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2019 NBA Mock Draft: Breaking Down the Lottery Picks

The 2019 NBA Draft features some of the best prospects we’ve seen

Our expectations for how the 2019 NBA draft plays out could be thrown out the window in the top five picks. 

Duke forward Zion Williamson and Murray State point guard Ja Morant appear to be locked to go first and second, while Duke’s R.J. Barrett is expected to go third. 

But after the New York Knicks selection, the draft seems to be wide open with many possibilities in the first round. Which could lead to a few surprising selections in the first round

Zion Williamson of Duke.

1. New Orleans Pelicans: Zion Williamson, PF, Duke

Zion Williamson is one of the best prospects to enter the draft this century. Williamson can do it all on both ends of the floor with an incredible combination of size and athleticism He’s able to play anywhere offensively with his ball handling, strength and finishing ability around the rim. Zion is also a freakish defender around the rim.

Ja Morant of Murray State

2. Memphis Grizzlies: Ja Morant, PG, Murray State

Ja Morant is an amazing point guard that has incredible passing vision and athleticism. Ja Morant posses a high-level passing ability and shows great Shows great imagination to make creative passes, and seems to lead teammates into easy scores with his anticipation and vision. Morant has great defensive upside with his long arms and great ability to move laterally.

R.J. Barrett of Duke

3. New York Knicks: R.J. Barrett, SF, Duke

Barrett would be a great fit for the Knicks. R.J potentially offers a new face of the franchise to build around. A lefty 2-guard who plays the game with a lot of determination and energy. R.J has an incredible work ethic. Furthermore, Barrett has shown excellent craftiness as a finisher and finds ways to get defenders off-balance while at his time at Duke.

Darius Garland of Vanderbilt

4. Los Angeles Lakers: Darius Garland, PG, Vanderbilt

Darius Garland is a prolific scorer, Garland is extremely fast with Kyrie type handles and great shooting ability. In Addition, Garland posses excellent dribbling which creates passing angles. Although of his small size at 6’2″ Darius uses his quickness to blow by defenders and score an easy layup.

Jarrett Culver of Texas Tech

5. Cleveland Cavaliers: Jarrett Culver, SG, Texas Tech

Jarrett Culver shot up draft boards with stellar sophomore season. Multifaceted on offense and fundamentally sound on defense, he has future star potential and has drawn comparisons to Paul George. His versatility on both ends of the court would make him a natural fit in Cleveland’s rotation right away.

De’Andre Hunter of Virginia

6. Phoenix Suns: De’Andre Hunter, SF, Virginia

De’Andre Hunter is a 6’7″ wing with great size and finishing ability. Hunter has a massive 7’2″ wingspan which can help him on the defensive side and help him finish around the rim. Hunter shot from the field at a high rate and was solid all around.

Coby White of North Carolina

7. Chicago Bulls: Coby White, PG, North Carolina

With Culver and Hunter gone, the Bulls should draft Coby White a lightning quick combo guard with great scoring skills. White has an aggressive scoring mentality but also an unselfish playmaker. Coby White also has a quick first step allowing him to blow by defenders with ease.

Cam Reddish Camof Duke

8. Atlanta Hawks: Cam Reddish, SG, Duke

Cam Reddish is a versatile small forward with good shooting and offensive skills, an above average athlete with great size for a shooting guard. Reddish is very fluent and coordinated and has more potential than players selected in front of him.

Sekou Doumbouya of Limoges CSP

9. Washington Wizards: Sekou Doumbouya, SF, France

Sekou Doumbouya is an 18-year-old draft prospect from France, Sekou is the youngest player in the draft has the potential to be a great 3-and-D forward. Doumbouya has solid size and wingspan (6’11”), really fluid athlete and has NBA level athleticism.

Jaxson Hayes of Texas

10. Atlanta Hawks (from Dallas Mavericks): Jaxson Hayes, PF/C, Texas

Jaxson Hayes has incredible size and length making him one of the best prospects outside of the top 3. Standing 6’11” and sporting a 7’4″ wingspan and a frame that can be easily built on. Hayes fits great with the Hawks style of play with his ability to move.

Brandon Clarke of Gonzaga

11. Minnesota Timberwolves: Brandon Clarke, PF, Gonzaga

Brandon Clarke would fit great with the Timberwolves as a shot blocking machine alongside Karl-Anthony Towns who plays defense but no great at it. Clarke is also a strong finisher around the basket, Clarke has shown the ability to be a versatile big in the NBA

Bol Bol of Oregon

12. Charlotte Hornets: Bol Bol, C, Oregon

Bol Bol, the son of the late NBA legend Manute Bol, could be seen as a novelty. A foot fracture ended his season and made it clear that his selection would be a gamble. Yet Bol’s wingspan and his 3-point shooting suggest a player who could break the game wide open.

Kevin Porter Jr. of USC

13. Miami Heat: Kevin Porter Jr., SG, USC

Porter is a high-risk, high-reward player whom some team is going to roll the dice on. He shines with the ball in his hands as his athleticism and crafty moves take over, and he’s developed a useful step-back that creates a ton of space for his shot.

Rui Hachimura of Gonzaga

14. Boston Celtics: Rui Hachimura, SF/PF, Gonzaga

Rui Hachimura is an athletic forward and smart decision maker with a versatile skill set. Hachimura is a type of player that is very team-oriented player, who puts his team’s performance and winning over individual accolades.

Conclusion

In conclusion, not every pick is going to be exact, this is just a mock draft for the 2019 NBA Draft. Many teams have their eyes on different players, many trades could happen. No one knows what will happen. 2019 NBA Mock Draft by Raphael Nazarians | Follow my twitter @NBANewsVault

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  1. Emmanuella Love

    June 16, 2019 at 3:02 am

    Hey, how’s it going?

    I want to pass along some very important news that everyone needs to hear!

    In December of 2017, Donald Trump made history by recognizing Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. Why is this big news? Because by this the Jewish people of Israel are now able to press forward in bringing about the Third Temple prophesied in the Bible.

    Jewish Rabbis have publicly announced that their Messiah will be revealed in the coming years who will be a leader and spiritual guide to all nations, gathering all religions under the worship of one God.

    Biblical prophecy tells us that this Jewish Messiah who will take the stage will be the antichrist “who opposes and exalts himself above all that is called God or that is worshiped, so that he sits as God in the temple of God, showing himself that he is God” (2 Thessalonians 2:4). For a time he will bring about a false peace, but “Therefore when you see the ‘abomination of desolation,’ spoken of by Daniel the prophet, standing in the holy place (Matthew 24:15)…then there will be great tribulation, such as has not been since the beginning of the world until this time, no, nor ever shall be” (Matthew 24:21).

    More importantly, the power that runs the world wants to put a RFID microchip in our body making us total slaves to them. This chip matches perfectly with the Mark of the Beast in the Bible, more specifically in Revelation 13:16-18:

    “He causes all, both small and great, rich and poor, free and slave, to receive a mark on their right hand or on their foreheads, and that no one may buy or sell except one who has the mark or the name of the beast, or the number of his name.

    Here is wisdom. Let him who has understanding calculate the number of the beast, for it is the number of a man: His number is 666.”

    Referring to the last days, this could only be speaking of a cashless society, which we have yet to see, but are heading towards. Otherwise, we could still buy or sell without the mark amongst others if physical money was still currency. This Mark couldn’t be spiritual because the word references two different physical locations. If it was spiritual it would just say in the forehead. RFID microchip implant technology will be the future of a one world cashless society containing digital currency. It will be implanted in the right-hand or the forehead, and we cannot buy or sell without it. Revelation 13:11-18 tells us that a false prophet will arise on the world scene doing miracles before men, deceiving them to receive this Mark. Do not be deceived! We must grow strong in Jesus. AT ALL COSTS, DO NOT TAKE IT!

    “Then a third angel followed them, saying with a loud voice, “If anyone worships the beast and his image, and receives his mark on his forehead or on his hand, he himself shall also drink of the wine of the wrath of God, which is poured out full strength into the cup of His indignation. He shall be tormented with fire and brimstone in the presence of the holy angels and in the presence of the Lamb. And the smoke of their torment ascends forever and ever; and they have no rest day or night, who worship the beast and his image, and whoever receives the mark of his name” (Revelation 14:9-11).

    People have been saying the end is coming for many years, but we needed two key things. One, the Third Temple, and two, the technology for a cashless society to fulfill the prophecy of the Mark of the Beast.

    Visit http://WWW.BIBLEFREEDOM.COM to see proof for these things and why the Bible truly is the word of God!

    If you haven’t already, it is time to seek God with all your heart. Jesus loves you more than you could imagine. He wants to have a relationship with you and redeem you from your sins. Turn to Him and repent while there is still hope! This is forever…God bless!

    “EITHER HUMAN INTELLIGENCE ULTIMATELY OWES ITS ORIGIN TO MINDLESS MATTER OR THERE IS A CREATOR…” – JOHN LENNOX

    We all know God exists. Why? Because without Him, we couldn’t prove anything at all. Do we live our lives as if we cannot know anything? No. So why is God necessary? In order to know anything for certain, you would have to know everything, or have revelation from somebody who does. Who is capable of knowing everything? God. So to know anything, you would have to be God, or know God.

    A worldview without God cannot account for the uniformity and intelligibility of nature. And why is it that we can even reason that God is the best explanation for this if there is no God? We are given reason to know or reject God, but never to know that He does not exist.

    It has been calculated by Roger Penrose that the odds of the initial conditions for the big bang to produce the universe that we see to be a number so big, that we could put a zero on every particle in the universe, and even that would not be enough to use every zero. What are the odds that God created the universe? Odds are no such thing. Who of you would gamble your life on one coin flip?

    Is there evidence that the Bible is the truth? Yes. Did you know that the creation accounts listed in the book of Genesis are not only all correct, but are also in the correct chronological order? That the Bible doesn’t say the Earth was formed in six 24-hour days but rather six long but finite periods of time? That the Bible makes 10 times more creation claims than all major “holy” books combined with no contradictions, while these other books have errors in them? The Bible stood alone by concurring with the big bang saying, “In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth” (Genesis 1:1); and says our universe is expanding, thousands of years before scientists discovered these things. Watch a potential life-changing video on the front page of http://WWW.BIBLEFREEDOM.COM with Astronomer(PhD) Hugh Ross explaining all these facts based on published scientific data. He has authored many books, backed even by atheist scientists.

    Jesus came to pay a debt that we could not; to be our legal justifier to reconcile us back to a Holy God; only if we are willing to receive Him: “For the wages of sin is death…” (Romans 6:23).

    God so loved the world that He gave us His only begotten son, so that whoever believes in Him, through faith, shall not perish, but have everlasting life. Jesus says if we wish to enter into life to keep the commands! The two greatest commands are to love God with all your heart, soul, strength, and mind; and your neighbor as yourself. All the law hang on these commands. We must be born of and lead by the Holy Spirit, to be called children of God, to inherit the kingdom. If we are willing to humble ourselves in prayer to Jesus, to confess and forsake our sins, He is willing to give the Holy Spirit to those who keep asking of Him; giving us a new heart, leading us into all truth!

    Jesus came to free us from the bondage of sin. The everlasting fire was prepared for the devil and his angels due to disobedience to God’s law. If we do the same, what makes us any different than the devil? Jesus says unless we repent, we shall perish. For sin is the transgression of the law. We must walk in the Spirit so we may not fulfill the lusts of the flesh, being hatred, fornication, drunkenness and the like. Whoever practices such things will not inherit the kingdom (Galatians 5:16-26). If we sin, we may come before Jesus to ask for forgiveness (1 John 2:1-2). Evil thoughts are not sins, but rather temptations. It is not until these thoughts conceive and give birth by our own desires that they become sin (James 1:12-15). When we sin, we become in the likeness of the devil’s image, for he who sins is of the devil (1 John 3:8); but if we obey Jesus, in the image of God. For without holiness, we shall not see the Lord (Hebrews 12:14).

    The oldest religion in the world is holiness through faith (James 1:27). What religion did Adam and Eve follow before the fall? Jesus, Who became the last Adam, what religion does He follow? Is He not holy? He never told us to follow the rituals and traditions of man but to take up our cross and follow Him (Luke 9:23). There are many false doctrines being taught leading people astray. This is why we need the Holy Spirit for discernment. Unlike religion, holiness cannot be created. It is given to us from above by the baptism of the Spirit. Jesus is more than a religion; He is about having a personal relationship with the Father. Start by reading the Gospel of Matthew, to hear the words of God, to know His character and commandments. Follow and obey Jesus, for He is the way, the truth, and the life!

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