2019 NBA Draft Pick-by-Pick Analysis and Team Grades

1.       New Orleans- Zion Williamson

Thoughts: The Pelicans have a new face of their franchise in Zion Williamson.

Grade: A+ no brainer

2.       Memphis- Ja Morant

Thoughts: I’m a huge fan of Morant. He comes in and will replace Mike Conley.

Grade: A

3.       New York- R.J. Barrett

Thoughts: The Knicks finally made the right choice and selected Barrett. I compare him more to DeMar DeRozan at this point. He needs to shoot the ball better and learn to find the open man.

Grade: B+

4.       Atlanta- De’Andre Hunter

Thoughts: I love this fit for Atlanta. I originally had Hunter falling to Atlanta at 8, which most likely wasn’t going to happen. 

Grade: A-

5.       Cleveland- Darius Garland

Thoughts: This is a really interesting pick, especially with the Cavaliers drafting Collin Sexton last year. I think Garland is the most talented player on the board, so I can’t really argue with this pick. The Cavs need talent and at this point position still doesn’t matter. As they said on ESPN, the Cavs might be trying to have the next Lillard/McCollum combo in Sexton/Garland.

Grade: B+

6.       Minnesota (From Phoenix)- Jarrett Culver

Thoughts: Culver is the best player available here, but I’m not so sure I like the fit in Minnesota. Culver is an elite athlete that will need to improve his shooting. It will be interesting to see how he fits with Andrew Wiggins.

Grade: B-

7.       Chicago- Coby White

Thoughts: I had White to the Bulls in my first mock. I like his fit with the Bulls. Hopefully this allows Zach LaVine to play more off ball.

Grade: B

8.       New Orleans- Jaxson Hayes

Thoughts: This is an interesting selection. The Pelicans need big men and Hayes is the best big in a week draft for big men. I see a lot of Jarrett Allen on defense but with less range here. I’m surprised to see Cam Reddish still available.

Grade: B

9.       Washington- Rui Hachimura

Thoughts: This is the most surprising pick up to date. I like Hachimura, but I think there are more talented players available. This move shows that the Wizards are still in win-now mode and haven’t given up just yet.

Grade: B-

10.   Atlanta- Cam Reddish

Thoughts: I really didn’t think Reddish would fall all the way to 10 given his athleticism and high ceiling. The Hawks couldn’t pass up the opportunity to take Reddish after he fell here. I’m a big fan of the Hawks’ draft. They have a very solid young core.

Grade: B

11.   Phoenix- (From Minnesota): Cameron Johnson

Thoughts: I think this is a bit of a reach. This isn’t a terrible pick because Johnson’s bust potential isn’t as high as a lot of players in this draft. Best shooter in the draft. I would much rather have Culver than Johnson and Saric. I had Johnson at 17 which was higher than most other mocks.

Grade: B-

12.   Charlotte- PJ Washington

Thoughts: This is a solid pick from Charlotte. It seems as if they have always gone with the safe pick in recent years, and I thought this might be the year they took a risk, but it isn’t. PJ Washington is solid but doesn’t have huge star potential. It will be interesting to see how he fits with Miles Bridges.

Grade: B-/B

13.   Miami- Tyler Herro

Thoughts: I think this is a solid pick for the Heat. Tyler Herro can shoot the ball and has a lot of touch. He isn’t the risk that Nassir Little is. Devin Booker, another SG from Kentucky, also went 13th overall.

Grade: B/B+

14.   Boston- Romeo Langford

Thoughts: I like Langford’s upside. He can score from most places on the court. He really needs to improve his 3-pt. shot and won’t really accomplish much in the NBA without one.

Grade: B

15.   Detroit- Sekou Doumbouya

Thoughts: I had the Pistons selecting Rui Hachimura in my mock and Doumbouya makes sense with Hachimura gone. He has NBA measurables, but it will be interesting to see how he can handle NBA athleticism. He has a good looking stroke at 6’9.

Grade: B

16.   Orlando- Chuma Okeke

Thoughts: I thought Okeke was a second round-pick with a torn ACL. I think a player like Brandon Clarke would be a much better pick here. I like Okeke but not at #16 coming off injury.

Grade: C+

17.   New Orleans- Nickeil Alexander-Walker

Thoughts: I think this is a solid pick. Brandon Clarke is still available, but the Pelicans have already added Zion and Jaxson Hayes, so they needed a wing. I had Alexander-Walker going 18th so this isn’t bad value.

Grade: B+

18.   Indiana- Goga Bitadze

Thoughts: The Pacers stole Bitadze here from the Spurs, who have the next pick at No. 19. I think this is a very solid pick. I want to see how he fits with Myles Turner.

Grade: B+

19.   San Antonio- Luka Samanic

Thoughts: With Bitadze gone, I’m not surprised to Samanic go to the Spurs here. Samanic has a good shot and good size. I don’t know too much about him, but the Spurs have some great international scouts on staff. He played well at the combine and against FIBA competition.

Grade: B+                           

20.   76ers (From Boston)- Matisse Thybulle

Thoughts: I had Thybulle going 23rd to the Grizzlies in my Final Mock earlier today. Thybulle is an NBA ready defender but not a scoring threat at this point. Needs to improve 3-pt shot and show he can hit it consistently.

Grade: B-

21.   Memphis (From OKC)- Brandon Clarke

Thoughts: I love this pick for Memphis. Solid piece for a rebuilding team. Fits in nicely next to Jaren Jackson Jr. Clarke and Morant are two great selections for Memphis.

Grade: A

22.   Boston- Grant Williams

Thoughts: This is a safer pick, and at this point of the draft, I like it. Williams is a 2x SEC player of the year which is a huge accomplishment. High floor-low ceiling player.

Grade: B

23.   OKC (From Memphis)- Darius Bazley

Thoughts: The Thunder drafted Terrance Ferguson, who skipped college, a couple of years back and pick another player who skipped college in Bazley. Bazley is a risky pick who has a lot of length and upside. Had lots of helium entering the draft and I included him in the first-round in my final mock.

Grade: B-

24.   Phoenix (Boston)- Ty Jerome

Thoughts: I’m a really big fan of Jerome. I had him going No. 27 in my final mock. Will be able to contribute right away.

Grade: B+

25.   Portland- Nassir Little

Thoughts: I had Little going No. 11 in my last mock, but he falls all the way to 25. I think Little has a lot of bust potential, but Portland couldn’t pass up the value they are getting here.

Grade: B-

26.   Cleveland- Dylan Windler

Thoughts: I watched Windler drop 35 against Maryland in the NCAA tournament this year in Jax and immediately became a fan. He is not just a shooter and has plenty of athleticism. Can create space and has a nice lefty stroke.

Grade: B

27.   L.A. Clippers (From Brooklyn)- Mfioundu Kabengele

Thoughts: The Clippers snag Dikembe’s nephew here. I like Kabengele and think the Clippers are a very good fit. Siakam went 27th overall in 2016 and Kabengele’s measurables are similar.

Grade: B+

28.   Golden State- Jordan Poole

Thoughts: I didn’t have Poole getting drafted. I’m not a very big fan of Poole who doesn’t offer a ton outside of his shooting. There are a lot of better options still on the board.

Grade: C

29.   San Antonio- Keldon Johnson

Thoughts: I really like the value that the Spurs are getting here. Johnson gives 100% all the time and is a very good fir for the Spurs.

Grade: B+

30.   Cavs (From Detroit)- Kevin Porter Jr.

Thoughts: Another good pick. Porter Jr. is a tremendous athlete who could become a big piece in the Cavs rebuild.

Grade: B+

Round 2

31.   Brooklyn- Nic Claxton

Thoughts: Claxton is very raw, but he has a tremendous amount of upside. Needs some time in G-league before he is ready to contribute in the NBA.

Grade: B

32.   Miami (From Indiana)- KZ Okpala

Thoughts: This is a good pick at 32. I had Okpala going 25 to Portland. Raw with a lot of athleticism. Turns the ball over too much when handling the ball.

Grade: B

33.   Boston (From Philadelphia)- Carsen Edwards

Thoughts: I love this pick. The Celtics need a point with Kyrie on the way out, and Edwards is a bucket getter.

Grade: A

34.   Atlanta (From Philadelphia)- Bruno Fernando

Thoughts: NBA ready defender. Another solid pick by the Hawks in this draft.

Grade: B+

35.   New Orleans (From Atlanta)- Marcos Louzada Silva

Thoughts: Don’t know too much about Silva. Have watched some highlights and he looks solid. Josh Hart comps on ESPN

Grade: B

36.   Charlotte- Cody Martin

Thoughts: Cody isn’t the scorer that his twin brother Caleb is, but he is the better all-around player. I think this is an ok pick here.

Grade: B-

37.   Detroit- Deividas Sirvydas

Thoughts: I like Sirvydas and have seen a bunch of his highlights. He has a nice lefty stroke. I had him going 41 in my most recent mock.

Grade: B

38.   Chicago- Daniel Gafford

Thoughts: Gafford was a potential lottery pick last year before he decided to return to school. This is good value at 38. Will be interesting to see how he fits with Markkanen and Wendell Carter Jr.

Grade: B

39.   Golden State (New Orleans)- Alen Smailagic

Thoughts: Smailagic is widely unknown but not to the Warriors. He played for their G league squad and they were rumored to want to keep him. This is not a very surprising pick. He is 18 and still needs some time to develop.

Grade: C+-

40.   Sacramento- Justin James

Thoughts: James has NBA size, but he has been very inefficient at Wyoming. He turned the ball over way too much last season and shot under 30% from 3-pt range.

Grade: C+

41.   Golden State- Eric Paschall

Thoughts: I like the fit of Paschall on the Warriors. He is a very good shooter for his size and versatile on defense.

Grade: A-

42.   Washington- Admiral Schofield

Thoughts: He’s an inbetweener but still offers very good value here. High IQ player with a very good stroke.

Grade: B+

43.   Minnesota- Jaylen Nowell

Thoughts:  PAC12 player of the year. I think that Nowell profiles as more of a role player at the next level and be a scorer with the second-unit.

Grade: B

44.   Denver- Bol Bol

Thoughts: Teams must be very scared off by both Bol’s weight and injury history. He can be the steal of the draft here. I had him going as high as 12.

Grade: A-

45.   Dallas- Isaiah Roby

Thoughts: I’m not a huge Roby fan, but he has the athleticism and measurables to be an NBA player. He must get stronger before he can contribute at a high level.

Grade: B

46.   L.A. Lakers- Talen Horton-Tucker

Thoughts: I didn’t buy the first-round talk when it came to Horton-Tucker. He has crazy measurables at 6’4 and over a 7-foot wingspan but was largely inconsistent as a Freshman. I do like the fit with the Lakers.

Grade: B+

47.   New York- Ignas Brazdeikis

Thoughts: Another lefty from Canada. Brazdeikis is a bucket getter but a big defensive liability. He is a trash talker and will compete. Good value at 47.

Grade: B

48.   L.A. Clippers- Terance Mann

Thoughts: I like the fit of Mann on the Clippers. He is a capable scorer but needs to become more of a consistent 3-pt shooter. He has the tenacity to stick in the NBA as a role player.

Grade: B+

49.   San Antonio- Quinndary Weatherspoon

Thoughts: Love this pick. Q Weatherspoon can score with the best of them. Fits well on the Spurs and reminds me of a Josh Hart type of player.

Grade: A

50.   Utah- Jarrell Brantley

Thoughts: I don’t think Brantley sticks in the NBA. Put up solid numbers all 4 years in college but isn’t consistent enough from deep.

Grade: C

51.   Boston- Tremont Waters

Thoughts: The Celtics land both Edwards and Waters. I like Waters a lot, and he can fill it up from deep. I think he has the potential to be a solid backup PG. Good value here.

Grade: B+

52.   Charlotte- Jalen McDaniels

Thoughts: McDaniels was getting some first round buzz earlier in the season. He is athletically gifted but gets way too sloppy. I like this pick as a developmental selection.

Grade: B-

53.   Utah- Justin Wright-Foreman

Thoughts: I think Wright-Foreman can stick in the NBA. Compares to a bigger Isaiah Thomas. Can really light up the scoreboard.

Grade: B

54.   Philadelphia- Marial Shayok

Thoughts: Good shooter but I’m not sure he sticks. Will need some time in G-league. Will be 24 years-old soon.  

Grade: C

55.   Sacramento- Kyle Guy

Thoughts: I love Kyle Guy, but I’m not sure he sticks in the NBA. Great shooter and competitor that can possibly find a bench role.

Grade: B-

56.   Brooklyn- Jaylen Hands

Thoughts: I thought Hands might’ve been a first-round pick this season when he decided to return to school a season ago. There is solid value here.

Grade: B

57.   Detroit- Jordan Bone

Thoughts: Bone is a supreme athlete who I had going 58th in my final mock. He is a good risk to take late in the second. Could’ve benefited from another year at Tennessee.

Grade: B+

58.   Utah- Miye Oni

Thoughts: I love this pick. Oni has the great length and great athleticism. He did everything for Yale a season ago.

Grade: A

59.   Toronto- Dewan Hernandez

Thoughts: Hernandez was a 5-star recruit who missed all of last season after being declared ineligible by NCAA for receiving “benefits” (a hotel room). He impressed in the G-league combine and showed defensive potential. Good risk here.

Grade: B

60.   Sacramento- Vanja Marinkovic

Thoughts: Draft and stash player that may never reach the NBA.

Grade: C+

Atlanta (D’Andre Hunter, Cam Reddish, Bruno Fernando): A

Team Grades:

Brooklyn (Nic Claxton, Jaylen Hands): B-

Boston (Romeo Langford, Grant Williams, Carsen Edwards, Tremont Waters): B+

Charlotte (P.J. Washington, Cody Martin, Jalen McDaniels): B-

Chicago (Coby White, Daniel Gafford): B

Cleveland (Darius Garland, Dylan Windler, Kevin Porter Jr): B+

Dallas (Isaiah Roby): B-

Denver (Bol Bol): B

Detroit (Sekou Doumbouya, Deividas Sirvydas, Jordan Bone): B

Golden State (Jordan Poole, Alan Smailagic, Eric Paschall): B-

Houston: None

Indiana (Goga Bitadze): B

L.A. Clippers (Mfiondu Kabengele, Terance Mann): B+

L.A. Lakers (Talen Horton-Tucker): B-

Memphis (Ja Morant, Brandon Clarke): A

Miami (Tyler Herro, KZ Okpala): B

Milwaukee: None

Minnesota (Jarrett Culver, Jaylen Nowell): B

New Orleans (Zion Williamson, Jaxson Hayes, Nickeil Alexander-Walker, Marcos Silva): A

New York Knicks (R.J. Barrett, Ignas Brazdeikis): B+

OKC (Darius Bazley): B-

Orlando (Chuma Okeke): B-

Philadelphia (Matisse Thybulle, Marial Shayok): C+

Phoenix (Cameron Johnson, Ty Jerome): B

Portland (Nassir Little): B-

San Antonio (Luka Samanic, Keldon Johnson, Quinndary Weatherspoon): B+

Sacramento (Justin James, Kyle Guy, Vanja Marinkovic): C+

Toronto (Dewan Hernandez): B- (draft pick wise)/ A+(trade helped win championship)

Utah (Jarrell Brantley, Justin Wright-Foreman, Miye Oni): B-

Washington (Rui Hachimura, Admiral Schofield): B

Top Undrafted Players

Zylan Cheatham- New Orleans

Robert Franks- Charlotte

Luguentz Dort- OKC

Brian Bowen- Indiana

Jalen Lecque- Phoenix

Terence Davis- Undecided

Louis King- Undecided

Dedric Lawson- Warriors

Lindell Wiggington- Undecided

Jared Harper- Phoenix

Zach Norvell- L.A. Lakers

Tacko Fall- Undecided

Naz Reid- Minnesota

Kris Wilkes- New York

Charlie Brown- Atlanta

Sagaba Konate- Toronto

Aubrey Dawkins- New Orleans

Fletcher Magee- Milwaukee

DaQuan Jeffries- Orlando

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