- New York Knicks- Zion Williamson, SF/PF Duke
After his scary injury, Zion came back and was better than ever in the NCAA and ACC tournaments, this is a no brainer.
- Cleveland Cavaliers- R.J Barrett, SF Duke
Ja Morant is the second-best player in the draft but the Cavs have Collin Sexton so they will go for the next best player, R.J. Barrett. R.J. is the scorer that the Cavs are in desperate need of, so this is a match made in heaven
- Phoenix Suns- Ja Morant, PG Murray State
This is another no brainer, the Suns need a point guard and Ja is one of the best point guard prospects we’ve seen in many years, watch out for the Suns in 2019-20.
- Chicago Bulls- Jarrett Culver, SG/SF Texas Tech
Although Culver was no-existent in Minnesota for the Final Four and Championship games, he will still go to the Bulls. His elite defense and ability to command a game were on full display in the Big 12 and against Buffalo, Gonzaga, and Michigan in the tournament. Against the MSU Spartans in the final four, he had one-point heading into the final 2:30 of the game. He then took control of the game and scored seven points to put away MSU. The Bulls could go point guard here, but I believe you have to go best available and not draft for need at pick No. 4.
- Atlanta Hawks- Cam Reddish, SG/SF Duke
Reddish had a slow start to his college career at Duke, but his offensive skills started to match his elite defensive skills. Reddish could have maybe done a better job at displaying his skills at another university so the pre-Draft workouts will be very important for Reddish. He should excel in those and his stock should rise to around this spot. Reddish will fill into Vince Carter’s role and probably be the sixth man in Atlanta.
- Washington Wizards- De’Andre Hunter, SF Virginia
De’Andre Hunter had an excellent championship came and had one of the most clutch shots in March Madness history. As we saw with Donte DiVincenzo last year, the national championship can boost one’s draft stock immensely. Hunter was initially a late lottery pick but has been rising as Virginia’s championship run continued. Hunter will replace the hole in the Wizards lineup left by Otto Porter Jr. as its unlikely that the Wizards will pick up Jabari Parker’s $20 million team option.
- Memphis Grizzlies- Romeo Langford, SG Indiana
The Grizzlies are in a tricky spot as they refused to trade away Mike Conley to completely blow up their old core. This would mean that their only solid piece is Jaren Jackson Jr. who occupies the power forward spot so they would pick the best available prospect, Romeo Langford. Romeo decided to attend Indiana and he put up a solid 17.4 ppg in the defensively intense Big Ten conference. Romeo underwent thumb surgery so he could slide a bit so pay attention to his NBA workouts.
- Atlanta Hawks (from Dallas)- Jaxson Hayes, C Texas
Jaxson Hayes is the top center prospect and Atlanta needs a wing and a center and Cam Reddish fulfills the wing need and Hayes fulfills the center need. Jaxson had a quite year at Texas and didn’t grab many rebounds at only 7.7 a game. However, he had one of the best efficiently ratings and his 3.4 blocks and 73% field goal percentage were some of the best in the NCAA last season.
- New Orleans Pelicans- Coby White, PG UNC
Coby White has had a meteoric rise up the draft board due to UNC’s two victories over Duke and his impressive afro. Coby White’s speed is nearly as quick as De’Aaron Fox and that allows him to run a one-man fast break. White also has solid defensive skills so he would make an elite defensive pairing with Jrue Holiday in the back court. Anthony Davis will most likely result in a new group of forwards so the Pelicans could have a lot of new faces this summer
- Minnesota Timberwolves- Darius Garland, PG Vanderbilt
Derrick Rose is going to want more money that the Timberwolves can pay him, and Tyus Jones and Jeff Teague aren’t good enough to compete in the West. NBA teams aren’t sure on who the second point guard will be off the board, but Minnesota will select either Coby White or Darius Garland. Due to Darius’ injury earlier in the season, I’d imagine Garland will be the solution to the hole at point guard in Minnesota.
- Los Angeles Lakers- Rui Hachimura, SF/PF Gonzaga
As Los Angeles is in complete shambles after the Clippers made the playoffs as opposed to the Lakers, the Lakers need an overhaul this season. LeBron is showing signs of age and the window of his prime is closing quickly. Rui Hachimura is an NBA ready prospect due to him coming into the league as a 21-year-old. Rui had an outstanding junior season for Gonzaga and put up an outstanding stat line of 23.5 points and 7.7 rebounds.
- Miami Heat- Nassir Little, SF UNC
The Heat are currently touting one of the highest payrolls in the NBA and being in the lottery shouldn’t be the outcome. They are completely locked into their current core so picking a more young or raw prospect would allow them to develop before they get some money to spend in 2020-2021. Nassir Little had an underwhelming season at UNC where he assumed the role of the sixth man. He showed flashes of brilliance but couldn’t get the minutes to shine in Chapel Hill.
- Charlotte Hornets- Bol Bol, C Oregon
The Charlotte Hornets are in real trouble of becoming a basement dweller of the league for the foreseeable future. Having one of the worst rosters in the league and missing on nearly every draft pick since Kemba Walker, the Hornets are only relevant due to Kemba Walker. The Hornets were sniffing around the league for a center with Marc Gasol and Andre Drummond being rumored to Buzz City. Kemba Walker might walk this summer as he is an unrestricted free agent, so giving him a pick and roll or pick and pop option by the name of Bol Bol could convince him to stay.
- Boston Celtics (from Sacramento)- Sekou Doumbouya, PF France
The Celtics are a very good team and due to the exceptional work of GM Danny Ainge, the Celtics could end up with four first round picks. They own Memphis’ first round pick (top 8 protection), Sacramento’s first round pick, and the Clippers’ first round pick. The Celtics are a good enough team now so expect the Celtics to trade this pick probably to New Orleans for Anthony Davis. If they keep this pick, they should take Sekou Doumbouya who is very young and can develop for a few years before entering the C’s rotation.