2019 NBA Draft Tracker: Pick Results, Analysis, Grades (Live Updates)

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1st & 2nd Round Draft Results: Picks by Team & Round + Grades

Round Pick Team Player Selected Position College Grade
1 1 New Orleans Pelicans Zion Williamson PF Duke A+
1 2 Memphis Grizzlies Ja Morant PG Murray State A
1 3 New York Knicks RJ Barrett SG Duke A
1 4 Atlanta Hawks DeAndre Hunter PF Virginia B+
1 5 Cleveland Cavaliers Darius Garland PG Vanderbilt B-
1 6 Minnesota Timberwolves Jarrett Culver SG Texas Tech B+
1 7 Chicago Bulls Coby White PG North Carolina B
1 8 New Orleans Pelicans Jaxson Hayes C Texas B-
1 9 Washington Wizards Rui Hachimura PF Gonzaga C-
1 10 Atlanta Hawks Cam Reddish SF Duke B-
1 11 Phoenix Suns Cameron Johnson PF North Carolina B-
1 12 Charlotte Hornets PJ Washington PF Kentucky C+
1 13 Miami Heat Tyler Herro SG Kentucky C
1 14 Boston Celtics Romeo Langford SG Indiana C-
1 15 Detroit Pistons Sekou Doumbouya PF France A-
1 16 Orlando Magic Chuma Okeke PF Auburn C
1 17 New Orleans Pelicans Nickeil Alexander-Walker SG Virginia Tech C+
1 18 Indiana Pacers Goga Bitadze C Georgia C
1 19 San Antonio Spurs Luka Samanic PF Croatia C+
1 20 Philadelphia 76ers Mattise Thybulle SF Washington B-
1 21 Memphis Grizzlies Brandon Clarke PF Gonzaga A
1 22 Boston Celtics Grant Williams PF Tennessee C+
1 23 Oklahoma City Thunder Darius Bazley SF United States B-
1 24 Phoenix Suns Ty Jerome PG Virginia B
1 25 Portland Trail Blazers Nassir Little SF North Carolina A-
1 26 Cleveland Cavaliers Dylan Windler SF Belmont C
1 27 Los Angeles Clippers Mfiondu Kabengele C Florida State C
1 28 Golden State Warriors Jordan Poole SG Michigan C+
1 29 San Antonio Spurs Keldon Johnson SF Kentucky B
1 30 Cleveland Cavaliers Kevin Porter Jr. SF USC B+
2 31 Brooklyn Nets Nic Claxton C Georgia B
2 32 Miami Heat KZ Okpala SF Stanford B
2 33 Boston Celtics Carsen Edwards PG Purdue B+
2 34 Atlanta Hawks Bruno Fernando C Maryland B
2 35 New Orleans Pelicans Marcos Louzada Silva SF Brazil C
2 36 Charlotte Hornets Cody Martin SF Nevada C-
2 37 Detroit Pistons Deividas Sirvydis SF Lithuania C
2 38 Chicago Bulls Daniel Gafford PF Arkansas C+
2 39 Golden State Warriors Alen Smailagic C Serbia C
2 40 Sacramento Kings Justin James SG Wyoming C
2 41 Golden State Warriors Eric Paschall PF Villanova A
2 42 Washington Wizards Admiral Schofield SF Tennessee B
2 43 Minnesota Timberwolves Jaylen Nowell SG Washington C+
2 44 Denver Nuggets Bol Bol C Oregon B
2 45 Detroit Pistons Isaiah Roby PF Nebraska C
2 46 Los Angeles Lakers Talen Horton-Tucker SF Iowa State B+
2 47 New York Knicks Ignas Brazdeikis PF Michigan B-
2 48 Los Angeles Clippers Terance Mann SF Florida State C+
2 49 San Antonio Spurs Quinndary Weatherspoon SG Mississippi State C
2 50 Utah Jazz Jarrell Brantley PF Charleston C-
2 51 Boston Celtics Tremont Waters PG LSU D+
2 52 Charlotte Hornets Jalen McDaniels PF San Diego State C+
2 53 Utah Jazz Justin Wright-Foreman PG Hofstra B-
2 54 Philadelphia 76ers Marial Shayok SF Iowa State C
2 55 New York Knicks Kyle Guy PG Virginia C-
2 56 Los Angeles Clippers Jaylen Hands PG UCLA C+
2 57 Detroit Pistons Jordan Bone PG Tennessee B-
2 58 Utah Jazz Miye Oni SG Yale C
2 59 Toronto Raptors Dewan Heranndez C Miami B
2 60 Sacramento Kings Vanja Marinkovic SG Serbia C-

Overall Team Draft Grade + Analysis

Team Grade Analysis
Atlanta Hawks A The Hawks draft was just a shade under New Orleans and Memphis. They added a high floor SF in De'Andre Hunter and took a high upside player in Cam Reddish. The trade to take Bruno Fernando really solidified a need, and this young core has a promising future.
Boston Celtics C- Boston traded out of most of their picks, and the two they did stay with in the first round went to Romeo Langford and Grant Williams. Langford was a talented prospect, but injuries hampered his play. They took some shots on a lot of undersized guards who have scoring upside.
Brooklyn Nets B- Brooklyn is more focused on adding free agents compared to names through the draft. Nicolas Claxton can be a role center, and Jaylen Hands was a nice addition late. Because of the upside of these two names, they get over a C grade.
Charlotte Hornets C Charlotte continues to take these mid tier forwards that are boring and never seem to pay off. Not a bad group of forwards with Washington, Martin, and McDaniels, but it is hard to see any of them becoming a secondary option next to Walker if he stays.
Chicago Bulls B I went back and forth on Chicago's grade, as Coby White was a need for Chicago even with them saying they like Kris Dunn. They got a backup center with Daniel Gafford. We need to see how LaVine and White gel. If that is the case, Chicago's recent draft picks could all start to round out a good team.
Cleveland Cavaliers A- It was a smart move taking Darius Garland, even if they already have a point guard. Dylan Windler was an ok pick, but the steal was Kevin Porter Jr. out of USC. I like what the Cavs did last night even though it will go overshadowed.
Dallas Mavericks C Dallas had one draft pick, and added Isaiah Roby. He is a modern day PF, and that works out well with the Mavericks needs. Hopefully they can add some key free agents to get them over the hump for next year.
Denver Nuggets B+ The Nuggets didn't have many picks to begin with, but they did end up with Bol Bol at #44. He will serve as a nice backup to Nikola Jokic. Great steal here for Denver.
Detroit Pistons B+ The Pistons got Sekou Doumbouya at number 15 which was a few picks later than most anticipated. Detroit also added Deividas Sirvydis and Jordan Bone. Both could be quality role players on this team.
Golden State Warriors C+ Golden State added another shooter in Jordan Poole, and then took Alen Smailagic. Not bad picks, but the one I like the most is Eric Paschall in the late second round. Not overly exciting names, but the Warriors make these late round picks work.
Houston Rockets N/A Houston did not have a draft pick.
Indiana Pacers C+ It wasn't an overly exciting draft, but you also have to think they did get T.J. Warren from Phoenix. They also added Goga Bitadze out of Georgia. He has a lot of potential as a center, and the Pacers are bound to part ways with one of their bigs at some point.
Los Angeles Clippers C+ Los Angeles is another team looking to build through free agency compared to the draft. However, I like what they did with their picks. A big shot blocking Mfiondu Kabengele and Terance Mann will be nice role players if they can get those max deals done.
Los Angeles Lakers C The Lakers sent their draft picks to New Orleans, leaving them with one. Talen Horton-Tucker was drafted 46th overall, and is an athletic wing who should climb into a bench role right off the bat. I like the pick, but this roster is still in rough shape outside of the two stars.
Memphis Grizzlies A+ It was already clear that Memphis was going to get Ja Morant, but the Brandon Clarke pick at number 21 was an absolute steal. Pairing him with a young Jaren Jackson and Murray, this team is rebuilding very quickly.
Miami Heat B- Miami had somewhat of a weird draft, as they drafted Tyler Herro. They need a consistent shooter, but Herro doesn't have much else to offer. Herro was projected to go first round, but it isn't an enticing option. What pushed them over a C grade was getting KZ Okpaka in the second round. I love this pick out of Stanford, and he should slide into a decent role.
Milwaukee Bucks N/A Milwaukee did not have a draft pick.
Minnesota Timberwolves B Minnesota was on the move trading with Phoenix, which they ended up taking Jarrett Culver. They ended up drafting another SG, as Jaylen Nowell went later on. While they could have used a point guard, Culver has one of the higher ceilings in the draft.
New Orleans Pelicans A+ Hard to have a bad draft when you land the number one overall talent for this season and the next 15 years. However the additions of Jaxson Hayes, Nickeil Alexander-Walker, and Marcos Louzada Silva were tremendous picks. The Pelicans were loaded up on picks and did not disappoint.
New York Knicks B+ It was obvious the Knicks were going to RJ Barrett, which is going to give them a potential star in the making. The Ignas Brazdeikis pick was sneaky, and he is going to fill some holes at the forward position. Barrett might not be Zion or Murray, but he seems like the right fit for New York.
Oklahoma City Thunder C Oklahoma City isn't going to afford anymore stars, so they needed to make the right pick to surround their two stars. Darius Bazley is an intriguing prospect who didn't play at a college. He brings some athleticism and can play on both sides of the court.
Orlando Magic D Chuma Okeke would have been a great pick if he didn't tear his ACL. This pick could have been traded back and if they wanted Okeke he could have been taken there. He isn't going to make an impact right away, and they are stuck with a similar roster that will likely lose Nikola Vucevic.
Philadelphia 76ers C- Philadelphia continously traded their picks for cash considerations, and it was a bit odd. This was a draft where they could have gotten cheap role players to surround their major stars that all will be paid very soon. I like the Matisse Thybulle pick, who is a defensive stud. Marial Shayok came about in his last year, but nothing too exciting.
Phoenix Suns D Phoenix traded TJ Warren, and then traded out of the 6th pick. They ended up with Dario Saric (From PHI), Cameron Johnson, and Ty Jerome. I like Johnson and Jerome as players, but hard to say they make Phoenix any better. Phoenix is also not a great landing spot for their careers.
Portland Trail Blazers B+ Portland was another team that landed a steal in the draft. Nassir Little is still a bit raw and didn't have college production, but he slides into a team that needs a strong wing. Great value in the pick for a team that didn't have many.
Sacramento Kings C- Overall Sacramento didn't have much to work with as far as picks. They ended up with Justin James and Vanja Marinkovic. Fine picks for where they went, but nothing to help them build on a strong season.
San Antonio Spurs B+ San Antonio reached a bit on Luka Semanic, but were able to get a sliding Keldon Johnson. They also drafted Quinndary Weatherspoon. They passed on some names that other teams would have taken, but who are we to question the Spurs at this point? Love the upside of the group, although I still would have preferred Grant Williams or Brandon Clarke.
Toronto Raptors C Toronto didn't have many picks, but they were able to get an upside center out of Miami. Dewan Hernandez has a lot of upside and he slid in the draft due to a hotel incident that wasn't on him and more with the NCAA rules.
Utah Jazz B- The hype is building in Utah because of the addition of Mike Conley. They added some depth players, as Brantley, Wright-Foreman, and Oni were all drafted after the 50th pick. Not bad prospects for the Jazz to try and take shots on.
Washington Wizards D+ Washington reached highly for Rui Hachimura, which was a bit odd given they did not meet with him. They were able to get Admiral Schofield late on, which was a solid value in the draft. Overall Washington is in a weird spot with the Wall injury, and it is tough to see they make a jump next year after the draft.

1st Round Winners

memphis grizzliesOf course New Orleans is the big winner landing a top tier talent and one we can call generational. They moved out of the fourth overall pick that they received from Los Angeles, and then traded it to Atlanta. They moved back a few picks, taking Jaxson Hayes. He is another athletic big, and this team is going to be fun to watch. We will still need to see how he can work with Zion Williamson and what role they put him in to begin with.

We can analyze the Atlanta Hawks draft for days, but they took a high floor forward in DeAndre Hunter, and a potential sharpshooting forward in Cam Reddish. His floor is a bit lower, but the upside is there. The Hawks were in need of a center, and ended up trading up in the second round to select Bruno Fernando. This is a great selection for the big out of Maryland. Atlanta’s roster is loaded with youth and upside.

Sekou Doumbouya could have gone a few picks higher, and maybe some trades shuffled things around. The Detroit Pistons got a steal here in my opinion, even if he needs to adjust to the NBA a bit. He is a freak athlete and also has tremendous size. Doumbouya is a mismatch, and should work out well in Detroit.

Memphis drafted Ja Morant, who is high flying guard with extreme athleticism. Morant is going to a team that will surround him with some solid bigs to play with. He will need to improve his three point shooting and likely add a bit more muscle, but is a high upside pick. What makes the Grizzlies true winners is the fact they got Brandon Clarke at #21, trading up a pick to get him. This is a great start to the rebuild for Memphis.

1st Round Losers

phoenix sunsEarly on in the draft, the Washington Wizards took a major reach on Rui Hachimura. It is nothing against the player, but he was someone that was going in the middle of the first round for me and many others. He will likely open up with a pretty strong role given Washington’s roster, but his three-point shooting is subpar, and his defense needs a lot of work. Hachimura could be a strong name in a few years, but he is going to need some time.

The Suns came in with the the 6th overall pick, and then traded it back with the Timberwolves for their 11th and Dario Saric. Phoenix still is a very young team with some money to play with, but overall it is not looking good for what they have done. They traded the Eric Bledsoe pick to Boston for Ty Jerome out of Virginia, and then drafted Cam Johnson. Both are solid players, but are likely not going to make a huge difference in Phoenix. When you look at it, Phoenix tanked all year long and this is what they ended up with. Hard to say they got better when you look at what other teams did that were in a similar boat.

You could also throw the Celtics in the losers column. They have Romeo Langford and Grant Williams to show for their three first round picks, after they traded with Phoenix. This is not a thrilling return for their moves, and it doesn’t look like they are going to get anyone of immediate worth, which they will likely need with the looming free agent moves.

1st Round Surprises

portland trail blazersThe Suns traded their 6th overall pick for Dario Saric and the Timberwolves 11th pick. They then proceeded to take Cam Johnson out of North Carolina. He is a sharp-shooting forward, and this is a bit odd given this isn’t a need for them at the moment. What stopped me from grading the pick lower was the fact that Johnson is an extremely good player who fits in the modern day NBA.

Chuma Okeke going 16th overall to the Orlando Magic was a bit of a surprise. Okeke had the major ACL injury that caused his stock to drop. He was likely going to be a top 15 pick, especially with how he fits in the NBA. However, there were a lot of great options on the board with less injury risk. Okeke was a name I saw going late in the first round.

Nassir Little was the second overall rank at the small forward position, and a top 15 player in the draft. Many actually had him as a top 10 prospect heading into the night. Teams where wheeling and dealing, but also passing on Little. He ended up falling to Portland at pick number 25. This is a great value for Portland, and is in line with Brandon Clarke for the top value in the draft in terms of picks. Little doesn’t have much college production, but that wasn’t going to stop him from being drafted high. We still are not sure why he fell so much. He is a bit of a raw talent, but being in Portland will take some of the pressure off.

2nd Round Overview

Traders were flying in the second round, and we saw some names that were fringe first round players go off. KZ Okpala was someone that could have fit on quite a few teams, but landed in Miami. It is a bit of a log jam there for the position, but Okpala is an interesting NBA prospect. Boston looked to the Purdue point guard for offense. Carsen Edwards was a lights out shooter at times, but is a bit undersized.

There were a few picks that caught my eye, as Denver ended up trading with Miami for Bol Bol. He will be a bench player behind Nikola Jokic, but you get a pretty good role player in the modern day NBA at a deep value. Nice grab by the Nuggets. Golden State also drafted Eric Paschall out of Villanova, which is an underrated second round pick. The Warriors continue to grab steals in the second round. The third is the Lakers trading with Orlando to get Talen Horton-Tucker. He is an athletic wing player who can give some depth for the Lakers right away. I really like this pick for them, as Horton-Tucker can run the floor and contribute in various ways.

  
Jason Guilbault has been writing and podcasting in the fantasy sports world for over five years. You can find his work at Daily Fantasy Cafe. He is an avid Tottenham fan, and follows the Boston sports teams. When he isn’t diving into stats, he is enjoying the outdoors or down at the local brewery.

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