|1.||Zion Wiliamson||Freshman||6’7″ 285||PF|
New Orleans came into the lottery with a slim chance to land the first pick and those odds turned in their favor with them winning what is being viewed as the Zion Williamson sweepstakes. Zion is a lock to go number one at this point and barring something crazy or a trade, he will be headed to the Pelicans hoping to help convince Anthony Davis to stay on with the franchise. With Williamson, Davis and Jrue Holiday as well as Julius Randle the Pelicans would have a solid foundation that they could add some more talent to through free agency. However with Davis reportedly still wanting out of New Orleans they are most likely headed towards a rebuild. Williamson is a good start but there will be some questions with how well he will fit in with Randle should he not be traded, although that will not play a role in their decision to draft Williamson. Whatever their roster ends up looking like, they are getting a prospect with a high ceiling that should be a star from day one, both on and off of the court.
|2.||Ja Morant||Soph.||6’3″ 180||PG|
Memphis was lucky as well to move up to the number two position, and it would make sense for them to take Morant here. Although they could go with RJ Barrett if they just simply view him as the better option, but as a franchise they are moving in a new direction and Morant would be the play making floor general that could lead the way. This would allow the Grizzlies to try and move Mike Conley to a contender for some young pieces or draft picks, however he comes with a large contract that has two years left on his deal. One caveat is that Conley does have an early termination option but considering the last year of the contract pays over 30 million dollars it be unlikely that Conley exercises that option.
|3.||RJ Barrett||Freshman||6’7″ 202||SG|
Knick fans were hoping to land the first pick and get their new franchise star in Williamson, however RJ Barrett is a solid consolation prize and as long as Memphis passes on the Duke freshman he could become a star in New York. The Knicks roster is anticipated to look much differently when next season starts with players like Kyrie Irving and Kevin Durant as possibilities, so how Barrett would fit is yet to be seen. If Memphis takes Barrett and New York ends up with Ja Morant that would excite fans as well, so either way it ends up going, the Knicks should get a potential star with the third selection. There is also the possibility that the pick will be included in a trade for Anthony Davis and the re-pairing of Zion Williamson and Barrett would be an interesting story line going forward.
|4.||Jarrett Culver||Soph.||6’5″ 190||SG|
The Lakers jumped up to the fourth spot which was obviously a positive but with most analysts viewing a drop off in the quality of prospects after the third pick there are plenty of question marks with what to do with the selection. Morant, Williamson and Barrett are all but guaranteed to be off of the board giving Los Angeles a lot of options here. They could take a point guard like Coby White or Darius Garland or they could elect to go with a shooting guard with Josh Hart and Lonzo Ball on the roster. Of course if they trade for Anthony Davis this all goes out of the window, but as of now Culver makes a lot of sense with his ability to score the ball and projecting as a high level defender as a professional.
|5.||Cam Reddish||Freshman||6’8″ 218||SG/SF|
Throughout most of the year one of the draft story lines was whether or not Cleveland would be willing to take Ja Morant with their selection even though they have Collin Sexton on the roster. That will most likely not be an option now that the lottery is over, and they will be left with a much different outlook than if they had a top three pick. Without many long term contracts the Cavaliers have a new slate after hiring John Beilein from Michigan and if his teams in college are an indication of how he will coach in the NBA, they will want to give him plenty of shooters. While Reddish did not shoot the ball efficiently enough as a freshman, he did show that he is capable of shooting the ball and creating open looks, which given his size would fit in perfectly with what Beilen wants his wings to do. Collin Sexton and Cam Reddish along with whatever player they select with their other first round pick is a young core that you can begin to build around with the hope they grow together into a winning team.
Picks by team:
Atlanta Hawks: Rui Hachimura, KZ Okpala, Ignas Brazdeikis, Jordan Poole, Luka Samanic
Boston Celtics: Bruno Fernando, Carsen Edwards, Brandon Clarke, Admiral Schofield
Brooklyn Nets: Kevin Porter Jr., Jalen Mcdaniels, Mfiondu Kabengele
Chicago Bulls: De’Andre Hunter, Jaylen Nowell
Cleveland Cavaliers: Cam Reddish, Tyler Herro
Dallas Mavericks: Ty Jerome
Denver Nuggets: No Picks
Detroit Pistons: Sekou Doumbouya, Ky Bowman
Golden State Warriors: Daniel Gafford, Chris Clemons
Houston Rockets: No Picks
Indiana Pacers: PJ Washington, Aubrey Dawkins
Los Angeles Clippers: Luguentz Dort, Bennie Boatwright
Los Angeles Lakers: Jarrett Culver
Memphis Grizzlies: No Picks
Miami Heat: Nickeil Alexander-Walker
Milwaukee Bucks: Kris Wilkes
Minnesota Timberwolves: Keldon Johnson, Talen Horton-Tucker
New Orleans Pelicans: Zion Williamson, Miye Oni, Chuma Okeke
New York Knicks: RJ Barrett, Shamorie Ponds
Oklahoma City Thunder: Louis King
Orlando Magic: Darius Garland, Zach Norvell Jr.
Philadelphia 76ers: Cameron Johnson, Jordan Nwora, Matisse Thybulle, Isaiah Roby, Justin Wright-Foreman
Phoenix Suns: Coby White, Dylan Windler
Portland Trailblazers: Naz Reid
Sacramento Kings: Robert Franks, Simisola Shittu, Jalen Lecque
San Antonio Spurs: Nassir Little, Goga Bitadze, Charles Bassey
Toronto Raptors: Jaylen Hands
Utah Jazz: Jaxson Hayes, Eric Paschall
Washington Wizards: Bol Bol