the tools necessary to be a long term player in the league and possibly offensive star. Playing a third option role with Williamson back, Reddish is relegated somewhat to a catch a shoot type of player for their run at the title. His game is much more than that, which when considered with his size, is why he is a lock to go in the top ten. Whichever team ends up with the fourth pick will have the most difficult decision of the draft, as Morant, Williamson and Barrett are widely seen as the top three prospects in the draft class. 

5. Jarrett Culver Soph. 6’5″ 195 Shooting Guard

Last 2 Games: 

16 Points, 10 Rebounds, 5 Assists, 2 Steals, 3 Blocks vs. Buffalo

29 Points, 8 Rebounds, 7 Assists, 1 Steal, 1 Block vs. Northern Kentucky

Texas Tech has had two of their best seasons in the programs history in Jarrett Culver’s first two years in Lubbock, and he helped improve upon that legacy with his performances in the first and second round. Culver completely controlled the game against Northern Kentucky, showing there was no doubt he was the best player on the floor. He has scored off the dribble getting to the basket, shooting the three, and the pull up jumper which he has the potential to do all of these at an efficient level in the league. He did struggle somewhat against Buffalo shooting the ball, which is the part of his game that he will need to improve, but the shot looks good and the potential is there. If Atlanta is at number five, it would make the most sense that they could go with a wing like Cam Reddish, Jarrett Culver, KZ Okpala, or Keldon Johnson and while all of them are obviously great players to be in that conversation, they all have their question marks. 

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