A day without a trade is a good day in the 2019 GBB Community Mock NBA Draft.
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’s where we stand eight picks in-
- 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
Lots of movement within the lottery, which would’t be overly surprising considering the “top-heavy” nature of this draft. Things could get crazy in reality as they have in our mock.
With the 9th pick in the 2019 GBB Community Mock NBA Draft, the Washington Wizards select Bruno Fernando, center, University of Maryland
A reach? Perhaps. But as Ross outlines in his explanation, the Wizards are in the market for a big man, and the local Maryland product may well be the best on the board at this stage of the mock.
The Wizards were always looking at center in this draft for a few reasons. 1) This front office (me) likes a solid amount of center prospects and I was basically guaranteed one of Fernando, Bol Bol, Goga Bitadze, or Jaxson Hayes and 2) Ian Mahinmi.
Bol was taken one pick ahead of the Wizards, so I chose Bruno Fernando from Maryland out of the remaining three. He’s a powerful big man with a near 7’4” wingspan to go along with his 6’10”, 237 pound frame. He’s also a year older than the centers available here which might be a knock against him to some teams, but is a welcome sight for a cap-riddled team like the Wizards who need cheap contributors. Bruno also used that extra year in school and got noticeably better on both ends of the floor, which is rare under Mark Turgeon.
Washington takes Bruno Fernando here and hopes he can be a plug-and-play post presence to help support Bradley Beal and the remnants of this team if and when John Wall gets traded.
Logical pick, considering the mess Washington finds themselves in currently.
Next up? The L.A. Lakers, who are back on the clock ready to make their second selection after the trade of #4 and Brandon Ingram for Taurean Prince, #8, and #10. With Bol Bol in the fold, who will the Lakers roll with?
With the 10th pick in the 2019 GBB Community Mock NBA Draft, the L.A. Lakers select Tyler Herro, guard, University of Kentucky
Lakers mock GM, GBB’s Justin Lewis, explains.
Tyler Herro is going to surprise a lot of people. He has a very high basketball IQ, a solid defender and the best three point stroke in the draft. We all know LeBron has to be surrounded by shooters. With the Lakers being outbid for AD, taking Herro puts the best shooter in the draft next to the King. 10 may be a tad high for Herro, but he was the guy for us.
Herro has an undersized wing span and there are questions about his defensive prowess in college translating to the NBA because of it. There’s no denying his shooting stroke, however, and between Bol and Herro the mock Lakers have added some offensive fire power.
The GBB Community Mock NBA Draft rolls on!