NBA Draft Results & Initial Reactions

Josh Elias | June 21st, 2019

  • 5:26 PM. T.J. Warren is in a much better basketball situation after being traded to Indiana than he was in Phoenix, and with Victor Oladipo still recovering, it gives us a chance to see if he can lead a playoff team. Josh Jackson might get a better chance this way too if he isn’t also traded.
  • 5:58 PM. The Hawks must really not like the rest of the draft if they gave up that much for… Darius Garland? Cameron Reddish?
  • 6:01 PM. Or De’Andre Hunter, per Woj. Makes sense in that he’ll be an immediate replacement for Taurean Prince with the potential to grow into what I like to term an “elite role player”.
  • 6:15 PM. No obvious natural fits for the Suns at #6 and they needed a stretch four badly. Minnesota moves up – hopefully, enough of a move up to get their man.
  • 6:38 PM. Cavs set to select Darius Garland… always seemed like the right choice, and now it’s an option since the Hawks are set to draft Hunter. Very high upside, been a while since he played though so it could be a rough transition initially.
  • 6:41 PM. Counterpoint to that news, Woj breaks that Koby Altman’s still shipping the pick around. Big and surprising development.
  • 7:41 PM. Zion is officially a Pelican, and New Orleans is set to have one of the most exciting young cores in the league immediately. The loss of Anthony Davis shouldn’t feel too bad at all anymore.
  • 7:48 PM. Ja Morant is officially Mike Conley’s replacement, and he’s going to be the leader of a new culture in Memphis now. He’s unique in this era because he’s pretty equally a threat as a scorer and a distributor.
  • 7:53 PM. The Knicks actually cheered a pick for once! New York’s got the guy who was projected at number one this time last year. He’s no Kevin Durant, but he’s a start.
  • 8:00 PM. It’s officially Hunter. The first top ten pick out of Virginia since Olden Polynice, who was traded on draft night for Scottie Pippen. Pick #8 is now guaranteed to be the next Scottie Pippen. That’s how that works, right?
  • 8:07 PM. Darius Garland is a Cav. For a guy who’s naturally a point guard, a pairing with Collin Sexton is a bit awkward, but he’s the top talent available. After just five college games, it’s time to see what he’s like at the NBA level.
  • 8:14 PM. Perhaps the first surprise of the draft, Culver’s heading to Minnesota. He can plays both wings and is a very solid defender
  • 8:22 PM. Coby White is the Bulls solution to the position they’ve been looking for answers to coming into the offseason, and he should have an immediate impact as a scorer at either guard position.
  • 8:28 PM. Jaxson Hayes to New Orleans. This looks like a move that’s going to lead to a trade, but if it isn’t, his athleticism alongside Zion’s can be scary. A raw talent that can’t do much outside of two feet away from
  • 8:32 PM. Rui Hachimura is a versatile three who is a much better fit in the league than people give him credit for. Washington’s hoping he can be their replacement for Otto Porter, who they traded in February.
  • 8:39 PM. Cam Reddish is going to the absolute best situation he can, Atlanta has faith in him and now he’s part of a young rising core.
  • 8:46 PM. CAMERON ******* JOHNSON? I’M SORRY, WHAT? He wins the 2019 Dion Waiters award, but frankly, he’s much worse of a reach than even Waiters was.
  • 8:57 PM. Ahh, the fabled all-around player, Tyler Herro. Supposed to be a good shooter, but not good enough to stand out. Supposed to be a good athlete, but not enough to stand out. Supposed to be a good playmaker, but not enough to stand out. A great combination for the NBA.
  • 9:00 PM. PJ Washington doesn’t have the highest upside, but he succeeded at a big program. That seems like the type of player Charlotte’s drafted for their entire existence, and it’s worked out approximately once.
  • 9:04 PM. After a disastrous week, Boston should be relieved to get the best talent available at the end of the lottery. Not necessarily the best player, but the best talent.
  • 9:09 PM. Sekou Doumbouya is a rich man’s Bruno Caboclo (of two years away from two years away fame). Still quite raw, but he’s lengthy and he can make an impact on defense and the fast break to start things off. Not ready for serious minutes yet though.
  • 9:22 PM. Nickeil Alexander-Walker is yet another big-name young player that the Pels grab ahold of, they are full of assets now all of a sudden.
  • 9:25 PM. The Pacers just picked Goga Bitadze with a first-round selection, which is odd considering their two best healthy players are already centers. Trade? Hopefully.
  • 9:39 PM. Brandon Clarke and Nassir Little need to fire their agents.
  • 9:41 PM. After the trade, Philly finally gets the rotation wing help they needed, a couple weeks too late.
  • 9:44 PM. Memphis grabbing Brandon Clarke is huge. He should be the steal of the draft, his wingspan being lower than expected saw him fall further than he deserved and the Grizzlies get a guy with great heart to run with Morant.
  • 9:52 PM. We’ve still got five guys in the green room, 21 picks into the draft.
  • 10:03 PM. Absolutely nobody knows how good Darius Bazley can be at team basketball after deciding to just privately work out for a year, he has some of the biggest boom-or-bust potential and it’s weird to see a team in win-now mode be the one that takes a flyer on him.
  • 10:09 PM. Nassir Little is a Trail Blazer, and he should be able to make an immediate impact with his only real competition for the starting small forward spot being Maurice Harkless, who’s dealt with injuries in recent years.
  • 10:15 PM. The draft finally makes some amount sense again, with two of the top players remaining in Nassir Little and Keldon Johnson going back-to-back. Less sense is how the Cavs now seem to be set to play four guards and Kevin Love at all times.
  • 10:22 PM. Nevermind, Shams lied to us. Things are still weird. Dylan Windler from Belmont. Great shooter though, who can be a great fit in this era of the league.
  • 10:27 PM. Aside from having the best name of the players selected so far, Kabengele’s had the most turbulent last couple weeks. Went from projected early 2nd to late lottery to actually being selected at 27.
  • 10:29 PM. Could Bol Bol fall to the second round?
  • 10:34 PM. Jordan Poole’s the choice to replace Klay in the stopgap? Okay sure Golden State, you do you.
  • 10:41 PM. There goes Keldon! And to the Spurs, no less. Popovich has a new plaything and they have to be excited to add him to their exciting youth.
  • 10:45 PM. Four second-rounders for pick #30? That’s completely insane.
  • 10:51 PM. “One of your mentors is Zaza Pachulia.”
  • 10:53 PM. They just roasted Kevin Porter as he was walking across stage. Huh.
  • 11:04 PM. Nicolas Claxton’s going to the Nets, which means Bol Bol is the only guy left in the green room.
  • 11:13 PM. The Celtics getting Carsen Edwards at #33 is the first thing this week that Boston can be unequivocally happy about.
  • 11:16 PM. Bruno Fernando is going to to be fun to watch in Atlanta, dunking and blocking shots off the bench. More athletic youth for this generation’s equivalent of the 2005 Suns.
  • 11:22 PM. Draft-‘n-stash time!
  • 11:33 PM. Bol Bol is now still on the board 25 picks after he reached the top of the ESPN big board.
  • 11:41 PM. Maybe the Lakers are trading back into the draft for him?
  • 11:43 PM. Poor Bol Bol.
  • 11:46 PM. Finally! Bol Bol is drafted almost exactly a round after where he was expected to go, and he’s finally an NBA player.
  • 11:53 PM. Talen Horton-Tucker is the Lakers’ choice, and his physical attributes are ridiculous. At 6’4″ and 240 lbs, one of the more intriguing prospects.
  • 11:56 PM. New York’s trading into the late second-round to grab Ignas Brazdeikis, who’s bound to get a chance with them. This marks the first time the Knicks have made consecutive good moves in a draft, potentially ever.
  • 12:17 AM. Justin Wright-Foreman is worth getting excited about, Utah. Dude can score like crazy, think a young Lou Williams.
  • 12:31 AM. Utah is officially trying to buy every late second-round pick in the draft.
  • 12:38 AM. Vanja Marinkovic, ranked in almost no big boards, is this year’s “Mr. Irrelevant” and he’s hoping to aim for the success of the last player Sacramento picked at #60, Isaiah Thomas. The draft is officially over. Top undrafted players include Naz Reid, Luguentz Dort, Brian Bowen, and Jaylen Hoard.

Here are the official results:

  1. New Orleans Pelicans: Zion Williamson
  2. Memphis Grizzlies: Ja Morant
  3. New York Knicks: RJ Barrett
  4. Los Angeles Lakers: De’Andre Hunter (to the Atlanta Hawks)
  5. Cleveland Cavaliers: Darius Garland
  6. Phoenix Suns: Jarrett Culver (to the Minnesota Timberwolves)
  7. Chicago Bulls: Coby White
  8. Atlanta Hawks: Jaxson Hayes (to the New Orleans Pelicans)
  9. Washington Wizards: Rui Hachimura
  10. Atlanta Hawks: Cam Reddish
  11. Minnesota Timberwolves: Cameron Johnson (to the Phoenix Suns)
  12. Charlotte Hornets: PJ Washington Jr.
  13. Miami Heat: Tyler Herro
  14. Boston Celtics: Romeo Langford
  15. Detroit Pistons: Sekou Doumbouya
  16. Orlando Magic: Chuma Okeke
  17. Brooklyn Nets: Nickeil Alexander-Walker (to the New Orleans Pelicans)
  18. Indiana Pacers: Goga Bitadze
  19. San Antonio Spurs: Luka Samanic
  20. Boston Celtics: Matisse Thybulle (to the Philadelphia 76ers)
  21. Oklahoma City Thunder: Brandon Clarke (to the Memphis Grizzlies)
  22. Boston Celtics: Grant Williams
  23. Utah Jazz: Darius Bazley (to the Oklahoma City Thunder)
  24. Philadelphia 76ers: Ty Jerome (to the Phoenix Suns)
  25. Portland Trail Blazers: Nassir Little
  26. Cleveland Cavaliers: Dylan Windler
  27. Brooklyn Nets: Mfiondu Kabengele (to the Los Angeles Clippers)
  28. Golden State Warriors: Jordan Poole
  29. San Antonio Spurs: Keldon Johnson
  30. Milwaukee Bucks: Kevin Porter Jr. (to the Cleveland Cavaliers)
  31. Brooklyn Nets: Nicolas Claxton
  32. Phoenix Suns: KZ Okpala (to the Miami Heat)
  33. Philadelphia 76ers: Carsen Edwards (to the Boston Celtics)
  34. Philadelphia 76ers: Bruno Fernando (to the Atlanta Hawks)
  35. Atlanta Hawks: Marcos Louzada Silva (to the New Orleans Pelicans)
  36. Charlotte Hornets: Cody Martin
  37. Dallas Mavericks: Deividas Sirvydis (to the Detroit Pistons)
  38. Chicago Bulls: Daniel Gafford
  39. New Orleans Pelicans: Alen Smailagic (to the Golden State Warriors)
  40. Sacramento Kings: Justin James
  41. Golden State Warriors: Eric Paschall
  42. Philadelphia 76ers: Admiral Schofield (to the Washington Wizards)
  43. Minnesota Timberwolves: Jaylen Nowell
  44. Miami Heat: Bol Bol (to the Denver Nuggets)
  45. Detroit Pistons: Isaiah Roby (to the Dallas Mavericks)
  46. Orlando Magic: Talen Horton-Tucker (to the Los Angeles Lakers)
  47. Sacramento Kings: Ignas Brazdeikis (to the New York Knicks)
  48. Los Angeles Clippers: Terance Mann
  49. San Antonio Spurs: Quinndary Weatherspoon
  50. Indiana Pacers: Jarrell Brantley (to the Utah Jazz)
  51. Boston Celtics: Tremont Waters
  52. Charlotte Hornets: Jalen McDaniels
  53. Utah Jazz: Justin Wright-Foreman
  54. Philadelphia 76ers: Marial Shayok
  55. New York Knicks: Kyle Guy (to the Sacramento Kings)
  56. Los Angeles Clippers: Jaylen Hands (to the Brooklyn Nets)
  57. New Orleans Pelicans: Jordan Bone (to the Detroit Pistons)
  58. Golden State Warriors: Miye Oni (to the Utah Jazz)
  59. Toronto Raptors: Dewan Hernandez
  60. Sacramento Kings: Vanja Marinkovic

[1] IND receives: T.J. Warren, Draft Rights to KZ Okpala; PHX receives: Cash Considerations

[2] ATL receives: Solomon Hill, Draft Rights to De’Andre Hunter, Draft Rights to Jordan Bone, Future 2nd-Round Pick; NOP receives: Draft Rights to Jaxson Hayes, Draft Rights to Nickeil Alexander-Walker, Draft Rights to Marcos Louzada Silva, Future Protected 1st-Round Pick

[3] MIN receives: Draft Rights to Jarrett Culver; PHX receives: Dario Saric, Draft Rights to Cameron Johnson

[4] PHI receives: Draft Rights to Matisse Thybulle; BOS receives Draft Rights to Ty Jerome, Draft Rights to Carsen Edwards

[5] MEM receives: Draft Rights to Brandon Clarke; OKC receives Draft Rights to Darius Bazley, Future 2nd-Round Pick

[6] PHX receives: Aron Baynes, Draft Rights to Ty Jerome; BOS receives Future 1st-Round Pick

[7] LAC receives: Draft Rights to Mfiondu Kabengele; BKN receives: Draft Rights to Jaylen Hands, Future 1st-Round Pick

[8] CLE receives: Draft Rights to Kevin Porter Jr.; DET receives: Future 2nd-Round Pick, Future 2nd-Round Pick, Future 2nd-Round Pick, Future 2nd-Round Pick, Cash Considerations

[9] WAS receives Jonathon Simmons, Draft Rights to Admiral Schofield; PHI receives: Cash Considerations

[10] MIA receives: Draft Rights to KZ Okpala; IND receives: Future 2nd-Round Pick, Future 2nd-Round Pick, Future 2nd-Round Pick

[11] ATL receives: Draft Rights to Bruno Fernando; PHI receives: Draft Rights to Jordan Bone, Future 2nd-Round Pick, Future 2nd-Round Pick

[12] DET receives: Draft Rights to Deividas Sirvydis; DAL receives: Draft Rights to Isaiah Roby, Future 2nd-Round Pick, Future 2nd-Round Pick

[13] GSW receives: Draft Rights to Alen Smailagic; DAL receives: Cash Considerations

[14] LAL receives: Draft Rights to Talen Horton-Tucker; Future 2nd-Round Pick, Cash Considerations

[15] DEN receives: Draft Rights to Bol Bol; Future 2nd-Round Pick, Cash Considerations

[16] NYK receives: Draft Rights to Ignas Brazdeikis; SAC receives: Draft Rights to Kyle Guy, Cash Considerations

[17] UTA receives: Draft Rights to Jarrell Brantley; IND receives: Future 2nd-Round Pick

[18] UTA receives: Draft Rights to Miye Oni; GSW receives: Cash Considerations

[19] DET receives: Draft Rights to Jordan Bone; PHI receives: Cash Considerations

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