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 28 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
- Portland Trail Blazers - Admiral Schofield, wing, Tennessee
- Cleveland Cavaliers - Goga Bitadze, center, Georgia (international)
- Brooklyn Nets - Chikezie “KZ” Okpala, wing, Stanford
- Golden State Warriors - Dylan Windler, guard, Belmont
So the Grizzlies (and their Mock GM, me) called the mock Spurs (and their Mock GM Mark King, soon to be formerly of GBB as he leaves to focus on Locked On Grizzlies) and offered the 2022 2nd round pick of the Grizzlies and the 2024 2nd they got in the Marc Gasol trade from the Raptors for #29 overall, and San Antonio accepted.
Why? San Antonio enjoys future picks...and Mark was probably ready to be done mock GMing.
Meanwhile, I was on the clock again and I knew exactly who I wanted to take.
With the 29th pick in the 2019 GBB Community Mock NBA Draft, the Memphis Grizzlies select Ty Jerome, guard, Virginia
Ty Jerome will probably never be as good as Ja Morant, or Coby White, or maybe even some point guards that will be taken after him in this draft. But all he has done his entire career is prove people wrong...and his offensive game is perfectly styled for being a reserve guard in the NBA. He can shoot the three, create off the dribble and in the pick and roll, and he can facilitate offense - his size (6’5”) allows for him to play both guard positions, and his defensive acumen is solid after being trained by noted defensive genius Tony Bennett at UVA. He’s not a pick for the future - he’s a pick for now. Memphis needs good ball handlers - sorry, Jevon Carter - and while Delon Wright figures to return, another versatile perimeter player at this spot was too good to pass up.
The final pick in the mock draft’s 1st round belonged to David W. Cobb of the Commercial Appeal, who used this draft to get off of multiple bad contracts. He’s actually picking at #30 - who does he choose?
With the 30th pick in the 2019 GBB Community Mock NBA Draft, the Charlotte Hornets select Eric Paschall, forward, Villanova University
Paschall is a solid forward who figures to replace some of the contracts/players the Hornets have left in their rear view mirror through this draft process. Paschall has multiple tools as a floor spacer and defender that should fit nicely in Charlotte.
That wraps up the 1st round of the 2019 GBB Community Mock NBA Draft! Thanks to everyone who participated!