2019 NBA Draft
2019 NBA Draft

Consensus Mock Draft: Pelicans take center stage

Compiling the best mock drafts from around the web

By Drew Packham and Ben Couch, NBA.com

Jun 18, 2019 12:12 AM ET

 

North Carolina's Nassir Little has reclaimed a spot as he's begun to work out for teams following the Draft Combine.

We've hit Draft week, which means it's time to get ready for Thursday, as the 2019 NBA Draft  quickly approaches. Four of the 10 mock drafts have updated since our last look prior to the reported Anthony Davis trade, which re-centers the Pelicans at the top.

Remember, the Consensus Mock Draft is a compilation of the best mock drafts around the web. We bring them together to come up with a good estimate of how the Draft could play out.

  • Note: This edition of the Consensus Mock Draft reflects changes made after the Pelicans reportedly agreed to trade Anthony Davis to the Lakers in exchange for the No. 4 pick and other players and picks.
     
  • That deal has caused no small amount of change among picks 4-8. With the Pelicans assumed to have control of No. 4, the popular pick at that spot is split between Jarrett Culver and De'Andre Hunter -- bigger wing players that would presumably fit well alongside New Orleans' presumed No. 1 pick.
     
  • Speaking of which, the top three settled on Zion Williamson (Duke) to New Orleans, Ja Morant (Murray State) to Memphis and R.J. Barrett (Duke) to the Knicks, we've got ... no movement there. The consensus seems to have spoken.
     
  • Darius Garland seems to be the casualty of New Orleans' reported deal with the Lakers. With Lonzo Ball presumably set to run point for the Pelicans and Cleveland having drafted Collin Sexton last year, Garland is not pegged to higher than sixth in any of the 10 mock drafts.
     
  • There seems to be a consensus that point guards Garland and Coby White will both be gone by the time Chicago is done at No. 7. Every mock has Phoenix taking one of the two at No. 6, with the Bulls snapping up the remaining playmaker if he is still available.
     
  • Cam Reddish is an extremely popular pick for the first of Atlanta's two top-10 picks. All but one mock has him going to the Hawks at No. 8, with the lone exception having Atlanta taking Culver after Chicago takes him seventh overall.
     
  • Texas big man Jaxson Hayes has restabilized his floor at No. 10. Guinea international Sekou Doumbouya, who’s been playing in France for Limoges appears to have done the same, with seven of the 10 mock drafts failing to see him drop past the Hawks.
     
  • The uncertainty at No. 4 -- and potential deals that could accompany it -- will likely keep the non-top-three in flux until Draft night itself. We'll keep you posted until then.

 

MOST COMMON PICKS

No. 1 (Pelicans): Zion Williamson (10)
No. 2 (Grizzlies): Ja Morant (10)
No. 3 (Knicks): R.J. Barrett (10)
No. 4 (Lakers): De'Andre Hunter (6)
No. 5 (Cavaliers): Jarrett Culver (5)
No. 6 (Suns): Darius Garland (6)
No. 7 (Bulls): Coby White (6)
No. 8 (Hawks): Cam Reddish (9)
No. 9 (Wizards): Sekou Doumbouya (6)
No. 10 (Hawks): Jaxson Hayes (8)
No. 11 (Timberwolves): Rui Hachimura, Brandon Clarke (3)
No. 12 (Hornets): Hachimura (5)
No. 13 (Heat): Nassir Little (4)
No. 14 (Celtics): Goga Bitadze, Tyler Herro (3)

Most common (above): Pick at which the player is most commonly projected, with number of mock drafts in parentheses. For example, Zion Williamson is projected to go first in all 10 of the mock drafts listed below.

Top 14 (below): To calculate the consensus, we awarded 14 points for every mock draft in which the player went first overall, 13 for second, continuing to one point for the final lottery pick. The player with the highest point total represents the top overall selection, which is as follows:


No. 1: Zion Williamson | New Orleans Pelicans

Duke | Position: PF/C | Height: 6-7
Status: Freshman
Most Common: 1 (10)

Has unmatched athletic ability and all-around skills to become franchise-transforming centerpiece

No. 2: Ja Morant | Memphis Grizzlies

Murray St. | Position: PG | Height: 6-3
Status: Sophomore
Most Common: 2 (10)

Athletic playmaker who has the potential to lead a franchise with his speed, passing ability and versatile scoring


No. 3: R.J. Barrett | New York Knicks

Duke | Position: G/F | Height: 6-7
Status: Freshman
Most Common: 3 (10)

Potential superstar who can shoot, rebound and defend


No. 4: De'Andre Hunter | Los Angeles Lakers

Virginia | Position: SF/PF | Height: 6-7
Status: Sophomore
Most Common: 6 (4)

ACC Defensive Player of the Year will step in and help any team on defensive end, but his potential will depend on how he develops his offensive game


No. 5: Jarrett Culver | Cleveland Cavaliers

Texas Tech | Position: SG | Height: 6-6
Status: Sophomore
Most Common: 5 (4)

Multifaceted wing with all-around game that should translate well to NBA; Can hit mid-range jumper and defend 


No. 6: Darius Garland | Phoenix Suns 

Vanderbilt | Position: PG | Height: 6-2
Status: Freshman
Most Common: 4 (4)

Shoot-first point guard can score anywhere on the court; Also has speed and playmaking ability
 

No. 7: Coby White | Chicago Bulls

North Carolina | Position: PG/SG | Height: 6-5
Status: Freshman
Most Common: 7 (6)

Lightning-quick point guard can shine in transition; Talented spot-up shooter who can score off pick and roll while playing either backcourt position


No. 8: Cameron Reddish | Atlanta Hawks

Duke | Position: SG/SF | Height: 6-7
Status: Freshman
Most Common: 8 (8)

Has size and talent to become star scorer and has decent playmaking skills, but questions remain about effort and consistency


No. 9: Jaxson Hayes | Washington Wizards
Texas | Position: PF/C | Height: 6-11

Status: Freshman
Most Common: 10 (6)

Raw, athletic big man has size and agility to become major finisher above the rim; Long wingspan and quickness make him potentially elite rim protector


No. 10: Sekou Doumbouya | Atlanta Hawks

Limoges CSP/France | Position: SF/PF | Height: 6-9
Status: International
Most Common: 9 (5)

Physically impressive but untested international talent has big upside thanks to size and potential as a shooter and defender


No. 11: Rui Hachimura | Minnesota Timberwolves

Gonzaga | Position: PF | Height: 6-8
Status: Junior
Most Common: 11, 12 (4)

Rui Hachimura is a long, athletic forward with a unique background who has enjoyed a meteoric rise over the last two seasons.


No. 12: Nassir Little | Miami Heat

North Carolina | Position: SF | Height: 6-6
Status: Freshman
Most Common: 13 (4)

Has the size and quickness to play several positions; raw talent who needs to improve shooting (26.9 percent on 3s)
 

No. 13: PJ Washington | Charlotte Hornets

Kentucky | Position: PF | Height: 6-7
Status: Freshman
Most Common: 11, 12, 13 (2)

Strong big man who can rebound and score in a variety of ways; Solid 3-point shooter who shows off NBA range


No. 14: Brandon Clarke | Boston Celtics

Gonzaga | Position: PF | Height: 6-8
Status: Junior
Most Common: 14 (3)

Versatile defender with explosive athleticism; Offensive game needs work, and his age (22) could make teams wary


Last updated: June 18, 2019 (12:00 a.m. ET)

 

MOCK DRAFTS

ESPN.com

1. Zion Williamson
2. Ja Morant
3. R.J. Barrett
4. Jarrett Culver
5. Darius Garland
6. Coby White
7. De'Andre Hunter
8. Cam Reddish
9. Sekou Doumbouya
10. Jaxson Hayes
11. Nassir Little
12. Rui Hachimura
13. PJ Washington
14. Brandon Clarke
Last updated: June 15

The Ringer

1. Zion Williamson
2. Ja Morant
3. R.J. Barrett
4. Jarrett Culver
5. De'Andre Hunter
6. Darius Garland
7. Coby White
8. Cam Reddish
9. Jaxson Hayes
10. Sekou Doumbouya
11. Brandon Clarke
12. Rui Hachimura
13. Nassir Little
14. Nickeil Alexander-Walker
Last updated: June 15

The Athletic

1. Zion Williamson
2. Ja Morant
3. R.J. Barrett
4.Jarrett Culver 
5. De'Andre Hunter
6. Darius Garland
7. Coby White
8. Cam Reddish
9. Sekou Doumbouya
10. Jaxson Hayes
11. Brandon Clarke
12. Rui Hachimura
13. Nassir Little
14. Goga Bitadze
Last updated: June 15

SI.com

1. Zion Williamson
2. Ja Morant
3. R.J. Barrett
4. De'Andre Hunter
5. Jarrett Culver
6. Coby White
7. Darius Garland
8. Cam Reddish
9. Sekou Doumbouya
10. Jaxson Hayes
11. Nickeil Alexander-Walker
12. Rui Hachimura
13. Nassir Little
14. Tyler Herro
Last updated: June 17

Sporting News

1. Zion Williamson
2. Ja Morant
3. R.J. Barrett
4. De'Andre Hunter
5. Jarrett Culver
6. Coby White
7. Darius Garland
8. Cam Reddish
9. Sekou Doumbouya
10. Jaxson Hayes
11. Nickeil Alexander-Walker
12. Rui Hachimura
13. Nassir Little
14. Tyler Herro
Last updated: June 16

Yahoo Sports

1. Zion Williamson
2. Ja Morant
3. R.J. Barrett
4. De'Andre Hunter
5. Jarrett Culver
6. Darius Garland
7. Coby White
8. Cam Reddish
9. Nassir Little
10. Jaxson Hayes
11. Rui Hachimura
12. PJ Washington
13. Sekou Doumbouya
14. Tyler Herro
Last updated: June 12

Bleacher Report

1. Zion Williamson
2. Ja Morant
3. R.J. Barrett
4. De'Andre Hunter
5. Jarrett Culver
6. Coby White
7. Darius Garland
8. Cam Reddish
9. Jaxson Hayes
10. PJ Washington
11. Keldon Johnson
12. Kevin Porter Jr.
13. Romeo Langford
14. Bol Bol
Last updated: June 17

Net Scouts Basketball

1. Zion Williamson
2. Ja Morant
3. R.J. Barrett
4. De'Andre Hunter
5. Darius Garland
6. Coby White
7. Cam Reddish
8. Jarrett Culver
9. Sekou Doumbouya
10. Jaxson Hayes
11. PJ Washington
12. Rui Hachimura
13. Bol Bol
14. Brandon Clarke
Last updated: June 16

CBS Sports

1. Zion Williamson
2. Ja Morant
3. R.J. Barrett
4. De'Andre Hunter
5. Jarrett Culver
6. Darius Garland
7. Coby White
8. Cam Reddish
9. Sekou Doumbouya
10. Jaxson Hayes
11. Brandon Clarke
12. Kevin Porter Jr.
13. Nassir Little
14. Goga Bitadze
Last updated: June 10

Basketball Insiders

1. Zion Williamson
2. Ja Morant
3. R.J. Barrett
4. De'Andre Hunter
5. Jarrett Culver
6. Darius Garland
7. Coby White
8. Cam Reddish
9. Romeo Langford
10. Jaxson Hayes
11. Rui Hachimura
12. Kevin Porter Jr.
13. Keldon Johnson
14. Tyler Herro
Last updated: June 5

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ESPN Insider: Jonathan Givony 
The Ringer: Kevin O'Connor 
The Athletic: Sam Vecenie
SI.com: Jeremy Woo 
SportingNews.com: Chris Stone
Net Scouts Basketball: Carl Berman 
Bleacher Report: Jonathan Wasserman 
Yahoo Sports: Krysten Peek
CBS Sports: Kyle Boone
Basketball Insiders: Steve Kyler 


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