We’ve been away for a few days. Let’s catch up.
In case you’re just joining us, here’s the deal. Every year before the NBA Draft we here at Grizzly Bear Blues put on a mock draft of epic proportions. This isn’t your granddaddy’s mock draft - there are trades (lots of them, as you’re about to see) that have to be approved unanimously by our trade panel (former GBBer/current Patreon page owner Matt Hrdlicka, NBA Twitter hero Sagar Trika, and Peter Edmiston of Sports56 WHBQ in Memphis and The Athletic) - and also all thirty teams are represented by a collection of GBB contributors, GBB community members/readers/Twitter followers, and members of the Memphis media.
Here is where we stand 24 picks in to the mock-
- New Orleans Pelicans - Zion Williamson, forward, Duke University
- Memphis Grizzlies - Ja Morant, guard, Murray State University
- Atlanta Hawks (via New York) - RJ Barrett, wing, Duke University
- New York Knicks (via Atlanta via LA Lakers) - Jarrett Culver, wing, Texas Tech
- Houston Rockets (via Cleveland) - De’Andre Hunter, wing, Virginia
- Phoenix Suns - Darius Garland, guard, Vanderbilt
- Memphis Grizzlies (via Chicago Bulls) - Cam Reddish, wing, Duke
- L.A. Lakers (via Atlanta Hawks) - Bol Bol, center, Oregon
- Washington Wizards - Bruno Fernando, center, Maryland
- L.A. Lakers (via Atlanta Hawks) - Tyler Herro, guard, Kentucky
- Minnesota Timberwolves - Coby White, guard, North Carolina
- Utah Jazz (via Charlotte) - Rui Hachimura, forward, Gonzaga
- Memphis Grizzlies (via Miami Heat) - Brandon Clarke, forward, Gonzaga
- Miami Heat (via Memphis Grizzlies via Boston Celtics) - Nassir Little, forward, North Carolina
- L.A. Clippers (via Detroit Pistons) - Jaxson Hayes, center, Texas
- Orlando Magic - Nickeil Alexander-Walker, guard, Virginia Tech
- Brooklyn Nets - P.J. Washington, forward, Kentucky
- Indiana Pacers - Kevin Porter Jr., wing, USC
- San Antonio Spurs - Romeo Langford, wing, Indiana
- Boston Celtics - Grant Williams, forward, Tennessee
- Oklahoma City Thunder - Cameron Johnson, forward, North Carolina
- Miami Heat - Sekou Doumbouya, forward, France
- Milwaukee Bucks - Matisse Thybulle, wing, Washington
- Philadelphia 76ers - Keldon Johnson, wing, Kentucky
With the 25th pick in the 2019 GBB Community Mock NBA Draft, the Portland Trail Blazers slect Admiral Schofield, wing, University of Tennessee.
Here is why Jeffrey went with the Admiral.
Admiral Schofield is one of the most intriguing prospects in the NBA draft. He originally started out as an unheralded three star prospect, but eventually developed into the 2nd best player on a team that was ranked number one for a stretch of several weeks. Schofield showed incredible improvement over his time at Tennessee, and the hope is he can continue to develop in the NBA. Admiral Schofield has several great traits that will make his transition into the NBA easier. Schofield is a good rebounder, a good defender, and a good three point shooter. Schofield also has a great personality. He’s a great character guy, and their should be absolutely zero concerns about him causing problems in a locker room. Their are some drawbacks to Schofield as a prospect such as his age as he is older than the average NBA prospect, but overall I believe his good traits far out way his negative traits.
Schofield should fit nicely as a role player in Portland.
With the 26th pick in the 2019 GBB Community Mock NBA Draft, the Cleveland Cavaliers select Goga Bitadze, center, Georgia.
Wow, a steal at #26, with Goga (from the country of Georgia, not the University of Georgia) grading out as an end of the lottery talent in several mock drafts. He’s a talented big, without a doubt, and if he is indeed there near the end of the draft whatever team takes him could be snagging the next Nikola Vucevic. His combination of shot blocking and scoring will probably result in him being taken higher than this in the actual draft.
Next up at #27 overall, the Brooklyn Nets and their mock GM Colin Griffith of GBB.
With the 27th pick in the 2019 GBB Community Mock NBA Draft, the Brooklyn Nets select Chikezie “KZ” Okpala, wing, Stanford University.
Another potential three and D wing comes off the board. The Nets are looking for depth, and Brooklyn gets just that with Okpala. He won’t be asked to do everything by himself, which is good, and he should be allowed to adjust to the speed of the NBA at his own pace.
With the 28th pick in the 2019 GBB Community Mock NBA Draft, the Golden State Warriors select Dylan Windler, guard, Belmont University.
Yep, this is a very Warriors selection. Here is Joe on the pick-
With injuries to both Kevin Durant and Klay Thompson there is suddenly some glaring holes in the Warriors roster, especially since both Durant and Thompson are expected to miss next season. Dylan Windler, a three-year starter from Belmont had multiple career highs his senior year. Leading his team in points per game (21.3), rebounds per game (10.8) and most importantly, three-point percentage (43.0%). His shot attempts are obviously inflated by his 33 minutes a game, something he most likely won’t see on Golden State, but it’s the efficiency at which he put up these numbers that’s especially enticing for a championship team looking to extend their dynasty.
Very smart pick for the Warriors as they look to replace (as best they can) both Thompson and Durant.
Tomorrow we finish out the mock draft’s 1st round! The 2019 GBB Community Mock Draft rolls on!