A genetic freak of nature built like an NFL defensive end, he has exceptional athleticism at his size. A master dunker, he also displays a smooth, left-handed mid-range stroke and great passing skills. He can be a terror in the low-post like a true big man, or slash through defenses like a small forward. His skill set is unique but will he have enough height to defend with aplomb against big men at the highest level? Will his bulk prevent him from defending NBA swingmen? Unique franchise player and athletic big man with tremendous upside.
The undisputed and unquestioned best player in the 2019 draft, Williamson is now the new face of a Pelicans franchise that just traded away former franchise player Anthony Davis to the Lakers, and intend on rebuilding around Williamson. He is as unique an athlete as there is in professional sports, so it may not take long before Williamson becomes one of the faces of the entire league.
Owns an outstanding combination of athleticism and basketball savvy. A true quarterback on the floor, he passes with aplomb and can shoot the three-ball, too. Is also able to dunk the ball at only 6'3". Is the first player in NCAA history to average 20 points and 10 assists per game in a single season! There are questions about his ability to defend at the NBA level, due to his lack of height and optimal fundamentals when he does not have the ball in his hands, though his offense makes up for his weaknesses at the other end of the floor. Talented, athletic and all-around point guard with great upside.
In Morant, the Grizzlies land the best point guard available this year. He is good enough to make an NBA impact right away, which is what Memphis is counting on after dealing away veteran floor general Mike Conley recently. He has the talent to become the new franchise player in Memphis and could have been the top pick in this draft if not for the presence of Zion Williamson.
A complete player, he owns everything needed for long-range success in the NBA. Has good length, outstanding athleticism and terrific dribbling skills. His left-handed stroke is sweet and solid, so he has plenty of mid-range acumen. Can also defend multiple positions. Will need to work on his three-point shooting for maximum output at the highest level. The son of former Canadian national men's basketball star Rowan Barrett also has excellent pedigree. Athletic, versatile and talented wing player with good upside.
The Knicks have a lot of needs, and they are expected to be major players in free agency this summer. Adding Barrett here makes sense, since he is as versatile a player as they come. He may not know his future teammates yet but he is sure to be a valued Knick for several years to come.
The Lakers drafted for Atlanta here, following two separate trades. Hunter looks like a nice fit for a very young Hawks team that already boasts point guard Trae Young, big man John Collins and others. Hunter is a strong defender and a winner, having led Virginia to an NCAA championship.
The Cavaliers may or may not keep Garland here, as there are several trade rumors floating around at the moment. If they keep him, Garland should team with last year's top pick Collin Sexton as an intriguing, combo-guard combination to build around. That said, a trade still seems possible here.
The Timberwolves made a draft-day trade earlier to acquire the sixth pick from Phoenix in order to draft Culver, a young guard with all-around ability and versatility. The 'wolves already have Andrew Wiggins, Robert Covington and Josh Okogie on the wings so more moves are expected this off-season here.
The Bulls wanted a point guard and White wound up landing at their feet with the seventh pick (after several trades before this spot were made, which could have seen White go ahead of the No. 7 selection). White will likely battle Kris Dunn and/or a veteran off-season acquisition for the starting gig.
The Pelicans traded down from No. 4 (acquired in the Anthony Davis deal) to No. 8, and do not be surprised if they deal again. It is no secret that New Orleans is looking for a veteran player to help support No. 1 overall pick Zion Williamson and former Lakers Brandon Ingram and Lonzo Ball. So, could Hayes be on his way somewhere else? Stay tuned.
The Wizards need a lot of frontcourt help, so bringing in Hachimura makes a lot of sense here. A true forward who should be able to play both positions at the NBA level, expect Hachimura to start right away for rebuilding Washington (at either forward position, depending on other off-season moves).
The Hawks already selected De'Andre Hunter earlier in the lottery, so they decided to double-down by taking Reddish here. Both are likely small forwards at the NBA level, although Reddish can also play guard. There is a chance that Atlanta is not done dealing here, and that Reddish may be moved again.
The Suns acquired this pick in an earlier trade. In Johnson, Phoenix lands a sweet-shooting guard/ forward with a pretty solid body. The Suns have Kelly Oubre Jr., Mikal Bridges and Josh Jackson as possible forwards behind newcomer Dario Saric, so someone will likely be moved to fit Johnson in.
Offensively he does a nice job of finishing his shots around the basket. He's very good at getting position down on the low block, and drawing fouls from defenders. A solid rebounder. Hits his free throws too. . . . His overall game is still very raw: he struggles to hit outside shots and free throws, he's foul-prone at times, and he commits too many turnovers. Lacks much ability as a passer as well. . . . Raw but intriguing power forward or center prospect.
The Hornets decided against drafting North Carolina's Nassir Little in order to get Washington, a power forward with a big man's game and attitude. This looks like a good pick for Charlotte, who have veteran Marvin Williams as the current starter at the 4 position. Washington is now the heir apparent.
The Heat have a lot of similarly-sized players who can play multiple positions, but they do not have a lot of natural scoring talent. Enter Herro, who can shoot with the best of them in this draft and seems like a natural fit at shooting guard for a Miami team that has veteran Dion Waiters and others.
Boston could be in retooling mode this off-season, as point guard Kyrie Irving and center Al Horford are now expected to leave as free agents. Langford is a solid wing player who can score points. With the Celtics, he is likely to become a player who produces offense coming off the bench.
The Pistons need depth with their big men, as they do not have any behind starting center Andre Drummond, starting power forward Blake Griffin and backup seven-footer Thon Maker. Doumbouya has been compared to the Raptors' Pascal Siakam, so Detroit is taking a calculated gamble with this pick.
The Magic have a lot of good young players up front, so adding another forward is somewhat surprising. Okeke is a long-range prospect who is coming back from an ACL injury. He is a combo forward who will probably come off the bench in Orlando, where Aaron Gordon and Jonathan Isaac are currently starting.
After already landing Zion Williamson and Jaxson Hayes in the first round of this draft, the Pelicans now decided to go smaller here. Guard is where Alexander-Walker plays and he can probably play both positions at the NBA level. He joins Lonzo Ball, Jrue Holiday and Josh Hart on burgeoning Nawlins.
This is an interesting pick, since the San Antonio Spurs were rumored to be interested in Bitadze (the Spurs pick right after Indiana). The Pacers have Domantas Sabonis and Myles Turner as starting big men but Bitadze might provide depth down the line. He is not expected to play a lot of minutes in the NBA right away.
No National Basketball Association team gets more out of the European market than San Antonio, who lands Samanic here at pick No. 19. He is a big man with great shooting chops who appears to be a natural fit for Gregg Popovich's Spurs. Do not expect Samanic to play a lot in the NBA immediately, though.
Philadelphia moved up from 24 to 20 in order to acquire Thybulle, a tremendous defensive guard/forward who might be a nice fit for a 76ers squad who already boast tons of offensive talent in center Joel Embiid and playmaker Ben Simmons. Thybulle could be in the Sixers' rotation right away.
Memphis moved up in a trade with Oklahoma City here to land Clarke, a freakish athlete who will likely be able to play both the 4 and the 3 positions in the NBA. Clarke might back up Jaren Jackson Jr. at the power forward position and veteran newcomer Jae Crowder at the 3.
Boston could lose both Al Horford and Marcus Morris, who were quite often the starting center and power forward (respectively) in 2018-19. So they need more big men. Williams has the girth and strength to play power forward at the highest level but he is a bit undersized at 6'7". A hit-or-miss pick?
For the Thunder, Bazley represents a very interesting player. He is one of the most long-range projects in this draft so he is not being selected 23rd overall to play big minutes immediately. Instead, he will likely apprentice behind Oklahoma City star small forward Paul George for a few seasons.
This pick moved around a lot and finally landed at the feet of the Suns, who are as point-guard-hungry as any NBA team right now. So, adding a proven winner from the NCAA-champion University of Virginia in Jerome seems like a nice fit here. Phoenix is slowly building up a nice, all-around roster.
Many had Little going in the top 10 of this year's draft, so for Portland to add him with the 25th overall selection here appears to be a real steal. With the Trail Blazers, Little could eventually see big minutes coming off the bench to provide scoring from the wing. This was a great pick.
The Cavaliers now have an intriguing guard combination in Collin Sexton and Darius Garland, plus veteran big men Kevin Love and Tristan Thompson. With Cleveland now focused on shooting from the outside, Windler makes a lot of sense with this pick. He could have a future in Cleveland at small forward.
A center and the nephew of legendary shot-blocker Dikembe Mutombo, Kabengele is headed to the LA Clippers as a nice potential fit. The Canadian joins last year's rookie phenom and countryman Shai Gilgeous-Alexander on a team expected to make a major leap forward next season if Kawhi Leonard is added.
With both Klay Thompson and Kevin Durant injured and potential free agents, the Warriors needed to address the wing positions and add more shooting to the roster. Poole checks off all the boxes. He probably will not see a lot of minutes right away but could be used situationally by coach Steve Kerr.
With the pick San Antonio acquired in the Kawhi Leonard trade with Toronto, the Spurs' second pick in round 1, Gregg Popovich and co. decided to go with Johnson out of Kentucky. He has some more developing to do but has some Leonard in his game. He is unlikely to be part of the Spurs' rotation early on.
Detroit traded with Milwaukee for Tony Snell, which also included the final pick of the first round here. Then, the Pistons sent the pick to Cleveland. Porter Jr. is a talented scorer who will probably settle into a wing role with the Cavaliers (probably coming off the bench) but not right away.
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