2019 NBA Draft Big Board with Q&A

by Bobby Sylvester | @bobbyfantasypro | Featured Writer
Jun 19, 2019

Do the Hawks have the ammunition to trade up for Morant?

It has been said that the NBA off-season is even more exciting that the NBA playoffs. While we are all itching to know where Kawhi and Durant are headed, we’ll have to first take a pit stop into the draft, where the next Charles Barkley and Russell Westbrook may be. Outside of Zion and Ja, there isn’t as much talent near the top of the lottery as usual, but the top 26 players on my big board are all well worth mid-first round picks or better so in all, the class is a 6 or 7 out of 10.

If you haven’t been paying much attention, today’s article will serve as a viewer’s guide so you know more about the players your team picks and what may happen through trades and even in next year’s draft. Keep an eye out, as I’ll be posting my final mock on Twitter tomorrow @bobbyfantasypro.

The Big Board

*ECR takes from 15 big boards across the industry to form an expert consensus ranking.

Rank ECR Player Pos Team
1 1 Zion Williamson PF Duke
2 2 Ja Morant PG Murray St.
3 3 RJ Barrett SF Duke
4 9 Sekou Doumbouya PF France
5 7 Coby White PG UNC
6 13 Goga Bitadze C Rep. of Georgia
7 8 Cam Reddish SF Duke
8 5 De’Andre Hunter SF Virginia
9 12 Nassir Little SF UNC
10 4 Jarrett Culver SG Texas Tech
11 6 Darius Garland PG Vanderbilt
12 16 Bol Bol C Oregon
13 17 PJ Washington PF Kentucky
14 10 Jaxson Hayes C Texas
15 21 Grant Williams PF Tennessee
16 15 Romeo Langford SF Indiana
17 18 Kevin Porter Jr. SG USC
18 24 Mfiondu Kabengele C Florida St.
19 27 Nic Claxton PF Georgia
20 29 Matisse Thybulle SF Washington
21 14 Brandon Clarke PF Gonzaga
22 23 Keldon Johnson SF Kentucky
23 36 Darius Bazley SF USA
24 11 Rui Hachimura PF Gonzaga
25 20 Nickeil Alexander-Walker SG Virginia Tech
26 26 Bruno Fernando C Maryland
27 25 Chuma Okeke PF Auburn
28 56 John Konchar SG
29 19 Tyler Herro SG Kentucky
30 32 Talen Horton-Tucker SF Iowa St.
31 22 Cameron Johnson SF UNC
32 41 Naz Reid PF LSU
33 44 Jalen Lecque PG USA
34 34 Luka Samanic PF Croatia
35 31 Carsen Edwards PG Purdue
36 28 Dylan Windler SF Belmont
37 33 Ty Jerome PG Virginia
38 30 KZ Okpala SF Stanford
39 37 Daniel Gafford C Arkansas
40 50 Daquan Jeffries SG Tulsa
41 46 Admiral Schofield SF Tennessee
42 40 Luguentz Dort SG Arizona St.
43 35 Eric Paschall PF Villanova
44 48 Jontay Porter C Missouri
45 47 Cody Martin SF Nevada
46 38 Louis King SF Oregon
47 >60 Tyler Cook PF Iowa
48 39 Shamorie Ponds PG St. John’s
49 43 Terence Davis SG Ole Miss
50 42 Isaiah Roby PF Nebraska
51 >60 Quinndary Weatherspoon SG Mississippi St.
52 45 Terance Mann SG Florida St.
53 60 Jalen McDaniels PF San Diego St.
54 55 Dedric Lawson PF Kansas
55 51 Deividas Sirvydis SF Lithuania
56 >60 Charles Matthews PF Michigan
57 59 Tacko Fall C UCF
58 >60 Sagaba Konate C West Virginia
59 >60 Yovel Zoosman SF Israel
60 >60 Tremont Waters PG LSU

Which teams could swing a deal?

  1. Pelicans move back from #4 for multiple 1sts
  2. Pelicans move Jrue Holiday or Lonzo Ball for lottery pick
  3. Cavs trade down from #5
  4. Suns move back from #6
  5. Bulls jump up from #7 to grab Coby White or out for veteran PG
  6. Cavs trade Kevin Love to move into the lottery
  7. Wizards trade Bradley Beal for picks/players
  8. Grizzlies use Mike Conley to get into the lottery
  9. Hawks go up from #8, #10, #17 for #3 or #4 overall
  10. Celtics move up from #14, #20 and #22

Which non-lottery players have the most upside?

  1. Bol Bol (C – Oregon)
  2. Jalen Lecque (PG – USA)
  3. Kevin Porter Jr. (SG – USC)
  4. Darius Bazley (SF – USA)
  5. Nic Claxton (PF – Georgia)
  6. Jontay Porter (C – Missouri)

Are there any second round players that could make an immediate impact?

  1. Carsen Edwards (PG – Purdue)
  2. John Konchar (SG – Purdue Fort Wayne)
  3. Cody Martin (SF – Nevada)
  4. Admiral Schofield (SF – Tennessee)
  5. Shamorie Ponds (PG – St. John’s)
  6. Daniel Gafford (C – Arkansas)

How is the 2020 draft class shaping up?

Unlike this class, there is no all-generation talent like Zion. In fact, there is plenty of dispute about who the top player on the board is with a handful of names all being mentioned as in the running. What is certain, however, is that the lottery will be full of upside, making for a much deeper class than what we are getting in 2019.

  1. James Wiseman (C – Memphis)
  2. Anthony Edwards (SG – Georgia)
  3. Ayo Dosunmu (PG – Illinois)
  4. Jaden McDaniels (PF – Washington)
  5. Theo Maledon (PG – France)
  6. Scottie Lewis (SG – Florida)
  7. LaMelo Ball (PG – Australia via USA)
  8. R.J. Hampton (PG – New Zealand via USA)
  9. Cole Anthony (PG – UNC)
  10. Deni Avdija (SF – Israel)
  11. Isaiah Stewart (C – Washington)
  12. Jalen Smith (PF – Maryland)
  13. Ochai Agbaji (SG – Kansas)
  14. Vernon Carey Jr. (C – Duke)
  15. Nico Mannion (PG – Arizona)
    (Honorable Mention: Samuell Williamson, Kahlil Whitney, Killian Hayes, Precious Achiuwa, Charles Bassey)

Non-Draft Bonus: Where will the big free agents sign?

#1 Kawhi Leonard – #1 Clippers, #2 Raptors, #3 Lakers
#2 Kevin Durant – #1 Nets, #2 Knicks, #3 Warriors
#3 Jimmy Butler – #1 Sixers, #2 Lakers, #3 Knicks
#4 Kyrie Irving  – #1 Nets, #2 Lakers, #3 Knicks
#5 Kemba Walker – #1 Hornets, #2 Lakers, #3 Pacers
#6 (Klay is a lock to sign with the Warriors)
#7 DeMarcus Cousins – #1 Lakers, #2 Warriors, #3 Bulls
#8 D’Angelo Russell – #1 Pacers, #2 Nets, #3 Suns
#9 Nikola Vucevic – #1 Magic, #2 Mavs, #3 Kings
#10 Khris Middleton – #1 Bucks, #2 Lakers, #3 Mavs

Bobby Sylvester is a featured writer at FantasyPros. For more from Bobby, check out his archive and follow him @BobbyFantasyPro

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