Zion Williamson | Duke | Fr | PF | 6-7
People have been making comparisons for Williamson for a while. They say he is built like Charles Barkley. It is said that he is like Blake Griffin. And I can see those things, I think. But here's the truth: Zion Williamson is more like The Incredible Hulk than Charles Barkley ̵
Yes, Morant | Murray St. | Soph | PG | 6-3
NBA Legend Jerry West has reportedly told friends that he considers Morant the best perspective in this NBA draft. I disagree with respect because Zion Williamson is present. But Morant is obviously intriguing for many reasons – especially because it's incredibly difficult for him to stay away from the enemy guards. That's why more than half of Morant's field-goal attempts came to the edge, where he successfully ended more than 61% of the time this season. The CBS Sports First Team All-American scored an average of 24.5 points, 10.0 assists, 5.7 rebounds and 1.8 steals in 36.6 minutes per game. Murray State beat Marquette in the first round of the NCAA tournament, scoring a threefold double, and the fact that he scored 87.5% from the 3-point area in eight attempts in the NCAA tournament was a Proof that he is a capable shooter. Apparently the Grizzlies are rebuilding, and Mike Conley has nicely made it clear that he would prefer not to spend his last good years in the NBA to rebuild. So that's really easy. Draft Morant, pair him with Jaren Jackson Jr., hire Conley for young players / assets, and everyone gets what they want.
RJ Barrett | Duke | Fr | SF | 6-7
Barrett scored more points (860) this season than any newcomer to ACC history on the way to CBS Sports First Team All-American. He was the only player from a Power 5 conference that scored at least one goal scoring 13 points in every competition he played. In other words, the 6-7 Guardian is an indisputable and relentless bucket-getter – but his percentages and efficiencies have not been great, which is why some are skeptical that Barrett will become an NBA superstar. He made only 27.8% of his 2-point jumpers and 30.8% of his 3-point attempts, helping Duke reach the elite eight of the NCAA tournament. That's an obvious cause for concern. But Barrett is still the best player on the market at this time – and if the Knicks actually add Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving through a free agency, they could put Barrett between them and go straight to the East.
De & Andre Hunter | Virginia | Soph | SF | 6-7
There is no guarantee that the Lakers will make that choice, as it is a reasonable option to help LeBron James now by packing it with other things and leaving it to a veteran. But if the Lakers vote, they should just take the best available player – and in my opinion that's Hunter. He is a 6-7 wing that measures A) similar to OG Anunoby, B) can easily beat bigs or guards, and C) shot 43.8% out of 3-point reach this season while playing Virginia led to the national championship. It's hard to find reasons why he's not going to be great, if not great, on the next level. In fact, I've heard that former NBA players who are now television broadcasters call him Kawhi Leonard of the draft. I can not promise that exactly because it is such a high bar. But when it comes to Hunter appearing as a great two-way player, that's a fair assessment and why he's by no means out of the top five.
Jarrett Culver | Texas Tech | Soph | SG | 6-6
Culver plans to become a top-20 employer within two years of enrolling at Texas Tech, speaking volumes about development within Chris Beard's program. The 6-6 in the second year scored an average of 18.5 points, 6.4 rebounds and 3.7 assists this season in 32.5 minutes per game and led Texas Tech to the title game of the NCAA tournament. Yes, in this title game he was outdone by De & # 39; Andre Hunter – but that should not keep Culver from falling too far under Hunter in this draft.
Darius Garland | Vanderbilt | Fr | PG | 6-2
Deandre Ayton, number 1 last year, announces that Phoenix needs a point guard. The selection of Garland here would be very useful – even if he eludes a knee surgery towards the end of the season, which is far from ideal. Before Garland was injured, he played in five games for Vanderbilt. He scored an average of 16.2 points, while he scored 53.7% from the field and 47.8% from the 3-point range. He's great with the ball. He's a great shooter. If he turns into an All-Star, I'm not surprised.
Coby White | N. Carolina | Fr | PG | 6-5
Perhaps it should come as no surprise that the leading scorer in the history of North Carolina's high school basketball has made a big impact as a freshman to the UNC. Still, I'm not sure if many would expect White, a under 20-year-old in the 2018 class, to overtake Michael Jordan on the school's new list in early March and play as big a role as he would for a northern state has done Carolina team that has finished second in the NCAA tournament. Before the season White was considered a 6-5 shooting guard. But he showed the ability to play effectively with and without a ball this season, making him an even more intriguing and obviously resourceful player.
Nassir Little | N. Carolina | Fr | SF | 6-6
Little was the MVP of the McDonald's All-American Game 2018 and the Jordan Brand Classic 2018. So it's reasonable to assume that most did not expect him in his first season in North Carolina scored only 9.8 points on average. But that's what he did – at least in part because he only played 18.2 minutes per game and behind two seniors in Cameron Johnson and Luke Maye. From the perspective of the roster, it just did not fit. Regardless, the Boy Scouts are still fascinated by Little's natural talents and potential. So, while he is not selected where he would have been selected before the season starts, Little, with the exception of a surprise, is still selected in the lottery.
Romeo Langford | Indiana | Fr | SG | 6-6
Langford shot in poor odds in his first year in Indiana. Some believe he had an injured hand most of the season; In both cases, the 6-6 guard scored an average of 16.5 points and 5.4 rebounds in 34.1 minutes per game. He's a fascinating prospect big enough to play with Bradley Beal in Washington, which is why he's a reasonable option at this point in the draft.
Pick acquired in trade with Dallas
Jaxson Hayes | Texas | Fr | PF | 6-11
Hayes developed late and was ranked as the third best candidate in Texas' four-player recruitment class, having finished high school. But the 6:11 striker showed tremendous skills early in the season and established himself as a lottery talent with an incredible upward trend. Hayes shot 72.8% of the field – mainly because he had dipped everything close to the edge. His block percentage of 10.6 was nationally classified as 19th. And it should also be noted that Hayes is the son of a former professional athlete, which sometimes means nothing, but is definitely something that more and more NBA licenses appreciate thanks to players like Stephen Curry and Jaren Jackson Jr.
Cam Reddish | Duke | Fr | SF | 6-8
Reddish was voted into the top five in the preseason, suggesting that Duke is probably the first team in history to pick three players in the top 5 of the same NBA draft. But that seems an unlikely scenario, considering Reddish was playing. The 6: 8 striker scored just 35.6% from the field and 33.3% from the 3-point area – and the fact that he missed an NCAA tournament game for dubious reasons, could cause concern in some circles, the Reddish enthusiastic for the game, not eliminate is not where it should be.
PJ Washington | Kentucky | Soph | PF | 6-8
Not all undergraduates returning to school in the second year to improve their stock levels know better stock levels. But Washington definitely helped themselves this season – mainly because he switched from a 23.8% 3-point shooter (with limited ability) as a freshman to someone who scored 42.3% of the 78 3-point Sagittarius, who in the second year as leader in Kentucky tried the elite eight of the NCAA tournament. The 6: 8 striker topped Britain in both points (15.2) and rebounds (7.5). Washington projects as a stretch the floor striker, who can also work on the edge.
Sekou Doumbouya | France | – | SF | 6-9
Doumbouya should be the first non-college player to be selected. The 6: 9 striker was born in Guinea, but grew up in France – and was only 18 years old last December. He is the youngest projected striker on the market in the first round. He is a good athlete who can run and play over the edge. And although Doumbouya's tall Springer has never been consistent enough to call him a reliable shooter, there is no obvious reason why he can not develop into a high-level two-way player when rising from top professional league in France to the NBA.
Pick Acquired by Sacramento Trade
Brandon Clarke | Gonzaga | Jr | PF | 6-8
Zion Williamson had the highest player efficiency in college basketball this season, as previously mentioned. But Clarkes PER ranked second nationally; it was more than three points better than anyone else's. The 6-8 striker was an important reason why Gonzaga finished 16-0 at the West Coast Conference and was number 1 in the NCAA tournament. Clarke scored an average of 16.9 points, 8.6 rebounds and 3.2 blocks per game in 28.1 minutes per game. The San Jose State Transfer is an energetic big who is a plus player at both ends of the court. Any franchisee obsessed with advanced statistics will seriously consider it outside the top 10.
Tyler Herro | Kentucky | Fr | SG | 6-5
Herro has done a great job this season, proving that he is much more than "just a shooter". In Kentucky, the 6-5 guard scored an average of 14.0 points, 4.5 rebounds and 2.5 assists in 32.6 minutes per game, while 46.2% from the field, 35.5% from the 3rd 93.5% of the free throw line shot. So he's a guard with a size that can lay the ball on the ground and consistently hit down shots. And that makes Herro a real candidate who can be picked late in the lottery or outside the lottery.
Nickeil Alexander-Walker | Va. Tech | Soph | SG | 6-5
Alexander Walker made a significant leap from his first season to his second season, scoring an average of 16.2 points, 4.1 rebounds and 4.0 assists for a Virginia Tech team that owns the Sweet 16 for the second time in school history. More importantly, Alexander Walker has proved, at least for his NBA future, that he is a 6-5 guard who can play on or off the ball and keep at least three positions – all of which is why NBA Scouts hovering over him since November.
Bol Bol | Oregon | Fr | C | 7-2
Bol is probably the most polarizing perspective in this design. On the one hand, he is a 7-2 center that can lay the ball on the ground, effectively shoot with 3-pointers, and change and block shots like no one else has. That's the good. On the other hand, he is a 7: 2 center that is difficult to guard in space and has missed most of this season after suffering a foot injury in December, which had to be operated in January. That's the bad thing. Some franchises will put him in the top 10, others out of the top 20. Exactly where Bol will land in June is one of the biggest secrets of this design.
Rui Hachimura | Gonzaga | Jr | PF | 6-8
Hachimura has emerged as a freshman by averaging 4.6 minutes per game on average, one of the top 20 junior players – 59.1% out of the field and 41.7% out of the field Season 3 for a season-ending Gonzaga team finished in first place in the AP poll. The 6: 8 striker began playing basketball in his native Japan during his teenage years and has clearly improved every year in college in every respect. So there is no reason to believe that Hachimura does not get better in all the things he's already good at.
Keldon Johnson | Kentucky | Fr | SG | 6-6
Kentucky should have three players in the top 20 of this NBA draft – and they could really play in any order. For what it's worth, I have Johnson the last who comes off the board. But if he's actually the first, it's not surprising to think that the 6-6 wing is a nice athlete who scored 38.1% out of 3-point reach three times per game this season. He was an important reason why Kentucky was able to reach the Final Four in just 10 years under John Calipari for the fifth time.
Pick in trade with Los Angeles Clippers
Ty Jerome | Virginia | Jr | PG | 6-5
Show me a smart player with a good size for his position, who can either play back space, dribble, pass, shoot and hit the defensive end of the field hard, and I'll show you someone who can long career in professional basketball. Jerome is such a player. The 6: 5 combo guard scored an average of 13.6 points, 5.5 assists and 4.2 rebounds in 33.9 minutes per game for a Virginia-winning national team. The success that other new Virginia alums had in the NBA, combined with the fact that Jerome made 39.2% of the 424 3-pointer he tried in college, will help him at the Front Offices to make a mistake avoid.
Kevin Porter Jr. | USC | Fr | SG | 6-6
From a pure basketball perspective, Porter is a lottery talent that would be a bargain to the Thunder or anyone else so low in this design. But he has done very little, and possibly nothing, to eliminate some of the red flags that make him a stalwart in the lottery for some – not all, but definitely some – franchising companies. The 6: 6 wing spent part of its season as a freshman with one injury, one with a break, and was slightly less than the model student athlete. On average, he scored in just 22.1 minutes per game only 9.5 points for a USC team, which ended in defeat. None of this alone means that Porter will not emerge as one of the 10 best players from this draft. But among other things, it is unlikely that he is one of the 10 best players selected in this draft.
Luguentz There | Arizona St. | Fr | SG | 6-4
There was only the third top 50 high school candidate enrolled in the US state of Arizona. He joined a list that included James Harden and Jahii Carson, and he was an important reason why the Sun Devils made the NCAA tournament for the second consecutive year under Bobby Hurley. The Montreal 6-4 freshman scored an average of 16.1 points, reaching the free throw line 6.1 times per game. He has a wingspan of 6-9 and a real desire to protect both faster and bigger players. His 215-pound frame is rock hard. And even though Dort is not a natural point guard, he spent part of the season proving that he can play on or off the ball, which helped him with the scouts.
Admiral Schofield | Tennessee | Sr | SG | 6-6
Schofield was only a 3-star candidate, according to 247Sports, who graduated from high school – a 6-5 forward from Illinois who was not even considered a Top 250 recruit in the 2015 class. Now he is 6-6 with a molded body and the reputation of being a tireless worker loved by his coaches. All of which helped him score an average of 16.5 points and 6.1 rebounds this season for a Tennessee team that finished in first place for four weeks. The fact that Schofield has made more than 40% of the 393 3 over the past three seasons Points attempts indicates that it poses a real threat when it reaches the NBA.
Carsen Edwards | Purdue | Jr | PG | 6-1 | 200
Edwards' unbelievable performances in the NCAA tournament – especially his 42-point game against the Virginia team that won the national championship – helped the Purdue junior with NBA front-offs, and now he is likely a first choice. The 6-1 goal scored an average of 24.3 points per game in 35.4 minutes this season, while shooting 35.5% off the 3-point range. In the worst case scenario, I think Edwards projects are an instant offender perfect for dropping out of the bank.
Talen Horton-Tucker | Iowa St. | Fr | SF | 6-4
Horton-Tucker moved from a top-60 high school recruiter to a likely first place within a year, thanks to a nice season for newcomers, averaging 11.8 points and 4.9 rebounds in 27 Scored 2 points per game for an Iowa State team that has won the Big 12 tournament. The 6-5 guard is only 18 years old; therefore patience is probably required. But Horton-Tucker's ability to play multiple positions makes him an interesting prospect.
Selection acquired in trade with Houston
Grant Williams | Tennessee | Jr | PF | 6-7
Williams is a two-time SEC Player of the Year, averaging 18.8 points and 7.5 rebounds per game in 31.9 minutes per game. The CBS Sports First Team All-American was consistently so prolific that NBA scouts, who had previously wondered if what he's doing, would be moved to the next level, wonder why this is not the case. It is true that the 6: 7 striker is neither a great athlete nor a serious threat from afar. But Williams really knows how to play. And more and more often, players described this way will work out roles in the NBA for themselves. Maybe Williams can be next.
Selection obtained in trade with Denver
Concentration camp Okpala | Stanford | Soph | SF | 6-9
Okpalas production increased significantly this season. The 6-9 forward scored 16.8 points on average, scoring 36.8% of his 3-point attempts, while in the 2019 NBA Draft, he moved from a 2017 top-45 borderline vantage point into one probable tip turned for the first round. One of the keys to this is that Okpala moved from 6-6 to 6-9 forward within two years. So, now he looks like a nice combo for the way the NBA is being played.
Bruno Fernando | Maryland | Soph | C | 6-10
Fernando, already blessed with an NBA-enabled body, was extremely difficult for big ten-post players, with an average of 13.6 points and 10.6 rebounds in 30.0 minutes throughout the season to handle each game. A coach even compared him to Karl Malone. And while I'm not sure if the 6-10 forward projects, as the future Hall of Famer like The Mailman, ultimately came about, it's difficult to dislike a built-up athlete who also has an engine that allows him to harsher work harder and play harder than most of the other greats he has played against in the past two seasons.
Pick purchased in trade with Toronto
Dylan Windler | Belmont | Sr | SG | 6-8
Windler entered Belmont as a largely unannounced prospect, but leaves the country as one of the nation's most prolific players. The 6-8-year-old scored an average of 21.3 points per game and 10.8 rebounds this season in 33.2 minutes per game. At the same time he recorded the tenth best player efficiency of the nation and led the Bruins to their first victory in the history of the NCAA tournament. In addition, Windler has shot over 42% from the 3-point range over the past two seasons, suggesting he will be a reliable NBA shooter and a space-forward.
Eric Paschall | Villanova | Sr | PF | 6-8
Villanova needed Paschall to improve his game this season to remain relevant and win a fifth Big East title over a six-year period. He has. So did the wildcats. The 6-8, 260-pound senior helped out with the NBA Scouts proving that he is more than just a role-playing player in a team of four future NBA players, as he used to be. Paschall scored an average of 16.5 points and 6.1 rebounds per game in 36.1 minutes this season. The biggest problem is that he is already 22 years old and will turn 23 in November.