In this week’s 2019 NBA Mock Draft, we break down which teams may be looking to trade their draft pick and how that could impact draft night.
For the last time until next week’s NBA Draft lottery in Chicago, our order is based simply upon the reverse standings.
Hit me baby one more time:
Anything to see less Ersan Ilyasova in the playoffs.
The last piece from the Kawhi Leonard trade is used on a smart, modern big man who would give the Spurs another option down low with Jakob Poeltl after LaMarcus Aldridge is gone.
A plug and play option that will join Jacob Evans and Alfonso McKinnie in reshaping the Warriors’ wing rotation.
This pick comes via the Nuggets dating back to the Kenneth Faried deal last summer, and gives Brooklyn a fascinating, toolsy big man to grow alongside Jarrett Allen.
We’ll believe a team is going to bet on Bol’s health in the lottery when we see it. Lower body injuries to big men typically scare NBA teams pretty badly.
Portland’s lack of size is hurting them in the second round against Denver, as the Trail Blazers are ceding extra possessions repeatedly. Johnson doesn’t quite solve that problem, but as a poor man’s Nikola Mirotic, would add size and shooting to Portland’s forward rotation.
A replacement for Markelle Fultz whose fit with Joel Embiid and Ben Simmons is more apparent already. Jerome could make the potential loss of JJ Redick hurt less as well.
Another big wing to help the Jazz start to replace the veteran group they’ve accumulated and build younger around Donovan Mitchell.
Boston looks to a future without Al Horford (or Aron Baynes) and snags a versatile, physical big man who has improved dramatically overseas since appearing on draft radars. Bitadze is still just 19.
Williams would allow Oklahoma City to be more versatile with its lineups in the playoffs and can space the floor. He’s also experienced enough to get on the court right away. The Thunder can find more of a pure wing shooter in free agency.
We hate to give away the big reveal so early (this is only the beginning of the trades though, so keep reading!), but this pick heads from Boston to New Orleans in a deal for a certain power forward …
Another smart, athletic player heads to San Antonio as the Spurs slowly rebuild.
Nate McMillan has built a strong culture in Indiana that has allowed them to overcome injuries to key players and buy into strict roles. He may be the coach to coax the best habits out of Porter Jr.
Another combo guard may not be Brooklyn’s biggest need now, but it feels like this summer will be when the Nets choose two of Spencer Dinwiddie, D’Angelo Russell and Caris LeVert.
The heir apparent to Evan Fournier lands in Orlando. Herro will help space the floor for the Magic’s athletic frontcourt.
If Detroit wants to try zagging to the rest of the league’s small ball zig, why not add Hachimura to the frontcourt of Blake Griffin and Andre Drummond? Make a strength out of a perceived structural weakness (and stop drafting undersized scoring guards).