NBA Mock Draft 2019: Zion Williamson & RJ Barrett in Top 3

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Getty Zion Williamson is a heavy favorite to be the No. 1 pick in the 2019 NBA draft.

As we expected, Ja Morant has been the story of the NCAA tournament from an NBA draft perspective. To me, Morant is firmly in the No. 2 spot behind Zion Williamson as our latest mock draft indicates. Murray State’s run came to an end, but not before Morant dropped a triple-double in the opening round. Morant did not voice his intention to declare for the NBA draft, but it would be surprising if the guard returned given his meteoric rise in recent months.

“That time will come,” Morant told ESPN. “My focus is not on that right now. It’s just celebrating this — what a great season we had — with my teammates.”

Having been in Columbia, South Carolina for the first two rounds of the NCAA tournament, Zion Williamson continues to set the bar for the 2019 draft class. Williamson against UCF center Tacko Fall is must-watch television. Be sure to follow along on Twitter @JonDAdams as well as stay tuned to Heavy for breaking news regarding March Madness.

Virginia’s De’Andre Hunter has been exciting to watch in person. Hunter looks so much more comfortable shooting than he did one year ago. As his game continues to improve, his position versatility could provide matchup nightmares in the NBA.

Cam Reddish is another name to watch. With so much talent on the Duke roster, Reddish can get lost aside Williamson and RJ Barrett. Reddish’s draft stock appears to be falling a bit, but he has plenty of time to move back in the top five with a strong NCAA tournament showing.

Here’s a look at my latest NBA mock draft. The order is based on the current NBA lottery standings as of Sunday, March 24, courtesy of Tankathon.


NBA Mock Draft 2019: 1st Round Picks

TEAM PLAYER
No. 1 Knicks PF Zion Williamson, Duke
No. 2 Suns PG Ja Morant, Murray State
No. 3 Cavaliers SG RJ Barrett, Duke
No. 4 Bulls SG Jarrett Culver, Texas Tech
No. 5 Hawks SF De’Andre Hunter, Virginia
No. 6 Grizzlies SG Cam Reddish, Duke
No. 7 Hawks (via Mavericks) PF Rui Hachimura, Gonzaga
No. 8 Wizards SF Romeo Langford, Indiana
No. 9 Pelicans PG Darius Garland, Vanderbilt
No. 10 Lakers SG Keldon Johnson, Kentucky
No. 11 Timberwolves PG Coby White, UNC
No. 12 Hornets SF Nassir Little, UNC
No. 13 Magic SG Nickeil Alexander-Walker, Virginia Tech
No. 14 Celtics (via Kings) PF PJ Washington, Kentucky
No. 15 Heat C Jaxson Hayes, Texas
No. 16 Nets PF Brandon Clarke, Gonzaga
No. 17 Pistons SF KZ Okpala, Stanford
No. 18 Spurs PF Sekou Doumbouya, Guinea
No. 19 Celtics G Tyler Herro, Kentucky
No. 20 Thunder C Bol Bol, Oregon
No. 21 Jazz SF Talen Horton-Tucker, Iowa State
No. 22 Celtics (via Clippers) C Goga Bitadze, Buducnost
No. 23 Pacers PG Tre Jones, Duke
No. 24 Blazers PF Cameron Johnson, UNC
No. 25 Cavs (via Rockets) PF Grant Williams, Tennessee
No. 26 Sixers C Bruno Fernando, Maryland
No. 27 Warriors SF Admiral Schofield, Tennessee
No. 28 Nets (via Nuggets) F Jalen McDaniels, SDSU
No. 29 Spurs (via Raptors) SF Matisse Thybulle, Washington
No. 30 Bucks F Chuma Okeke, Arizona