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Fourth Quarter Sports’ NBA Mock Draft 1.0

In the aftermath of the shocking results from the NBA Lottery on Tuesday, May 14th, many of us have already started buying Zion Williamson’s Pelicans jersey.

However, that may not be the only Pelicans jersey you’ll want to buy. No, I’m not talking about finally buying the Anthony Davis jersey that should’ve been bought. But instead, there will be another jersey you’ll need, and I’m going to tell you who.

In this version of the NBA Mock Draft, I’ll tell you all the players who’ll be drafted, and which teams could look for trades. In order for me to do that, I will need to first explain what type of trades will be done.

I will also go pick by pick and list the team needs. To keep things interesting, I will start from the 30th pick and work my way down to No. 1, because quite frankly, the No. 1 and No. 2 picks are already known. Also, don’t forget to look at Joel’s article on which two teams should trade their picks. Let’s get started with this mock draft!

30. Milwaukee Bucks:

Team Needs: Center

Pick: Naz Reid, C, LSU

Reason: The Bucks had their best season in a long time under new head coach Mike Budenholzer. They’ll be looking to continue and build on their success. With the roster they’ve assembled around MVP candidate Giannis Antetokounmpo, they could be the best team in the East for years to come.

The one position they’ll need help with, is the center position, as all three guys they used in the position during this great season are going to be free agents. Both Brook Lopez and Nikola Mirotic played huge roles during their playoff run. Pau Gasol is the third guy, but he was unfortunately injured during this time. What will the Bucks do with these guys? With the draft coming first, they could look to Naz Reid to fill some of the voids. Of course, it could’ve been nice to have a guy like Bol Bol, Bruno Fernando, or Jaxson Hayes, but that’s not the luxury of being the best team in the league.

29. San Antonio Spurs (via Toronto):

Team Needs: Point Guard

Pick: Mfiondu Kabengele, PF/C, Florida St.

Reason: This is the “Kawhi” pick that will be probably be talked about for many years. Unfortunately, with the success of the Raptors, this pick isn’t going to be as exciting. In fact, I’m not sure how much it means to the Spurs. They could likely trade this pick to move up or down in the draft.

In case they decide to keep the pick, Mfiondu Kabengele would be a great addition to a much younger Spurs team. He could also allow LaMarcus Aldridge to move back to the PF position.

28. Golden State Warriors:

Team Needs: Small Forward

Pick: Cameron Johnson, SF, North Carolina

Reason: Without knowing the decision of Kevin Durant and Klay Thompson, the Warriors may need to look in the draft to find a player who can fill a roster spot. With hopes of both guys returning, the Warriors will still need to add depth at a good price, especially if they sign both stars on supermax deals.

That’s why a player like Cameron Johnson will work here. Johnson could learn from the older guys like Andre Iguodala and Shaun Livington if they also both remain with the team.

27. Brooklyn Nets (via Denver):

Team Needs: Small Forward

Pick: Brandon Clarke, PF/C, Gonzaga

Reason: Now this is where the picks start to get interesting because most of these teams will be making two picks.

This is the case for the Nets, as they use the pick they received from Denver as part of the Kenneth Faried trade to find themselves his replacement after giving him a buyout. I think Brandon Clarke could be a nice addition to the team. Think about the success he had with Gonzaga and imagine pairing him with Jarrett Allen and whoever the Nets plan to sign in free agency.

26. Cleveland Cavaliers (via Houston):

Team Needs: Shooting Guard

Pick: Jalen McDaniels, PF, San Diego St.

Reason: Whether or not these Cavaliers plan to keep Kevin Love and Tristan Thompson is a different question. Regardless of that decision, they will still need to add depth to the frontcourt.

That explains this pick with Jalen McDaniels. McDaniels led his college team in rebounds and points as a sophomore, so we know he can play. I honestly think this will be one of the few picks that are steals in this draft. McDaniels could fit in well with the young talent of Collin Sexton and whoever they draft at five.

25. Portland Trail Blazers:

Team Needs: Small Forward

Pick: Kris Wilkes, SF, UCLA

Reason: This is, unfortunately, the only pick for the Blazers, and we hope they can continue to make the right moves. We know they won’t be wasting their time drafting any position, so expect small forward. With both Evan Turner and Maurice Harkless entering their contract years, the Blazers will be looking to find a guy to fill the void for the future.

I’m not saying Turner and Harkless will both leave next year, but the Blazers do have to decide on what to do with Al-Farouq Aminu, who will be a free agent this summer. It’s going to be interesting to see what the Blazers actually do with all these guys over the next few years. With this pick of Kris Wilkies, the Blazers will be looking to jump ahead into the future.

24. Philadelphia 76ers:

Team Needs: Small Forward

Pick: Charles Bassey, PF/C, Western Kentucky

Reason: This pick is very important for the 76ers, as they have a big decision to make in free agency on what to do with players like J.J Reddick, Jimmy Butler, and Tobias Harris. I think that’s where their focus will be, but they could also use this pick to add more depth to the frontcourt. Whether they resign Harris or grab someone else in free agency, the Sixers will need to add some depth anyways.

This pick of Charles Bassey can help give the Sixers’ versatility in their rotation. He could play both the forward and the center spot, so whenever the Sixers want to rest Joel Embiid, Bassey could give some valuable minutes.

23. Utah Jazz:

Team Needs: Shooting Guard

Pick: Tyler Herro, SG, Kentucky

Reason: Okay, so you might be surprised as to why we have the Jazz drafting another shooting guard after doing so the past two seasons. However, they need more depth, specifical players with the ability of scoring. Donovan Mitchell is entering into his third season and will look to improve himself even again this year. The aging guard Kyle Korver and tough defensive guard Grayson Allen are what the Jazz have behind Mitchell.

With this pick of Tyler Herro, the Jazz is hoping he can continue to be an excellent scorer and shooter off the bench for a good supporting cast for Mitchell. He could create his own role as the sixth man.

22. Boston Celtics:

Team Needs: Point Guard

Pick: Bruno Fernando, C, Maryland

Reason: This is the third pick for the Celtics, so we don’t need to worry about the team need here. Instead, they’ll be looking to add some depth at the center position to make sure they’ve filled that void that may be left if Al Horford and Aron Baynes don’t return next year. I think the Celtics will be focusing their attention on trying to keep both Horford and PG Kyrie Irving, while also trying to work out a deal to get one more superstar player to join them.

That’s why I think the pick of Bruno Fernando here is a good pick! Fernando is another one of those players who could be a steal. The Celtics have a lot of experience with drafting these type of players. Fernando is an explosive finisher and has great shooting ability for a big. If the Celtics were to draft him, they may not miss Horford much if they decide to let him go.

21. Oklahoma City Thunder:

Team Needs: Shooting Guard

Pick: Kevin Porter, SG/SF, USC

Reason: The Thunder have Russell Westbrook, Paul George, and Steven Adams, yet somewhere they’ve managed to be eliminated from the first round of the playoffs each of the last two seasons. They also haven’t had an actual shooting guard on their team since James Harden was there with Kevin Durant. Sure, they have Terrance Ferguson and Andre Roberson, but neither one of them are the scorers this Thunder team needs.

Roberson has been battling through injuries the last few seasons, and the Thunder need a shooter like Kevin Porter. Porter could fit the Thunder well, as he is a very talented ball handler who creates his shots. He has also drawn comparisons to James Harden in how well he can release the ball. The main concern is the off-court issues that caused him a suspension last season.

20. Boston Celtics (Via L.A. Clippers):

Team Needs: Point Guard

Pick: Bol Bol, C, Oregon

Reason: This is the second pick for the Celtics. We’re going to say it’s going to be traded to the Atlanta Hawks. The Hawks could be trading the No. 10 pick to Boston for the No. 20 and No. 14. With the 20th pick in the NBA draft, the Hawks will select Bol Bol.

Bol Bol will be a great addition to the Hawks, and it is a team need. His 7’2″ form averaged 21 points, 9.6 rebounds, and 2.7 blocks. He could also help the Hawks stretch the floor from the three-point line, but he only played nine games last year, and that could raise questions as to how healthy he is. Let’s see how healthy Bol Bol can be for the Hawks because that’s the only reason why he was dropped out of the lottery.

19. San Antonio Spurs:

Team Needs: Point Guard

Pick: Quentin Grimes, Guard, Kansas

Reason: This is the first pick of the Spurs, and they’ll be looking to add another guard to their rotation. With the Kawhi Leonard trade, the Spurs lost two high volume shooters, Kawhi and Danny Green. They did get shooting Guard DeMar DeRozan from the trade, but after him and maybe LaMarcus Aldridge, there isn’t another playmaker.

That’s why Quentin Grimes is the perfect pick here! Grimes is not only a playmaker but a great shooter as well. He was put in a situation at Kansas that allowed him to do both, and it could excel him to the next level where he can be a combo guard.

18. Indiana Pacers:

Team Needs: Point Guard

Pick: Carsen Edwards, PG, Purdue

Reason: The Pacers could do several things come draft night. They could try to trade up in the draft and get a player like Darius Garland or Coby White. They could also try to trade for Mike Conley of the Grizzlies. The final choice they have is to draft a player with this pick, and it should be a point guard even if Darren Collinson decides to stay.

That’s why Carson Edwards would be a great pick here. Over the season, Edwards continued to improve himself, and we all saw that in the NCAA Tournament when he scored 139 combined points in four games to help lead his team to the Elite Eight. He could be a great addition to the Pacers, and a very good pairing with Victor Oladipo when he comes back healthy.

17. Brooklyn Nets:

Team Needs: Small Forward

Pick: Daniel Gafford, SF, Arkansas

Reason: With the Nets making the playoffs last season and having a lot of cap space available, this summer could be big for them. After the draft, they’ll have to make decisions on certain players. Players like D’Angelo Russell and DeMarre Carroll. Russell will be brought back, but the Nets might be turning their attention to some of the big name free agents such as Kyrie Irving, Kevin Durant, and Jimmy Butler. They’ll still have this pick and will use it to add more depth at the forward position.

We saw earlier that they drafted a PF with their later pick, but here they will select Daniel Gafford. Gafford could help the Nets fill the spot that will be left by a likely departure from Carroll. He is one of the more versatile players in the draft, and we could see him have an impact right away. He is a high-energy talent who could’ve been a top-10 pick, but he slowed down as the season went on. The Nets are going to be expecting more from Gafford as the season goes on, so let’s see how this works for them.

16. Orlando Magic:

Team Needs: Small Forward

Pick: Sekou Doumbouya, SF/PF, France

Reason: The Magic made the playoffs for the first time in a long time. We could see them continue to fight for a playoff spot next season, as they’re looking to get better. One way to get better is through the draft, and that’s where the Magic will look.

The Magic will draft Sekou Doumbouya. This is another one of those picks that have the potential to surprise. Doumbouya is projected to be a lottery pick, but he has slipped to the Magic, and they will capitalize on it. Doumbouya is the type of player who can do it all for his team. He has great ball-handling skills and great defense for a guy of his size. He could use some quality playing time to help him reach his full potential, and the Magic can provide that.

15. Detroit Pistons:

Team Needs: Shooting Guard

Pick: Keldon Johnson, SG/SF, Kentucky

Reason: What a difference a player like Blake Griffin makes for a team. Griffin helped lead the Pistons to the playoffs with very little help. Reggie Jackson and Andre Drummond played their roles nicely, but they still need an extra shooter out there. Luke Kennard and Stanley Johnson haven’t been able to find themselves the way we’d like them to.

The Pistons will be looking forward to drafting themselves another guard to play alongside Kennard and Johnson. That pick will be Keldon Johnson. Johnson is a competitive, tough-minded wing player who can be a great three-and-d type guy. He also has the potential to be a high flier, and that could be a huge benefit for the pistons.

14. Boston Celtics (via Sacramento):

Team Needs: Point Guard

Pick: PJ Washington, PF, Kentucky

Reason: This is going to be another pick that could be traded to the Atlanta Hawks. The Hawks feel like the only two players they have are Trae Young and John Collins, but they have turned two picks into three and have added more frontcourt depth with both of these picks.

With Bol Bol selected later, this pick will be another piece to add into the rotation with Bol Bol and Collins. This pick is PJ Washington. He gives the Hawks the ability to stretch the floor. Washington is a great three-point shooter with length to guard multiple positions. This could be a great addition if the Hawks use him right.

13. Miami Heat:

Team Needs: Point Guard

Pick: Nickeil Alexander-Walker, SG, Virginia Tech

Reason: One reason why the choice to go with a shooting guard instead of a guard, is because they’re in search of Dwyane Wade’s replacement. Another reason is that they’re probably planning on trading for a point guard like Chris Paul or Mike Conley. Of course, trying Paul might mean that this pick will go to the Houston Rockets, who will be picking only once in the first round.

Fortunately, we don’t see Pat Riley actually trading a young potential star for an aging-star with nothing left to prove, so we’ll have the Heat keep this pick and turn it into another young guard like Nickeil Alexander-Walker. The good thing about this pick is that Alexander-Walker could play both guard positions. He showed he’s a capable distributor, creator and transition player. If the Heat manages to draft Alexander-Walker, he could complement Goran Dragic well if the Heat manages to bring him back.

12. Charlotte Hornets:

Team Needs: Shooting Guard

Pick: Romeo Langford, SG, Indiana

Reason: With this pick, the Hornets could do several things, like trading it, or maybe even think about trading this pick for pieces that they might need like a PG, especially if they need up losing PG Kemba Walker. Of course, we won’t know that until July 1, so let’s just say that Walker stays.

The Hornets need to find themselves a nice piece to add to the team, and they also need to find themselves a shooting guard too. I mean, that’s been the teams biggest need for a long time now. The Hornets will also be trying to work out a deal with SG Jeremy Lamb. We will also be more interested in who they might take with this pick because they have choices. I think with this pick, the Hornets select Romeo Langford, and they hope he becomes the rangy wing prospect many think he can be.

11. Minnesota Timberwolves:

Team Needs: Point Guard

Pick: Nassir Little, SF, North Carolina

Reason: The Timberwolves will most likely need a point guard in this draft with no real backup to Jeff Teague available. With Derrick Rose, Jerryd Bayless and Tyus Jones all expecting to be free agents, this will make sense for the Timberwolves. Had they received an earlier pick, they might be in the running for a point guard, but I think they will be looking in free agency for this position.

So let’s take a look at this pick here! I think the Timberwolves will look to draft another forward who could help the Timberwolves in their rotation. That’s why this pick of Nassir Little is perfect for the Wolves. Little played behind several upperclassmen as a freshman, so having the backup role shouldn’t be a problem. With Little’s athleticism, his length and size could allow him to play alongside both Karl Anthony-Towns and Andrew Wiggins.

10. Atlanta Hawks (via Dallas):

Team Needs: Small Forward and Center

Pick: Rui Hachimura, SF/PF, Gonzaga

Reason: This pick could be traded to the Boston Celtics. This is a move Atlanta wants to make, and we know Boston has a handful of first round picks, so why not trade up to get a guy they may not be able to get at 14?

That guy is Gonzaga forward Rui Hachimura. I know the Celtics have a lot of forward depth, but they also have a lot of questions to answer in terms of their free agents. Not only are Al Horford and Kyrie Irving free agents, but they also have Marcus Morris too.

Whether or not the Celtics bring Morris back, Hachimura will still have a wide range of roles. His large frame can attack off the dribble, while still being able to shoot three-pointers and be a good defender. The Celtics could benefit a lot from the addition here.

9. Washington Wizards:

Team Needs: Guard

Pick: Coby White, PG/SG, North Carolina

Reason: This could be another pick that gets traded. Or maybe they keep this pick and trade away Bradley Beal or John Wall because let’s be honest, it’s about time to make a change with those two. I think Beal is the first to go. It may not happen this offseason, but likely by the trade deadline.

Let’s assume they don’t make any moves of sorts in the offseason. We could expect them to want to draft a guard in the draft, and there is no better one here than Coby White.

I think White will be a good fit with the Wizards, especially with the status of John Wall. White is a score-first point guard with the ability to both create and facilitate. If the Wizards have a future plan to restart, White would be a great piece to do it with

8. Atlanta Hawks:

Team Needs: Small Forward and Center

Pick: Cameron Reddish, SG/SF, Duke

Reason: Let’s just say the Hawks need to find more shooters to play alongside Trae Young and John Collins. Fortunately for them, they have a chance to get the guy they’ve wanted all along.

That guy is Cam Reddish. Despite the recent news about his injury, he is still worthy of being taken here. Reddish has built himself a nice resume at Duke while playing alongside Zion Williamson and RJ Barrett. With him being the third option there, he’ll have his hands full in the NBA trying to be the one-two pouch for the Hawks with Young by his side. He has a beautiful shot release and defensive capabilities that should translate immediately for a Hawks team who struggled with defense most of the time.

7. Chicago Bulls:

Team Needs: Center

Pick: Jaxson Hayes, PF/C, Texas

Reason: The Bulls will have plenty of options available, but I think they will lean more towards the frontcourt right now because they still have Zach LaVine doing great things. Lauri Markkanen is also playing exceptionally well! But the Bulls’ depth at the center position is pretty non-existent after they made moves to let Joakim Noah and Pau Gasol go.

That’s why Jaxson Hayes is a great fit here. I don’t think that he alone can solve their issues, but Hayes is a natural shot-blocker. As a player who’s still learning to play with his height, Hayes could be a dangerous addition to the Bulls, especially when you add in his potential as a rim-running, shot-swatting specialist.

6. Phoenix Suns:

Team Needs: Point Guard

Pick: Darius Garland, PG, Vanderbilt

Reason: I believe this is the guy the Suns want if they can’t get Zion Williamson or Ja Morant. I also believe the Suns are a trade candidate for a point guard like Mike Conley. Conley could be traded to Phoenix for Tyler Johnson, TJ Warren and their 2020 first-round pick (Top 5 protected). A former lottery pick, Josh Jackson, could also be a piece traded to get Conley.

However, I think regardless of the trade that may or may not happen, the Suns will get this pick and use it to draft Darius Garland. This is a franchise who has struggled to get a true point guard on their team in the last two years.

After trading Eric Bledsoe to Milwaukee last year, the Suns found themselves looking for the next future point guard, and Garland could be it, even if they trade to get Conley. Garland could also be a backup to Conley for the start of his career, as he perfects his ball-handling and scoring ability as he recovers from an injury that sidelined him most of the season last year.

5. Cleveland Cavaliers:

Team Needs: Shooting Guard

Pick: Jarrett Culver, SG, Texas Tech

Reason: There will be no trade of this pick from the Cavaliers here unless they can get something great out of it. The only players worth a trade on the Cavaliers are PF/C’s Kevin Love and Tristan Thompson, but that is also not an impressive move. After the departure of LeBron James to the Los Angeles Lakers, the Cavaliers were put in a tough situation, and are starting over as a franchise.

Last year, they drafted Collin Sexton as the future point guard of the franchise. He was the third leading scorer on the Cavaliers last season. Only Love and guard Jordan Clarkson averaged more points then Sexton in the season. Had Love been able to play more than 22 games, the Cavaliers might have been a better team.

With the fifth pick in the 2019 NBA Draft, the Cleveland Cavaliers will select shooting guard Jarrett Culver to make up for the lack of shooting. Of course, the Cavaliers would probably have wanted to get DeAndre Hunter or R.J. Barrett, but any of these picks is better than having a J.R. Smith, who barely averaged 6.7 points throughout the season. I think Culver will be a great addition to the Cavaliers though.

4. Los Angeles Lakers:

Team Needs: Shooting Guard

Pick: DeAndre Hunter, SG/SF, Virginia

Reason: Let’s just be honest here. I don’t think this pick will belong to the Lakers, as they definitely trade this pick and several players for Anthony Davis. That trade will set the Lakers up to get at least one or two more superstar players to play alongside LeBron James and Anthony Davis. Guys like Kyrie Irving, Kawhi Leonard, Jimmy Butler, and Kevin Durant are rumored to be in the picture.

As a pick for the New Orleans Pelicans, Hunter could be a great addition with Zion Williamson, as the two of them plan to make the Pelicans a relevant team again. In college, he averaged 52.0 percent shooting, 43.8 percent from three-point, and 78.3 percent from the free throw line. Of course, he’ll need to work on improving his free throw percentage, but at least he won’t be pressured to be the best player on the team.

3. New York Knicks:

Team Needs: Forward

Pick: R.J. Barrett, SG, Duke

Reason: Unfortunately, I don’t see the Knicks being able to work out a trade for Anthony Davis, simply because they don’t really have anything to offer, besides questionable point guards like Dennis Smith Jr., Emmanuel Mudiay and Frank Ntilikina.

That’s why it makes more sense for them to hold on to this pick and draft a guy like R.J. Barrett, who has proven he could be a great shooter in the NBA. The Knicks will not only draft Barrett, but they will be hoping to have a big offseason with one or more free agents to sign.

The biggest names like Kevin Durant, Kyrie Irving, Jimmy Butler or Kemba Walker are in play. Barrett, paired with any one or two of those guys will be good for the Knicks. He is the best shooter out of those players who are projected to be in the top five, after averaging 22.6 points a year in his freshman season.

2. Memphis Grizzlies:

Team Needs: Center

Pick: Ja Morant, PG, Murray State

Reason: Although a point guard isn’t what the Grizzlies need, they will draft Ja Morant, and they have openly said it on social media. They still need to figure out what to do with the center position after trading Marc Gasol for Jonas Valanciunas.

Valanciunas has a player option this summer, so he could opt to leave. He is the only center on the Grizzlies, with back up Joakim Noah being a free agent as well. This is where I see the Grizzlies looking to make more trades, with both Mike Conley and Chandler Parsons. Conley will be a lot easier for the Grizzlies to move.

One potential trade for Conley could be with the Phoenix Suns, as they could likely miss on their guy in the draft. Other teams who could be in the picture for trade for Conley could be Miami, Utah, and Indiana.

1. New Orleans Pelicans:

Team Needs: Forward

Pick: Zion Williamson, PF/C, Duke

Reason: There is no reason needed here. Zion Williamson is the best player coming out of this draft. I think with Anthony Davis in New Orleans, he will slowly become what we know he could be. If and when Davis gets traded to the Lakers, then only will Zion become an elite star, especially if he gets paired with a great shooter?

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Again, I know it’s early for a mock draft of the NBA, but now that the order is known, it made perfect sense. Let us know what you think about this draft and potential trades that impacted it.

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7 Responses

  1. Nice mock, i would love to see Jaxson Hayes in Atlanta if they don’t pull off a trade to move up

  2. charles cohen says:

    Dreaming if you think Sally is dropping that low. Hunter is already 23, Culver not that athletic, Langford very soft and this kid just turned 18 or at a high school age. Think of how many fans passed on Giannis not wanting to risk looking silly.

  3. charles cohen says:

    There is no chance that a kid just turning 18, improving in the best pro in France will fall below 8. Think how many gms choosing to be conservative, passed on Giannis. I would look for teams to trade up on him.

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