We saw some last minute trades leading up to an exciting 2019 NBA Draft as well as some trades during. The Top 3 picks were no surprise, but the field opened up after that and there were plenty of surprises. Here are the complete 2019 NBA Draft results, as well as some analysis on each lottery pick.
- New Orleans Pelicans – Zion Williamson – PF – Duke
With Anthony Davis on his way to L.A., the New Orleans Pelicans need a new face of the franchise. Zion Williamson is that new face. His mix of size and athleticism is something that only comes around once in a generation. Not since LeBron James has a player taken the NBA by storm so much without even playing a single game.
- Memphis Grizzlies – Ja Morant – PG – Murray State
Ja Morant is a future franchise PG that would have been a number one overall pick in a lot of drafts. He is the best passer in the draft and can do it with both hands. His mix of speed and athleticism makes him an instant threat. Morant will take the reins in Memphis with the departure of Mike Conley.
- New York Knicks – RJ Barrett – SG – Duke
The New York Knicks missed out on the number one overall pick and it was a blow, but RJ Barrett is better than a consolation prize. He can attack the rim well and is a great rebounder. Once his shot gets fine-tuned in the NBA, he will be an elite player.
- Atlanta Hawks – De’Andre Hunter – SF – Virginia
De’Andrew Hunter has been one of the most underrated players throughout this past college basketball season. At 6’7” 225 pounds with a 7-foot-1 wingspan, Hunter is built for the NBA. He wasn’t a big rebounder in college but is a great all-around defender. He shot nearly 42% from three-point range in his two seasons at Virginia.
- Cleveland Cavaliers – Darius Garland – PG – Vanderbilt
Garland is one of the best pure shooters in the draft and is a great ball handler. He missed the majority of the season with a knee injury, only playing in five games. He was the #1 PG in the ESPN 100 coming out of high school, so despite his limited college playing time, the skill is there.
- Minnesota Timberwolves – Jarrett Culver – SG – Texas Tech
Culver shot 46% from the field last season, but his three-point shooting dropped from the season prior. He is a great all-around player and can defend at any position. His passing abilities are not to be underestimated either. His size on the wing is a great asset.
- Chicago Bulls – Coby White – PG – North Carolina
White is the all-time leading scorer in North Carolina high school history. He is a speedy PG and loves to get out in transition. He is a shooter and has size at 6’5” but will need to bulk up in the NBA if he wants to score closer to the rim.
- New Orleans Pelicans – Jaxson Hayes – C – Texas
The Pelicans have just drafted a center to replace Anthony Davis. Hayes is a freak athlete that can jump with the best of them. He is an elite shot blocker and a great rim protector. New Orleans now has two young high flyers with their first two picks.
- Washington Wizards – Rui Hachimura – PF – Gonzaga
Hachimura shot 59% from the field this past season and average nearly 20 points per game. He has one of the best pull-up shots in the draft and is capable of hitting the three. His 7’2” wingspan helps him be a great defender as well.
- Atlanta Hawks – Cam Reddish – SF – Duke
Drawing Paul George comparisons, many believe Reddish is the steal of the draft. His shooting hasn’t been as consistent as many would like. He has great size at 6’8” with a wingspan over seven-foot. He has the potential to be the best SF in the NBA if he can shoot as well as many believe he can.
- Phoenix Suns – Cameron Johnson – SF – North Carolina
The PITT transfer is the best shooter in this draft hands down. He has a high shot that will transition well to the NBA. He has the makings of a pure NBA scorer that can shoot both the deep ball as well as from mid-range.
- Charlotte Hornets – PJ Washington Jr. – PF – Kentucky
Washington is perhaps the most improved player in college basketball, both on offense and defense. Going back to Kentucky for his Sophomore year was a great choice for Washington that helped prepare him for the NBA. He can get to the rim and rebound as well. His shot is improving and that can make him a future All-Star.
- Miami Heat – Tyler Herro – SG – Kentucky
Perhaps the biggest reach of the lottery, Herro is the best shooter in the draft not named Cameron Johnson. He set a school record from the FT line, shooting over 93%. He has improved as the season went on and has shown that he can shoot from anywhere on the floor, including near the rim. His defense isn’t to be ignored either.
- Boston Celtics – Romeo Langford – SG – Indiana
Another player who was picked ahead of projections, Langford played most of the 2018-2019 NCAAB season with a thumb injury. Despite the injury, he has shown he can get to the rim and score. However, he needs to get better shooting behind the arc. He is an underrated defender as well.
- Detroit Pistons – Sekou Doumbouya – PF – France
- Orlando Magic – Chuma Okeke – SF – Auburn
- New Orleans Pelicans – Nickeil Alexander-Walker – SG – Virginia Tech
- Indiana Pacers – Goga Bitadze – C – Country of Georgia
- San Antonio Spurs – Luka Samanic – PF – Croatia
- Philadelphia 76ers – Matisse Thybulle – SF – Washington
- Memphis Grizzlies – Brandon Clarke – PF – Gonzaga
- Boston Celtics – Grant Williams – PF – Tennessee
- Oklahoma City Thunder – Darius Bazley – SF – United States
- Phoenix Suns – Ty Jerome – PG – Virginia
- Portland Trail Blazers – Nassir Little – SF – North Carolina
- Cleveland Cavaliers – Dylan Windler – SF – Belmont
- Los Angeles Clippers – Mfiondu Kabengele – C – Florida State
- Golden State Warriors – Jordan Poole – SG – Michigan
- San Antonio Spurs – Keldon Johnson – SF – Kentucky
- Cleveland Cavaliers – Kevin Porter Jr. – SF – USC
- Brooklyn Nets – Nic Claxton – C – Georgia
- Miami Heat – KZ Okpala – SF – Stanford
- Boston Celtics – Carsen Edwards – PG – Purdue
- Atlanta Hawks – Bruno Fernando – C – Maryland
- New Orleans Pelicans – Marcos Louzada Silva – SG – France
- Charlotte Hornets – Cody Martin – SG – Nevada
- Detroit Pistons – Deividas Sirvydis – SF – Lithuania
- Chicago Bulls – Daniel Gafford – PF – Arkansas
- Golden State Warriors – Alen Smilagic – PF – Serbia
- Sacramento Kings – Justin James – SG – Wyoming
- Golden State Warriors – Eric Paschall – PF – Villanova
- Washington Wizards – Admiral Schofield – PF – Tennessee
- Minnesota Timberwolves – Jaylen Nowell – SG – Washington
- Denver Nuggets – Bol Bol – C – Oregon
- Detroit Pistons – Isiah Roby – PF – Nebraska
- Los Angeles Lakers – Talen Horton-Tucker – SF – Iowa State
- New York Knicks – Ignas Brazdeikis – PF – Michigan
- Los Angeles Clippers – Terance Mann – SG – Florida State
- San Antonio Spurs – Quinndary Weatherspoon – SG – Mississippi State
- Indiana Pacers – Jarrell Brantley – F – College of Charleston
- Boston Celtics – Tremont Waters – PG – LSU
- Charlotte Hornets – Jalen McDaniels – SF – San Diego State
- Utah Jazz – Justin Wright-Foreman – PG – Hofstra
- Philadelphia 76ers – Marial Shayock – SG – Arkansas
- Sacramento Kings – Kyle Guy – SG – Virginia
- Los Angeles Clippers – Jaylen Hands – PG – UCLA
- Detroit Pistons – Jordan Bone – PG – Tennessee
- Utah Jazz – Miye Oni – SF – Yale
- Toronto Raptors – Dewan Hernandez – F – Miami
- Sacramento Kings – Vanja Marinkovic – SG – Serbia